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

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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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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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