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Kohl more Popular than NATO/G7+, has Topical Legacy on GeoPolitic, Social, BioEthic European+ Issues

Pisac ACM
29. 06. 2017.
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*Strasbourg/CoE+Prefectoral Palace+EUParliament Press Conference/Angelo Marcopolo/- The 1st Time that we met Helmut Kohl, was at CoE's 1997 Summit in Strasbourg, Together with Chirac and Yeltsin, (Smiling and Joking, Face to Face, at a corridor of PMC Building), they had just created the "Trilateral" Franco-Germano-Russian meetings, later Developed by Shroeder, Merkel, Putin, Medvedev, etc, before fading away... But Now, 20 Years Later, on 2017, when Kohl suddenly left us, his Legacy touches More Topical Issues, than some would dare acknowledge !

 

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(Helmut Kohl at CDU's 2010 Congress at Karlsruhe - Photo Eurofora)

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First, it's a Fact that the Historic German Chancelor is much More Popular than ...NATO or even the G7 (former G8) Summits :


Indeed, while the Memorial Ceremony on his Honour, scheduled for Saturday, 1/7/2017, at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, is due to gather here More Heads of State/Government than the CoE and NATO Summits of 1997 and 2009, respectively, as the Director of EU Parliament's Office, Luis Martinez-Guillen, observed, (noting f.ex. the EU, Russia, even China + USA Delegations, several Famous former Leaders, etc), Nevertheless, the Record-Brief Time ("only 10 Days !") that the Competent Services had in order to Organize the Security of this Top Meeting now, ("the Shortest ever, and with the Less possible Restrictions on local People's everyday Lives", as Lower-Rhine Prefecture's Secretary General, Yves Seguy, also Replied to an "Eurofora" Question at a Press Conference Today, on the 5.000 Guards, Blocked Circulation and No-Fly Zone, etc., protecting the event), Fits Well an Exceptional Lack of foreseable Unrest or Trouble during such kind of Mega-Events :


 - Contrary to what was the case, f.ex., back on 2009 NATO's 60th Anniversary Summit, when Strasbourg City had been almost Cut in Two Parts : one placed behind Huge Barricades, and anOther Exposed to Loud and Massive Protest Demonstrations, Street Violence, Gas, even Fires, etc, "this Time, at my Knowledge, at least until now, Nobody has asked to make any protest at all. There is Not the same Tension as then", noted the Experienced President of Strasbourg's "Euro-Metropole", Robert Herrmann, evoking also "Eurofora"'s Memory from those incidents of the Past. I.e., in other words, Nothing Similar to the usual Mass Counter-Demonstrations of G7-G8 Summits, etc...


But, in fact, some among the most Topical Issues that Kohl's Legacy realy touches Nowadays, (from GeoPolitics to Economic-Social matters, even BioEthics, etc), are Not expected to be openly Acknowledged by most Establishment's Medias, simply because they seem, Politicaly, ...too "Hot" !


>>>  F.ex., those "Trilateral" Franco-Germano-Russian Leaders' Meetings, inaugurated with Kohl in Strasbourg, back on 1997, (Comp. Supra), and well Alive a Decade later, f.ex. on 2006, at Compiegne Castle, near Paris, (where Jacques Chirac had Welcomed Angie Merkel and Vladimir Putin : Comp. "Eurofora" co-Founder's NewsReport from that Historic area), and even Later-on, with again renewed participants, Obviously point at De Gaule's vision for a "Greater Europe : from the Atlantic Ocean to Ural Mountains", which has almost ...Vanished some Years Ago, particularly after the Ukranian conflict of 2014, that Threatened to Cut the European Continent again in 2 Separate Parts, almost as it was the case in that Bleak Past of the former "Cold War" era...


In Addition to those "Sanctions" and Counter-Sanctions, etc., which have already Costed a lot to Europe, both in terms of Tragic Human Lives' lost, even among Many innocent Civilian People, but also in terms of Economic Growth opportunities Lost, (as, f.ex., OECD's Head, Angel Guria, has Admitted, speaking to "Eurofora" : See ....), followed even by several High-Tech. Cooperation chances between EU and Russia, being Wasted, etc, Moscow's recent Exclusion from the original "G 8" Summits, (which were hastily Reduced into "G 7", during Barack Hussein Obama's era), was Strongly Criticized by Helmut Kohl himself, (f.ex. on the occasion of the Publication of his Book "Out of Concern for Europe", on 2015).
And it's not only by Chance, that Kohl's Family has just, notoriously Invited to the forthcoming 1.7.2017 Strasbourg's European Memorial Ceremony, also Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, (as well as former US President Clinton, etc), whose venue has been clearly Confirmed to "Eurofora" Today.


Indeed, by another "Coincidence", it was on "Peace" and Reconciliation, that the Historic Leader of the German ReUnification, had Focused the 2nd Time that We briefly but topicaly met Helmut Kohl, during the 2004 European Parliament's Elections, together with the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Leader Joseph Daul, at Strasbourg's shore to the River Rhine... The World was then at the aftermath of Controversial Iraq War II, mutatis-mutandis, as Now we are still in the Middle of the adjacent, and even more Dangerous, Syrian bloody conflict. However, the aftermath of Kohl's era had just Achieved, then, on 2004, to Facilitate and Attract also Europe's ReUnification, with EU's Enlargement to Central-Eastern European Countries, plus Malta and Cyprus.

 + In Fact, even Before seeing Kohl physicaly, we had already Felt certain important Changes to which he has notoriously Contributed : - Even if we had been Living in Strasbourg already as early as since the Middle 1970ies, and despite the 1st EU Parliament's Elections, since Back on 1979, (almost the Same Time than Young Student Jean-Claude Juncker,  the current EU Commission's President - was studying at the Same Faculty of Law here, visiting COE's Assembly and even got Married), nevertheless, it's, indeed, a Fact, that Modern "Europe" Started really to Exist during the 1990ies :


- I.e. just after the German ReUnification, which Marked "Cold War"'s End, Russia's Accession to a PanEuropean CoE, Headquartered in Strasbourg, Maastricht and Shengen (EU Citizens' Free Movement), as well as the Preparation of EuroZone, ECHR's Awakening, with a its First "Hot" Judgements on key Human Rights issues, closely Followed by a Big Reform, (Initialy due, in fact, to prepare former Central-Eastern European Countries, to Reforms necessary for Economic Cooperation, but, already Affecting all Core Human Rights Values, such as Prohibition of Torture, Protection of Life, etc., mainly in Turkey, added also to various other Issues throughout its PanEuropean area, etc. All that (and even more) thanks also to what he had just Contributed to Do.


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 - Economy and Europe's Future and even Identity were Not so separate Issues, as some may think, for Political Leaders as Helmut Kohl, the Historic Initiator of Maastricht Treaty and of €uro-Zone. During his era, EU Parliament held one of its Most Important Public Debates ever, on Europe's State of the Union and its foreseable Future : that of October 1995, in Strasbourg, including on the forthcoming entry into force of the €uro common Currency, for he 1st Time in History, with the Participation of All EU Institution's Heads, and even UNO's Secretary General, etc, on the Occasion of which, some among the Future Problems, and their Possible Solutions, had been already, astonishingly Foreseen !


 - So that, when We anew Crossed Helmut Kohl's moves, back on 2011, at Nearby Freiburg, where he had come to meet with then Pope Benedict, during his official visit to Germany (Comp. relevant "Eurofora"'s NewsReports from Freibourg: ....), the Experienced Chancelor had just Strongly Criticized an Exceptionaly too "Laxist" policy on Financial and Monetary issues, related to €uroZone, by his "Socialist" successor, former Chancelor Schroeder, especialy around 2000-2002 (i.e. since his Alliance wih "Joshka"'s "Greens"). This had also allowed, and even incited a "Socialist" Prime Minister of Greece to make it Enter in the €urozone much Earlier than the Country should, i.e. even Before making the Necessary Economic Reforms, in order to Snap the April  2000 Election, which maintained him on Power during 4 undeserved Years more...


In Exchange, he Lifted Greece's "VETO" against Turkey's Controversial and UnPopular EU bid, (as USA's a.o. "Socialists" wanted then), provoking a still persisting Political Problem in the EU. As even EU Parliament's vice-President Wieland told "Eurofora" on that matter : - "The Socialists pushed Greece precociously in the €uroZone, because they wanted Turkey to reach the EU"...


=> Thus, a Trend to Accumulate Debt, which had already Started, as a kind of "Silent Killer", as Early as Since the 1981 First "Waves" of Massive Clientelism and Nepotism of former, mainly "PASOK" Governments, that had notoriously Hired and/or appointed in the State-Controlled Sector, an Excessive Number of Counter-Productive, Cashy Job Holders and Cronies, suddenly "Erupted", with an obvious "Explosion" on Autumn 2009, revealing a Huge, unprecedented Amount of Debt, Triggering €uroZone's Biggest ever Crisis.


All this Resulted in 2 quasi-Parallel Crisis:  a Political (with 3 "No" to EuroReferenda in France, Netherlands and Ireland, followed by the Emergence and Spread of "EuroScecptic"/"Populist Parties throughout all the EU, which Delayed or even Blocked European Integration), and an Economic one, (which Threatened "€uroZone" almost with Extinction). Taken Both Together, they were the Biggest Threat ever met by €urope nowadays, and Kohl (who always stood Against Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid) was obviously Right to Denounce that 1999-2002 Bad Deal.


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+ At another Key moment : During the latest Electoral Campaign in Germn Federal Elections : that of 2013, "Eurofora" had followed Angie Merkel's kick-Starting pre-electoral Meeting, at the Beginning of August, in Kohl's Home City : LudwigsHaffen :


- There, almost Everything appeared to Work Smoothly : Merkel started by her Famous and Popular, then, "No to Multi-Kulti !" - as she had also notoriously done in the 2009 European and National Elections, Brillantly Winning Both, Together, then, with Sarkozy in France (2007+2009), and Cameron in the UK (2010 + 2015).


+ She had added a Coherent Appeal for Healthy and "Strong Families" in Germany, announcing more Measures also for Natural Families and Births, as well as for Raising and Educating Children, etc., Merkel obviously Tabled, then, mainly on a Natural, Endogenous, German/European Population Increase, strikingly Similar to the views expressed, Nowadays, by ...embattled Prime Minister of Hungary, Victor Orban, (f.ex. in his Recent Speech at the Budapest World Family Summit, on May 25, 2017 : See ...).


The rest was around a Modern pro-European : "Strong Germany, inside a Strong Europe in the World", based on a Solid Economy, WithOut Debt, and Technological Innovation, etc.


She went on to Brillantly Win in the subsequent, September 2013 Federal Election, with almost 40% of the Votes.


And in the immediately Following EU Summit, October 2013 in Brussels, Merkel looked Better and Stronger than ever : Radiant, Smiling and very Active, she Focused on proudly Raising the European Flag for Freedom, Independence and High-Tech. Development, by Defending Citizens' Personal Data Protection from Foreign Spying (we were then at a "Snowden" revelations era on Obama's infamous NSA), against Cyber-Aggressions, and in favour of decisively Boosting independent European Digital Innovations in the World, (etc).


But, suddenly, After that Voting Time, something mysteriously Negative happened : Already, overNight, Merkel's ChristianDemocrats' initialy Absolute Majority at the Bundestag (according to all Exit Polls), was, Later-on, unexpectedly Reduced into a Minority, Lacking of just Four (4 !) MPs in order to become able to form a Government. Followed 2 Series of Long, "Bumpy" and nerve-Exhausting Negotiations, first with the "Greens", and, then, with the "Socialists", up to Late December... And then, after an unusual for her, "Globalist" holiday resort at a too well known area of Switzerland, (opposite to the always Discreet but spectacular areas of Tyrol's Mountains that she usualy prefered), Merkel suddenly appears with ...Cruntches, Unable to Walk ! Collegues in a Berlin Press Conference ask if there was any Investigation for a possible Covert Aggression against the German Chancelor.... And, meanwhile, Merkel has been Obliged, earlier, to make  quite a lot of Political Concessions : Among Others, the Turks are given a Right for "Double" Passports, allowing them to Massively get also German Nationality Papers, for the 1st Time in the History of the Country. A Turkish politician with an impossible Nama (as herself uses to say, Joking), pushed by the "Socialists", is appointed Minister for ..."Integration", and, therefore, all previous, Pre-Electoral Refusals of "Multi-Kulti" (Comp. Supra), ...Disappear from eyesight ! Worse : While Merkel had just anounced, in Brussels' EU Summit of early December 2013, her Intention to Travel to meet with the Russians and other Stakeholders in order to settle the issue of various Trade Areas, so that, instead of allegedly Contradictory, they become Complementary, so that EU Countries could have Access to a Wide Area from Portugal up to Vladivostok, (etc), on the Contrary, soon breaks out the Bloody Ukranian Conflict, from the Beginning of 2014, and her initial plans are Hindered. And, just 1 Year Later, on 2015, the Ludwigshafen (Comp. Supra) appeal for German Families' Natural Births-generated Population (Comp. Supra), are practicaly pushed aside, by sudden Claims that Europeans' Ageing woud be "Fatal", so that Only Youngsters hastily Imported from far away Foreign Countries, immediately Starting by More than 1 Million of Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants' "Tsunami" intruding in Europe through Turkey, with the notorious Problems....


- Helmut Kohl anew surfaces at the News' Limelight, just after these events, on April 2016, anew near Ludwigshafen, when he Welcomes an exceptional Visit to his Home by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, in the middle of what was called the Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants "Crisis" through Turkey. But both Kohl and Orban avoid to criticize the alleged position of Chancelor Merkel, (who, at any case, Evolved considerably on 2017, after the recent Islamist Terrorists' Deadly Attacks Targetting Innocent Civilian People) : They simply stress, in public, that it would be Better for Europe to Find appropriate Solutions, already inside the Foreign Countries of Origin or Transit, Beyond our Continent, instead of massively inundating the EU.


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Last, but not least, on the Crucial, Nowadays, issues of BioEthics, (particularly Nowadays, with what is happening f.ex. in Germany, under the Pressue of the Declining "Socialist" party and some opportunists), already at Helmut Kohl's political defeat, Back on 1998, "Eurofora"' co-Founder had been genuinly Surprized to see, almost immediately then, a German Medias' Publication Warning about alleged Risks, in a period "After Kohl", to see, sooner or later, emerge, in one way or another, various kinds of Horrible results from more or less atrocious, and, at any case, Dangerous Genetic a.o. "Tests on Human persons"...
During Kohl's era as Prime Minister, indeed, it was, in principle, Unthinkable to autorise such things as, f.ex. Genetic Manipulations on Human Embryos, Genetic a.o. "Tests" on Human beings, Same Sex Marriages, and even less the Suborination of Children to Homosexuals' power, under disguise of so-called "Adoption", the Atrocity of "Surrogate Mothers", etc...


=> An Unforgettable in Memory image, in this regard, is, for "Eurofora", that of Helmut Kohl himself, exceptionaly visiting the Governing Party CDU's Annual Congress at nearby Karlsruhe, back on November 2010, together with Chancelor Angie Merkel, during a Diner organized just after a Crystal-clear Majority of ChristianDemocrat representatives, after a Long and quite "Hot" Debate, (that Merkel had wished as wide as possible, so that all concerned delegates have a chance to express their views), finaly Rejected a Motion which had asked to Legalise systematic Pre-Natal Genetic Tests, which, as many were Afraid, might have been opened Dangerous ways for some to slyly practice "Eugenism", with Obvious Big Risks against all Humanity.     


There too, Kohl was still so Popular, that Many People stood, for a Long Time, around his Table (where "Eurofora" had been also kindly Invited to join the bystanders), which had become the No 1 main "Attraction" of the most important Evening during that Mega-Event....
(See relevant, Original Photo by "Eurofora").

Helmut Kohl's real Legacy there, becomes Nowadays even more Important, when it has just been Discovered by several Medias that former USA President Barack Hussein Obama, had reportedly abused of his Powers on BioEthics to the point to have even issues a Formal Order to all American Ambassadors accross the World, already as Early as Since 2011, (i.e. even Long Before this became Legal in the US, via a Few appointed judges of the Supreme Court, Later on 2015), pushing them to Interfere in the domestic affairs of various Independent and Sovereign Countries.


This was Revealed these Days by the Scandalous Intervention of an Obama-appointed US Ambassador in EU Member State Romania's current efforts to Protect the Natural Family, between a Man and a Woman, by a Constitutional value Amendment, so that Nobody would eventualy provoke a sudden move by a simple and precarious pseudo-"Majority" of the moment in a Parliament. F.ex., mutatis-mutandis. I.e., as in the currently Out-going German Bundestag, where the Declining "Socialists" are obviously Afraid that, After the September 2017 Elections, the notoriously expected Entry of "AFD"' and Other New MPs, might radicaly Change the Political Majority, so that they rushed now to push for a Last-minute adoption of the Controversial "Same Sex Marriage", including even the so-called "Adoption" of Children by Homosexuals :


Something which may, notoriously, provoke even Grave Dangers for All Humanity, by inevitably creating many Thousands of "Clients" for shady Lobbies of Technocrats eventually seeking to Dominate and Manipulate the Artificial Procreation of Human Beings, (Unavoidable in the case of Homosexuals, because of the Impossibility of Natural Births).

>>> By the way, it's also a Fact that, only a Few Months before Helmut Kohl's Political Elimination by the "Socialists" and other Adversaries, back on 1998, here in Strasbourg, inside the CoE, the PanEuropean Committee of Experts preparing the 1st ever Legaly Binding International Convention on the Protection of Human Rights vis a vis Bio-Medicine, etc., i.e. CoE's "Oviedo" named Convention on BioEthics, a Controversial Majority had just pushed to conclude on a Draft Text which did Not Protect enough mainly the Human Embryo, but also the Germ Line, Persons Unable to Consent, Human Organs from Trafficking, etc, as it had been Strongly and Loudly Denounced, then, particularly by a Cypriot Expert and, much More, by a Couple of German Experts, who were very Upset and Angry about that, seeking to Speak out to Journalists at the CoE, including with "Eurofora", for quite a long and intense moments, Warning in such a Dramatic way, that we shall Never Forget !


Shortly After that Exceptional 1997 Incident, (personaly witnessed by "Eurofora" at the CoE in Strasbourg), on core and "Hot" BioEthic Issues, the Long-Time German Prime Minister Kohl had been suddenly Thrown Out of Power, and replaced by "Socialist" Governments, from 1998, which Started to Push, among others, also for Genetic Tests on Human Embryos and Adults, etc.


Such Facts obviously contribute to Alert everybody, Today, 20 Years Later, on 2017, when, suddenly, Helmut Kohl passed away, anew in the Middle of so many and "Hot" GeoPolitical, Socio-Economic, and BioEthical Issues, (Comp. Supra).



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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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