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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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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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