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A pleasant open day at the Council of Europe

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019

A pleasant open day at the Council of Europe

May 5th 2019     Anniversary of the Council of Europe 1949-2019

Article Patrick Bracker

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 (NDLR: Viewpoints published here do not necessarily reflect "Eurofora"s ideas.

+ 4 Translations, in English, German, Italian and French, are provided herewith).

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Visitors were invited to a fun treasure hunt to discover the places and the different aspects of the house.  Find elements of the construction, in the time frieze or on the large pan-European map or even in the heart of wall tapestries, decode a name, or find the number of pillars that support the hemicycle, locate values and answer some rebus or research in the area.   

At each stage of the treasure hunt, there was a growing public interest in the Palace's treasures, including the discovery of gifts made over the years by Member States to the Institution. The visitors' efforts were rewarded with gifts: by passing by to present the result of their research at the dedicated stand, where the charming hostesses of the Council distributed bags or magnets, pens or posters in addition to their good advice and lovely smiles.  

The courageous visitors could then go to the European Court of Human Rights to continue their journey of discovering the jewel of the Council of Europe.  

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Through this playful game, geography, art, values or reflection constitute a set of realities experienced on a daily basis by the actors of Greater Europe and the staff of the Council of Europe. Exhibitions’ showing the Institution’s many activities over the past 70 years, such as the Landscape Convention or the exhibition summarizing the important stages of European integration.  

 

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For this 70th anniversary 1949-2019, many interested visitors and enthusiasts came in large numbers, a great pan-European success in a friendly atmosphere!

 

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Ein angenehmer Tag der offenen Tür beim Europarat.

Die Besucher wurden zu einer lustigen Schatzsuche eingeladen, um die Orte und die verschiedenen Aspekte des Hauses zu entdecken.  Finden Sie Elemente des Baus, im Zeitrahmen oder auf der großen paneuropäischen Karte oder sogar im Herzen von Wandteppichen, entschlüsseln Sie einen Namen oder finden Sie die Anzahl der Säulen, die den Plenarsaal stützen, Werte lokalisieren und auf einen Rebus oder eine Forschung in der Region antworten.

In jeder Phase der Schatzsuche wuchs das öffentliche Interesse an den Schätzen des Palastes, einschließlich der Entdeckung von Geschenken, die die Mitgliedstaaten im Laufe der Jahre an das Organ gemacht haben.  Die Bemühungen der Besucher wurden mit Geschenken belohnt: Sie kamen vorbei, um das Ergebnis ihrer Forschung auf dem eigenen Stand zu präsentieren, wo die charmanten Hostessen des Rates neben ihrem guten Rat und ihrem schönen Lächeln auch Taschen oder Magnete, Stifte oder Poster verteilten.  

Mutige Besucher konnten dann zum Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte gehen, um ihre Reise zur Entdeckung des Juwels des Europarates fortzusetzen.  

In diesem spielerischen Spiel bilden Geographie, Kunst, Werte oder Reflexion eine Reihe von Realitäten, die von den Akteuren des Großraums Europa und den Mitarbeitern des Europarates täglich erlebt werden. Ausstellungen, die die vielfältigen Aktivitäten des Instituts in den letzten 70 Jahren zeigen, wie die Landschaftskonvention oder die Ausstellung, die die wichtigen Phasen der europäischen Integration zusammenfasst.

Zu diesem 70-jährigen Jubiläum 1949-2019 kamen begeisterte und interessierte Besucher in großer Zahl, ein großer paneuropäischer Erfolg in einer freundlichen Atmosphäre!

 

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Una piacevole giornata di apertura al Consiglio d'Europa.

I visitatori sono stati invitati ad una divertente caccia al tesoro per scoprire i luoghi e i diversi aspetti della casa. Trovare elementi della costruzione, nell'arco temporale o sulla grande mappa paneuropea o anche nel cuore degli arazzi delle pareti, decodificare un nome, o trovare il numero di pilastri che sostengono l'emiciclo, localizzare i valori e rispondere a qualche rebus o ricerca nell'area.   

In ogni fase della caccia al tesoro si è registrato un crescente interesse del pubblico per i tesori del palazzo, compresa la scoperta dei doni che gli Stati membri hanno fatto nel corso degli anni all'istituzione.  Gli sforzi dei visitatori sono stati premiati con regali: passando a presentare il risultato della loro ricerca presso lo stand dedicato, dove le affascinanti hostess del Consiglio hanno distribuito borse o magneti, penne o poster, oltre ai loro buoni consigli e sorrisi.  

I visitatori coraggiosi potrebbero poi recarsi alla Corte europea dei diritti dell'uomo per continuare il loro viaggio alla scoperta del gioiello del Consiglio d'Europa.  

Attraverso questo gioco ludico, la geografia, l'arte, i valori o la riflessione costituiscono un insieme di realtà vissute quotidianamente dagli attori della Grande Europa e dallo staff del Consiglio d'Europa. Mostre che illustrano le numerose attività dell'istituzione negli ultimi 70 anni, come la Convenzione sul paesaggio o la mostra che riassume le tappe importanti dell'integrazione europea.  .  

Per questo 70° anniversario 1949-2019, i visitatori entusiasti e interessati sono arrivati in gran numero, un grande successo paneuropeo in un'atmosfera amichevole!

 

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Une agréable journée porte ouverte au Conseil de l’Europe.

Les visiteurs étaient invités à un jeu de piste ludique pour découvrir les lieux et les différents aspects de la maison.  Trouver des éléments de la construction, dans la frise temporelle ou sur la grande carte paneuropéenne voire au cœur de tapisseries murales,  décoder un  nom, ou trouver le nombre de piliers qui soutiennent l’hémicycle, localiser des valeurs et répondre à quelque rébus ou de recherche dans le périmètre.   

À chaque étape du jeu de piste, se développait l’intérêt accru du public aux trésors du Palais, avec notamment la découverte des cadeaux faits au fil des années par les Etats membres à l’Institution.  Les efforts des visiteurs étaient couronnés par l’octroi de cadeaux : en passant présenter le résultat de leur recherche au stand dédié, où les charmantes hôtesses du Conseil  distribuaient outre leurs bons conseils et ravissants sourires, des sacs ou des magnets, des stylos ou des posters.  

Les visiteurs courageux pouvaient ensuite se rendre à la Cour Européenne des Droits de l’Homme pour continuer leur chemin de découverte du joyau du conseil de l’Europe.  

À travers ce jeu ludique, la géographie, l’art, les  valeurs ou la réflexion constituent un ensemble de réalités vécues au quotidien par les acteurs de la Grande Europe et les personnels du Conseil de l’Europe. Les expositions  montrant  les  activités multiples de l’Institution  depuis 70 ans, comme  la convention sur le paysage ou l’exposition récapitulant les étapes importantes de la construction européenne.  

Pour ce 70ème anniversaire  1949-2019, les visiteurs enthousiastes et intéressés sont venus en nombre, une belle réussite paneuropéenne dans une ambiance conviviale !

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Benedict's "Source" to revitalize Europe : - "The World needs Hope", Pope says, calling to relaunch E.U. via Human Rights !

Paris - Lourdes - Strasbourg : 12 - 17 September 2008.

The vital need to re-launch Europe can be succesfully met by defending fundamental Human Rights of the People, said Pope Benedict XVI in his 1st speech in France, at his meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy, who currently chairs the EU.

Sarkozy replied by welcoming Christian and other religions' contribution to indispensable Public Debates on crucial issues which affect Human Dignity, Europe, even Humankind, as BioGenetics.

- "When Europeans will see and personally experience that the inalienable Rights of the Human Person .., those of their free Education, their Family life, their Work, ..their Religious Rights, ..are respected and promoted, then, these Europeans will fully understand the greatness of the European construction and will be actively involved in it", Benedict XVI stressed.

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- "It's important that during France's EU Presidency, there is, indeed, a desire for the Church to contribute to protect Human Person's integrity, and I think that there is also a growing Conscience, beyond any polemics, to defend Human Rights, and, thus, contribute to ensure respect for Human Dignity", added to "EuroFora" the Pope's Spokesman, Vatican's Press Director Federico Lombardi.

- "Nobody really told us here that Lisbon Treaty was good for this or that reason to the People. They only told us that we "had" to ratify it, and tried to scare us, but failed", said 2 Irish pilgrims to "EuroFora", after 2 Majority Abstentions in 1999 and 2004 EU Elections and 3 "NO" to Referenda in France and the Netherlands in 2005, followed by the Irish "No" in 2008, during a Decade of EU Crisis since the controversial Turkey EU- bid (1999-2008).

More than .."224 cases of Murders, Torture, "Disappearancies" or Destructions" by "agents of Turkish Security forces", where all those responsible for so heavy Crimes still remain scandalously unpunished, despite regular condemnations of Ankara by Strasbourg''s European Court of Human Rights from 1996 to 2008, were examined the same week by CoE's Ministers, who decided to launch a fresh call "urging" the Turkish Authorities to end this dangerous "virtual Impunity" of criminals, without comparison to European countries.

- "Why not Ukraine, instead of Turkey ?", asked EuroFora a Journalist from "Kiev : the city where it's enough to cross the streets in order to realize that it's a European town", as Sarkozy recently said, before solemnly declaring this week, together with Ukranian President Jushenko and EU Commission's chair Baroso, EU's "recognition that Ukraine is a fully European Country, linked to Europe by culture and History".

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Europe's "Christian roots" and Values, with "openess and mutual respect" to other cultures and beliefs, were highlighted by Sarkozy in harmony with Benedict XVI.

The Human person should be protected "from his inception until his natural death", added the Pope, faithful to BioEthic principles defended by his predecessor and collaborator, John Paul II, of topical importance in France, Europe and the World today, as Sarkozy announced :

- "Fast and important progres in Genetic Science and procreation raise delicate BioEthical Questions to our Democracies", which "involve our view of Humans and Life, and can lead to Social Mutations. That's why they cannot remain only a business of experts", hestressed.

- "It's Politician's responsibility to set a proper framework for such Public Debates", as "France will do on BioEthics in 2009". "Religious and Philosophic traditions must take part, with their ideas and centuries' long experience : A positive Laicity is an open invitation to Dialogue", he said.

- "France engaged in Europe at another Debate on how to make Financial Capitalism more moral", and the "Social doctrine of the Church fits well what is at stake in modern Globalized Economy"

- "But, a "Real Dialogue is not for an elite of a Globalized world : It penetrates deep into the People : That's why Churches should actively participate : .. It's bringing New Oxygen to Public Debates", stressed Sarkozy.

- "Democracy must not be cut off Reason", which is "compatible with Faith", thanks to "the meeting between Christianism and Greek philosophy ", he added, referring to Pope's views. "It means to advance with logic arguments, search what's best and respect common principles of thinking :... It's an everyday need for Public Administration and the Political Debate", he added.
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Pope Benedict's 1st visit to France looked like the start of a brillant, manifold demonstration that this was well-founded and could become true in the lives of the People : After its Theoretical foundations unfolded at a "speech to the world of Culture", inaugurating Bernadins' cultural centre, and its dogmatic instrument shaped at an address to the Clergy in the Historic Notre Dame' Cathedral, he started to resolutely reach out to the People :

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The move went upwards like Bach's music : Begining with a call to more than fifteen thousand enthousiastic Youngsters gathered at Notre Dame's parvis with overnight celebrations, it gained strength in an impressive open-air Mass at Paris'central Invalides'area facing Alexander III's bridge, attended by more than 150.000 people, French Prime Minister Fillon, many Ministers, Foreign Ambassadors, etc, and culminated in a series of pan-European Mega-meetings at Lourdes 150th anniversary, together with all French Bishops, EU Commission's vice-Chairman Barrot, and some 200.000 enthousiastic People from all over Europe and beyond : After a Sea of Lights astonishingly braved Saturday Night's rain, an open-air mass at riverside fields among Pyrenees' Mountains Sunday Morning, was followed on Monday by a Sea of "Compassion" to those facing Health or Life threats, surrounded by an endless gathering of People, whose gigantic dimensions obviously surprised the organisers..

Meanwhile, Benedict had the occasion to speak to the French Priests at Notre Dame of Paris, and with the Bishops at Lourdes, where they prepare a crucial November plenary meeting, due to take important decisions on imminent EU debates and choices about Europe's identity, BioEthics, etc.
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- "A new way of thinking about Laicity has become necessary", agreed the Pope with President Sarkozy at Elysee. While keeping the "distinction between Politics and Religion, to guarantee Citizens' Liberty", "religion is important for shaping Consciousness and contributing, together with others, to create a basic Ethical Consensus in society".

- "Searching Essential realities", (as "God" for christians), needs "Speech : "Logos" in greek, i.e. Reason", "able to shape a Community","with creative work transforming Human History". But "Dialogue" is instrumental for "Reason", because it's the way to "search" for Truth", in "Liberty", according to Greek Platonic Philosophy, with Socrates' dialectics. "Reason" implies "Spirit and Liberty", hence the polyphonic "Music" of "Dialogue", in a responsible, "well balanced" way, to avoid "destruction".

Starting with a "Dialogue between christians and intellectual or artistic movements" highlighted at Bernardins' Cultural Center. with former Presidents Chirac and Giscard d'Estain, UNESCO's chair Anastassopoulos, etc., as well as representatives of Muslim Communities, (including a separate Turkish), after contacts with Jews at Vatican's Embassy, the Pope turned towards the People :

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To French Priests : "Church built on the rock" !
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- Speaking to thousands of French Priests at Notre Dame's Cathedral, Benedict highlighted a solid "Church built on the Rock" of conscious and active persons, transmitting "a lively, energetic and sharp" "God's Speech, actively working on Human History".

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"Praying together" with "representatives of Christian Churches and ecclesiastic communities", (as Orthodoxes, Armenians, Protestants, etc), he called "to reinforce the Unity of the church", against "any form of Division", around Holy Spirit', "the Word","Christ's Justice", and "Love" to fellow- humans : Essentials which "resume all holy scripts", as he said.

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To Young People : "New Horizons"
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To some 15.000 enthousiastic Young People at Notre Dame's parvis, along Seine's river, Benedict spoke about "the Energy of the Holy Spirit" and "the Mystery of the Cross" : - "The Holy Spirit opens New Horizons to Human Intelligence .. and makes it conscious of the real greatness of Christ's sacrifice, dying and resurecting for World's life".

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Some "may slander you as crazy, laugh at you, or even persecute you. But, "the Holy Cross is a symbol of God's love", and "givesmoral strength" : "Witness of People's pains, it's at the same time, a precious, unique expression of their Hopes", he told them at Paris' dawn.

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Invalides' plateau : "People chosen to become God's friends"
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At the 1st open-air Mass in Paris' center area of Invalides, facing the Grand Palais, along the river Seine, during an impressive gathering of more than 150.000, French Prime Minister Fillon, Ministers Alliot-Marie, Bachelot, Dati, Jouyet, Assembly's President Accoyer, Senate's Chair Poncelet, former 1st Lady Bernadette Chirac, former Prime Minister Raffarin, many foreign Ambassadors, and other political personalities were present. (While earlier, from the Socialist opposition, Paris' Mayor Delanoye, artist Robert Hussein a.o. assisted at the Elysee meeting).

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But the "Entry Song" focused on the "People chosen to become God's Friends". The September 11 mass was Dedicated to "Saint Chrysostomus, that great priest of Constantinople", with his "wonderful eloquence and great courage to face challenges", who "made out of despaired and godless people, a people of brothers", opening a possibility to "become all one complete entity", as Pope Benedict reminded.

- "Reason never enters in real contradiction with Faith", stressed Pope Benedict, who prepared his speeches for France during a short Summer rest at Brixen/Bressanone's Seminar, whose Library honors both "Faith and Science".. - "We must use not only our Reason, but also our Faith" : "Get away from Idolatry", "cupidity", "avidity for money, power or even knowledge deviating from essential aims", and other "falses appearances". and "build your Home on the Rock", "with the force that Holy Spirit gives to those who let it act in them", he said to the People of Paris.

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Benedict at Lourdes : - "Become Light (even) in the Dark !"
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- "Our World needs Hope", stressed Pope Benedict, addressing an impressive TorchLight procession at Lourdes' sanctuaries, where a Sea of Lights held by Hundreds of Thousands of People gathered at Pyrenee's Mountains from all over Europe astonishingly kept their flames despite a heavy Rain at a windy Dark Night...

- "150 years earlier (1858 - 2008), ..here, in the cave, ... a simple young girl, Bernadette .. saw a Light". "The everyday life of her Family was, however, made of Misery, Sadness, Sickness, Misunderstandings, Rejection and Poverty... It was hard to live in Jail". Today, "we think to all Human Beings who suffer : The innocent Victims who face Violence, War, Terrorism, Hunger, Injustices, Catastrophes, Hate and Oppression, Violations of Human Dignity and of their fundamental Rights, of their Liberty to act and think. We also think to those who face Familial problems, sufferings from Unemployment, Sickness, Infirmity, Isolation, or their situation as Immigrants, without forgetting those who suffer and die for the name of Christ", he said.

- "But the Shadows of the Earth, did not hinder Sky's Light to shine : <<The Light shines in the Dark>>" ..."A Way full of Light opens in Human History even in its Darkest moments" : ..."As Night falls, Christ tels us : <<- Keep your Lamps alight !>>."Hold a Light while walking in the Night .. sums up our condition as Christians on their way : "We need light, and we are called to become Light !", Benedict stressed to People setting in motion Lights, Flags and Songs with enthousiasm.

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"<<- She looked at me as a Person, who speaks to another Person>>, the poor girl had noted."Light emerges from such a Dialogue", stressed the Pope : "A small Flame called Hope, Compassion and Tenderness dwells inside those who return after being moved by Lourdes' experience". "Christ .. entrusts us with the Mission to let the Light of Charity shine : To make of our Prayers an Act of Love to our brothers and to Fraternal Charity", he concluded.

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