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Macron/Mitsotakis: Cooperation on EU Defense Action v. Turkish Tension in Cyprus' Energy rich EEZ ?

Written by ACM
Thursday, 22 August 2019

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*Strasbourg(France)/Angelo Marcopolo/- What Joint EU Actions in Defense might Trigger France and Greece in Cooperation, to Face with Vigilence and Solidarity a Turkey-rised Tension in Energy-Rich EU Member Cyprus' Exclusive Economic Zone, that French President Macron vowed that EU and France will Face withOut Any Weakness, as he stressed during his 1st Official Meeting with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis, earlier Today, at Elysée Palace in Paris ?

More should be known only After forthcoming parallel key Meetings of the 2 Leaders, also with other Key Players, as German Chancellor Angie Merkel and, particularly, with USA President Don Trump, that Macron would see at the forthcoming G7 Summit hosted by France in Biarritz the coming Week-End, while Mitsotakis would visit soon Berlin and Washington, (See Infra).

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It's, Symbolically and Practically, from a pro-European Leader in France that Started, (after the Traditional National/Cultural Visit to Sister Neighbour Country Cyprus), the New Greek Prime Minister's planned Big Powers' tour, from Paris to Berlin and later Washington DC, etc.

In the Wider Context of a Joint Will to drastically Enhance Europe's foreseable Future, particularly in €uroZone, concerning Economy, Migration, Climate, and other Core Issues, French President Emmanuel Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Focused particularly on EU Defense/Security policy Projects, (before Strolling around the Eiffel Tower's Garden, under Discreet Security protection themselves).

Mitsotakis' visit at Elysée was Flanked by 2 Other Prime Ministers' visits, Earlier that of UK' Boris Johnson, and Afterwards that of India's Narendra Modi, as Macro was putting the Last Touch in the Preparations of the "G7" Summit at its Eve. According to an Historic moto,  between the UK and India lies ...Cyprus, (as unique Mediterranean Island facing Suez Channel), and authoritative "Bloomberg" Press Agency had Warned that "Energy" would be among the important Issues due to be Discussed in that G7 Summit, so that the Fate of the Recently Growing (Ecological) Gas Findings in the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea, where Turkey notoriously Bullies Cyprus nowadays, might be also Discussed there, considering also the Fact that Italy, France and USA and Italy have their Big Oil/Gas Companies involved on the spot, (f.ex.: ENI, TOTAL, EXXONMOBIL and NOBLE ENERGY, etc).

Speaking Earlier to "Figaro", the Greek Prime Minister had just observed, (on the Occasion also of the Recent involvement of France's TOTAL and USA's EXXON-MOBIL around Creta Island, initiated at the 1st Quadrilateral Energy Ministerial Summit between USA, Greece, Cyprus and Israel on 7 August 2019 in Athens : See: ..., etc), that the presence of Energy Companies from Big Countries in Eastern Mediterranean, can operate as a "Protective Shield".

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- French President Macron was more Straightforward : Just After announcing that Today's Franco-Greek Summit was due to Deal also with "the Need to Strengthen the European Defense", he observed that "Greece faces a rise of Tensions in Eastern Mediterranean" Sea.

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=> Therefore, Macron stressed that, "in this regard, I want to Confim here all my Vigilance and my Solidarity, on this Issue".

- And he made it Clear that this concerns, "particularly", "the activities (WarShips and provocative Drilling) of Turkey inside the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus".

>>> Indeed, - "the European Union and France will Not show Any Weakness on this matter !", the French President Wowed, with an exceptionaly Hard Look in his eyes, (probably Indignated by the latest Turkish threats and/or provocations: Comp. Infra).

=> - For that purpose, Macron announced that he'd discuss with Mitsotakis "also the Additional Cooperations that we can undertake on this issue".

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Well informed Greek Diplomatic Sources, speaking to "Eurofora" after that Elysee meeting, for which they expressed their Satisfaction particularly on Macron's Declarations about Cyprus (Comp. Supra), were Tight-Lipped about these Franco-Greek Discussions on Cooperation in Defense, and referred to a subsequent Statement by Mitsotakis that a Final Appraisal would be made After the Completion of his imminent tour also to Berlin and Washington, (significantly evoking Big Partners that Macron, as the current "G7" Chairman, is due to Host at Biarritz's Summit during the Next Few Days, (August 24 - 26), as Angie Merkel and Don Trump, etc.


- But, Mitsotakis, already spoke, at the Elysée's Press Conference with Macron, about developing eventual "EU Joint Defense Actions", without specifying, (Comp. Infra), and Afterwards told Journalists that "Europe will not leave Cyprus without Protection".

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+ Mitsotakis :  1821 - 2021

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 - "Greek People don't Forget : Our Relations (with France) stem from Many Centuries ago : This is Reminded also by the Year 2021, which approaches, with (the Celebration of the Anniversary of) 200 Years since the Greek Revolution" (of 1821), which Liberated the present part of Greece, (the 1st area of the former Turkish Ottoman Empire to become an Independent State), from almost 400 Years of Turkish Othoman Military Invasion/Occupation, since the over-Millenary Greek-Byzantine Empire's (330 - 1453) Capital, Constantinopolis' bloody Fall back on 1453. The Greek struggle for Independence (Accompagnies also by Other South-Eastern European Countries' Parallel similar Emancipation struggles in the Balkans), continued up to 1921, (when the Greek Army, then led by Danish-German origin Greek King Konstantinos, had succeeded to arrive 40 km from Ankara, after Liberating the Ancient City of Smyrne, before an U-Turn in Global 1st World War Policies, added to Internal Divisions, let Attaturk to Take Back an anachronistic Remnant of the Collapsing former Turkish-Ottoman Empire, which became nowadays Turkey on 1923). The landmark International Treaty of Sevres, signed on 1920, near Paris, by the most Brillant European and American Politicians, Victorious of the 1st World War, is another Historic Cornerstone of that Double Anniversary expected on 2020-2021.

- "There also, France's Support was Decisive. So that, our Common Past shows us the Way ahead for the Future", Mitsotakis characteristicaly pointed out Today at Elysée Palace in Paris, Smiling.

 

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Navarino, Greater Europe v. Turkey, Victorious Naval Battle, in Greece's Aegean SeaPort of Pylos. 

 

Indeed, it's around 1827 that the Historic Naval Battle of Navarino (in the Aegean SeaPort of Greece's Nowadays Pylos, at Eastern Peloponnese peninsula's Coasts) a landmark Coalition similar to De Gaule's "Greater Europe", formed by French, English and Russian Ships, succeeded to Win against a Turkish Ottoman Empire's armada, backed by some North-Eastern Africa's forces. The move was closely Followed by a French Army Expedition inside Peloponnese and Central Greece, which durated about 5 Years 1828-1833, (i.e. even More than the Russo-Turkish War of 1828-1829, another offspring of Navarino). As also in Napoleon's expedition in Egypt (another country with unexplored yet Ancient Civilisation), the French Army Intervention in Grece is accompagnied by a Parallel Scientific Exploration, on the Nature, Geography and History of the Country (focusing on many Ancient Monuments, etc), inspired here by the Century of Enlightnment's idealisation of the Ancient Greek Civilisation as a phare of Freedom, Rationality and Democracy, expressed also in Arts. Later-on, was created a Permanent French Scientific Institution : the "French School of Athens".

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Delacroix's Famous Masterpiece Paintings "Greece at Messolonghi's Ruins" and "the Massacre of Chios" (a Border-line Island at the Aegean Sea), notoriously contributed to create, then, a Growing Philellenist Popular Movement, (Extended also amidst Brittish People).

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- In an Interview, earlier, to French Newspaper "Figaro", Prime Minister Mitsotakis declared his Intention to work Together with President Macron also on "Cultural" and Political objectives, contributing to "make our European Future a privileged area", as he said.

- Mitsotakis added a Parallel mention to “Peaceful CoExistence, based on the Rules of Good-Neighbourhood relations and International Law", pointing also at Turkey, which Should act similarly, while announcing also his intention to Cooperate with President Erdogan on Common Challenges faced Nowadays, including Mass Migration.

+ But, Now, he also joined Macron's and other EU Leaders' previous call "for a Europe which Protects its Citizens and Guards its External Borders", (as the Post-BREXIT Referendum, Bratislava 2016 and Rome 2017 Exceptional EU Summits on the Future of Europe, have Started to Claim : See "Eurofora"s relevant NewsReports from Bratislava and Rome, then, at: ... + ..., etc).

++ In Addition, Macron called Today to "Accelerate" the development of "EU's Mechanism for Civic Protection" for Citizens, (already proposed, Decades ago, by Michel Barnier), and that he had included in his landmarl "Sorbonne" Speech on Europe's foreseable Future, and was as well as evoked Now by Mitsotakis, Urging for it to become "Permanent".

 => Most Important, in the Security Policy Agenda, particularly pertinent Nowadays for the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterrean Region, the New Greek Prime Minister openly Pleaded in Paris for a Europe able to launch "Joint Actions on Defense", (echoing and framing Macron's relevant Call, Earlier Today : Comp. Supra).

+ In Parallel, even if at anOther Context, Mitsotakis notoriously Invited French Companies to seize New Opportunities for Investments in Greece, pointing mainly at Less Taxes, a Better overall Climat for Business Nowadays, reduction of Red Tape or Bureaucracy, and Other Facilities, while his colaborators also Added the Recently Growing Energy Searches and Findings in Eastern Mediterranean Sea, from South of Creta Island, until Cyprus, Israel and Egypt's Energy Rich EEZ, for which Israel, Greece and Cyprus, joined by the USA, and logically soon also by Italy, etc., Recently Decided to Create an "Energy Corridor" Directly towards EU's mainland, where Various Transport Infrastructure and Other relevant Projects are considered, (See, f.ex., among others, also: .., +... etc).

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Shortly After that Franco-Greek Summit in Paris, with Macron's above-mentioned Declaration on Cyprus a.o. at the Forefront (Comp. Supra), Turkish President Tayip Erdogan reportedly made several Provocative Statements, including to Insult EU's Solidarity with EU Member Cyprus as "Shameful" (sic !), while also Launching Veiled Threats, by Boasting that, "if some have not yet been Teached Lessons" from the Past, "they must know that we won't hesitate to give them the necessary responses", as he said for Eastern Mediterranean Issues.

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Meanwhile, in Addition to Turkish WarShips' Bullying, (f.ex. earlier this Year, against an Italian Company ENI's Drilling Ship inside Cyprus' EEZ, See : .., etc), added to recent Excessive Claims for Extending Turkey's EEZ unilateraly until Egypt (sic !), narrowly encircling Cyprus' island, etc., according to various MAPs put into circulation by Ankara's regime recently, Provocations continued also with the illegal Drilling prepared by Turkey's own 2 Oil/Gas Searching Ships surrounding Cyprus, gross Propaganda spread in English-Translated Pamphlets against Cyprus' Energy developments, while hardly  veiled Turkish Treats pop up almost Everywhere, etc.

Concrete Proposals on a set of EU "Sanctions" against Turkey, (including, probably, the "Freezing" of Hundreds of Millions € of EU Anual"PreAccession" Aid, etc), Ordered by the Latest EU Summit in Brussels since the End of June 2019 (See : .., etc), are due to be reviewed by EU's Foreign Ministers at their usual "Gymnich" Summit soon, and eventually Decided Politially at EU's forthcoming Summit of October 2019, After September's Top Level Annual Meetings at UNO's New York Headquarters, where Cyprus'-related Issues are due to be discussed on the sidelines.

Nevertheless, Turkish Authorities, at least for the moment, in Statements made just After that Paris' Meeting, reportedly Vowed to "Continue", "with the Same Determination", their Controversial Claims and Behavior at the South-Eastern Mediterranean Sea, (Comp. Supra). Erdogan reportedly Threatened anew with Consequences upon "those who Refuse to Learn their Lesson", and provocatively Boasted that "No Project can be Realized if Turkey" and the Occupation regime in the Territories of Cyprus controlled by Ankara's Invasion Army, "are Not Involved", (as if EU Member Cyprus' Sovereign area's and EEZ's Natural Resources Belonged to Turks)...

 


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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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