Pope given Buddhist temple’s highest honor!

Anti-pope Bergoglio is the second pontiff to visit a Buddhist place of worship after St. John Paul II paid his respects at a temple in Thailand in 1984. Monks at the Agrashravaka Temple opened a casket containing important Buddhist relics, an event that usually only takes place once a year. The head monk at the temple, Banagala Upatissa, said opening the relics was "the highest honor and respect" they could show to the pontiff.

Anti-pope Bergoglio is the second pontiff to visit a Buddhist place of worship after St. John Paul II paid his respects at a temple in Thailand in 1984.

Pope Francis made a last-minute change to his schedule late Wednesday to visit an important Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka’s capital, becoming only the second pontiff to visit a Buddhist place of worship after St. John Paul II paid his respects at a temple in Thailand in 1984.

Monks at the Agrashravaka Temple opened a casket containing important Buddhist relics, an event that usually only takes place once a year. The head monk at the temple, Banagala Upatissa, said opening the relics was “the highest honor and respect” they could show to the pontiff.

By Nicole Winfield, AP writer, Colombo, Sri Lanka

STORMY WEATHER FOR PHILIPPINES, PART TWO

Pope Francis isn’t afraid of a little rain, but a tropical storm is something else.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, was asked Wednesday if Francis might alter his schedule in the Philippines as a result of a tropical storm brewing in the Pacific that is heading toward the eastern coast.

“We hope there is not a hurricane, that it is only rain,” Lombardi said. “If there is only rain, the pope has no fear of the rain — we see him in St. Peter’s Square, he is ready to be in the rain! We hope it is not a particularly hard situation, but we will see.”

Forecasters say the storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and higher gusts. It may not make landfall, but will come close to Tacloban on Leyte Island, where the pope is to meet with survivors of the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan.

By Nicole Winfield, AP writer, Colombo, Sri Lanka

SHRINE TIME

Sri Lanka’s holiest Christian site, the Our Lady of Madhu shrine, has a remarkable, centuries-long history as a place of refuge for Christians fleeing war and persecution.

Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of northern Sri Lanka to visit the shrine and pray before its statue of the Madonna, which is believed to hold miraculous healing powers.

The shrine dates from the 16th century when Christians fleeing persecution in the kingdom of Jaffna established a sanctuary in the area, bringing the statue with them. The current shrine dates from 1670 when Catholics fleeing persecution — this time from Dutch colonizers — built the blue and white house that now holds the Madonna.

During the 25-year civil war that wracked Sri Lanka, civilians sought refuge in the shrine, though in the war’s final months the villages surrounding Madhu emptied out as residents fled deeper into rebel territory to escape the government offensives. At one point, the priest in charge of the shrine fled for safety with the statue, but both returned.

On Wednesday, Francis cradled the statue in his arms.

“Let us ask that this shrine may always be a house of prayer and a haven of peace,” he said.

IN THE NORTH: EVERYONE IS CARRYING GRIEF

Pope Francis headed by helicopter to a well-known Catholic shrine in Madhu, a tiny town in Sri Lanka’s north that was often controlled by the Tamil Tiger rebels  and often a scene of violence  during the country’s 25-year civil war.

Mary Conseeta’s two teenage brothers were killed when their school bus hit a roadside bomb in 2008. Conseeta, now 22, escaped with a leg wound. Sri Lankan forces that secretly entered the rebel area were blamed for the attack.

“I have faced enormous losses,” Conseeta said. “Not only me, everyone who is here is carrying some form of grief. All I pray for is peace. I believe the holy father’s visit will be a remedy for our pain.”

By Jayampathi Palipane, AP videojournalist, Madhu, Sri Lanka

Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus! Outside of which there is No Salvation.

Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus! Outside of which there is No Salvation.

CONVERSION DECREE

Sri Lanka’s Catholic bishops knew exactly what they wanted when asked what gift they’d like from Pope Francis to commemorate his visit: a high-quality replica of a 1694 decree issued by the king of Kandy — then an independent state on the island — saying he didn’t oppose the conversion to Christianity of Sinhalese Buddhists.

The decree was presented to Pope Leo XIII well over a century ago by the then-archbishop of Colombo. Now amid increasingly loud demands by extremist Buddhists seeking an all-Buddhist Sri Lanka — the bishops wanted the decree crystallizing religious freedom back home.

According to a translation provided by the Vatican, the document from King Keerthi Sri Raja Singhe of Kandy declares that “it is not prohibited to those who wish among the multitude of Sinhalese to become Christians, and permits all the pastors of the same order to preach to those born in Sri Lanka and believers of the noble doctrine of Buddhism that some convert to Christianity.”

It adds that Christian ministers “are authorized to build churches where there are Christian faithful and to carry out whatever is necessary to promote their religion.”

Nicole Winfield, AP writer, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Pope Francis, center, delivers a prayer at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka,Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Thousands of people waving the white...Pope Francis, center, delivers a prayer at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka,Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Thousands of people waving the white and yellow Vatican flags were on hand to welcome Francis to the Our Lady of Madhu shrine, which is revered by both Sinhalese and Tamil Catholics, as well as Sri Lankans of other faiths. Francis also traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday to show solidarity with the victims of the country’s 25-year civil war and urge forgiveness and reconciliation “for all the evil which this land has known.” (AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano, Pool)

3 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JOSEPH VAZ

Pope Francis canonized the Indian-born Joseph Vaz as Sri Lanka’s first saint during a Wednesday morning Mass in Colombo attended by more than a half million people.

Vaz, a 17th century missionary to Sri Lanka from what was then the Portuguese colony of Goa, sometimes worked in secret, dressing up as a laborer or beggar so he wouldn’t be arrested by the island’s hard-line Calvinist colonial rulers.

Catholic tradition says Vaz miraculously brought rain to the independent kingdom of Kandy, in central and eastern Sri Lanka, during a major drought. As a result, Kandy’s king gave Vaz protection and allowed him to work there openly.

The first calls to have Vaz made a saint came soon after he died, in 1711, in Kandy.

By Tim Sullivan, AP writer, New Delhi — Twitter: twitter.com/SullivanTimAP

IN HIS WORDS: FRANCIS ON JOSEPH VAZ

In his canonization of Sri Lanka’s first saint, Pope Francis cited three reasons why Joseph Vaz sets an example, even today:

Exemplary priest: “He teaches us how to go out to the peripheries, to make Jesus Christ everywhere known and loved.”

Transcending religious divisions: “His example continues to inspire the church in Sri Lanka today. (The church) gladly and generously serves all members of society. She makes no distinction of race, creed, tribe, status or religion.”

Missionary zeal: “I pray that, following the example of Saint Joseph Vaz, the Christians of this country may be confirmed in faith and make an ever greater contribution to peace, justice and reconciliation in Sri Lankan society.”

By Ken Moritsugu, AP writer, Manila, Philippines

THE POPE — IN PERSON

Mothers carried babies and young people helped elderly relatives as the last of thousands of people streamed onto Galle Face Green, the seaside park where Pope Francis was celebrating Mass on Wednesday morning. The crowds poured off buses and from the nearby railway station. Security was tight, and everyone had to walk the last few hundred meters (yards), but the feel was festive, and taxi drivers were handing out free cups of tea.

Sure you could stay home and watch it all in comfort. But that, they said, could not capture the feel of being there in person.

“With today’s advanced technology, you can see him on television and on the Internet,” said Kolitha Fernando, a retired clerk from the hill town of Kandy. “But to see him with your naked eyes, that’s a great feeling and a privilege for a Catholic.”(??)

Bharatha Mallawarachi, AP writer, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A SAINT FOR SRI LANKA — AND INDIA

The pope canonized Joseph Vaz as Sri Lanka’s first saint, but Vaz was actually born an Indian in 1651 in what was then the Portuguese colony of Goa.

Vaz spent 23 years ministering to the Catholic community in Sri Lanka, sometimes working in secret because of the threat of persecution by the island’s Dutch rulers, who were die-hard Calvinists.

Today, Goa is an Indian state famous for its centuries-old churches, beautiful beaches and hordes of tourists. Catholics still make up about one-quarter of Goa’s population of 1.5 million. Bells were to toll in the state’s churches and cathedrals at the time of Vaz’s canonization, church officials said.

Manuel Ubaldo Dias, a Goa church official, said prayers to commemorate the sainthood would also be held there on Jan. 16, the day traditionally celebrated in Vaz’s honor.

“This is a great day for us. Something we have been waiting for years,” Dias said.

Nirmala George, AP writer, New Delhi — Twitter: twitter.com/NirmalaGeorge1

WHAT MIRACLE?

When Pope Francis canonized Sri Lanka’s first saint on Wednesday, he again proved he has little tolerance for pointless rules, skirting the Vatican’s normal saint-making regulations. While the church traditionally requires two miracles for sainthood, the Vatican never confirmed a second attributed to the intercession of Vaz, who is credited with reviving Catholicism during anti-Catholic persecution by Dutch colonizers.

Rather, Francis simply signed off on a decision by the Vatican’s saint-making office that Vaz warranted canonization. It’s the same thing Francis did for a far better-known new saint, Pope John XXIII, and is a sign that he firmly believes the faithful need more models of holiness without the technical, time-consuming and costly process of confirming inexplicable miracles.

Nicole Winfield, AP writer, Colombo, Sri Lanka — Twitter: twitter.com/nwinfield

BY THE NUMBERS

Catholics make up slightly more than 6 percent of Sri Lanka’s population of 21 million, according to the government. They are by far the largest Christian denomination in the country. Other Christians make up just 1.3 percent of the population, which is mostly Buddhist.

Catholic devotees touch a statue of the Virgin Mary as Pope Francis delivers a prayer at the church of Our Lady of Madhu in Madhu, Sri Lanka,Wednesday, Jan. ...

Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives in Madhu, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Pope Francis traveled to the jungles of war-torn northern Sri Lan...

Pope Francis raises his hands during Mass at Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Franc...

A devotee stretches out his hand to touch the hand of Pope Francis as he arrives to hold a mass at Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization c...

The faithfuls takes photos of Pope Francis as he arrives in Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, Wednesday, Jan. ...

Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green is filled with audience witnessing the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz by Pope Francis, in Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan....

Pope Francis, right, arrives in Colombo's seafront Galle Face Green for the  canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Pope Francis pres...

Pope Francis, center right, holding his pastoral staff, arrives in the seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, in Colombo, Sri...

A man kisses Pope Francis's hand upon his arrival in the seafront Galle Face Green for the canonization ceremony of Joseph Vaz, in Colombo, Sri Lanka,  Wedne...

A Catholic priest adjusts the uniform of boys who are dressed as Vatican Swiss guards during a rehearsal for the visit of Pope Francis outside the Manila Cat...

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Bergoglio receives ‘Blessing’ from Patriarch of Constantinople!

Bergoglio receives 'the blessing' of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople!

Bergoglio receives ‘ blessing’ from Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople!

.- In a fraternal gesture Pope Francis asked for the blessing of Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who marked a historic moment in ecumenical dialogue by kissing the head of the Bishop of Rome.

“At the end the Pope asked the patriarch to bless him, and the Patriarch kissed him,” Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi recounted to journalists in a Nov. 29 press briefing.

“It’s not the first time, I already saw the Pope asking for the blessing of another brother, but this familiar way of the Patriarch kissing Pope’s head (is a first).”

The emotional moment came at the end of a busy second day during Pope Francis’ Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey.

After celebrating Mass in Istanbul’s Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, the pontiff went on to pray Vespers with Patriarch Bartholomew in honor of the Nov. 30 feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, who is the patron and founder of the Orthodox Church. Special texts were written explicitly for the Pope’s visit.

Once the Pope finished giving his address, he asked the patriarch for a favor: “to bless me and the Church of Rome.” He then bowed to receive the blessing and was embraced by the Patriarch, who traced the sign of the cross on the pontiff’s head and kissed it.

“With this evening we are now in the ecumenical moment of brothers who pray together,” Fr. Lombardi said, noting how the Vatican is looking forward to the common declaration that will be signed by both Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew tomorrow morning.

The two have met several times before, including a shared moment of prayer in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher during the Roman Pontiff’s trip to the Holy Land in May, as well as at the Vatican in June for a an invocation for peace between Israel and Palestine.

After the prayer finished, the Bishop of Rome and the Patriarch of Constantinople had a private meeting, which lasted roughly 20 minutes.

Pope Francis’ visit, made largely upon the patriarch’s invitation to participate in the celebration of the feast of St. Andrew, “is the continuation of the move of dialogue,” Fr. Lombardi observed.

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Pope Francis vs. St. Francis of Assisi – the “Blue Mosque” Affair

Heretic Bergoglio praying with Muslims, at the Blue Mosque, Istanbul.

Heretic Bergoglio praying with Muslims, at the Blue Mosque, Istanbul.

Pope Francis vs. St. Francis of Assisi

Contrast: Francis at the Blue Mosque, Francis of Assisi before the Sultan

By John Vennari

Pope Francis has “dared to do what none of his predecessors had ever done,” Le Figero’s Jean-Marie Guénois rejoiced, “to pray openly, side-by-side with a Muslim dignitary”.

The event took place at the Blue Mosque on November 29, the second day of Francis’ visit to Istanbul.

In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI – the ever-zealous advocate of Conciliar ecumenism – visited the Mosque but supposedly remained in contemplation. This gave rise to speculation as to whether or not the Pontiff actually prayed in the Mosque, and also gave rise to scandal.

Francis, according to Guénois, removed any hint of ambiguity. The Pontiff “bowed his head for long time while deeply closing his eyes from two to three minutes, in order to obviously pray – and to make clear he was praying. And this was in the direction of Mihrab, the niche in the wall framed by two pillars that indicates the qibla, that is, the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.”

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that the act was, in fact, a “silent adoration.” According to Lombardi, the Pope had also said to the Muslim Mufti, “we must adore God.”[1]

Ecumenism sin against faith

This action defies Catholic Tradition, spurns the perennial Papal doctrine against religious indifferentism, and mocks true Catholics such as St. Francis of Assisi who visited Muslims for one purpose alone, to convert them to Christ’s one true Church.

Bergoglio: Contra Saint Francis

Present-day Catholics, starting with the majority of Church leaders, appear to be ruled by sentiment rather than objective truth. We’ve seen the alleged comparisons made between St. Francis of Assisi and the Papa Bergoglio: Both are named “Francis,” both are concerned for the poor, both preach a kind of poverty, both “dialogue” with Muslims. Therefore, they are alike: Pope Francis follows in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi.

The assessment could not be more false. Here we will only contrast Francis of Assisi with Papa Bergoglio concerning Islam.

Saint Francis sought to convert Muslims from the darkness of their false religion to Christ’s one true Church for salvation.

By contrast, Pope Francis visits Muslims to pursue more dialogue, to revel in artificial religious camaraderie, and to indirectly assure Muslims they are on their own legitimate path to “God” and need not convert to Christ’s Church.

Such a program would horrify St. Francis of Assisi, as it would horrify any right-thinking Catholic.

Saint Francis and the Sultan

Around the year 1220 Saint Francis of Assisi sailed to Egypt to join the Christian army that was besieging Damietta. He did not go to fight alongside Crusaders but to preach Christ to the Infidels.

Saint Francis approached the Papal Legate who was with the army and “requested leave to cross over to the Muslim lines to preach to the Muslims.”

This rattled the Papal Legate, who knew the Sultan had offered a golden ducat for the head of any Christian sent to him.
In response, the Papal Legate simply asked Francis not to bring shame on the Christian name.

That was all Francis needed. He and some companions struck out at once for the Sultan’s camp.

They saw two lambs on the road while on their way. Francis took this as a good sign, saying to his comrades, “Behold I send you forth as sheep among wolves.”

Muslim soldiers apprehended Francis, took him before the Sultan and Francis began to preach. He spoke with power and conviction, zeal and fire. The love of God flowed through him. He was like a blast furnace, infectious, captivating.

The Sultan found himself drawn in by the power of Francis’ words, and ordered him to be treated with courtesy while at camp.

It appears that Francis stayed for a few days, and the Sultan asked Francis to remain in his court.

“Willingly,” answered Francis, “if you and your people will convert to Christ.”

Francis continued, “If you hesitate as to the merits of the law of Muhammad and the faith of Christ, command that a great fire be lighted, and I together with your priests, will enter the fire that you may know which is the more worthy and true.”

The Sultan replied that none of their Muftis would accept the challenge.

“Then if you promise for yourself and your people, to come to the worship of Christ if I come out of the fire unhurt,” Francis responded, “I will enter the fire alone.”

He added, “If I am burnt up, impute it to my sins, but if the Divine Power protects me, acknowledge Christ to be true God and the Savior of all.”

The Sultan dared not accept the challenge from the holy mendicant, but was captivated by Francis nonetheless, and asked him to accept some precious gifts if not for himself, then at least for the poor.

Francis responded this was not the purpose of his visit, and returned to Europe.[2]

What do you notice?

1) Saint Francis preached to the Sultan for no other purpose than the conversion of the Muslims;

2) The Sultan refused to convert, so Francis stopped the dialogue.

Saint Francis of Assisi: No Ecumenist

Saint Francis of Assisi was firmly committed to the truth that “outside the Catholic Church, there is no salvation.” He was an apostle of Christ who preached the Gospel,

1) for the salvation of those souls who were already Catholic, but had fallen away from the Gospel ideal;

2) for the salvation of infidels and non-believers, whom he knew would be lost if they did not embrace Christ and His one true Church.

Read entire article at Catholic Family News

Related: REALITY CHECK: WHAT DOES THE CHURCH REALLY SAY?

Pope to late Tony Palmer’s Protestant group: We sin against Christ’s will when we focus on our differences!!

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Pope to Ark Community: we must focus on unity not divisions!

In a private meeting with leaders of the inter-denominational Ark Community, Pope Francis said Christians should not wait for theologians to reach agreement, but should walk, pray and work together now. His words came during an October 10th encounter at the Casa Santa Marta with members of the community founded by Evangelical leader Tony Palmer who was killed in a road accident last July. Palmer became friends with Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he worked in Buenos Aires as international ecumenical officer of the Communion of Episcopal Evangelical Churches, a growing movement of charismatic and evangelical Christians seeking reconciliation between their divided communities.

In an i-phone recording of the meeting, published on the Ark Community website, Pope Francis thanks Palmer’s widow and the new leader of the community, Archbishop Robert Wise, for carrying forward the dream of walking together in communion. “We are sinning against Christ’s will” the Pope says, “because we continue to focus on our differences,” but “our shared baptism is more important than our differences.”

While the devil, the “father of lies” divides us, the Pope continues, we are called to preach the Gospel in every corner of the earth, with the certainty that He is with us. “We each have in our Churches excellent theologians,” the Pope says, “but we shouldn’t wait for them to reach agreement.”

The Pope goes on to talk about spiritual ecumenism where Christians are being persecuted and killed in the Middle East, Africa or elsewhere, not because they are Pentecostal, Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic or Orthodox but “because they believe in Jesus Christ.” He mentions also a Catholic priest and a Lutheran pastor who were killed on the same day by the Nazis for teaching the Catechism to children.

The Pope concludes his off-the-cuff remarks by recalling the vision of Tony Palmer to achieve his desire of walking together “so we can eat together at the banquet of the Lord.”

(from Vatican Radio)

Anglican Delegate to Synod: ‘Hardline’ bishops, cardinals don’t understand real life

Cardinals blocking Pope Francis move on gay and divorced Catholics ‘unaware’ of real life – Bishop(!!)

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Heretic Bishop Butler a Anglican bishop should have no input in regards to the Catholic Church! The bishop is outside the faith (apostate) and therefore should be left out of discussions. The Anglican Church is proud of their abominations and heresies i.e. Homosexual marriage, women priests, communion to dogs, heresy after heresy. Bergoglio has created another mess!

Cardinals based in Rome showed ‘lack of awareness’ of what life is really like over homosexuality and divorce, says Anglican delegate at the Catholic Synod of Bishops

Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested.

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, one of a handful of non-Roman Catholics invited to take part in a global gathering of bishops in Rome to discuss family issues, said he was “excited and intrigued” by much of what he saw.

But he said he left with the impression that while clergy around the world are reaching out beyond their traditional audiences with a “more thoughtful and open” approach, Cardinals ensconced in Rome appeared more concerned about doctrinal purity.

Pope Francis suffered an apparent setback in his efforts to make the Catholic Church more welcoming to those traditionally viewed as “sinners” last week, when a specially-convened synod failed to approve parts of a key declaration signalling a change a new tone.

The document had already been significantly watered down from an initial draft which spoke of the need to “respect, welcome and value” people in same-sex relationships.

It also appeared to play down suggestions that the ban on remarried divorcees receiving Holy Communion could be relaxed.

Writing in The Catholic Herald, Bishop Butler said that he had been “humbled” by the example of Pope Francis in listening to all sides and guiding the Church through the process.

But he added: “I could not help but notice the passion and compassion of local bishops calling for more thoughtful and open pastoral care for all in need, whatever their marital and sexual orientation.

“They were not asking to change the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage, but they were seeking fresh ways of accompanying people in their need.

“The Rome-based Cardinals seemed more concerned to ensure the doctrine is maintained.

“There seemed a lack of awareness of what it is really like in the parishes in remote villages and mega-cities.”

Bishop Butler, who took part in small-group discussions alongside Catholic delegates, added: “It is of course not as simple as that, but it is an overall impression – one shared by all the fraternal delegates and, I have to say, accepted by all the members of the small group when I shared it with them.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/11185290/Cardinals-blocking-Pope-Francis-move-on-gay-and-divorced-Catholics-unaware-of-real-life-Bishop.html

Related: Church will embrace gay marriage, says Archbishop Welby

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2591188/Church-embrace-gay-marriage-says-Archbishop-Welby-despite-bitter-divisions-clergy.html

A Mess to be Made: Pope Francis will travel to Turkey!

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ROME – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the Vatican announced Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the pontiff will be able to travel near the border with Iraq to express his concern with the violence in the region, as he’s expressed an interest in doing.

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, confirmed that Francis will make the Turkey trip, which will come just three days after the pontiff travels to Strasbourgin France to address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Among other items on the official itinerary, Francis is scheduled to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Nov. 28; to visit both the historic Christian basilica of Hagia Sophia, which is now a museum, and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul!

Blue Mosque – Pope Benedict XVI’s visit and silent meditation

Pope Benedict XVI visited the Sultan Ahmed Mosque on 30 November 2006 during his visit to Turkey. It marks as only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship. Having removed his shoes, the Pope paused for a full two minutes, eyes closed in silent meditation, standing side by side with Mustafa Çağrıcı, the Mufti of Istanbul, and Emrullah Hatipoğlu, the Imam of the Blue Mosque. The pope “thanked divine Providence for this” and said, “May all believers identify themselves with the one God and bear witness to true brotherhood.” The pontiff noted that Turkey “will be a bridge of friendship and collaboration between East and West”, and he thanked the Turkish people “for the cordiality and sympathy” they showed him throughout his stay, saying, “he felt love and understood!!”

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He also will hold a joint worship service with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, considered “first among equals” in terms of Orthodox leaders, and sign a joint declaration with him Nov. 30  (St. Andrew’s feast day).

This will mark the first papal visit to Turkey since a trip by Benedict XVI in 2006, which came shortly after the emeritus pontiff had triggered a firestorm of protest across the Islamic world with a speech in Regensburg, Germany, that was seen as associating Muhamad with violence.

Speculation about a visit by Francis began to mount earlier this year, and the outing is keenly anticipated for at least three reasons.

1. Muslim/Christian relations (!!)

Although Francis has visited majority Muslims states before in Albania and the Palestinian Territories, both were brief stops focused largely on matters of local or regional interest.

Ecumenism sin against faith

The Turkey trip therefore will be his first real opportunity to lay out a vision for Muslim/Christian relations, and comes at a time when the pontiff faces pressure to speak up in defense of Christian minorities and against Islamic-inspired terrorism in the Middle East.

In a Crux interview in September, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York urged the pope “to be more direct in calling for a thoughtful, moderate, temperate Islamic response.”

Heretic Cardinal 'Bravo' Dolan praying with his Muslim brotherhood in a New York Mosque!! Dolan like Bergoglio share the same heretical  belief proselytizing is solemn nonsense so he did not even try to convert his brothers but  told the infidels to keep the faith!!

Heretic Cardinal ‘Bravo’ Dolan praying with his Muslim brotherhood in a New York Mosque!!
Dolan like Bergoglio share the same heretical belief, proselytizing is solemn nonsense.

2. Christian unity

Francis has made unity among the various branches of Christianity a priority, beginning with the Eastern Orthodox. He’s cultivated a special rapport with Bartholomew, for instance, inviting him to join a peace prayer he staged in the Vatican gardens in June with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents.

The meeting at the headquarters of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the declaration the two men will sign, marks another step in overcoming a split between the Christian East and West conventionally dated to 1054.

3. Iraq

The Turkey trip is likely to be the closest Francis will get to realizing his hope of visiting Iraq, which he revealed during an airborne press conference following his mid-August outing to South Korea.

The pontiff said he’d thought about a surprise trip to Iraq to express his concern for the violence there, including the fate of both Christian and Yazidi refugees from the self-declared ISIS caliphate. The pope said at the time he’d been persuaded it wasn’t a good idea, presumably for security reasons.

On background, Vatican officials said Tuesday the pope would still like to make an excursion somewhere near the Turkish border with Iraq to meet refugees, and if that proves impossible, then he’ll meet with refugees in Istanbul.

The pontiff is also expected to speak out on the violence in Iraq and in other corners of the region throughout his three-day Turkish visit.

Montini, the pope who compared Muslims to Christian martyrs!!

An image of Pope Montini

Montini, the pope who compared Muslims to Christian martyrs

His relationship with Islam –

Elisa Pinna). (ANSAmed) – ROME – Hard to imagine that a Pope can equate the blood shed by the Christian martyrs with that of the Muslim martyrs. Yet Paul VI did, on a trip to Uganda in 1970, during a speech defined by the missionary magazine ‘World and Mission’ “the text more open part of the Church towards Islam.” Reports that Montini, Pope on Sunday will go to the altar, had with the Muslim world is one of the many aspects were often in shadow, in a stagliatosi pontificate in history especially for the conciliar and post-conciliar debate. Merit of indicating new and suggestive interpretations of the kingdom Montini and his incredible theological and pastoral richness, beyond the patterns of the conciliar debate, is the book ‘Paul VI, world destination, travel Montini meet the peoples’, written Giorgio Bernardelli and Lorenzo Rosoli, for editions EMI, released on the occasion of the forthcoming beatification. When you open the “treasure chest” of the nine international travel of Paul VI, during which time – 1964 to 1970 – he visited 19 countries on five continents, the trend is clear and completely forgotten altogether surprising Islam, despite visits that have made history, such as those in the Holy Land or the UN. Paul VI, the first missionary and pilgrim pope to set foot outside Italy in 150 years, the first to raise his ponticato and the Church on a plane with the hope to go very far, had meetings with the Muslims in several of the his travels abroad: his last international mission, in 1970, began even with a stopover – the first and only of a Roman pontiff in the history of the Church – Shiite Iran (of course, that the era of the Shah Rezha Palevi ); continued with an “unscheduled” in Bangladesh in order to bring tangible Caritas personally solidarity with the victims of a natural disaster in a Muslim country. And finally, there was also a third stage in Indonesia where publicly reaffirmed “the esteem for Muslims who worship the one living God”, as expressed in Nostra Aetate. “But the most dramatic text – if you re-read with the eyes of today – it is a speech to Muslims in Uganda which goes so far as to extend to them the idea of ​​an ecumenism of the martyrs,” says one of the authors Giorgio Bernardelli. On that trip, from July 28 to August 2, 1969, Montini, Archbishop of Milan, as they already had gone to Africa several times, wanted to pay homage to the early Christian martyrs Africans, who were killed between 1885 and 1887, as part of persecution triggered by local tribal king. He went much further though. “We are sure to be in communion with you (Muslims ed.), When we implore the Almighty, to stir the hearts of all believers in Africa the desire of reconciliation, of forgiveness so often recommended in the Gospel and the Koran,” he said to the representatives of the Muslim communities met in the Nunciature in Kampala. “And how can we associate with the testimony of piety and fidelity of the Martyrs Catholic and Protestant – went on in that passage still sounds revolutionary today – the memory of those confessors of the Muslim faith, whose story reminds us that they were the first, in 1848, to pay with his life for refusing to transgress the precepts of their religion. “

http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/it/notizie/rubriche/politica/2014/10/16/montiniil-papa-che-paragonava-martiri-musulmani-a-cristiani_7acc6262-bdd2-44b5-aab9-e69a85f5c204.html

Bergoglio: First Communion -70 years ago to the day / God does Not Exist!!

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter's Square today (CNS)

Pope Francis recalls his first Communion

Unable to resist telling the world about a personal event that is dear to his heart, Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he celebrated his first Communion.

“They say that you shouldn’t talk about personal things, but I can’t resist the temptation,” he said at his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square today.

“Today I am so thankful to the Lord because 70 years ago I made my first Communion,” he said with a broad smile. “Let us all thank the Lord for our baptism, all of us thank him for our first Communion,” he said.

The 77-year-old Pope revealed the personal detail to underline what it means to enter into communion with the Catholic Church and to seek communion with Christians who belong to other confessions or traditions.

This theme of Christian unity was part of the series of audience talks the Pope has been giving on the nature of the Church. Leading the general audience meant Pope Francis skipped the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops, which is meeting to discuss the pastoral care of families.

In his catechesis, the Pope lamented the long history of divisions among Christians, saying such separations “wound the Church and wound Christ,” whose desire is “that they may all be one, so that the world may believe.”

People’s efforts to share the Gospel message will be “much more credible” when all Christians show they are “able to live in communion and love each other,” the pope said.

Unity was already under threat while Jesus was still with his disciples, who would argue “among themselves who was better, who was more important,” the pope said. In fact, history shows “the church is tempted by evil, which tries to divide her, and has been marked unfortunately by serious and painful divisions;” some breaks have lasted so long it’s hard to recall all the reasons for the separation to begin with and to find possible solutions, he said.

The reasons Christian communities are divided, he said, include differences in “dogmatic and moral principles and theological concepts, pastoral differences, political motives and self-interest to the point of clashing due to resentments and personal ambition.”

But one thing is certain, he said, “in one way or another, behind these lacerations there is always pride and selfishness, which are the cause of every disagreement and make us intolerant, incapable of listening and accepting those who have a view or a position that is different from ours.”

What can Christians do today in light of so many divisions, he asked. Will people be resigned to the current state of affairs and give up, be indifferent, “or will we firmly believe that one can and must walk in the direction of reconciliation and full communion?”

Full communion, he said, is “everyone being able to participate together in the body and blood of Christ.”

Catholics are called to pray for Christian unity, be open to “dialogue and encounter,” welcome what is “valid and positive that is offered us even from those who think differently from us or who pose a different position.”

The Pope said, “It’s painful” to see so many divisions among Christians when they all believe in Jesus Christ as Lord, God the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Focusing on what unites Christians and not what divides them involves “concretely adhering to the truth, together with the ability to forgive, feeling a part of the same Christian family” and working together in charity helping others, he said.

Let theologians debate and discuss the issues at hand and “seek the theological truth because it is a duty,” he said. “But we, we will walk together, praying for one another, doing charitable work and that is how we will build communion by walking together.”

Later in the audience, the Pope expressed his support of organ donation, calling it “a distinctive witness of love for others.”

Pointing to the October 11 European day of awareness about organ donation, the Pope emphasized the need to safeguard the rights of donors by ensuring “certainty of death”, given the existence of some questions about methods of ascertaining brain death in an individual.

Pope Francis asked that “abuses, trafficking and the sale (of organs) be avoided.” While riding in his popemobile to greet pilgrims at the beginning of audience, Pope Francis pointed to an exuberant young boy, who was cheering along with his classmates, all sporting orange baseball caps.

The Pope gestured as if to ask the boy if he wanted to go for a ride, and the boy enthusiastically agreed and tried to jump the high wooden barrier, succeeding only with the help of a Vatican guard. One of the boy’s classmates didn’t want to be left behind and the pope gestured for him to come along, too.

The two boys, about 8 or 10 years old, sat down behind the Pope in the popemobile, hugged each other and pumped their fists in the air with excitement.

The Pope let them ride several laps around the square, and when he brought them back to their group, a guard insisted the boys not get down without giving the pope a kiss on the cheek.

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2014/10/08/pope-francis-recalls-his-first-communion/

Bergoglio: There is no Catholic God… “God does Not Exist! … There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!!!” – Oct. 9, 2014

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Jorge opened his mouth again…

 Via: Novus Ordo Watch

Francis: “God does Not Exist! … There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit!”

 October 9, 2014. Exactly 56 years since the death of Pope Pius XII. Vatican Radio publishes a summary of the “Pope’s” latest homily, quoting him as follows:

 So often [people ask]: ‘But do you believe?’: ‘Yes! Yes! ‘; ‘What do you believe in?’; ‘In God!’; ‘But what is God for you?’; ‘God, God’. But God does not exist: Do not be shocked! So God does not exist! There is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, they are persons, they are not some vague idea in the clouds … This God spray does not exist! The three persons exist!

(“Pope at Santa Marta: What we dare not hope for”, News.va, Oct. 9, 2014)

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Bergoglio: Sports and Religion can offer eloquent signs of this new era in which people ‘will never again raise the sword one against another?!’

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Thousands attend Interreligious Match for Peace.

Thousands of sports fans, young and old, came out to Rome’s Olympic Stadium Monday night to watch football greats Roberto Baggio, Javier Zanetti and Diego Armando Maradona, among others, take part in the Interreligious Match for Peace.

Players representing the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Shinto religions took to the field for the 8:45 p.m. kickoff.

The event was intended to gather players and fans in a moment of unity and solidarity in support of world peace and to demonstrate the power of sport in building peace.

Zanetti, the retired captain of Argentina’s national soccer team and current vice-president of Milan’s Inter, described the match as “a symbolic gesture to help people understand that it is possible to build a world of peace, based on dialogue and respect for others.”

He said the match was the explicit wish of Pope Francis.

Earlier in the day, the 50 former and current professional players who took part in the game were received in an audience with the Pope in the Vatican.

Pope Francis told the athletes that the event was “a highly symbolic gesture to show that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace, where believers of different religions – preserving their identities …can live together in harmony and reciprocal respect.”

The Pope said to “discriminate”  is the same as “contempt”,  and with their game the players were saying “no to all discrimination.”

“Religions,” he added, “are called to be vehicles of peace and never of hatred.” 

“Religion and sport,” he concluded, “can collaborate and offer to all of society eloquent signs of this new era in which people ‘will never again raise the sword one against another!!”

The event was organized by the Scholas Occurrentes initiative and Italy’s PUPI Foundation, in collaboration with the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

Proceeds will go to “Un’Alternativa di Vita”, a project that supports poor children in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/09/02/thousands_attend_interreligious_match_for_peace/1105715

HERESY!!! “Pope” Francis advised Tony Palmer NOT to Convert, ordered him buried as a Catholic Bishop!!!

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Unbelievable: Pope Francis-Bergoglio playing God again… Tony Palmer not Catholic but Buried as a Catholic Bishop!!!!  Welcome to the Church of Bergoglio, where NON-Catholics are buried as Catholics and in some cases  A CATHOLIC BISHOP!!

Anathema sit!! Haereticus!!

Novus Ordo Watch: “Pope” Francis advised Tony Palmer NOT to Convert, ordered him buried as a Catholic Bishop!

The absurd circus that is the Jorge Bergoglio “Papacy” continues unabated. A very interesting article published by Austen Ivereigh in the Boston Globe on August 7, 2014, gives a lot of background information on the friendship between “Pope” Francis and the Anglican-Evangelical “Bishop” Tony Palmer, and casts the latter’s deadly motorcycle accident in an even more significant light:

[The church communion Palmer was “ordained” in sees itself] as part of a “convergence” movement, seeking to combine evangelical Christianity with the liturgy and sacraments typical of Catholicism.

That convergence, Palmer told me, “is a precursor to full unity between the Protestant and Catholic Churches.”

Palmer and [his “Catholic” wife Emiliana] Calisi began doing joint missions around the world — which is what took him to Buenos Aires in 2006. Its archbishop, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had overcome his reservations about the charismatic renewal and enthusiastically backed a 6,000-strong joint Catholic-evangelical gathering that year in Buenos Aires’ Luna Park stadium.

At one point, when Palmer was tired of living on the frontier and wanted to become Catholic, [then-Cardinal] Bergoglio advised him against conversion for the sake of the mission.

“We need to have bridge-builders”, the cardinal told him.

 

Read entire article here: http://www.novusordowatch.org/wire/index.htm#.U-eSchKjzmc