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CoE: Calls to Debate + put Turkey under Monitoring, with Concequences vis a vis EU

Written by ACM
Friday, 20 January 2017
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- CoE Assembly's (PACE) Powerful Political and Monitoring Committees have Both Officially asked for an "Urgent" Debate on Turkey, Next Week in Strasbourg, during the Plenary Winter 2017 Session of the PanEuropean Organisation, "Eurofora" was told by PACE's Director General, Wojcieck Sawicki from Poland, in Reply to one of our Questions, during the traditional Press Briefing of Strasbourg's Journalists, earlier Today Morning.

 
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The Head of Germany's Delegation to the PACE, ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Axel Fischer, speaking Previously to "Eurofora", had already Warned Twice that an Important Move on Turkey had been Scheduled inside CoE's Leading circles for January 2017, (See, f.ex. : ...+ ...).


But the Crucial point is the Fact that many MEPs reportedly wish, on that Occasion, to Push for a CoE Assembly Decision to put Turkey back under a Monitoring procedure, which is the Best Mechanism suited for CoE's Member Countries which don't yet fulfill all the Conditions of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, that are considered of essential importance for the PanEuropean Organisation's membership.


"Monitoring" was Created on 1996, precisely on the occasion of Turkey's case, when Ankara had Failed to meet the Requirements of a 1995 PACE Resolution which had Initialy Threatened the Turks with Sanctions, unless they Settled grave Human Rights Issues inside the Country, made Progress on Solving the Kurdish Conflict, Stopped War Threats at the Aegean Sea, Recognized the Armenian Genocide, Withdrew their Invasion/Occupation Troops from Cyprus, etc, in a Time Deadline of 6 Months. In order to Avoid Sanctions, Turkey was put, then, (on 1996), by PACE under a "Monitoring" procedure, practiced by a New Committee, Established then, for that unique purpose.


On 2004, when Turkey strived to Start controversial and unpopular "Accession" Negotiations with the EU, in order to be considered as Fulfilling EU's "Copenhagen" Criteria, had to push for CoE to Stop Monitoring Ankara. This was, indeed, done, under certain Conditions, that Ankara still has to fulfill, untl now, and, therefore, still remains, at  least, placed under a "Post-Monitoring" procedure.


However, an eventual Re-Opening of a fully-fledged "Monitoring" procedure would obviously EnDanger Ankara's controversial and unPopular EU bid nowadays, (since it would practicaly mean that Turkey Fails to Fulfill EU's "Copenhagen" Criteria : Comp. Supra).


That's Why the Turkish Government has currently Multiplied various Attempts to Prevent this from happening, Next Week in Strasbourg. Since Ankara, notoriously is not at all ready to Comply not even with CoE's Minimal Requirements, then, the Turkish Delegation to the PACE is currently obliged to multiply various anorthodox Attempts to Push Back MEPs' Moves towards re-Opening the Monitoring Procedure...


Initial Claims by some, that a Country Member of CoE since its Creation should Not be Pushed Back to "Monitoring", was naturaly Rejected, since Turkey is Not at all a Founding Member of the CoE, has been Already Submitted to "Monitoring" between 1996-2004 (Comp. Supra), and had Faced even Appeals to be Expulsed from the CoE, for Grave Failures to Respect its Basic Principles, (as even Greece during the period of the Colonels' regime of 1967 - 1974), already as Early as since the 1960ies, when former Prime Minister Menderes was Brutaly Lynched by Turkish Mobsters, (it was then CoE's own Director of Humab Rights, who had reportedly Called for Turkey's Dismissal, as well informed CoE's sources have Told "Eurofora").


 Then, the Turkish Delegation to the PACE claimed that they were still Occupied with Voting a Constitutiional Reform, so that they would be Obliged to be Exceptionaly Absent from Strasbourg Next Week, Asking to Postpone any PACE Vote concerning them... But, when it became Crystal-clear, (at the Latest, Today, Friday Morning), that CoE's Assembly deemed UnAcceptable for anyone to Block an Important Vote simply because a Member Country Accused to Fail in meeting its Obligations, would choose to be Absent at that Moment, suddenly, Ankara's Parliament ...rushed to Conclude Voting on its Constitutional Reforms, later on Friday, so that, now, Turkish MEPs could come on Monday to Strasbourg...


PACE's eventual Decision to Send Turkey Back to Monitoring can be taken with a Simple Majority of Votes, among those MEPs who are Present. At Present, inter alia, f.ex. Russia and Albania are still under PACE's Monitoring, and there is No Reason why Turkey be an Exception, other CoE's sources pointed out nowadays.


But the necessary Decision to Accept, before that, the above-mentioned Demand to hold an "Urgent" Debate on Turkey (Comp. Supra), reportedly Needs a Qualified, 2/3 Majority, in order to Change the Draft Agenda of the PACE, (even if it's Not yet Clear why PACE's Bureau hasn't yet Agreed with the Demand of the Political and Monitoring Committee to hold such a Debate, Neither If it Might, eventualy, do so, at least Now, i.e. when it meets on Early Monday Morning at 8.30 here).


However, the current Situation of the Turkish Government has notoriously become more and more Difficult abroad, and particularly vis a vis Europe, after the Recent notorious Massive Assaults against Human Rights of many Tens of Thousands of Judges, Civil Servants, Journalists, Educators, Policemen or Soldiers, Dismissed, Prosecuted, Arrested, etc, if not even Tortured, Raped, Lynched by Brutal Mobsters (as Many Photos, Videos and/or Testimonies reveal), even Elected MPs striped of their Immunity and prosecuted, etc, (which had Already Started Long Before that Strange, short-lived, 6 Hours-long, alleged "Coup" Attempt of July 2016, particularly against Press Freedom and against the Kurdish Minority, both Subjected to Harsh Measures since much Earlier than that), followed even by soem very Strange, Suspicious so-called "Terror Attacks" Killing Many Kurds and Other Dissidents, initialy near Kobane, at the South, and later, even more, in Ankara, Exclusively German a.o. Foreign Tourists in Istanbul, etc., closely Followed even by Military Invasions and Occupatlons of Foreign Lands inside Syria and/or Iraq, (in Both cases Against the Expressed Will of the Governments of those 2 Countries, which Condemned and Vigorously Protested, repeatedly, against the Turkish Army's Intrusions.. *
Recently, a Large Majority of MEPs in EU Parliament Voted and Adopted an Exceptional Resolution, on November 2016 in Strasbourg, Asking to "Freeze" EU - Turkey Negotiations, for the First Time in History..


+ In Addition, Many MEPs, (including even Several Top Mainstream Political Representatives, such as, f.ex. a former President of EU Parliament, as Buzek, most Main French Opposition Party "the Republicans"' MEPS, etc)Prefered, Exceptionaly, to Vote for certain Much Harder Sanctions against Turkey, (such as, f.ex., to Cut all EU Funds for Ankara, Not only "Freeze" but also "Stop" EU - Turkey Negotiations, etc., Even if those Alternative Choices had been Tabled by ...Marine Le Pen's new "ENF" !


For the 1st Time, it's even a Leader of the Left in France, such as MEP Melenchon, who Voted also for these "Harder" Sanctions against Turkey...


+ Moreover, more Recently, it's also a Top Socialist French Leader, the former Long-time Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who has just Anounced his Will to Put "Definitively an End" to Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid.


>>> Meawnhile, practicaly All Experts of the CoE, the experienced PanEuropean Organisation for Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, after recently Visiting Turkey and Studying carefuly the Measures taken by Ankara's Governement, have Concluded that they are Manifestedly Excessive, grossly DisProportionate, and/or Otherwise Iillegal : From PACE's 2 Co-Rapporteurs, to the PanEuropean Commissioner on Human Rights Nils Muijnieks, up to the Top Jurists of CoE's prestigious "Venice Commission", for Democracy through Law, which has just Published a Damning overall Criticism of most Measures taken by the Turkish regime in its Conclusions adopted Last Month (December 2016), etc., so that there is No more any Doubt at all that what is really Happening nowadays in Turkey is Unacceptable for COE's Standards and Values.


- "Human Rights in Turkey are under Severe Attack, and the Enemy is the Turkish People's own Government",  strongly Denounced since the End of 2016, even USA Congress' Foreign Affairs Committee's President, Dana Rohrabacher, a Don Trump's faithfull, and Largely Popular among his main Electoral Base, who is considered by the New US President for the Job of State Department's Under Secretary of State, (equivalent to vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs).


The New USA State Secretary, Rex Tillison, during his recent Hearings at the Senate, stressed Both the Importance of Human Rights/Democracy issues for the New USA Foreign Policy of President Don Trump, as well as of the matters concerning the Security of American People.


In the current case of Turkey, Both these 2 Alarms are Ringing at Top "Red" now : Human Rights are obviously trampled underfeet, and Security itself has been notoriously Undermined by several Years of Blatant Complicity into providing Money, Foreign Fighters "Jihadists", and Weapons (even Heavy ones), etc. to various Violent Extremist Islamist Gangs operating accross the Turkish Borders to Syria and Iraq, etc., including, particularly, ISIS' atrocious BeHeaders Targetting even Innocent Civilian People, (who are Recently Spreading their Deadly Terror even inside Europe and in the USA)...


In Addition to More than 145 Journalists Jailed in Turkey, (a World Record High Today !), the Concrete Case of Rescapee Cem Dundar, (Cumhurriyet), currently Exiled in Europe, after having been Prosecuted and Jailed in Turkey, where his Wife is Obliged to stay Separated, since Ankara's Authorities DoN't let her Travel Abroad, is Eloquent, in this regard, as he Reminded Earlier this Week in Strasbourg, during our "Press Club"'s award of 2017 Prize in Franco-German "ARTE" RadioTV's Headquarters, near EU Parliament's and COE's Buildings :


- After Being Prosecuted and Condemned for having Published an Original, Investigative Reportage, whose Truthfulness had been, "however Verified", as he noted, Revealing that Agents of the Turkish State were Delivering Heavy Weapons (Explosive Rockets, etc) to Islamist Terrorist Gangs in Syria, (Hidden inside Trucks crossing the adjacent Turkish Border), merely "Because they Claimed that it was a "State Secret", as he told earlier "Eurofora", Dundar, afterwards, even saw most of his Lawyers and Judges being themselves Replaced, Dismissed, Prosecuted and/or Arrested, if not Fired upon by Armed Thugs, etc, as he Denounced this Wednesday...


Speaking Previously of Dundar's case, Turkish President Erdogan significantly did Not even Contest that his Turkish State's Secret Agents were Delivering Arms to Islamic Extremist Gangs, but reportedly Vowed to "crash" the likes of him..


- Dundar Expects from Western Democracies, and particularly from Europe, that they Act in order to "Warn Turkey", and make it Change its current methods, as he Said to "Eurofora" earlier. Meanwhile, he "does Not Exclude" that Political Dissidents who have found Refuge Abroad, (as himself in Berlin, Germany), might "Organize" themselves, including, eveb, by a kind of "Government in Exile" or "Something else", as he told this Week to "Eurofora" just after his Speech at Strasbourg's Press Club in ARTE's Headquarters (Comp. Supra).


Meanwhle, at least one thing is crystal-Clear : Both Human Rights and Security are Now Dangerously Compromised in Turkey, and Something serious enough must be done.
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Meanwhile, CoE's Officials had enough Time and Opportunities to eventualy Coordinate Actions with their EU Counterparts, this Week in Strasbourg, (including EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, who was here on Wednesday), during EU Parliament's latest Plenary Session, earlier this Week, where MEPs Elected their New EU Parliament's President, Antonio Tajani, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP, as Juncker, and Debated the incoming January - June new EU Presidency's Agenda, chaired by Malta, a Small/Medium EU Mediterranean Island-Country accustomed to Coordinate Actions also with Cyprus, which currently Chairs COE's Presidency for the Parallel Period of November 2016 - End May 2017.


EU - CoE "Cooperation" stood, indeed, High, mutatis-mutandis, inside CoE's "Palais de l'Europe", this Friday, January 20, 2017, in Strasbourg, as a kind of overall Ambiance, as "Eurofora" clearly felt, (Comp. f.ex. : .....).

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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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