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ArchBishop Minnerath to EF+: All Christians+ United in front of ISIL Terrorism + other Challenges !?

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 04 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/EU Parliament/Angelo Marcopolo/- A New phenomenon, of an almost "Total Solidarity" between various Christian Minorities of the Middle East area, has practicaly United recently, as never before in recent History, all the Christians living there, (some among the Most Ancient Churches of the World), while Facing harsh Persecution and other Dangers now, mainly from several Threats and/or Attacks, Oppression, etc., by the Islamistic Extremists' Terrorism of ISIL, etc., told EU Parliament's "PanEuropa" Working Group meeting the Experienced ArchBishop of Dijon (France), Mgr Roland Minnerath, who holds also several Important Missions at the Vatican (See Infra).


Mgr Minnerath, who comes from Strasbourg's Region and holds a Double PhD both on Theology and Canonic Law in addition to Paris' University Studies in History, has served as Special Secretary at the Vatican's Worldwide Bishops' Synod already on 2005, and is, until now, Member of its International Commission on Theology, while, since 2011, he has been elected President of France's Council for Canonic Law, during the currently Emeritus Pope Benedict, as well as New Member of the Holy See's prestigious Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, where he was appointed since May 2015 by new Pope Francis.


The "PanEuropa" WG at EU Parliament is currently Chaired by Experienced, Long-time MEP Paul Ruebig from Austria, a mainstream Member of the Biggest Political Group of MEPs, that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP.


Historicaly, Christians used to be essentialy United for more than a Millenary, until 1.054, and it was during that period that Byzantine Empire's World-Famous Monks Cyril and Method helped Russians acquire a Written Alphabet for their Language, (which became the Cyrilic), and be Christianized since the 9th Century AC, starting from Kiev (nowadays Ukraine), and extended afterwards to Moscow, etc.


On 1453, (i.e. when the Ottoman Turcs, coming from a far away Central Asian area near Mongolia, notoriously Invaded and occupied Byzance's overMillenary Capital Constantinople, massacrating its last defensors, including its Last Emperor Constantin Paleologis, who had Married with a Roman Latin Wife of Catholic confession - while that Historic City was renamed "Istanbul" after a 1955 "Pogrom" against Christians fueled on Pretext of Cyprus' National Independence Movement developments), almost all former "Eastern" Christian Orthodox Churches had reportdly SIgned, at Florence (Italy), an Exceotional Agreement to immediately Re-establish European Christians' Unity, Mgr. Minnerath reminded, but this was, then, finaly Refused to be Ratified, later-on, mainly by the Russian ArchiBishop, Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, afterwards followed in that also by the older, Greek-Orthodox Patriarche of Constantinople (Istanbul).  


However, after various Efforts during the Following Centuries, (including, more recently, under former Popes Jean-Paul II, who was the 1st Catholic Pope in History to ever make an Official Visit to predominantly Orthodox Greece, back on 2001, just after a landmark Ecumenial Declaration, agreed and signed by Top Representatives/Emmissaries of the Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox Confessions in Strasbourg, including a Meeting held then at the PanEuropean CoE's Headquarters here : Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founder's relevant NewsReports from those Historic Events, published then at Other Media, including "StraCy", "EWEM", "TCW", etc, as well as current Emeritus Pope Benedict's welcome of then Russia's Patriarch Alexis, who had made an Historic Visit at the CoE in Strasbourg, Paris and Rome, etc., back on 2007 : Comp. f.ex. "Eurofora" Co-Founder's Publication of a Statement that Patriarch Alexis gave us then on Cultural Heritage, at "Cyprus Weekly", etc), Recently, on February 2016, New Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Cyril met and signed a landmark Joint Declaration on the Rapprochment of Catholic and Orthodox Christian, last February 2016 in Cuba, (See relevant "Eurofora"s NewsReport at ....).


That exceptionaly important, Top Declaration of February 2016 at Cuba, (which includes also crystal-clear References even to Modern BioEthical Concerns of Christians vis a vis some BioTechnology Moral Issues of Vital Interest for all Humanity : Comp. related Abstracts from the Original Text and observatins by "Eurofora" at the above-mentioned NewsReport), is "certainly a valuable Sign given by the Religious Leaders", but, afterwards, in real Practice, it depends, in fact, from the Competent collegial Commissions of each Church, who regularly meet Together each 2 Years, to Try to Translate all that more Concrete Terms in order to Start to be Really Applied in Everyday Life of all Priests and faithful : Something which hasn't been always Easy, but still remained a quite Delicate matter to solve better in the foreseable Future, realisticaly observed Mgr. Minnerath.
In these Conditions, another Step Forward is the Latest Joint Text adopted by a Top Ecumenical Collective Gathering, just a Few Months Earlier this Year (2016) in Rome, he anounced moreover.

 
 
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=> Speaking, later-on, to "Eurofora", at the Conclusion of that exceptional Meeting in EU Parliament, ArchBishop Minnerath, agreed on the Double Point that, Nowadays, at least 2 Different but Both Topical Challenges of ISIS' Deadly Terrorism (which notoriously Kills and Threatens even many Innocent and Defenseless Civilian People, recently both in Europe and even in the USA, in addition to the Middle-East area near Turkey's borders and later-on also in some African areas),  as well as  Recently Growing "BioEthical" Concerns, raised by some Controversial aspects on certain Crucial Points on the Way that some Might Abuse of Fast-Developing Modern Bio-Technologies, which might Affect all Humankind, inciting, in Fact, all Christians to Urgently Find Was to ReUnite their relevant Activities, at least on the most Essential Issues.


Earlier, Replying also to various Participants' Questions, he also Acknowledged Europe's a.o. proximity of Judeo-Christian Traditions, as well as a quite Differend kind of Theology in the Islamic Religion, but made also a Clear Distinction between an Historicaly and basicaly Peaceful Muslim Belief, shared by a Majority of mainly Traditional Muslims in various Countries, and anOther, Extremist and Aggressive Version, which has, more Recently, been Diffused mainly by a "Wahabit" intolerant pathway via Saudi Arabia, (which is one of the Few who haven't even signed UNO's World-wide Declaration on Human Rights), etc., some difformed Parts of which were Distorded and Abused by openly Violent Terrorism as that of Al-Quaida and particularly ISIL's atrocious BeHeaders even of innocent Civilian People.


However, in addition to Different MonoTheistic Religions' references to One God, it's mainly by Focusing on the Essentials of a Worldwide "Humanism" and basic Human Values, that a Joint Struggle, bringing Together all Religions through Honest Dialogue, against Deadly and Destructive Terrorism, may Succeed, Mgr. Minnerath Highlighted in Conclusion.



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Hu Jia's prize brings SAKHAROV's wife to "EuroFora" on murders of Journalists Politkofskaya, Gongadze and Adali :

- Elena Bonner : "All Journalists' murders must be fully investigated", without Double Standards.                                                                                    

During a special Mega-Event to celebrate 20 Years of SAKHAROV Prize for "Freedom of Thought", attributed in 2008 by EU Parliament to jailed Chinese Cyber-Dissident Hu JIA, the move was reinforced by strongly criticizing the persisting impunity in three cases of Journalists' Murders, such as POLITKOVSKAYA in Russia, GONGADZE in Ukraine, and ADALI in Turkish-occupied part of Cyprus.

Any bureaucratic doubt about whether Cyber-dissidents like Hu JIA might have, or not, a right to be protected as all Journalists must be, particularly when they take risks to search, find and publish original and critical News on issues of general interest to the society, could not resist to the emotion provoked by the message of his Wife, Zeng JINYAN spectacularly transmitted at a big screen in EU Parliament's hemicycle :

- "The most important and most interesting thing he did was to ... say the Truth :.. to write about the phenomena he observed... He never stopped Publishing.. on websites, so that the Public could learn about the reality .. and understand it.  In my view, this has been his greatest contribution", stressed the young wife of the jailed man, eager to cite also the cases of other critical journalists who faced various kinds of "harassment".

 - "Welcoming all those who have suffered for defending Human Rights", EU Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING, who had invited to Strasbourg all former Sakharov prize-winners from various Countries throughout the World, said that "China needs Europe, and Europe needs China : A great nation" with which "we want to have a good relationship", "association and ..friendship". "But we are never going to stop our fight for Human Rights, and No Government can expect this from us".

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of Peace, if Human Rights are left out. In fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.

    It's in this spirit that MEPs adopted, on Thursday, a Resolution denouncing that "the criminal
investigation and trial following the murder of (a) Journalist ...raises serious concerns with regard to transparency and respect for the rule of law", when a "brutal killing has not yet been fully investigated and solved in a satisfactory way".

    The text refered to dissident Journalist "Anna POLITOVSKAYA", a critic of Tchechen conflict, killed some years ago in Moscow, where Russian Authorities have found, arrested and are currently judging two executants, while also searching to arrest also a 3rd one, allegedly escaped in Belgium. But they have not yet found the instigators.

     Similar texts were adopted recently also on dissident Ukranian Journalist Georgiy GONGADZE's murder, for which Ukranian Authorities have at least found, arrested and condemned 2 executants to 12 and 13 Years of jail, but not yet the instigators. For that purpose, they recently accepted an International Experts team to participate to the investigations.     

But, it's only for the Murder of dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist ADALI, in the occupied territories of Cyprus, that Turkey has NOT yet found ANYONE responsible, and even claimed recently inside CoE that it would be "impossible" to do so !    

These astonishing differences exist despite the fact that ECHR condemned alike Ukraine and Turkey with 2 Judgements on the same year : 2005, for the murders of  Journalists GONGADZE and ADALI, strong critics of Corruption in Ukraine, and of Ankara's policies on mass-influx of Turkish Settlers in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, respectively.    

Regarless of that, CoE's Committee of Ministers, who is entrusted with the duty to supervise execution of ECHR's judgements, has just asked Ukraine's Government to reply to further questions on Gongadze's murder before March 2009, while Turkey, curiously, got a longer postponement for answering questions on Adali's murder, until June...   

A comparison of these cases, raises serious questions about Double Standards :

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On TRANSPARENCY :
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    On Gongadze's murder, CoE's body speaks even about the participation of
"an INTERNATIONAL group of Experts" in the Investigation, (f.ex. of "Tape Recordings"), accepted by Ukraine.
    On the contrary, on Adali's murder, CoE is obliged to repeatedly ask (for a 2nd
time) Turkey whether, at least, it informed the victims' Family, or not...
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- On EFFICIENCY :
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On Gongadze's murder, CoE formally "recalls that the Committee (of Ministers) ..URGED the Ukranian authorities.. to TAKE ALL NECESSARY INVESTIGATIVE STEPS TO ACHIEVE CONCRETE and VISIBLE RESULTS in the INVESTIGATION, aimed at the Identification of the INSTIGATORS and Organisers of the Murder", and "STRONGLY INVITED the Ukranian Authorities to provide information on the PROGRESS IN THE INVESTIGATION", before MARCH 2009.

But, on Adali's murder, on the contrary, CoE's body merely .. "took note" of the "arguments presented by" Cyprus, which denounce the absence of any proof of new "investigation" by Turkey. Following Turkey's own suggestion (!), it simply "noted" that there is "no limitation period" for "any new element" to "lead potentialy (sic !) to a Re-Opening of the Investigation". Without saying who might find any such "new" fact, since Turkey stoped searching... It also POSTPONED the issue until .. JUNE  !
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 - On the PUNISHMENT OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE :
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 -  On Gongadze's murder case, Ukranian Authorities already arrested and condemned, at least 2 suspects, to 12 and 13 Years of jail. And on Politkovskaya's murder at least 2 suspects are judged, and a 3rd one "wanted".

On the contrary, on Adali's murder case, the Turkish authorities simply claim that "it had not been possible to obtain new .. information .. on the basis of which criminal charges could be brought against ANY person" !...

Moreover,  a LETTER sent by Turkey ...2 Years after CoE's 2006 call to re-investigate anew Adali's murder case, is totally EMPTY of Facts ! As Cypus' Delegation denounced earlier, Turkey's Letter ONLY CLAIMS that a "New Investigation" was made without any result, but does NOT even cite ANY FACT to prove it :

F.ex.,on the crucial issue of the "MOTIVATIONS" behind Adali's murder, noted by ECHR, Turkey MERELY CLAIMS that "all allegations  were investigated; without result", but OMITS ANY FACT TO PROVE IT !..(It doesn't even remind which were these "allegations").. .

+ On ECHR's astonishment that the Turkish Occupation regime didn't produce any "BALLISTIC REPORT" on the Shots which murdered Adali, Turkey again repeats, 12 years later, that, still, even until now, "it  was not possible to obtain the BalisticReport"...

- As for the astonishing absence of key-WITNESSES' Testimonies, denounced by ECHR, Turkey agains repeats various pretexts avoiding to reveal anything, (Fex. that a person "left" the Occupied Territories  "on 2002", or that another witness was heard, but without revealing nothing of what he said, etc).

Turkey obviously "FAILS TO MEET THE CRITICISM made BY THE COURT" for lack of any efficient Investigation in Adali's case, concluded Cyprus' Government.
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Replying to our Question which COMPARED these 3 outstanding cases of "JOURNALISTS MURDERS", Adali, Gongadze and Politkovskaya, in order to avoid "Double Standards" by asking from Ukraine and Russia more than what is asked EU candidate Turkey, many European personalities were critical /

They criticised Ankara's recent claim at the CoE to stop investigating, because it would be "impossible to find anyone" responsible for the 5 bullet shots which killed Kutlu ADALI in front of his Family Home, contrary to the other two Journalists' murders, where Ukraine and Russia at least arrested the executants, searching now for the instigators :
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    - "Where was that ? In Turkish Occupied Cyprus ? WITHOUT ANY DOUBT : Any murder of Journalist should be investigated in full ! All these Murders must be investigated !", replied the famous SAKHAROV's wife, Elena BONNER to our question on Adali's case, compared to Gongadze and Politofskaya.

    Elena Bonner spoke us EXCLUSIVELY shortly after being honored by the President
of EU Parliament on the occasion of 20 Years of her husband's SAKHAROV Prize.

    A strong personality, Sakharov's wife even had to struggle against an anonymous EU staffer who, astonishingly, tried to stop her speaking when h heard our question on "Turkey" (!) : - "Please, let me translate, she continues
speaking, don't stop us !", had to cry Sakharov's daughter, (a Journalist
herself), who was translating her mothers' reply, (obliged to speak louder to
make her voice heard despite the harassment).. (= + Audio Proof !)

    Earlier, Elena Bonner also fustigated "Double Standards" at another case, on
Western countries' attitude vis a vis Kosovo and the Kurds : -F.ex. "You have
recognized a few 400.000 Kosovars as an "independent" country, but you still
deny that to 30 millions of Kurds in Turkey !", she denounced.
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    - "This (ADALI's murder) is an issue which should be pursued by the Committee
for Human Rights. That's why we have one, and it's its duty to examine cases of
Journalists' murders as the one you referred to. You should bring the case in
front of that Committee", suggested in reply to our question on Adali, EU
Parliament's President, German MEP Hans Gert POETTERING.

    - "It's impossible  to achieve goals of PEACE, if HUMAN RIGHTS are left out :
in fact, Peace and Human Rights are intrinsequaly linked", added POETTERING.
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    + "For us (European/International Federation of Journalists) it's clear :
Whenever a Journalist is Murdered, the Investigation should continue until
those Responsible are found !", replied earlier to another question on ADALI
EFJ/IFJ's Secretary General, Aidan WHITE.

    Speaking as a matter of General Principle, White asked us for "concrete data"
on the execution of ECHR's judgement on Adali case, in order to "look at it in
depth" and "make a formal statement", in comparison with the other Murdered
Journalist case, also pending at CoE's  Ministers for completing its execution,
on Ukranian Gongadze.
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     From EU Rapporteur on Human Rights, vice-President of EU Parliament Liberties' Committee, MEP Giusto CATANIA, we were told that, since there is an ECHR judgement in both Adali and Gongadge's cases, "Turkey must naturally execute the judgement and make a full and efficient investigation, until those responsible for the Journalist's murder are found and punished".

    Even if "we (Catania's "EuroLeft" Group) support Turkey's EU perspectives, this does not mean that Ankara should not behave properly. On the contrary, it means that they have to meet tough conditions, particularly on Human Rights", was added on the occasion of Adali's murder case.

    Moreover, "since you raise the issue of Mr. Adali's muder as a part of a Series of Journalist's murders, including fex. Gongadze, Politkovskaya, ao., tthen we (EU) could also act together with CoE's Commissioner on Human Rights, Thomas HAMMARBERG, it was suggested.

    - "We (EU) must step up efforts against the problem of IMPUNITY : Real Peace cannot exist without Justice",  stressed also this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, French Minister on Human Rights, Mrs Rama YADE.
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