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Patriarch Sako+Humanitarian CEO Gollnish to EF: Pope Francis Iraq trip: Religions Meet on Human Life

Written by ACM
Friday, 29 January 2021
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*Strasbourg-Paris/Angelo Marcopolo/- "Eurofora"s Questions to a Video-Press Conference with Paris, at the HeadQuarters of French Bishops' Conference, Yesterday, on the forthcoming 1st Visit of Pope Francis to Iraq, focused on the Importance of Inter-Religious Dialogue and Cooperation also for Safeguarding the Value of Human Life at a Crucial Moment, when it's Threatened by Terrorism, Deadly Virus, and Technological/Social Controversies (See Infra), receiving Interesting Answers by the Head of the Most Ancient Christian Church in the World : that of Khaldeans, H.B. Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, and the CEO of Humanitarian Organisation "Oeuvre d'Orient" (Est. 1.856), Assyriac Bishop Pascal Gollnish.

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- "Don't you think, Your Beatitude, that, in fact, there where Human Life is Threatened the Most, Christians are needed, and Dialogue between Religions, precisely in order to Protect the Value of Human Life ?", "Eurofora" asked Patriarch SAKO.

 

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- "I Believe that this is True since the Medieval Times, when, to Revenge this or that, People were Killed for almost Nothing : This has to Change ! Human Life Must be Respected ! Life is something UnTouchable...It's a Gift of God ! (and) Religion has a Great Role in this case", he Positively Replied to "Eurofora"s Question.

+ "And we have to Put an End to the Tribal System : When there is a State, with Laws, If Anyone Harts you, he Must be Tried, Not go Attack him brutaly. Not even in the Old System this wasN't done. But when it's Anarchy ! In fact, there is a <<Deep State>> and an <<Apparent State>>... While the <<Official State>> is very Weak ! But most Young People, and the Population (of Iraq) Want a State with Rule of Law and Sovereignity", he stressed. "Unfortunately", however, Some so-called "Religious Leaders Profit from Religion in order to Earn Money, and not for Other (much more Important) Matters", he regretted, leaving the Conclusion Open.

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    After an Official State Visit of Vatican's Head to Iraqi President Barham Salih, and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Khadimi, where he will Speak to the Diplomatic Corps, (shortly before Important Parliamentary Elections on June 2021), Pope Francis is due to have a landmark Inter-Religious meeting with the Head of Iraqi Muslims, the Great Ayatollah Sayid Ali Al-Husayni Alsistani (Shia) at Najaf, before an Inter-Religious Gathering at Symbolic Plain of Ur, referring to Historic Abraham, and derived Brotherhood among Christians and Muslims, before a Mass in Bagdaad. The Last Day is consecrated to Christian Minorities in Iraq, (about 4% or  more than 500.000 Nowadays, Yazidis not included. A sharp Fall was Provoked by Refugees fleeing ISIS Terrorism, but a New Census was imminent). The Pope is to Visit mainly the North, (Erbil, Mosul, Nivine Valey, Qaraqosh, etc). Khaldeans (part of Assyriacs) were reportedly established there since the 1st Century AC, by Apostles Thomas and Thadeuz, with outreach up to India. Meawhile, among the various Humanitarian (including "Post-Isil") or Social Projects currently Planned, particular Hopes are raised around Education, and, especialy a School not only for Christians, but Also for Arab and Other Students, given the well known role that the Catholic Church has played, throughout History, at this domain in the World, (as observed, with Voluntaristic Optimism also for Iraq's possible Future, mainly Brother Amir JAJE, an authentic Iraqi Dominican, Specialist on Chia, and Professor at a Paris' Christian University, who is involved in the Organisation of Pope Francis' visit. +Concerning "Education" and "Europe"'s role in the World, See also an Exceptional move by the Current New Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, that he had Surprisingly send to "Eurofora" when he was Chief of "€uroArea"s Central Bank at nearby Frankfurt : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ecboneducation.html).     

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- "Eurofora", as also Other Journalits, went on to Raise also anOther Question, later-on, to the CEO of "Oeuvre d'Orient" Humanitarian Organisation, Mgr Pascal GOLLNISCH, a Assyriac Christian Bishop, who will also participate at the Holy Father's visit at Iraq :

-"A Naive, but Fundamental Question : As you know well, in some Areas, as Iraq and Elsewhere, Human Life is particularly Threatened, including by Terrorism (1). And, almost at the Same Time, there is also another Risk to DeValorize Human Life because of the Virus (2), in Parallel to Issues of Genetic Technologies (3), which affect Various Key aspects of Human Life. At this juncture, you have just spoken about "Universal Church", (i.e. Uniting All Christians Together). Do you think, that, Despite such Problems, but Because of such Problems, recently, an Approach Seeking to ReValorize Human Life, as the Christian Church and the Pope himself have Tried to do, Might Help to Develop a kind of Solidarity among Religions, in order to Defend, at least, this Fundamental Value , if it's Sincerely, and Well done ?", "Eurofora" asked, further, "Oeuvre d'Orient"'s CEO, Gollnisch.

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Some aspects of such Global Issues seem Not without any Dangers, since, inter alia, it's a Fact that Popular former Pope JOHN-PAUL II, just After Succeeding to Help Adopt a landmark UN Assembly Resolution against Genetic Cloning of Human Beings at New York (2004), preparing to Reply to EU and CoE new Invitations to Speak on such and other Topical Issues in Strasbourg, fell suddenly ill and passed away. His successor (and long-time Collaborator), Emeritus Pope BENEDICT, when he Published his Famous Encyclic "Caritas in Veritate", with a Strong Criticism against Risks to Abuse some Controversial Genetic Tecnologies Manipulating Human Embryos, Back on 2009, (Welcomed, among others, then, als with an Elogious Article by Mario DRAGHI, future ECB President, and Now, new Italian Prime Minister : Comp. Draghi's Replies to "Eurofora" Questions f.ex. at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/ecbpresidentinterestedinbrics.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euronewfaceandnewphase.html, etc), suddenly, he faced 2 Exceptional Violent Incidents successively hitting his Right Hand, followed by an UnPrecedented Mass Medias' Slandering against the Catholic Church, added, soon afterwards, to notorious Pressure against himself too. Even his successor, current Pope FRANCIS, when he made some Landmark Statements in favor of the UnBorn Children's Lifes, after Visiting a Symbolic Monument in South Korea on 2014, his Family Relatives in Argentina were suddely Wounded, and some Killed, by a Truck of "Monsanto" MultiNational Bio-Tech Company, which came from a Region famous for a Social Conflict, then, with the Local Population struggling Against alleged Risks to Human Health, particularly on Human Embryos, related to Controversial Monsanto "GMO"s, (See : ... + ..., etc).

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- "...Certainly, Good Question, this lies at the Heart of What We are doing !", Positively Replied to "Eurofora", from the outset, Gollnisch.  

- "If anyone just Reads what we are doing...", he added, with a critical smile.

- "Because, otherwise, it's quite Strange : F.ex., In that Document of Abu Dhabi, one has the impression that some French (when I look at certain WebSites) didn't see but only that "a Pope might almost become a Muslim" (sic !), he Joked...    

- On the Contrary, "it was totaly UnderEstimated and Non-Analysed all the InPut that Al-Azar's Rector made to the Values Proposed by Christianism... I found that Most of the Commitments made in that Document, were done rather by Al-Azar's Rector, than by the Pope !", he estimated.

+ "And it's well Obvious that What we are Working on, a Great Part of that on which we are Working Together with Other Religions, Judaism, Islam, Budism, etc., it's Really to Serve Life !", Gollnisch stressed.

++ "Already, I see Many Things which are done, and Many Places Where this is done : f.ex. the Association "Andian" at Lebanon, etc., where the Dialogue, Nowadays, is No More just in order to Meet Each Other, to Wish "Good Morning", etc., that's Already Done... But it's Time to Advance Further in Supporting Certain Social Values", he HighLighted.

+++ "But, Side by side with the Inter-Religious Dialogue, it will be also Interesting to give some Vigor to Ecumenism, certainly, Already Real, But which Could Be much More Stronger : a Joint Testimony of Christians in Various Countries : If we look at Egypt, f.ex., there is Now, with New Protestant and Orthodox Patriarchs, a common Meeting Platform for all Christians : Catholics, Orthodox, or Protestants".        

=> "So, All this indicates that there is some Movement, something Advancing Forward, naturally Aiming to Defend Life and Values, obviously. But, there are, Already, several Nice Personalities which are Rising, and, probably, will Not Wait Longer"..., Gollnisch alerted.

 

 

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    The incoming Swedish EU Presidency (July-December 2009) may still remain in favour of Turkey's controversial EU bid, despite June 2009 EU Elections' results, but it has "very strong demands on Turkey"'s obligation to respect EU Rules, said the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, to "EuroFora", reacting to critical Press reports.

    - "I know (that) the link is often made also to Sweden's position on Turkey"'s controversial EU bid. Indeed, "we (Swedish EU Presidency) are very much engaged in the future membership of Turkey, but not without fullfiling all the Criteria".

    - "It's very clear that we (Swedish EU Presidecny) have very Strong Demands on Turkey, in a sort of concept for Future membership of the Union, ...which will be a Long Process...", she stressed.

    This means, in particular, "the Copenhagen Criteria (on Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law), and also the adaptation to the Acquis of the European Union".

     - "If you listen to what Mr. Bildt (the Swedish Foreign Minister) says on Turkey at different occasions, it's very clear : We want Turkey to become part of the Union, in the Future. But we want it to fullfil all the Criteria : The Acquis of the European Union. That's very clear", she concluded.

    The Senior Official of the Swedish Foreign Ministry was reacting to critical Press Reports, from Brussels' Journalists invited by EU Commission's secretariat to Stockholm, who claimed that Bildt was abusing of a ..."Whip" (sic !) against Cyprus, by "threatening" the presence of UNO's Peace-keeping force at the "Green line" which separates the island's Government-controlled areas from the territories occupied by Ankara's army, if Nicosia didn't accept any political solution, regardless of Turkey's demands, before the end of 2009.

        Governing AKEL Party's new Secretary General, Andros Kyprianou, reacted by declaring that no-one can threat the People of Cyprus : -"We shall decide for our Future, and nobody else",  he reportedly said, asking to "keep calm". "In order to find a Solution soon, certain basic Principles must be respected", he stressed, calling those who feel an urgency to use their influence on Turkey. Other Political Parties were more critical.

    This was a reference to recently reported statements by Turkish Minister Bagis, Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan and Turkey's National Security Council (a Military-Political body), accused to push towards a partitionist "2 States" solution, contrary to UNO SC Resolutions for Cyprus' reunification.

    December 2009 is a crucial moment for EU's appraisal of Turkey's controversial EU bid, because EU Council has decided to review then Ankara's compliance with the European position on the recognition of Cyprus' Government, which was clearly set out by an EU reply of 21 September 2005 to Turkish Prime Minister Tayip Erdogan's claims, refusing to recognize even the existence of EU Member Cyprus, in controversial statements he made to London (former EU chair) on July 29, 2005.

    EU Parliament's latest Resolution on Turkey, adopted on March 2009 in Strasbourg, warned Ankara that "the non-fulfillment of Turkey's commitments... by December 2009, may further seriously affect the process of Negotiations" with the EU.

    In practice, the issue boils down to Ankara's "embargo" against Ships and Airplanes using Cyprus' seaports or airports at the strategic EU island, which traditionaly hosts one of the World's biggest Shipping flags. EU has already "freezed" 6 relevant Chapters in EU - Turkey Negotiations since December 2006, after Ankara refused to fullfil a commitment it had undertaken when EU had decided to open controversial "accession" negotiations with Turkey, back on December 2005.

    - "As far as EU - Turkey relations are concerned, it's clear that Turkey needs to fullfil its obligation of full, non-discriminatory implementation of the additional Protocol (to "EC-Turkey Association Agreement"),  This is an important issue....and should be addresseed as soon as possible as it clearly affects the pace of the accession negotiations.Issues covered by the Declaration of September 2005 will continue to be followed up, and progress is urgently awaited", warned earlier in Strasbourg the out-going Czech EU Presidency (former vice-Prime Minister Alexander Vodra).

    But the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, Cecilia Julin, dismissed "interpretations" by "some" that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was reportedly "threatening" Cyprus with consequences on the UNFICYP, if it doesn't accept any solution until December 2009, while Turkey is reportedly delaying in an attempt to impose a partitionist "2 States" solution.

    On the contrary, Julin, stressed that "Sweden has strong demands on Turkey'"s respect of "Copenhagen Criteria and EU Acquis".

    Meanwhile, Sweden  is "concerned" about the risk of "Stalemate" in Cyprus' Talks, but is well aware that "the main responsibilities lie with the two leaders and the UNO", Europe playing only a role of "facilitator".

    After carefully verifying, the Head of Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service, stressed to "EuroFora" that Bildt's reference to UNFICYP "was not linked to a Threat", and dismissed those who "interpreted" it so.

    On the contrary, the Swedish EU Presidency acknowledged the fact that Peace Talks are mainly for the UN and the leaders of the Cypriot communities, EU's role being limited into that of a "facilitator".

    As for Turkey's reported attempts to impose a "2 States' solution", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service sharply replied by stressing that Turkey must respect the "EU Acquis" rules.

    In particular :

    - "Basically he (Bildt) underlined that it's the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus and the UN that have the main responsibilities for solving the problem", started to say the Swedish Senior Official to "EuroFora", referring to the above-mentioned "briefing".

    - "But the EU had a role in sort of pointing out the benefits and facilitating a little bit the outcome for the settlement of the whole Cyprus' issue", she added.

    - "And he did state the Fact, that the rest of the World (i.e. USA, etc) will, of course, look at the differend issues which are at the table, and the future of the UN Peace keeping force is part of what is at the table", she admitted.

    - "I understand that some have interpreted that as a Threat, by the Swedish Minister" "But", in reality, "it's a statement of a Fact, that, when we'll look at the differend issues, one of the issues on which we shall have to take a stand on, is the future of the UN Peace keeping force in Cyprus".

    Indeed, one of the questions usually raised for a Solution of Cyprus' issue is what International and/or European or other Guarantees, by a Peace-keeping force, might be needed afterwards, eventually for a transitory period.

    Questioned anew by "EuroFora" whether (according to critical Press Reports) this could be taken as a veiled warning that, if Cyprus didn't accept any Turkish demand for any solution whatever, it might be left alone to face Ankara's Military Invasion/Occupation, she denied :

    - "He (Bildt) didn't say it in that way"... "It was not linked to a threat, or anything like that", the Head of the Swedish Foreign Ministry's Press Service stressed.

    On the contrary, "he (Bildt) underlined that the main responsibility lies with the parties concerned on the island". "The EU can try to facilitate and show the benefits of reaching a settlement. But also, when the EU and the rest of the World (i.e. USA) will have to look at it, they will look at all the Facts on the table, and the presence of the UN Peace-keeping force is one".

    And "he (Bildt) didn't speak about that at all", she replied to "EuroFora" question on Turkey's reported attemps to impose, in one way of another, a partitionist "2 States solution".

    Asked whether Bildt's aim was to incite both parties to move forward efficiently, she agreed :

    - In fact, "the EU is really very concerned with the Stalemate in the situation. Yes !", the Head of Sweden's Foreign Ministry's Press Service anounced. That's why Bildt "was hoping for the two parties (i.e. for Turkey's also) to engage and break, a little-bit, the present stalemate, come to a solution of the issue" of Cyprus.

    But, replying  to a "EuroFora"s question on the risk, denounced by several politicians in case of strict Time Deadlines, for Turkey to provoke a stalemate and wait for the time to come to impose a partitionist "2 States' solution", she reacted by pointing at Turkey's obligation to respect "EU Acquis" :

    - "Turkey must fullfil the EU Acquis : That's clear !", the Swedish Senior Official stressed.

    More details are expected when Swedish Prime Minister Reinfeldt will debate his Programme with new MEPs at EU Parliament's plenary mid-July in Strasbourg, that he has visited already in 2008.

    Foreign Minister Carl Bildt became familiar with Strasbourg's CoE last year, when Sweden chaired the PanEuropean organization of Human Rights. As EU chairman-in-office, he will also chair the 27-member States strong EU Group inside the 47-member States strong CoE.

    Minister for EU affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom is well known at EU Parliament, where she has been an active MEP of the Liberal Group for many years, following also Press Freedom issues.

    Both have already made various statements at "EuroFora", on differend topical matters.

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