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EU Parliament Votes for Inland WaterWays Transports, But Big Projects Evaporated ?...

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 14 September 2021

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- Europe is a unique Continent in the World, closely Surrounded by 4 Seas (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Baltic/Arctic, Black/Caspian, etc), abundantly Linked by Rivers (Danube, Rhine, Volga, Elbe, Rhone, etc), Lakes, etc, so that Inland Waterways naturaly have a Huge Potential, particularly for Simple and Ecologic (Non-CO2 "Green") Transports, including in Strategic areas.

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In consequence, an EU Parliament's Resolution, quasi-Unanimously Voted Today by 641 MEPs out of 603 Present, with Only 45 Abstaining and 7 Opposed, supported by EU Commission's New "NAIADES" (from Ancient Greek Godesses of Lakes and Rivers' Mythos) Program of 2021-2027 Funding, aiming to Boost "Green" and Digital, "Ambitious" Targets of Inland Navigation in the foreseable Future, and lively Backed, in Yesterday's Public Debate by the sympathetic EU Commissioner Nicolas Schmit from Luxembourg, (Comp. other Statements by Schmit to "Eurofora"s co-Founder back on 2005, then as Minister), should, Normaly, Charm EU Citizens and Satisfy all well-wishing Readers...

But, from Where comes, then, an unexpected Bitter Feeling, particularly of Real, convinced Europeans ?

 

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However, inter alia, Goodies like "Multi-Modal" Links with Seaports and Railways, Modern Design of New Shipping Vehicles, Funds adapted to SMEs, Har-Working Family Business, and UpGrading of the WorkForce, even Space Technologies' use, "Attractiveness for (Private) Investors", Calls for Links to Circular economies and Energy markets, as well as Many and Various Others, are also Abundantly present, all accross the relevant Report, naturally Drafted by a Dutch MEP, Caroline Negtegaal...

Nevertheless, it's also a Surprizing Fact that "Eurofora" was led to practicaly Postpone (if not Drop, at least partialy), several Other "Flagship" Reports and flaboyant, Mediatic Debates, at EU Parliament this week, for the Time being, such as those on "Hot" Topical Foreign Policy Issues (normaly Our main Preference, during 27 Years of European Journalism), concerning Afghanistan, Russia, China, USA Sanctions, Cuba, Lebanon, etc.,, scheduled Mainly fora confortable Tuesday Afternoon, just to Focus on EU's Inland Waterway Transports, a "Short" Debate hastily cornered on Not so Mediatic Monday Afternoon Time slot, followed by an Obscure Vote OverShadowed by various Other Impressive Issues, (as, f.ex., Natural Disasters in Europe, the New EU's Annual Budget, the Pre-Accession Assistance, Blue Card, and/or Brexit adjustment, etc).

- Why on Earth ? Perhaps, just in order to give a False Impression of ...Walking on the Water ? Notoriously, and Obviously,  We are Not accustomed to such Superficial approaches, Prefering Austere Hard Facts, on Core Issues of Crucial Importance for Europe ! So, the real Heart of the Matter is much More Important than what it Seems at First Sight...

>>> Indeed, at these Times of an UnPrecedented and landmark EU "Conference on the Future of Europe", (which Holds 3 Days of "Citizens' Panels" this week in Strasbourg), Crucial for the Necessary Relations between the EU and its Citizens, the Core-Matter is always a Cystal-Clear Reply to the Key Question about What "Big Horizon" can be Opened by a given Measure, in order to Make Europe much Stronger, and/or considerably Ameliorate the Lives of European Citizens by creating New Perspectives for them in the foreseable Future. Anything else is, Comparatively, of Secondary importance, and could be Skiped, at least for Now...

    => And, in his regard, from this Main and Cucial View-Point, the current Resolution on Inland Water Transports curiously Lacks of a Vital Component of Key Importance, that this matter, on the Contrary, used to have in the Past :  - "Eurofora"s Interest had, indeed, been Attracted to that Issue, initialy, Because of 1 Big Stake : EU's Political Agenda had been largely Dominated, then, directly or Indirectly, by UK's "BP" Company's stuborn (obviously Gao-Politicaly Motivated) Insistance to strive to Monopolize the Kaspian Sea's Oil/Gas Transport towards Europe Only through ... Turkey, and particularly its Ceyhun SeaPort, Excluding any Other Possibility, Even if it was much Better !  

Thus, inter alia, f.ex. even Turkmenistan Refused to Obey to such Outside Pressure, and Prefered to use a Russian a.o. Way to Europe. In fact, Nobody Else didN't Submit to that UK-USA's Blind and Harsh Ultimatum, (which Obliged to Drop Any Direct, Shorter, Cheaper, and Safer Way to Europe, Insisting for a Strange, Longer, more Expensive, and Dangerous Zig-Zag through Southern-East Tukey, (i.e. via Kurdish and Earthquake-prone areas of Southern Anatolia plateau), Except the usual "Captive" of Ankara : Azerbeidjan, (Despite the Fact that it had also a much Better, Alternative Solution, i.e. Straight via Georgia, Directly trhough the Black Sea and Romania, into the EU !)

In Consequence, this Imposed to Europê a more Expensive Kaspian Energy, through the predominant Kurdish Lands, and even Facing the Military Occupied Cyprus' Territories, located ostensibly Nearby... Tus, it Already Trigered, inter alia, a Sudden Lebanon - Israel Deadly Rockets Warfare, (Astonishingly : on the Eve of the Baku-Ceyhun Pipeline Inauguation, when Top Officials were Asked to Sign Deals looking so Expensive, then, that Nothing was Excluded, even various Last-Minute, Total or Partial Refusals, ctc), After which, Oil Prices got a Boost at Speculative Global Markets, Artificialy Transfoming that Controversial Baku-Ceyhun Pipeline into a somewhat Lucrative one, so that, at least, some Deals were Signed asap ! Since then, (2006), a UN Mandate gave to European Countries (led by France on the Land, and Germany in the Sea), for Controling and Peace-Keeping at the Lebanon-Israel Land and Sea Borders.

+ But, anOther inevitable Consequence was, also, to practicaly ...Burry any Fair Political Solution in the Bloody Kurdish Conflict, (which, notoriously Started to be Harshly Blocked between 2007 - 2015, until Nowadays)... ++ Moreover, it pushed Turkey to become even More Reluctant to Withdraw its Military Invasion-Occupation Army from the Northern Teritories of Cyprus, part of which Faces diectly Ceyhun... (So that it all Concluded in a Deadline on UN-sponsored Talks for an Agreed Political Solution to the Cyprus' Problem, up to the Latest, Spectacular BreakDowns on 2018 at Pelerin Mountain/Switzerland, and, Nowadays, on 2021, with a Blunt Refusal by Turkey of Any perspective for a Peaceful ReUnification of Cyprus, recently Condemned by the EU and UNO's Security Council : See ..., etc).

    >>> Against all those Far-Reaching, Negative Consequences, (which, practicaly, Deprived Europe from a Cheap, Safe, and Neighburing Energy Source, as the Kaspian Sea area : Comp. Supra), "Eurofora"s co-Founder had Supported a clearly Pro-European, Peacedul, and Rational Alternative Solution (i.e. Shorter, Simpler, Safer, Cheaper, etc) to Transor Kaspian Sea's Oil/Gas towards Europe by a Pipeline through Georgia, crossing the Black Sea with Ships, and Concluding, inside the EU, until its Industrial Franco-German Core, via Romania, etc., thanks Mainly to ... "Inland Waterways" offered by Danube and Rhine Rivers, (inter-Linking between them Near Strasbourg) : This could be done all Thanks to New Technologies of "Gas Liquification", allowing (for the 1st Time in History) a Multi-Modal "Containers" Transport on Sea and River Ships, Rail and Lorries, until the Final Destinations for Stocks and/or Consumption. Among other Supporters, it's Romanian former Long-Time President Trian Basescu (Nowadays a ChristianDemocat/EPP MEP in EU Parliament), an Experienced former River Ship Captain and Economy Expert in Brussels, who Strongly Backed, during Many Years, such a Key Mega-Project, (Often Pointing also a its "Ecological", "Green" Value, already Long Before it Became Popular, Since 2011, starting from Germany). Soon, we were, more or less, Joined also by EU Commissioner, then of Energy, Oettinger, Georgia's then President Shakasvili, even ...Azerbaidjan's long-time vice-Foreign Minister, in charge of European Issues, Mamadov, (etc), as well as various Other EU/CoE/UN Top Political or Expert Personaliies; (and Many relevant Articles were Published at "Eurofora", through several Years, with Original Interviews, etc).

But, Suddenly, ...what a Surprize : This, latest, EU Parliament's "Short" Debate's Resolution of 2021 (Comp. Supra), ... does Not Say Anything Clear about all that : Not even 1 Word ! Its' Authors either Ignored Everything, or Rejected Everything on that, for Reasons that, Obviously, they doN't seem to want to disclose and/or present to a Rational and Free, Democraic Debate, under UnKnown yet Pretexts...

>>> It's, However, True, at least, that this, almost Unanimously Voted EU Parliament's latest Resolution, Today, "Calls ...to Strengthen the Synergies between InLand WaterWays Infrastructures, and the Trans-European Networks for Energy, which will ... support the development of Ports as Energy Hubs", as well as "HighLights, in this regard, the need to better Integrate Inland Waterways infrastructure into the European Energy Grid", and "stresses ...the(ir) Potential ...for the Transport of Alternative Fuels", (etc). Already, "a substantial share of EU Inland Waterway freight is Seaport related", MEPs observe, so that "both Sea and Inland ports play an Important role as MultiModal Hubs, providing Connections with other modes of Transport". "It is therefore Important ... that *** Sea and Inland Ports should be well Connected with one another, and .... with the hinterland", particularly as "Inland Ports should Become Energy Hubs for sustainable Alternative Fuels", (probably, as, f.ex. Liquefied Natural Gas, CO2-Free).

But, even such Short and Dispersed, indirect and InComplete Mentions, here or there, are practicaly ..."Lost" in the Middle of Various Other "Green"-oriented, Different Matters, so that the actual and Full GeoPolitical Importance of the Above-Mentioned Big Issue (Comp. Supra), appears Lost in the Jungle...

+ Perhaps, is it, then, mainly Because of an Alleged "Drought and Climate Change", as "the 2 Major Problems facing European Inland Waterway Transport", given that, f.ex., "in several European Regions, inland waterway transport was Hit hard by the long period of  Drought in 2018 owing to extremely Low Water levels", whose  "consequences were Devastating for the Rhine and its tributaries, the upper and middle Danube, and the upper and middle Elbe" ? "Eurofora" had alread Heard such Claims Pretexts, or Fears, Back on 2012-2013, by a Few circles, (mainly Politicaly Opposed to the Above-mentioned Project), But they canNot Definitively "Burry", so easily, such a Big Issue... Particularly Not Nowadays, when, on the Contrary, Europe has, Notoriously, Just Faced Too Many Rains and Inundations This Year (2021) !

Having Followed and Often Studied various such Strange Meteo Phenomenons, as the so-called "Omega" formats, with High Atmospheric Pressure in the Middle, Causing a kind of Hot and Dry "Depression" there, (known since 1905 !), But a too Rainy and Fresh Surrounding Area, (as, f.ex., mainly Agains France, back on the 2003 Disagreement about the Iraq War, and/or on 2010 against Russia, meanwhile China, even Some USA's Regions, etc), while UNO's International Treaty against "Hostile Modifications of the Environment" (Supported mainly by China and Europe, known as "ENMOD") Dates from the 1975 Post-Vietnam War period, and Spectacularly reminded, inter alia, Also at the Opening of the 2008 International Olympic Games in Beijing, when Chinese Artificialy Provoked Rainfalls, (etc), Nowadays, People may Legitimately Expect from Europe that, at last, from 2021 and on, it Finds out, at last, How to Protect the Natural Environment, (withOut having to Watch again ... Famous former "OO7 James Bond"/Sean Connery"'s landmark Science-Fiction Film "the Weather-Maker") !

At any case, such kind of Eventual Developments would Obviously Strengthen Europe's Space and Natural Environment Protection's Sovereign Autonomy, as well as New Technologies. While, in Addition, a Crystal-Clear Public Debate, always has much More Merits in a Modern Democracy, than a Suspect and/or InComprehensible Silence, vainly attempting to Sweep some thorny (Big) Issues Under a (Small) Carpet...

 

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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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