BBC and WYD: support for the violent anti-Catholic so-called “indignados”

A demonstrator against the Pope's visit shouts at a praying pilgrim

A demonstrator against the Pope's visit shouts at a praying pilgrim

BeliefNet has a very good comment on the subject:

“Over a hundred of these fringe protest groups coalesced, as they so often do, into a confused mêlée of conflicting special interests,” reported Yiannopoulos. “They were united, however, in the sheer nastiness with which they expressed their views. To give but one example — as pilgrims sang “Hallelujah”, “Long Live the Pope!” and Benedicto!” demonstrators responded with shrieks of “Nazis!” and “Padophiles, watch out children!”

“So much for the inclusive tolerance trumpeted by the Left,” writes Yiannopolos. ”Here in Madrid was its real face: a sneering, violent mob of self-righteous bullies who thought it appropriate to hurl abuse at children for the crime of having pride in their faith and being excited about by a visit from the Holy Father.”

Yesterday, police had to protect us from an “indignados’” mob who wanted to “beat us” just for being Catholics and the day before yesterday, pilgrims were targeted (most of them youngsters and one of them in a wheelchair) because “Catholics provoke us, they shouldn’t exist. We should burn them alive like in 1936“. Everything with this kind of “beautiful” and “elegant” images, which tried to mock Christian Catholic faith:

A penis with a rosary hanging from it: they pretend to critisize Catholics with that

A penis with a supposed rosary hanging from it: they pretend to critisize Catholics with that

Photo.

1936. Most of my family was murdered that same year because they were Catholic and Libertarian-Conservatives. I hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

Anyway, as Catholic Herald writes: “Madrid will never forget this scenes of devotion” and “The street party pauses for the Way of the Cross“.

More photos here.

A note: this event hasn’t cost the taxpayers a dime, because it has been paid by the pilgrims (70% of the total cost) and the sponsors (the rest 30%).

WYD 2011 Madrid

This week there will be no posts here at T&P. At home, we are preparing for Pope Benedict’s arrival in Madrid for the WYD 2011.

More than 1 million and a half are to arrive this week to celebrate this great event for all the Catholics. There are people from India, Yemen, Ethiopia, Poland, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Portugal, Chile, Mexico, etc, etc. The organization has even scheduled events regarding religious persecution with both a photo-exhibit and some speeches by people who have suffered persecution.

Tu est Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo Aeclessiam meam (St. Matthew, 16, 18).

Have a very good week you all! God Bless!

Horn of Africa: Pope Benedict XVI makes appeal for people suffering famine

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Will we see any important Muslim personality appealing about the worst famine in decades?

Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday appealed for those suffering in the Horn of Africa from the dramatic consequences of famine, aggravated by war and the absence of solid institutions.

Addressing three thousand people in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence in Castel Gandolfo, he said Jesus confronts us with our responsibility: which is to do everything in our power to bring assistance to those who suffer from hunger and thirst.

He was commenting on the Sunday Gospel passage, which was about the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

“In today’s Gospel passage, we hear of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, which in a wonderful way prefigured the institution of the Eucharist. We pray that Christians, scattered like grain throughout the world, will be united in offering the one bread and the one cup, and so become one body, one spirit in Christ,” said Pope Benedict.

via Pope Benedict XVI makes appeal for Horn of Africa.

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Norway: Breivik wanted his own “Christian Church”

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The others are all corrupt. And Pope Benedict is a “cowardly, incompetent and corrupt Pope“. He is a “cultural Christian“, something that would be very interesting to the political elites: the religion only as a “culture”, but meaning no more to the human being.

In order to stop Islam, Breivik argues, you need to put together a broad coalition. Can the Christian churches become part of it? Breivik explains that he was not taken to baptism by his quite agnostic and upscale parents, but at age 15 elected to be baptized and confirmed in the Norwegian Lutheran Church. He later became persuaded, however, that Protestant churches have sold out to a leftist and pro-immigration agenda, and that they should merge into the Catholic Church, which has at least maintained a modicum of European tradition. However, by continuing the dialogue with Islam, “Pope Benedict has abandoned Christianity and all Christian Europeans and is to be considered a cowardly, incompetent, corrupt and illegitimate Pope”.

It will be, accordingly, necessary to get rid both of the Protestant and Catholic leaderships and to call a “Great Christian Congress” in order to establish a new European Church. This Church will be granted a religious monopoly in the new Europe but in turn, Breivik writes, “the Church and church leaders will not be allowed to influence non-cultural political matters in any way. This includes science, research and development and all non-cultural areas which will benefit Europe in the future. This will also include all areas relating to procreation/birth/fertility policies and related issues of scientific importance”. In short, Breivik’s is a cultural Christianity, an instrumentum regni for a new political elite which would confine the Church to purely spiritual and cultural matters.

via The Identity Ideology of Anders Breivik. Not a Christian Fundamentalist, by Massimo Introvigne.

Add to this that he doesn’t know anything about what it means to be a Christian, that he doesn’t really believe in anything and that he isn’t quoting the Scriptures or stating that he wanted to save “Christian souls” (wouldn’t be the adequate means, at all), and I can safely ask: why this guy is named a Christian?

Yeah, qui prodest?

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Malaysia: Muslims object to Christian use of word “Allah”

Here we go again [the reason Christians use "Allah" to call God is simple: there is no other word to call God in Malaysian language]:

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Muslim leaders in Malaysia are insisting that Christians must stop using the word “Allah” in reference to the Christian God.

The use of “Allah” as a translation of “God” in the Malay Bible “must be abandoned because it erroneously represents the two religions as equal,” said Mohd Sani Badron, a leading Islamic scholar.

Malaysia’s Catholic newspaper has won a decision in the nation’s supreme court, allowing the use of “Allah” in its pages to refer to God. But the paper is still unable to use that word, because government officials have appealed the decision. Christians explain that “Allah” has been used routinely as a word referring to the Supreme Being—not necessarily the Islamic deity. The renewed dispute comes during the same week when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak met with Pope Benedict XVI and made a commitment to establish diplomatic ties with the Vatican. The Malaysian leader said that his visit to the Vatican shows that although the country is officially Islamic, “we are an inclusive government.” Speaking of the nation’s Christian minority, he said: “We accept them. We can engage with them. We can have dialogue with them because we want to uphold peace in this world.”

via Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Malaysian Muslims object to Christian use of word \’Allah\’.

Canada: New Chaldean eparchy created for Iraqi refugees

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Pope Benedict XVI has established a Chaldean Catholic eparchy in Canada, and appointed Archbishop Hanna Zora as its first bishop.

The establishment of a new ecclesiastical jurisdiction reflects the continued emigration of Chaldean Catholics from Iraq and Iran. There are now nearly 40,000 Chaldeans living in Canada, many of them having fled Iraq in the past decade. Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, Iraq, told Vatican Radio that while Chaldeans there welcomed the news of the new eparchy, “we are a little saddened by the continuing exodus from our land, where the Church has been present since the 5th century.”

More here.

Al-Qaeda: “The Pope and Berlusconi are easy targets”

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Al Qaeda said in a video that western leaders are easy targets citing as examples Berlusconi and Pope Benedict XVI. In a 100-minute long video circulated on June 2 by the Al Qaeda media arm “As Sahab”, western leaders are described as easy targets, as they are less difficult to hit. The video message cites, as examples, Pope Benedict XVI, who was knocked down by a Swiss woman during the 2009 Christmas mass and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi who suffered face injuries when attacked by Massimo Tartaglia in Milan on December 13 2009

More here.

Pope prays for hostages in Sinai Desert

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I would like to watch this on the news. It’s shameful this is not being really reported (at least here, it isn’t):

Campaigners have welcomed the intervention by Pope Benedict XVI on behalf of refugees from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan who are being held hostage in the Sinai Desert by people traffickers.

Hundreds of refugees from the Horn of Africa have been held for months on the outskirts of a town in the Sinai Desert in purpose-built containers, where Bedouin people traffickers are demanding payment of up to US$8,000 per person for their release, though the hostages had already paid US$2,000 for passage to Israel.

On 1 December Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Human Rights Concern Eritrea, Agenzia Habeshia and EveryOne Group issued a joint appeal for urgent international intervention in the plight of the refugees, who are currently being held in degrading and inhumane conditions, bound by chains around their ankles and denied adequate food and water. The appeal details extreme methods of torture suffered by the refugees, including electric shocks, to force friends and families abroad to make the payments. The women in the group, who have been separated from the rest, are particularly vulnerable to severe abuse.

During his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI invited pilgrims “to pray for all situations of violence, intolerance, suffering in the world, that the coming of Jesus may bring consolation, reconciliation and peace. I think of the many difficult situations, such as the continuous attacks that occur in Iraq against Christians and Muslims, the clashes in Egypt where there were deaths and injuries, the victims of traffickers and criminals, such as the drama of the hostages, Eritreans and of other nationalities, in the Sinai desert. Respect for the rights of all is the prerequisite for peace. Our prayer to the Lord and our solidarity can bring hope to those who are suffering.”

via Pope prays for hostages in Sinai Desert on Independent Catholic News.

Iran: Islamic religious leader expects Pope to consider Qur’an as holy as the Gospels

What has this guy smoked?

A senior Iranian religious leader told Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran on November 11 that he expects Pope Benedict to consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and to condemn US actions in the region. Cardinal Tauran is the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.“We expect the Pope to… consider the Qur’an as holy as the Gospels and Torah and condemn the disgraceful act of torching the Qur’an,” said Grand Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli.

Look to Iran’s east; people are killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan everyday. Look to the West; terror and killings continue daily in Iraq,” the grand ayatollah continued. Across the Middle East, murder happens daily.”

via Catholic Culture : Latest Headlines : Iranian religious leader expects Pope to consider Qur’an as holy as the Gospels.

a) Never, ever, a Catholic would consider anything holy but the Catholic Bible, which is NOT the Torah (although some books are taken from it). But NEVER EVER NOT EVEN with a psychiatric problem, would a Catholic consider the Qu’ran as holy as the Bible. In fact, for a Catholic, the Qur’an is not holy at all.

I don’t like Tauran (he’s one multi-culti fellow) and I expect he hadn’t told him anything but that. I don’t like either that Joint Commission between the Vatican and Iran. What do they have to speak about with a country that has recently condemned a Christian to death on apostasy charges?

b) Of course, Iran has nothing to do with terrorism in the Middle East, hasn’t it? Hamas, Hizbullah, the Iraqi insurgents

But this gets better. This “answer” (just get you dhimmis on your knees and revere the Qur’an) has a motive: the letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Ahmadinejad, answering another one in which the latter told the Pope he wanted him to fight Islamophobia in Europe. Benedict in return, pointed out the lack of religious freedom in the Middle East:

(…) the recent Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, which took place in the Vatican from 10 to 24 October 2010, was a significant moment of reflection and sharing on the situation in the Middle East and on the great challenges placed before the Catholic communities present there. In some countries these communities face difficult circumstances, discrimination and even violence and they lack the freedom to live and publicly profess their faith. I am certain that the work of the Synod will bear good fruit for the Church and for the whole of Society.

So the answer is “consider the Qu’ran as holy as your book“. Yeah, sure. Get a life, cleric.

Spain: Muslims protest Benedict XVI’s visit

The president of the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities (FEERI), Mohamed Ahmed Ali, does not share the view expressed by Benedict XVI during his trip to Santiago de Compostela on the development of secularism “strong and aggressive” in Spain, since in his opinion, what is happening is a “certain strangement from religion.” According to the president of the Union of Islamic faith in Spain (UCIDE), Riay Tatary, this separation doesn’t exist “among Muslims”.

Speaking to Europa Press, FEERI representative explained that “secularism in Spain doesn’t exist, because the Catholic Church continues to have privileges,” so that, in his opinion, what “exists” is an strangement from the religious fact” that is “much more pronounced in Catholicism” and that “can’t be mistaken with laicism”. Continue reading

Pope in Spain: one can not live without truth, freedom

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Man can not live without freedom, and without truth and ” Honestly seeking and aspiring to truth is the condition of authentic freedom.” This the first message addressed by Benedict XVI to Spain, where he arrived this morning (saturday) at 11.30. The first leg of the two day visit is Santiago de Compostela, the culmination of the “Way” that down through the centuries has seen pilgrims from around the world come to pay homage to the Apostle James.

On arrival, a foggy day, the Pope was greeted by the Prince of Asturias, Felipe and Letizia of Spain, with whom, after the welcoming ceremony, he also had a private meeting.

Benedict XVI, from his arrival, called himself a pilgrim. “I wish to join the great host of men and women who down the centuries have come to Compostela from every corner of this peninsula, from throughout Europe and indeed the whole world, in order to kneel at the feet of Saint James and be transformed by the witness of his faith“. “In his deepest being, – he continued – man is always on a journey, ever in search of truth. The Church shares this profound human desire and herself sets out, accompanying humanity in its yearning for complete fulfilment. At the same time, the Church pursues her own interior journey which, through faith, hope and love, leads her to become a transparent sign of Christ for the world. This is her mission and her path“.

via VATICAN- SPAIN Pope in Spain: one can not live without truth, freedom – Asia News.

Zaatero went yesterday to say goodbye to the Pope as he went back to Rome. The joke here is that Zapatero was really making sure the Pope went back to Rome.

This is the best part of his message in Spain. His words about aggressive laicism, weren’t well received by the Government. Anyway, the worst thing of these two days has been the huge hypocrisy shown by Spanish polititians. They are always telling everyone that the Catholic Church is an antique and that the priests are a bunch of conservative guys who support Franco in disguise and protect pedophiles or something of the sort. Well, these days they have exhibited a “devotion” so marked (even crossing themselves and going to church) that it’s really moving.. if you don’t think that there is a crisis and they need the votes. :roll:

BY the way, Spanish MSM (with very few exceptions) have insisted on the “cold reception” that Barcelona, in particular, has given the Pope. So, I’m copying from Australian News.au.com (found) and you can judge:

Among an estimated 250,000 people gathered for the Pope, thousands watched on giant screens outside and broke into applause as his blessing transformed the edifice into a Basilica.

MK protests about the bias of AP. Spanish MSM are even worse. Just a comparison: last Saturday in Madrid there was a demonstration against Govt-ETA negotiation (again…) that gathered several thousand people in protest. Nearly no MSM have reported on it, but the gay kissing at Barcelona, has been widely reported.

Anyway, the worst weren’t the kisses: you can kiss wherever you want and I don’t think that anyone gets shocked at an homosexual couple kissing these days. The worst were the “slogans” they chanted and above all the one that says “the church that lights is the one on the flames“. Of course, none of them do this when Iranian or Saudi representatives come to Spain on official visit. So, it’s true what the Pope said about anti-clericalism and laicism, and that’s why some people have not taken it really well.

Iraq: Pope Sends Message to Syriac Archbishop of Baghdad

Well, I am a really Angry Catholic Infidel after reading what you’re about to read and it’s probable than you finish the post, you are angry too. The post is a bit long, so I apologize in advance.

Iraqi hostage of Catholic Church "Lady of the Salvation" after being released

Deeply moved by the violent deaths of so many faithful and of the reverend priests Tha’ir Saad and Boutros Wasim, I wish, on the occasion of the Sacred Rite of funerals, to participate spiritually, while praying that these brothers and sisters be accepted into the mercy of Christ in the House of the Father.

For years this beloved country has suffered untold hardships and even Christians have become the subject of brutal attacks that, in total disregard of life, an inviolable gift from God, want to undermine trust and peaceful coexistence. Continue reading

Synod: Egyptian Coptic Church representative tells members that "it has come awfully late"

From one pope to another: Middle East synod comes awfully late | National Catholic Reporter: “

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“His Holiness Pope Shenouda III entrusted me with the mission to attend the Synod as his representative, and to express his warm gratitude to His Holiness for extending an invitation to partake in the Synodal works. He entrusted me with delivering a tribute of fraternal love to Your Holiness and to all the members of the Synod, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying and hoping that God will let the Synod bear its desired fruits for the good and consideration of the Christians of the Middle East.

Allow me to say that this Synod comes at a very late stage, as the conflicts and persecutions that our region suffers from have multiplied and turned into lamentation and suffering, resulting in the migration of a large number of the finest young Christians, leaving their homelands behind. I also mean leaving their hearts behind, with their history, authentic culture and tradition, in order to live and take refuge in another country, whose traditions and way of life are strange to them, not in line with their nature, but, compared to what they went through, still more secure and safer, providing them and their children with the hope of a better future.

The title of this Synod on communion and witness takes on a new meaning and significance with regard to the suffering and challenges faced by the Christians of the Middle East, due to precarious and complex political conflicts, particularly the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as the wars this region has witnessed and still is enduring; wars that have caused an upsurge in Middle Eastern problems, where, as a reaction, anti-Jewish and anti-Christian Salafist movements alike were launched, while the spirit of hatred, rejection of the other and isolationism were felt on the other side in response to the psychological pressure and persecution. That, to the point of martyrdom, marginalization and the feeling of being “non-native” citizens enduring discrimination at work and in political institutions and parliamentary and local councils.
In this sense, it fell to the Church as a reality that it had to live and live with, particularly in how to minister to those communities that departed and scattered all over the world – in addition to ministering the remaining communities inside the country, encouraging them not to leave their homelands, and seeking to resolve their issues, as much as possible, through the intercession of officials.

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From my personal experience, I can confirm that we were forced to undergo the reality of emigration. Nevertheless, the Coptic church realized the perils of emigration and migration, of leaving the country whatever the reason for the exile. Accordingly, with his keen intellect and spiritual sensitivity, Pope Shenouda III recognized the need of our Coptic migrant communities (around two million Christian Copts) residing overseas to live in the same ecclesiastic oriental spiritual environment they grew up and were raised in according to its traditions. That is why Pope Shenouda III sent the Church after its faithful communities, to look for them in fear of losing them and their Copt identity, as well as their disappearing in foreign communities.
Thus, he founded churches and monasteries and established Copt schools in immigration countries, such as:

  • In the United States: around 160 Egyptian Coptic churches, two monasteries and five bishops; 
  • In Canada: 20 Coptic churches; 
  • In Bolivia: several churches and a bishop; 
  • In Brazil: several churches and a bishop as well; 
  • In Australia: 20 Coptic churches, a monastery and three bishops; 
  • In Europe: churches in almost every European country, three monasteries and three bishops; 
  • In Sudan: two parishes, two monasteries and two bishops; 
  • In Southern Africa: churches in Kenya, Zimbabwe and remaining countries – a monastery and two bishops.

He also founded Coptic schools in the United States, Canada and Australia.

I would like to affirm that we look forward to this Synod, thanks to the efforts of His Holiness and the Synod members. May it be the glimpse of hope that carries within it better solutions for the Christians’ problems in the Middle East. My thanks go to the Synodal members who succeeded, throughout their addresses, in covering all the aspects they have experienced and witnessed, dimensions that have had direct or indirect influences on emigration movements in the Middle East.”

Source.

Background:
Middle East:: Arab Christians face political Islam threat, Bishop Naguib says.
Rabbi cautions against hostility towards Israel.
Middle East: “International community must take its responsibility to reach an agreement on respect to human dignity”, Kirkuk’s bishop says.
Synod: “Turkish extremists were behind Bishop Padovese’s murder”, Bishop Franceschini charges.

UK: Muslims protest Pope Benedict’s visit

http://www.liveleak.com/e/8d3_1285202586

They are carrying slogans like “Shariah for the Vatican”, “Jesus is not God” and “God curse the Pope”. But there was more:

Muslim demonstrators sang “Pope Benedict, you will pay, Islam is on its way”, “Sharia is on its way”, “Justice is on its way” (a lot is coming our way, it seems) and threatened that Sharia would be “declared” against all who insult Muhammad. They shouted to the Pope, “Watch your back,” swore that he will “burn in hell” and claimed that he “deserves the death penalty.”

As always, we see respect for other religions, good wishes for everyone and no intentions of dominating other people.

Just kidding…

The Conservative Monster has more on this.

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Muslim against Crusades – new Islamist group springs up.

UK: Algerians arrested on plot to kill Pope, freed

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British police are reporting that they have freed the men who were arrested on suspicion of plotting a ‘terrorist’ attack on Pope Benedict XVI.
The men, between the ages of 26 and 50 were released without charge on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

BBC focuses more on the Pope’s agenda for today but has this line:

six men who were being held in connection with an alleged threat to the Pope’s visit were released without charge.

Background: Five held over plot to kill the Pope.

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UK: Five held over plot to kill Pope

Pope Benedict XVI during visit to São Paulo, B...Image via WikipediaThey are five Algerians who worked as street cleaners. Sky News:

Armed counter-terror officers swooped on the central London agency to which they were registered in the early hours of the morning.
The suspects, who are aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50, are being held and questioned under the Terrorism Act 2000.
The firm where the arrests were made is now being searched, as well as homes in north and east London.
Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said the men were street cleaners employed by the agency to work for Westminster City Council.
He said they were due to clean streets in Lambeth near where the Pope is due to travel, prompting the police to launch the operation to arrest them.
Brunt said: “I was at a briefing last week around the whole issue of the Pope’s security and the point was made then that there was no known threat or intelligence to suggest a plot against the Pope.
“What the police are dealing with today is something that has cropped up in the last 24 hours.”
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Initial searches have not uncovered any hazardous items.
“Today’s arrests were made after police received information. Following initial inquiries by detectives, a decision was made to arrest the five men.
“Following today’s arrests the policing arrangements for the Papal visit were reviewed and we are satisfied that our current policing plan remains appropriate.

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Pope Benedict and the Holocaust

The lifting of excommunication to the Society of Saint Pius X has caused quite an uproar. I myself wrote in the Spanish blog a post critizising the measure because I think that this people are not worth the end of the religious dialogue with Jews. It results that Pope Benedict is of the same advice, in addition to some other factors which are not really underlined sufficiently by the media.

Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that he is setting himself for a visit to Israel, “holy land for both Christians and Hebrew people”, during a meeting with the representants of the main US Jewish organizations. Recently the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, informed that the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land will take place on May.

The meeting was held due to the crisis between the Vatican and the Jewish world after the lifting of the excommunication to the Lefrebvrian bishop Richard Williamson, who denies the Holocaust. The liting of the excommunication caused that even several political leaders like German Angela Merkel, called on the Pope to issue a rectification. Finally, the Vatican cautioned Williamson that if he persists in this attitude he will again be excommunicated.

In this context, the Pope “condemned any denial or intent to minimize this terrible crime”, something which would be “intolerable and completely inacceptable”. Moreover, he also used the occaciones to ask for forgiveness because of the ofenses and sufferings which has been caused to the Jewish people, using the same words pronounced by his predecessor, John Paul II, on 2000.

via La Nueva España – Diario Independiente de Asturias – Internacional – El Papa proclama que negar el Holocausto es intolerable y confirma que viajará a Israel.

In addition, you can also read Rob’s post on the matter of which I am going to copy these two paragraphs:

On February 5 the Vatican stated that bishop Williamson must recant “in an absolutely unequivocal and public way” his positions regarding the Shoah. Which was in my opinion a very good news, but perhaps not the best way to settle the whole question, as Norm Geras pointed out at the time: “[T]he Catholic Church could simply state that Williamson’s beliefs about the Shoah about the Shoah aren’t compatible with membership.” This time, Pope Benedict went further: not only is denying or minimizing the Holocaust not compatible with being a bishop, but also with being a Catholic, as ”unacceptable and intolerable” in itself.
However, it is to be recalled that the lifting of the excommunication did not by any means heal the schism between Rome and Lefebvrists, as much as the lifting of the excommunications between Rome and patriarchate of Constantinople ( December 7, 1965) did not mark a return to unity between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches. In both cases, as Sandro Magister pointed out on his website, the lifting of the excommunication was intended to be the first step toward a possible reversing of the schism. Which means that there are still two separated and independent entities, and therefore Williamson couldn’t in any way be expelled from the Catholic Church, for the simple fact that he is not a member of it (which is not that bad, in my own personal view).

Again it’s proved that we are dealing with a bad reporting from the MSM, which instead of publishing the real story, go only to report the scandals…

(Sorry but I scheduled the post in a uncomplete version, now it’s complete).

Magdi Allam Tells the Pope That Islam is a Religion of war

Allam told Pope Benedict he specifically objected to Cardinal Tauran telling a conference in August that Islam itself promotes peace but that “‘some believers’ have ‘betrayed their faith,’” using it as a pretext for violence.

“The objective reality, I tell you with all sincerity and animated by a constructive intent, is exactly the opposite of what Cardinal Tauran imagines,” Allam told the pope. “Islamic extremism and terrorism are the mature fruit” of following “the sayings of the Quran and the thought and action of Mohammed.”

via Islam In Action: Ex-Muslim Tells the Pope That Islam is a Religion of war

This is something really dangerous and interesting. If someone as peaceful, as rational and as cultivated as this man, considers that Islam is a Religion of War, we should think about it for a minute… carefully.

Real faith does not impose itself, Pope Benedict teaches

Bishops and other clergy from Kazakhstan and Central Asia, a region with few Catholics, met with Pope Benedict this morning at the Vatican. The Holy Father encouraged the prelates to “keep the flame of faith alive among the Christian people” and spoke about the dangers of religious fundamentalism.

Pope Benedict began his remarks by inviting the prelates to give thanks to God that, “despite the severe pressures suffered during the years of the atheist communist regime, the flame of faith remained alight in believers’ hearts thanks to the zealous sacrifice of priests, religious and lay people.”

After encouraging the bishops not to lose heart even though the Catholic community is “a small flock,” Benedict XVI called on them to allow themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit and “to keep the flame of faith alight among Christian people. Conserve and draw vantage from the important pastoral and apostolic experiences of the past,” he told them.

Real faith does not impose itself, Pope Benedict teaches.

He also explained that it’s not possible to fight fundamentalism fighting actual religion.