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European People vote Majority to the Right ! +Earlier Abstention changes into Record Participation !

Written by ACM
Sunday, 26 May 2019

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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/(Partly UpDated)/- European People gave an Absolute Majority to a Unity of the Right, extended, or not, to the Center-Right, among the 751 MEPs that they Elected this Sunday, after an UnExpected, Last-Minute Surge of a Record-High Popular Participation, Bellying all Polls which had predicted, on the Contrary, a Worsening of the Abstention of the last 20 Years...

According to the Official Results of EU Parliament, mainstream Center-Right ChristianDemocrats/EPP remains the Biggest Group of MEPs, with the Difference that, from Now on, they mathematically dispose also of an Absolute Majority if they are Added Together with all the Various Rightists, currently WideSpread among the Conservatives, EFDD, EFN, independent or unclassified yet, etc.   

It's towards such a phenomenon of European People Voting an absolute Majority for a Unity of the Right, that point, obviously, also several Mainstream Newspapers' overall presentations of the results, (including, f.ex., "Welt", "Parisien", etc : See relevant PHOTOS: Here, Conservative Parties are pictured at the Right side): 

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(EU 2019 Election Results' Highlights

by mainstream Newspapers "Die Welt/Germany and "Le Parisien"/France)

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It's a New Political Situation, withOut any known Precedent in the Past.

 

On the Contrary, Neither the "Socialists", not even the Liberals (Centrists), (despite a slight strengthening of the latter), canNot find Any kind of Majority at all, if they stay Limited Only in various associations between them, and the "Greens", Euro-Left, etc., (most of them due to become even Smaller in case of BREXIT), at the Left Side of the Political Spectrum.

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But, theoretically, there is Still Room for a "Center-Right" Alliance, of EPP and Liberals, with More Rightists than before, as in the out-going EU Parliament's Presidency by experienced Italian ChristianDemocrat MEP, and twice former EU Commissioner, Antonio Tajani, (who, as some informed sources have told "Eurofora", might, indeed, be willing to move Forward anew, after his previous Success to get a Stable Majority withOut the "Socialists", but in agreement with some Rightists, already during the period of 2017-2019, See: ..., etc).

It would, indeed, be a Surprise if Emmanuel Macron's New Centrists (reportedly added to Liberals) might, eventually, Refuse the further development of such a Center-Right up to Rightists' de facto Alliance, as in the Recent Past : Since, a Refusal would practically and symbolically mean that they are More at the "Left" than what Guy Verhofstadt's Liberals used to be...

Meanwhile, it's not only true that the ChristianDemocrats/EPP's mainstream Right, still remains, unquestionably, the Biggest EU Parliament's Group, with about 179-180 MEPs, (compared to just 153 for the Socialists, and only 105 to Liberals), but also that the Rightists' 3 Groups (Conservatives, EFDD and EFN) now Reach an almost Equivalent Total, for the 1st Time in History : i.e. about 175 MEPs already Registered, (who Might Extend even Further).

+ Moreover, there is a Potential to Add, eventually, a Supplementary Number of about +14 - 16 More MEPs, i.e. arriving towards a Total of 189 or 190, by Integrating Many New Small Rightist Parties, which have Emerged almost Everywhere throughout EU's 28 Member States nowadays :

- Indeed, among a lot of New MEPs, (mainly various kinds of Rightists), for the Moment designated as "Others", i.e. "Newly elected Members, Not (Yet) Allied to any of the political Groups set up in the Outgoing Parliament", there are, f.ex. :  

3 Spanish MEPs of the New Party "Vox" ; 4 "Pirates" from Czech Republic and Germany (perhaps for the EFDirectDemocracy Group ?) ; 2 Slovenians from "Kotleba" ; and 2 Slovaks from "L'SNS Kotleba" ; 1 Estonian from "EKRA" ; 1 Greek from "Greek Solution" ; 1 Croat from "Zidi zid" (Bouclier Humain"); 1 German from "Familien" Partei, (etc)...

Even among Pre-existing "Independents" Might be some recruits, as, f.ex., UK's "DUP" (Northern Ireland's Conservatives, until now Allies of the Brittish Conservative Government) : 1 MEP; Hungary's rightist "JOBIC": 1; perhaps, Later-on, Greece's "GD" rightists: 2 (awaiting imminent clarification), etc.

Obviously, there is, still, a Problem of Unity, among the 3 Groups of the Rightists, (ECR, EFDD and EFN), but this may be Resolved, perhaps, if and when the "BREXIT" might, eventually, Start to take Away the British Conservatives, at the Latest : until  October 2019, etc., allowing the Polish a.o. to help reGroup all those New MEPs, etc.

But, independently of that, and/or, once that matter Settled, in one way or another, as far as it concerns the Principles, it's Difficult to understand Why the Left should be Free to become United, (as, f.ex., "Socialist" Candidate Timmermans proposed), while, on the Contrary, the Right should stay Always Divided, (as some claim)...

 Already, there are several, and various Recent Governments of a "Unity of the Right" throughout Europe, (f.ex. from Norway to Bulgaria, etc), and, even in Austria, it was not only the mainstream Center-Right's "EPP", but Even the ...mainstream "Socialists" who have already acted as Allies of the Rightists' "Freedom Party", Both Earlier, at a Regional level, as well as in Consultations for an eventual National Coalition, and Nowadays, at the National Parliament, in order to just OverThrow the 2nd EPP's Kurz Government !...

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In fact, the New Potential just Created by the Democratic Votes of the European People,looks as an Important Historic Reality in the Making:

=> To put it in a nutshell, the current, potentially "Central" Position of EU Parliament's Biggest Group : that of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, is of Crucial Importance, has a Strategic Responsibility, and Holds the Key :

>>> F.ex., from one Side, it could Rely on a Compromise with Macron's a.o. Liberals in order to Attract the Rightists towards a Strong and Developed, well Integrated and Ambitious Europe, with a Big and Noble Mission in the World,

while, almost at the Same Time, from the Other Side, it should Make Good Use of Rightists' Claims for Security of the People Facing Islamist Terrorism (See Infra), UnPrecedented Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migration, etc., but also for Natural Family, healthy Traditional Values and BioEthics, Hard Working People and basic Solidarity, National and European, Historic and Cultural Identity and Civilisation, aspirations for Less Bureaucracy, but Modern forms of a more Direct Democracy, Peace, etc.

- In Other Words, such a "Central", Strategic Position for the Biggest Group f MEPs, that of ChristianDemocras/EPP (Comp. Supra), must be well used in order to Create, out of Contradictions, Divisions, and Chaos' Risks, right the Opposite : I.e. to Seize the Historic Opportunity, and Dare Meet the huge Challenge, to Forge the Synthesis of a much Needed, Deeper and Wider, Active Group, of "Real Europeans" !...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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The Mystery of Last Minute, Historic Record-High Popular PARTICIPATION

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+ The 2nd big Surprise in this 2019 EU Election is the Last-Minute, UnExpected Emergence of a Huge, Exceptional Uprise in Popular Participation to the Votes, Contrary to many Polls, which had previously Predicted a continuation or even a Worsening of the Majority Abstentions of the Recent Past (since 1999) :

=> Indeed, instead of Stagnating or Falling even Lower, as predicted, on the Contrary, People's Participation to these EU Elections, Suddenly Jumbed Up, Growing even Higher than what it had ever been During the last 20 Years of 1999 - 2019 (always a Minority), to the point to Reach a Crystal-clear, Absolute Majority of 51% of Voters now !

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- How to Explain this important and exceptional, last-minute Big Change, throughout 28 EU Member Countries ?

It's a well-known Fact that, around and after 1999, the European People had been notoriously Deceived, (many even felt Betrayed, particularly in their best pro-European Ideals), especially by too much concessions made then (under USA's Liberals' pressure) about Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid... The 2005-2007 "No" to EU Referenda, were Key parts of those Popular Reactions, as well as Electoral Abstentions, EuroScepticism, etc....  On the Contrary, after what happened recently, Most EU Political Leaders have notoriously tried to show that, at last, nowadays (around 2017-2019), they Hear the Voice of the People, and often Multiplied various Statements Against Turkey's controversial and unpopular EU bid, many asking to put

This might, perhaps, provide a possible Explanation for More Popular Participation to the Votes, in general.

>>>But, obviously, canNot Explain at all Why the Abstention Trend reportedly Remained still in place, (according to Most Polls), Changing Only at the Last Days, (possibly Hours or Minutes), and so Radically, that Popular Participation, Suddenly, ..."Exploded" Now, surging from only a Minority of around  40%, Up to a Majority of More than +51% !

=> Only a Last-Minute Surprize Event, of so Vital Importance that it was Able to Speak right to the Hearts and Minds of the People, to a point to Make them Move, Massively and Suddenly, towards a New Direction, could have, naturally, Provoked such a Big, Massive, Fast and UnExpected Change...    

- Was there, at least, One (1) ?     

- Facts show that there were, indeed, ...Three (3), convergent and closely interRelated :

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(a) At First, on May 15, Many People were Astonished by the Scandalous, last-minute Exclusion of any Discussion on the Need to Protect EU Citizens from Islamist Terrorism, during the unique EU Parliament's Debate among Top Candidates in EU Elections, Despite the Fact that it had been Initially included in the List of Topics, and was generally considered as Number 1 Concern for the People throughout Europe, (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsfl                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ashes/news/euparliamentelectoraldebatemaimed.html).

 

(b) Soon afterwards, on May 24, a bloody Neal Bomb Explosion, (at a pedestrian street in a shopping center, a busy Day), hits 13 Victims who are Wounded and Hospitalized, including 9 Women and a Girl aged 8 y.o., several among whom, must be Operated in order to take out of the Wounded Feet various inserted pieces of Metal. Those Explosives are frequently used by Islamist Terrorists, a.o., and the specialized anti-terrorist Police finds that the Perpetrators "acted certainly with the Aim to Kill". An official Investigation for attempts of Murders in relation with a Terrorist activity, started.

Various relevant Statements were made by French President Macron, CoE Assembly's President Pasquier, and Rightist opposition leader Marine Le Pen, etc. See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/paceheadonlyonterrorattackinvestigation.html).


(c) But, suddenly, on 24-26 May, what a Surprize : The 1st  (and during More than a Day: Unique) PHOTO of the "Wanted" Bomber, Published by the Police, at an Official Document (called "Appel à Temoins" = "Call for Witnesses"), astonishingly pictures an invisible Face, Hidden under a complete Cover 100% !

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Head, Eyes and all the rest of that Head were Totaly Covered, by a Hat, big Black Glasses, and Something Else which Hides even his Ears, Mouth, Cheeks, Neck, Thorax, etc... (it all looks as a kind of Grey/Black strange ...Burka, or, rather, an afterwards added Paint, as often done in Police Photos in order to Blurr the Image of unrelated Persons, etc).

And this unique Suspect Bloody Bomber is Wanted Urgently, because he still is on the Run, and officially declared as "Dangerous"...

Naturally, that 1st, Falsified "Official" PHOTO, which obviously HINDERS to see anything from the FACE of Lyon's bloody Nail Bomber, (Comp. Supra), immediately Started to Provoke various Question-Marks, Protests, Criticism and Denunciations by Many People, at several Web a.o. Fora.

>>> But it's Only More than one whole Day Later, (from Friday Afternoon until ...Saturday late Evening !), that the Police, at last, accepted to simply issue a follow-up Publication Adding +2 OTHER PHOTOS, which, at last, were Not Blurred (so that the Face of that Bearded Bloody Neal Bomber could be seen), Contrary to the 1st one. And this was done with a Minimum (if not at all) of Mediatic Impact, since Most Medias had already Finished their Week-End Editions...

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=> Result : The Identity of the Bloody Lyon Bomber is practically Hidden to the People as they arrive to the Crucial Election Day, withOut even Knowing that the Nail Bombing against 13 Civilian Victims Wounded, was, in fact, an Islamist Terrorist attack !

On the Contrary, some_Morbid "Trolls" went as far as to even Spread "Fake "News" suggesting that the Aggressor might have been a ...French or other European Rightist, seeking to Slander some Foreigners, Mass Migrants and/or Muslim Groups, in order to Manipulate the EU Elections !...

Thus, EU Citizens inevitably started to Question, Suspect, and Later Realize, that some, inside the Establishment, probably prefer to Hide a Bloody Criminal, (with the Risk to Escape Punishment, and/or Attack and Kill More Civilian People), than lose Votes, if the Truth was Revealed before the 26 May crucial EU Election of 2019...

(*DLR : Partly UPDATED) Indeed, Once 2 quasi-Normal Photos were, at last, Published by the Police, even too Late for the Democratic process, (Comp. Supa), immediately, more than ..."600" Witnesses rushed to Phone to the Public Authorities, and Help Identify, very Fast, as the Number 1 Suspect for that Bloody Nail Bombing which Targetted 13 Wounded and Hospitalized Civilian People at Lyon,

a reportedly Irregular Migrant, Mr. Mohamed Hichem M., who Recently arrived in Europe from Algeria since only 2017, but had been Rejected by a School for Computers, and was, (according to his "Best Friend", Mr. Islaam), a practicing "Muslim, Praying, and following Ramadan", "Discussing Religion, speaking of the Prophet and about the Coran", claiming that "Syria" was just "a Problem between Bassar-el-Assad and his People" (sic !), and, "even if he had the Competences to Make a Bomb", nevertheless, "wouldn't have harmed anyone", since "he was Never Violent" (re-sic !)... Just this "Sunday" (i.e. 1,5 Day after Wounding 11 People with a Nail Bomb Explosion), "we spoke about the Football Cup", (Not of Europe or the World, but only "of Africa"), as he boasted..., (according to an Interview just published by Newspaper "le Parisien" - UPDATED).

Speaking of ...Football, During that Same Time, at least 2 Young Girls were Obliged to be "Operated in a Hospital, under General Anesthesia", in order to Extract "Many Pieces of Metal" from their Legs, where they had been Brutaly Inserted when "that Nail Bomb had Explosed only 2 Meters from them" at Lyon, as their Father had earlier denounced.

=> So that, when European People are so scandalously Hindered to know the Truth on Time,  on Who is the Criminal Responsible for Bloody Terrorist Attacks targetting innocent Civilians, (Comp. Supra), shortly after having even been Hindered to simply watch, at least, a promised Debate, between Top Candidates in EU Elections, about the Need to Better Protect Citizens from Bloody Islamist Terrorism, as that which Wounded 11 Victims, (9 Women, and a Small Girl 8 y.o., several Hospitalized, and some Operated under General Anaesthesia), etc,      

+while, too Many Thousands among those same Europeans, have also been, Recently, Massively Censored, and/or Banned, therefore Hindered to Express themselves, Communicate and/or Debate in Public at the Internet, by many Controversial and UnPopular, Oppressive and Massive Foreign Interferences, mainly by Big "GAFA" Corporations, (i.e. Private Businesses), in blatant Collusion with USA's Political Left, f.ex. in California, Nancy Pelosi, etc., and even several EU Bodies and/or Governing Politicians (mostly of the Left),

=> then, it's only Natural for EU Citizens to, suddenly, spontaneously and massively Rush towards the Only Democratic Tool that they still Disposed, i.e. this, 2019 EU Election's Vote, with the Result to, UnExpectedly Reach a more than 20 Years' Historic Record High Participation (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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