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G.Papandreou to "hijack" Cannes' G20 Summit ?

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01.11.11
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*Cannes-G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- Thousands of well-trained Policemen, Sea Divers, etc, intelligent Security Plans, added to a Democratic welcome to peaceful Global NGOs and Popular/Citizens' movements in meetings and Forums' debates from Paris up to nearby Nice city, extending a Global Popular Protest Network from New York and Wash. DC up to Frankfurt, etc., even a vibrant Political call by G20 Chairman, French President Nicolas Sarkozy  to Change the Global Financial System by multilateral Monetary Reforms, Energy and Food Prices Stability, etc., boosting Development against Poverty also as a means to stimulate much needed Growth for advanced Countries at this crucial moment of getting out of the Global Crisis, (see "EuroFora"s previous, relevant NewsReports), won't be enough for Chiefs of State/Government, International Organizations, Diplomats, Experts, Journalists, etc, to seize a rare opportunity to work efficiently for the General Interest of the World in Cannes' Seaside Oxygen during the next 2 or 3 Days, if Media's attention is threatened to be "hijacked" by an already experienced "troublemaker" who has even escaped until now the most sophisticated "Wanted" lists in anti-terrorist, anti-violence and other Security Services "Red" lists : Mr. Giorgos Papandreou : An already experienced "Hijacker" of EU's Brussels Summits during the last 3 Years (2009-2011)..


The current holder of the Prime Minister job in Greece, facing a growing Popular and Political, even Military (See infra) uprow against the way that he and his party (PASOK) have handled the issue of the huge Debt provoked to the Greek State, which arrived at an unexpected Hight on October 28, National Anniversary of the "No" to Fascism back in 1940 : a move to delay Hitler's rush towards Middle-East Energy sources, giving precious Time to the Allies during the Anti-Nazi 2nd World War, suddenly threatened to throw the deal he negotiated with the EU and IMF during last weeks in Athens and in Brussels to the hasardous outcome of a Referendum which many fear that it risks to be formulated as a kind of hard Black-mail, limiting voters "choice" between Schyla and Charybdi, (i.e. swallow PASOK chief, G.Papandreou's deal, or get out of €urozone, etc), upsetting Stock Markets, and even Cannes' Agenda :

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Papandreou's move, strongly denounced by the main opposition party "New Democracy" and other critics inside Greece and outside, as a "dangerous and unsrcupulous" manoeuver, even if it faces opposition also inside a fragile, 2-votes thin "Majority" of his PASOK ("Socialisst") party, obliged Sarkozy to change his already heavy Agenda and hastily organize an EU - IMF briefing, together with German Chancellor Merkel, followed by a meeting with G.Papandreou, placed just before and after a landmark Sarkozy- Hu Jintao, France - China bilateral Summit in Cannes, earlier scheduled for tomorow Wednesday November 2, evening in Cannes. 
 
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So that, after practically "Hijacking" most EU and €uroZone Summits, from December 2009, (initially scheduled, by many EU Decisions since 2005/2006+, to be a critical "Moment of Truth", with probable Sanctions if things turned nasty, for Turkey's controversial and Unpopular EU bid, by checking Ankara's compliance, or not, with the commitment it undertook when EU decided too start accession Negotiations, back on 2004, to stop Discriminating against EU Member Cyprus' hosted Ships and Airplanes, etc), up to October 2011, now, the USA-born George Papandreou even threatens to "Hijack" also Cannes' G-20 Summit, initially due, according to some experienced observers, to be a crucial opportunity to try to boost a more Democratic, Multilateral, and New Global Economic Governance, adequately reforming its Monetary system, starting to really act for Regulation of Global Financial and Oil or Food Markets, and using Development as a tool to stimulate much needed Growth Momentum in the foreseable Future.


However, Sarkozy clearly distinguished between the G20 Summit itself, which starts officially only the day after tomorrow, on Thursday, November 3, and the different, preliminary and unofficial contacts on the sidelines with G.Papandreou a.o. scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday evening, November 2, so that the Global Multilateral event may have a chance to start "PASOK-free"..

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      - While accepting willingly the General Principle that "it's always Legitimate to let the People speak", French President Sarkozy critically obseved, in a Statement made this afternoon, the fact that, in G.Papandreou's case,  "all Europe was surprised" by "the initiative taken Yesterday (Monday, 31st of October) by the Prime Minister of Greece, to anounce a Referendum", (as he said for a move for which not even G.Papandreou's Economy Minister, Venizelos, wasn't reportedly aware !), concerning a "Plan adopted last Thursday (27th of October, i.e. the previous week), Unanimously, (i.e. including by G.P. himself), by the 17 States of €urozone" as "the only possible way to solve the problem" commonly known as "Greek Debt".

       Without going into concrete details, Sarkozy also reminded to G.Papandreou that, naturally, the Principle of "Solidarity among all €urozone Countries wouldn't act without eachone consenting to necessary efforts", (i.e. leaving apparently open the specific question how, in  practice, Greece might find one or another particular way to reduce Debt and honour its commitments vis a vis the EU and IMF.   -That's why, "Germany and France (also) took the initiative to bring together the European Institutions, as well as the IMF, before the G20 Summit, in order "to check with the Prime Minister of Greece", G.Papandreou, the conditions in which, the undertaken commitments will be kept", he officialy anounced, after speaking together with Merkel.


In fact, €uro-Summit Heads of State/Government, earlier in Brussels, endorsing with a few relatively minor modifications a formula initially proposed by the Franco-German EU motor, personified by Sarkozy and Merkel, have wisely focused, in their latest Decisions on Greece, only on the Financial Outline, including the sharing of the overall Cost, Guarantees, etc, main amounts of Money involved, percentages of Debt, Timetables, etc., without yet entering into concrete details, f.ex. concerning the "burning" issue on how Greece might realize the required Economies, find the money needed, etc., that they carefuly avoided, apparently leaving it to Technical Experts for proposals while Political decisions were postponed for later-on, may be even for December, (See "Eurofora"s earlier premonitory NewsReport on that point).


But, both Economico-Socially, and Politically, the main thing is the concrete substance of any EU - IMF eventual deal with Greece, i.e. HOW these or othert Numbers for Economies, etc. can be really achieved in practice :

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In this regard, Giorgos Papandreou has never changed, during all the last 3 Years, from 2009 up to 2011, his initial insistance that "it's Not by Cutting Salaries, nor Retirements" of its staff that the Greek State would pay the Debt notoriously provoked by a massive Clientelism of PASOK's a.o. nepotist Governments who  had hired a lot of their own abusive cronies at cushy jobs in State-controlled sectors,  back since the 1980s, Hidding afterwards the Desastrous effects it had on the Country's Finances since 1999-2000, as he had already anounced from the outset in reply to "EuroFora"s question at his 1st participation as Prime Minister to EU Summits in Brussels on December 2009, (See our question and G.Papandreou's reply then, from the spot).

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Thus, he was led, during all these 2009-2011 years of negotiations with EU - IMF a.o. to focus Austerity mainly to the detriment of Production and/or of Poor People's economies, to the point that he notoriously, both failed to reduce the Debt, (because he brought  Recession, limiting State revenues), and provoked anger from Businessmen (who saw ther investments jeopardized),  as well as from Poor People, (who saw Unjust and heavy restrictions threatening even basic education, health and survival of their families), with a growing opposition, even revolt, throughout almostt all other parts of the political spectrum, from his Right up to his Left...

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Meanwhile, by the excessive Noise that he had made, since November 2009, when he started to reveal to Greek People that the Economic and Social Revival he had promissed a Month earlier in order to snatch the Elections from out-going Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis, a ChristianDemocrat/EPP, (who had, on the contrary, told the Truth to the People about necessary Hard Economies and mainly Structural Reforms), was, in fact, impossible to achieve because of the Huge Debt accumulated since the 1980ies, G.Papandreou was also accused by Caramanlis' successor, Samaras a.o. to have seriously aggravated the situation by provoking a tremendous Augmentation of Interest Rates for lending to Greece, also exploited by Global Financial Markets in excessive heights of credit costs augmenting the Debt in tragic proportions, against both Greece and €urozone.

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Things got really nasty, f.ex. on October 28, National Anniversary of the Historic 1940 "No" to Fascism, just after the latest Brussels' EU Summit, when, after realizing that G. Papandreou had  large Crouds of People were gathered throughout all the Country's main Cities, crying ther anger against what they strongly felt as a "Corrupted" Government and PASOK a.o. Establishment Politcians who "betrayed" them, as they said, targetting with Tomatoes, Eggs and/or Insults PASOK Goverment's Officials, who run to escape, cancelling many traditional national parades at the last minute, in a never seen before spectacle, which included even Greek Army groups parading spotanteously in front of Simple Greek People, to whom they gave the Honors usually reserved to Chiefs of State/Goverment, applauded by astonished bypassers, (as f.ex. it happened in Thessaloniki's seaside, the 2nd largest city of the Country, host of a 2003 EU Summit, and Historic birthplace of King Alexander the Great, related also to a part of French President Sarkozy's Family)... PASOK Government reacted by an unprecedented move of suddenly changing all Heads of the Greek Army's Etat Major, dismissing all the previous Army Chiefs and replacing them by PASOK faithful staff, which surprised everyone, and was strongy denounced by main opposition party "New Democracy" (ChristianDemocrats/EPP), who anounced that it will never recognize such a change.. 

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Many Simple People were, indeed, revolted, when they saw that, according to Mr. Giorgos Papandreou's controversial EU/IMF Deals, their Country, Businesses and/or Family were threatened to suffer Heavy Economic Restrictions, without any other Hope than to find themselves and all the country, on 2020 with the same Debt as Greece alreeay had, back on 2009, i.e. before PASOK's latest rise to power, more than a Decade of Hard Efforts threatened to go down in ashes, (Debt, recently propulsed up to 165% of GDP, being just brought back to its 2009 level of 120% of the GDP)...
Popular Anger was also boosted by the fact that People were obliged suffer Heavy Resrtictions in their lives, already almost sacriificing a whole Generation, in order to pay  ... even early Retirement schemes to PASOK Government's Cronies and other Cushy Job Holders in the State-controlled sector, after some 30 Years of abuses by several oppressive Nepotists, among whom Noone was fired and/or otherwise punished, not even one, not even the more Corrupted !..      


Paradoxically, this seems also to clearly indicate the Direction that could and should take a Real Solution to the so-called "Greek Debt" issue, (in fact a Turkish Problem, provoked by a Network of former "Socialist" Officials and others abusing of any means to push Ankarars controversial and unpopular EU bid, in order to undermine Europe's role in the World, by provoking various contradictions  inside it : Comp. supra) :


- Joining Economic and Financial Efficiency, with the Dynamic Momentum of at least a great part of Honest, Simple People's bitter feeling of UnJustice, it's obviously by launching a Decisive and consequent Fight against Corruption and other Crimes committed by unscupulous, abusive and unpopular Politicians, Officials, Cronies and/or  Cushy job honders appointed by Nepotist PASOK a.o. Governments in Greekl State controlled Jobs during the crucial period of 1980-2010, (or even 1974-2011 if need be, as the main opposition party "New Democracy" and others have already accepted), that Justice can be done, Sanctions imposed to all those Responsible for various Scandals during the last 30 Years, many unpopular, abusive and Counter-Productive cashy and useless job holders Fired from Public Sector payrolls, thereby Drastically Reducing Greece's Debt, without harming Production (which could be relaunched, prividing Tax a.o. Revenues to the Greek State), nor imposing unjust restrictions to Poor People's economies, but, on the contrary, giving them a Chance to Hope for Justice to be done vis a vis any serious Crimes of the Past related to PASOK Governments' abusive Cronies, and a better Future, if they work hard, (See earlier "EuroFora"s NewsReports, from 12/2009 from Bonn/Germany, up to October 2011 Strasbourg/France, etc).    

     
An adequate Anti-Corruption and anti-Crime campaign, without artificial Time limits to investigations, (as it has already been done in various other Countries, such as f.ex. Croatia, Argentina, or Italy of famous former Judge Di Pietro, etc, and as even CoE's Anti-Corruption watchdog GRECO's Head, the experienced Drago Kos, has recently told "EuroFora : See earlier NewsReports with Statements by Kos and Di Pietro to "EuroFora", etc), could obviously be the only "Ciment" able to unite a large Political Majority in Greece, from the Right up to the Left, able and willing to lead the Country out of the provoked Crisis, and free the €uroarea from an articificial but heavy problem provoked by some Anti-Democratic and Anti-Europezan networks (Comp. supra).

Moreover, Greece seems to have good Oil/Gas potential Resources in the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, which could help pay any justified Debts, if EU and others convinced Turkey to respect the International Law of the Sea and stop Military Threats.


Will there be left enough productive Time and consciousness of what is really at stake in Cannes' seaside Oxygen in order to clear out these last-minute attempts to throw, without any Warning, a  vague "Referendum" threat, at the last minute, before starting to deal with the World's most serious, Historic issues at this 2011 G20 Summit ?

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At any case, overnight News arriving from Greek sources, suggested that this controversial "Referendum" last minute threat, might not even find enough support to be officially tabled, (before the end of the Year, for Vote on January 2012), since several among PASOk Government's 2 MPs thin majority have reportedly criticized the move, some even agreeing with the Calls launched by all, various Opposition Parties in Greece, from the Right to the Left side of the Political spectrum, to form a National Unity Government, or, even better, urgently organize National Elections, in order to have a New Government soon, able to tackle the Crisis with Efficiency and Justice, for Europe's best interests, allowing the EU to play an important role in the World by usefully contributing to solve Urgent and serious Global Problems, instead of slyly undermining it for dark, Anti-European interests. 

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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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