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Vatican envoy Mgr Giordano: EU needs Resurrection, Courage for New Search +real Christian Humanism

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Monday, 17 January 2011
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Together with EU Commission's vice-President Tajani, who prepares to speak tomorrow at EU Parliament on GALILEO Satellite Navigation System High-Tech, as well as many CoE's Ambassadors/Permanent Representatives and other CoE Officials , including even "Laic" countries as France, or mainly Christian Orthodox countries as Cyprus, Russia, etc., and not only predominantly Catholic countries such as Poland, Malta, Italy, etc,  but also Thousands of various other People at Strasbourg's huge Cathedral, filled with Songs on Historic Saints from all EU Countries, from Sweden and the UK up to Cyprus and Spain, through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, etc., Vatican's PanEuropean envoy, Permanent  CoE observer, Mgr. Aldo Giordano, an Italian Dr. of Philosophy educated at German Universities, marked with an unexpectedly sharp, but also Human, Homelie the 1st "Mass for Europe" in years, celebrated today at the beginning of EU Parliament's 2011 introductory Plenary session in Strasbourg.

(See "EuroFora"s relevant earlier publication).


    Europe needs Resurrection, and many People are currently, courageously starting a New Search for a real Christian Humanism in a New Europe, in order to avoid the risk to fall into the trap of another, "much Longer Night" of "Death of God", even worse than in the Horrible Past of Nazism/Fascism and/or abusive Stalinism disrespecting Human Dignity, he said in substance.

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    - Those who claimed too early that .. "God is Dead", as Nietzsche, ... died before Him, and even before the oldest Christian Pope of their own era who survived  : As f.ex. famous Pope Leo XIII, who lived up to 1903, aged more than 93 years old (1910-1903), i.e. three more years than Nietzsche, dead back in 1900, aged only 56 years old (1944-1900), Giordano hinted, reminding an Historic Pope who wrote many works also on topical Political ideas, since his landmark "Rerum Novarum"...


    - But, during a "Century of Totalitarisms, we experienced (even in Europe) what it really means a World withoud God", reminded Giordano, obviously pointing mainly to the inhuman atrocities of Concentration and Extermination Camps, Gulag, etc., (even if it might be true that they were not equal in Horror against Human Rights)...


    Therefore, he turned upside down the negative presentation that Nietzsche had initially made of "a Madman who goes around holding a Light even in the middle of the Day, and asking  : "Where is God ?", just to get the hard answer : - "He's Dead. We killed him !"..


    - On the contrary, "Now, we see the awakening of a  New Search", for a Meaning in Life, which could "not exist" in a kind of "Humanism without God", but only with and in Him, Giordano observed, refering here also to the most recent among Pope Benedict's  masterworks  : the 6/2009 Encyclique "Caritas in Veritate" ("Love in Truth").


    + But, at the same time, "as Europeans, we should also be concerned with what happens all around the World", he added, speaking not only of Europe's Historic vocation towards Universalism, but also of Topical issues: - "F.ex., the emergence of China and/or India, and its  social, political and cultural consequences", Giordano pointed out.


    ++ Even more important that the previous, GeoPolitical challenge, the Crucial Questions raised today by new, but urgent needs to find a just balance for "Human" values, vis a vis "Scientifico-Technical Reason", call for more "Courage, to Search anew God", as he said.


    - Otherwise, today, another "Death of God" (Comp. supra), could provoke "a longer Night, extending much more, and more further away", he warned, (f.ex. given the gigantic developments in Genetic, Brain and other Technologies penetrating deep inside Human persons, which obviously add also new dangers of eventual abuses).


    - Therefore, Mgr Giordano invited to "recognize the cry of Christ Crucified, in the face of all Human beings who suffer".

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    + But also to "recognize Christ's Resurrection in a New Europe", reconciled and taking care of the poor, without "throwing new wine in old cups", because, contrary to those who attempt to find a "Terminal stage" for Christianism, in fact, "Christianism is very Young", and "the Real Question is : - When Christianism will really Start ?"


    However, in front of manifold, often hard, today's challenges, it certainly needs a lot of Faith to believe, as Mgr Giordano invited us, that EU Citizens could simply "entrust" Europe "in the hands of Christ, and let Him surprise us", as he optimisticaly concluded ...


  Trust Christ, is one thing. But abandon Him alone, is another, very differend, thing. Therefore, at least actively offer to sincerely Help Him, seems urgently needed, considering Europe's challenges..

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(See also earlier "EuroFora"s Publication, with a brief statement by Vatican's Envoy, as well as from the Head of France's Christian Catholic Church, Mgr. Vingt Trois, and several mentions to Pope Benedict's ideas)

(NDLR : This DraftNews is due to be updated, rectified and/or completed asap).

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