Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Pope Francis. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Pope Francis. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Δευτέρα, Δεκεμβρίου 12, 2016

Έκκληση Πάπα στον Άσαντ να επιτρέψει την πρόσβαση σε ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια

Προσωπική έκκληση στον πρόεδρο της Συρίας Μπασάρ αλ-Άσαντ να γίνουν σεβαστοί οι διεθνείς κανόνες ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων απηύθυνε ο Πάπας Φραγκίσκος, ζητώντας να έχουν οι πολίτες πρόσβαση σε ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια.

Τετάρτη, Νοεμβρίου 12, 2014

Pope Francis urges G20 leaders not to forget the poor

Pope Francis has called on G20 leaders not to forget the poor, saying to do so would be "regrettable" as the heads of the world's most powerful economies prepare to meet in Australia.

The Group of 20 leaders are expected to sign off in Brisbane this weekend on a pledge to boost the level of their combined economic output by at least two percent above the currently projected level in the next five years, creating millions of jobs.
In a letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who holds the G20's rotating presidency, the pope said world powers "must not forget that many lives are at stake behind these political and technical discussions".


"And it would indeed be regrettable if such discussions were to remain purely on the level of declarations of principle," he said in the letter, sent on November 6 but only made public on Wednesday.

"There are far too many women and men suffering from severe malnutrition, a rise in the number of the unemployed, an extremely high percentage of young people without work and an increase in social exclusion which can lead to criminal activity and even the recruitment of terrorists."
He said he hoped the talks would mark a step towards "eliminating the root causes of terrorism, which has reached proportions hitherto unimaginable; these include poverty, underdevelopment and exclusion."
"It has become more and more evident that the solution to this grave problem cannot be a purely military one, but must also focus on those who in one way or another encourage terrorist groups through political support."
The pontiff said he hoped to see "a substantial and productive consensus" on boosting growth and jobs that took into account "real improvements in the living conditions of poorer families and the reduction of all forms of unacceptable inequality". Each country is expected to submit its detailed reform plans to achieve the growth goal in Brisbane, with an emphasis on private sector financing to spur infrastructure investment.

In his letter, the pope also warned about the impact on the environment of "unbridled consumerism" while speaking of the "unbearable humanitarian situations around the world", pointing to the Middle East.
"I take this opportunity to ask the G20 member states to be examples of generosity and solidarity in meeting the many needs of the victims of these conflicts, and especially of refugees," he said.
"The situation in the Middle East has revived debate about the responsibility of the international community to protect individuals and peoples from extreme attacks on human rights and a total disregard for humanitarian law."
Pope Francis emphasised the need to protect people from abuses in the financial system, referring to the transactions that led to the global recession in 2008 as a "less evident but equally real and serious" form of aggression against human rights.
"Responsibility for the poor and the marginalised must therefore be an essential element of any political decision, whether on the national or the international level," he said.
 http://indian.ruvr.ru

12/11/14
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Δευτέρα, Αυγούστου 18, 2014

Pope backs action to protect Iraq minorities if U.N. OKs


ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamist militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.

Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off for now on a decision.
In other comments to journalists returning from South Korea, Francis confirmed he hoped to travel to the United States in September 2015 for a possible three-city tour: to attend a family rally in Philadelphia and to address Congress in Washington and the United Nations in New York. He said a Mexico stop on that trip was possible but not decided yet. He also said he might make one-day visit to Spain next year.

On Iraq, Francis was asked if he approved of the unilateral U.S. airstrikes on militants of the Islamic State who have captured swaths of northern and western Iraq and northeastern Syria and have forced minority Christians and others to either convert to Islam or flee their homes.

"In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor," Francis said. "I underscore the verb 'stop.' I'm not saying 'bomb' or 'make war,' just 'stop.' And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated."

But, he said, in history, such "excuses" to stop an unjust aggression have been used by world powers to justify a "war of conquest" in which an entire people have been taken over.

"One nation alone cannot judge how you stop this, how you stop an unjust aggressor," he said, apparently referring to the United States. "After World War II, the idea of the United Nations came about: It's there that you must discuss 'Is there an unjust aggression? It seems so. How should we stop it?' Just this. Nothing more."

His comments were significant because the Vatican has vehemently opposed any military intervention in recent years, with St. John Paul II actively trying to head off the Iraq war and Francis himself staging a global prayer and fast for peace when the U.S. was threatening airstrikes on Syria last year.

But the Vatican has been increasingly showing support for military intervention in Iraq, given that Christians are being directly targeted because of their faith and that Christian communities which have existed for 2,000 years have been emptied as a result of the extremists' onslaught.

The U.S. began launching airstrikes against Islamic State fighters on Aug. 8, allowing Kurdish forces to fend off an advance on their regional capital of Irbil and to help tens of thousands of religious minorities escape.

Church teaching allows for "just wars," when military force can be justified under certain circumstances. And in recent days, a few Vatican officials have edged increasingly toward acknowledging the Iraq situation fits the bill.

When the Vatican's ambassador to Iraq, Monsignor Giorgio Lingua, was asked about the U.S. airstrikes, he told Vatican Radio that it was unfortunate that the situation had gotten to this point "but it's good when you're able to at the very least remove weapons from these people who have no scruples."
  • The Vatican's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, went further, saying "Maybe military action is necessary at this moment."
Francis sent a personal envoy, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, to northern Iraq last week with an undisclosed amount of money to help people in flight and show the pope's solidarity with those forced to flee their homes..............................http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/18/pope-oks-protecting-iraq-minorities-wants-un-ok/14241193/18/8/14

Κυριακή, Σεπτεμβρίου 08, 2013

Pope, in Syria peace appeal, calls for end to spiral of death/Αγρυπνία στο Βατικανό κατά του πολέμου στη Συρία.-«Ο πόλεμος είναι πάντα μια ήττα της ανθρωπότητας»

Έκκληση προς όλες τις πλευρές να «εργαστούν υπέρ της ειρήνης και της συμφιλίωσης» και να θέσουν τέρμα στον πόλεμο, «ο οποίος πάντα είναι μια ήττα της ανθρωπότητας», απηύθυνσε ο Πάπας Φραγκίσκος, κατά την αγρυπνία στην οποία τελείται προσευχή για τη Συρία.
Μιλώντας ενώπιον των 70.000 πιστών που είχαν συγκεντρωθεί από όλο τον κόσμο στην πλατεία του Αγίου Πέτρου ο Ποντίφικας ζήτησε να «ακολουθηθεί άλλος δρόμος, διαφορετικός από αυτόν του πολέμου».

«Μέσα στο πολυαγαπημένο συριακό κράτος, στη Μέση Ανατολή, παντού στον κόσμο, ας προσευχηθούμε για την συμφιλίωση, για την ειρήνη, ας εργαστούμε για την συμφιλίωση, για την ειρήνη» συνέχισε στο κήρυγμά του ο Πάπας.


«Η βία και ο πόλεμος έχουν τον κώδικα του θανάτου. Αναρωτιέμαι: Μπορούμε να διασχίσουμε άλλον δρόμο; μπορούμε να μάθουμε εκ νέου να περπατάμε και να διασχίζουμε τους δρόμους της ειρήνης; Απόψε θα ήθελα από όλες τις γωνιές του πλανήτη να φωνάζαμε: Ναι, είναι δυνατό σε όλους! ή καλύτερα θα ήθελα ο καθένας από εσάς, από τον μικρότερο έως τον μεγαλύτερο, έως όσους καλούνται να κυβερνούν τις χώρες, να πει: ναι, το θέλουμε», δήλωσε ο Πάπας σε μια έκκλησή του προς τους ηγέτες των χωρών που επιδιώκουν να επιλεγεί μια στρατιωτική λύση στη συριακή σύγκρουση, υποδηλώνοντας τις ΗΠΑ και την Γαλλία παρότι δεν τις κατονόμασε.

protothema.gr
7/9/13
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  • Pope, in Syria peace appeal, calls for end to spiral of death

(Reuters) - A sombre-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal to avert a widening of Syria's conflict on Saturday, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a "spiral of sorrow and death".

Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria "a futile pursuit", led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.

"Violence and war lead only to death, they speak of death! Violence and war are the language of death!" Francis said at the midpoint of a five-hour prayer service before tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square.

The United States and France are considering military action against Damascus to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a chemical weapons attack on August 21 that killed hundreds of people. Assad's government denies it was responsible.

The service was punctuated by music, prayer, the reciting of the rosary and long periods of silence in which the participants were asked to meditate on the need for peace to vanquish the destruction of war.

"We have perfected our weapons, our conscience has fallen asleep, and we have sharpened our ideas to justify ourselves. As if it were normal, we continue to sow destruction, pain, death!" said Francis, who wore his simple white cassock instead of ceremonial robes to the service.

"At this point I ask myself: Is it possible to change direction? Can we get out of this spiral of sorrow and death? Can we learn once again to walk and live in the ways of peace?"

He then asked "each one of us, from the least to the greatest, including those called to govern nations, to respond: Yes, we want it!"

When he announced the prayer vigil last Sunday, Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray and fast and invited members of other religious to take part in any way they saw fit in the hope that a wider war could be averted.

"That's very scary, very scary," said Lennie Tallud, a clinical lab scientist visiting St Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Asked whether she thought prayers would make a difference, she said: "Definitely, for sure. No doubt. I think it would - 100 percent."

MUSLIMS PRAY WITH POPE.....http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/07/us-syria-crisis-pope-idUSBRE9860G120130907?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  • Francisco: "La guerra no es el camino para la paz"

El Papa Francisco encabezó hoy a la tarde una ceremonia en la plaza de San Pedro del Vaticano para pedir por la paz en Siria y hacer un examen de conciencia mundial sobre el compromiso para evitar la guerra. Dijo que la "violencia sólo conlleva muerte" y que "la guerra no es el camino para la paz". También pidió trabajar "por la reconciliación y por la paz".

"¿Acaso no queremos un mundo de armonía", se preguntó Francisco. "¿Es posible recorrer el camino de la paz? Sí, es posible para todos", destacó. El papa llegó a pie al exterior de la Basílica de San Pedro acompañado por el cardenal Angelo Comastri, arcipreste de San Pedro y vicario de la Ciudad del Vaticano. En la plaza de San Pedro se encuentraban miles de fieles, en su mayoría romanos y otros italianos llegados de diversos puntos del país a bordo de autobuses.

También había una delegación islámica de la comunidad del Mundo µrabe en Italia, con su presidente Foad Aodi al frente, quien dijo a los periodistas que para ellos el papa Francisco "es un ídolo, serviría un guía así para el mundo islámico".
Diputados, senadores, políticos, miembros del cuerpo diplomático acreditado ante la Santa Sede y representantes de diversas instituciones italianas también participaron de la iniciativa.

Francisco realizó la convocatoria para este acto el 1° de septiembre durante el tradicional rezo del µngelus, en el que hizo un llamamiento a que "no haya más guerras" y expresó su preocupación por el "dramático desarrollo que se presenta en Siria".
 http://www.clarin.com/mundo/Francisco-guerra-camino-paz_0_988701504.html
7/9/13
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  • Flammender Appell des Papsts gegen Krieg in Syrien

Friedensinitiative des Papstes vor allem für Syrien und den Nahen Osten: Mit einem flammenden Appell vor Zehntausenden Gläubigen hat Franziskus am Samstagabend in Rom ein Ende der Gewalt und des Kriegsgetöses verlangt. Er hatte die Katholiken zu einer zentralen Gebetswache für den Frieden weltweit auf dem Petersplatz aufgerufen. "Möge das Waffenrasseln aufhören! Krieg bedeutet immer das Scheitern des Friedens, er ist immer eine Niederlage für die Menschheit", sagte er bewegt der Menschenmenge auf dem Platz.

Franziskus rief die Christen, die anderen Religionen und alle Menschen guten Willens nachdrücklich auf: "Gewalt und Krieg sind niemals der Weg des Friedens. Vergebung, Dialog, Versöhnung sind die Worte des Friedens – in der geliebten syrischen Nation, im Vorderen Orient, in der ganzen Welt." Er forderte auf der Gebetswache dazu auf, für Frieden zu beten, und kritisierte: "Wir haben unsere Waffen vervollkommnet, unser Gewissen ist eingeschlafen, und wir haben ausgeklügeltere Begründungen gefunden, um uns zu rechtfertigen."

Die "Spirale des Schmerzes und des Todes" müsse ein Ende haben, betonte das Oberhaupt der römisch-katholischen Kirche. Es sei auch heute möglich, einen anderen Weg als Gewalt und Krieg zu wählen. "Heute Abend möchte ich, dass wir von allen Enden der Erde aus rufen: Ja, es ist möglich für alle!", so Franziskus. Er bitte die Gottesmutter Maria darum, dass jeder Mensch, vom normalen Bürger bis zum Staatslenker, antworte: "Ja, wir wollen es".

Friedensaufruf "Nie wieder Krieg"


Bereits in den vergangenen Wochen hatte Franziskus sich immer wieder für Dialog und Versöhnung in dem Bürgerkriegsland Syrien stark gemacht und einen Militärschlag gegen Damaskus strikt abgelehnt. Wesentlich ist dabei sein Friedensaufruf "Nie wieder Krieg" vom 1. September: "Wir wollen, dass in unserer von Spaltungen und Konflikten zerrissenen Gesellschaft der Frieden ausbricht."

Zudem hatte Franziskus in einem Brief an den russischen Präsidenten und Vorsitzenden des G-20-Gipfels, Wladimir Putin, dafür geworben, den Bemühungen um Frieden für Syrien eine Chance zu geben.

Der päpstliche Aufruf zum Gebetstag hatte ein starkes Echo ausgelöst, und auch aus den nichtchristlichen Religionen kam dafür viel Zustimmung. Muslime und Juden beteiligten sich an dem Gebet für den Frieden. Der Vatikan wertete die Initiative des Papstes als das "Herzstück" seines Einsatzes gegen Gewalt und Krieg, so wie Johannes Paul II. einst gegen den Golfkrieg mobil zu machen versucht hatte.

Auch in Berlin folgten viele dem Aufruf Franziskus' zum Gebet. Mehr als 800 Menschen kamen mit dem Berliner Erzbischof, Kardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, in der Kreuzberger Sankt-Bonifatius-Kirche zusammen. Im Schein unzähliger Kerzen betonte Woelki, das Gebet könne dazu beitragen, "dass der Friede Denken und Handeln bestimmt".
http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article119803760/Flammender-Appell-des-Papsts-gegen-Krieg-in-Syrien.html
7/9/13
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  • SYRIE. La guerre, "défaite pour l'humanité", selon le pape.

Le pape François a lancé samedi 7 septembre un vibrant appel à "travailler pour la paix et la réconciliation" et à mettre fin à la guerre "toujours une défaite de l'humanité", lors d'une veillée de prière pour la Syrie, relayée dans le monde entier.

"La guerre est toujours un échec de l'humanité", a dit le pape devant 70.000 personnes du monde entier sur la place Saint-Pierre, exhortant à "parcourir une autre voie" que la guerre. "Je voudrais que de toutes les parties de la terre, nous criions : oui c'est possible à tous!", a-t-il lancé, très vivement applaudi. "Dans la bien-aimée nation syrienne, au Moyen-Orient, partout dans le monde, prions pour la réconciliation et pour la paix, travaillons pour la réconciliation et pour la paix", a déclaré le souverain pontife.

Le pape est arrivé samedi 7 septembre au soir sur la place Saint-Pierre pour présider la grande journée de prière pour la paix en Syrie et dans le monde, en présence de dignitaires des autres confessions chrétiennes et de responsables de l'islam. Le pape a mobilisé samedi les catholiques du monde entier pour une journée de jeûne et de prière contre toute solution militaire en Syrie, en élargissant son appel à toutes les confessions et aux non-croyants. "Que s'élève fortement sur toute la Terre le cri de la paix!": le pape argentin avait exhorté ainsi le milliard de catholiques, les autres chrétiens, les fidèles de toutes les autres religions et les athées à s'associer à ce geste fort.

De Bagdad à Jérusalem, de Bombay à Buenos Aires, de Washington à Paris, de l'Afrique à l'Asie, tout ce que l'Eglise compte de responsables ont relayé le message énergique de François, dans des sermons, des messages téléphoniques et sur les réseaux sociaux.

L'initiative a reçu le soutien des patriarches du Moyen-Orient, unis par leur inquiétude d'une extension de la guerre en Syrie et d'une poussée islamiste. Le pape s'oppose à toute idée de frappes, envisagées par la France et les Etats-Unis, estimant qu'elles aggraveront les massacres et ne pourront être limitées. François a adressé une lettre aux responsables du G20 qui étaient réunis cette semaine à Saint-Pétersbourg, leur demandant "du fond du coeur" de renoncer à toute option militaire en Syrie.

En France, seul pays à soutenir les Etats-Unis dans leur projet de frappes contre le régime de Bachar Al-Assad, tous les diocèses ont relayé son appel. Des prières solennelles étaient prévues en particulier à Lourdes et dans la basilique du Sacré Coeur à Montmartre, à partir de 17 heures GMT, au moment de la veillée présidée pendant quatre heures par le pape Place Saint-Pierre à Rome.

Au Liban, pays comptant une importante communauté chrétienne, le patriarche maronite Bechara Boutros Raï conduira une prière dans la basilique Notre Dame du Liban à Harissa, au nord de Beyrouth. Le vice-président du Haut conseil chiite cheikh Abdel Amir Qabalan a adhéré à cette

En Jordanie, la "principale célébration aura lieu dans l'Eglise 'Sayidat Al Salaam' (Madonne de la Paix) à Amman en présence de l'évêque Maroun Lahham, le nonce en Jordanie et des milliers d'autres personnes", a indiqué Rifat Bader, directeur du Centre catholique d'études et sur les médias. En Syrie, le chef de l'islam sunnite, le grand mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun, a aussi demandé aux fidèles de s'associer à la prière du pape.

François a adressé une lettre aux responsables du G20 qui étaient réunis cette semaine à Saint Pétersbourg, leur demandant "du fond du coeur" de renoncer à toute option militaire en Syrie. Cette journée s'inscrit dans la lignée des mobilisations de l'Eglise catholique sous l'impulsion de Jean Paul II lors des guerres dans les Balkans et contre l'intervention américaine en Irak en 2003. Le prédécesseur de François, Joseph Ratzinger, a lui aussi adhéré à l'initiative, selon son secrétaire Mgr Georg Gaenswein.

Le cardinal brésilien Joao Braz de Aviz qui supervise les ordres religieux des cinq continents, les a exhortés à répondre massivement à l'appel. Le président italien du Conseil pontifical de la famille, Mgr Vincenzo Paglia, a recommandé de "ne pas oublier d'inviter les grands-parents". "Si l'un d'entre eux a fait l'expérience de la guerre, qu'il raconte ce que signifie vivre sous les bombes, et ce que ça voulait dire prier à ce moment-là", a-t-il recommandé.

"Priez pour la paix", a brièvement tweeté le pape peu avant la veillée de samedi.
http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/guerre-en-syrie/20130907.OBS5983/syrie-le-pape-appelle-au-jeune-contre-l-intervention-militaire.html?xtor=RSS-17
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Παρασκευή, Ιουνίου 07, 2013

Ankara upset at Vatican for pope’s remarks on mass killings of Armenians

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Turkey has reacted angrily to the Vatican following a statement from Pope Francis describing the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as “the first genocide of the twentieth century” during a meeting with a delegation led by Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics on June 3.

“The Turkish Foreign Ministry delivered Turkey’s views on the issue and expressed disappointment to the embassy in Ankara and Vatican in Rome yesterday,” a Turkish diplomat told the Hürriyet Daily News on June 7.

Pope Francis described the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as “the first genocide of the 20th century” during a meeting with a delegation led by Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics on June 3.
The pope met with members of the delegation and when one of them said that she was a descendant of genocide victims, he replied, “The first genocide of the 20th Century was that of the Armenians,” reiterating his earlier recognition of the mass killings as “Armenian Genocide” while he was the head of the Catholic Church in Buenos Aires as a cardinal.

In 2006, during events marking the 91st anniversary of the killings in Buenos Aires, he had urged Turkey to recognize “the genocide” as the “gravest crime of Ottoman Turkey against the Armenian people and the entire humanity.”

Commenting on the issue, Armenian Apostolic Church Diocese of Gougark Bishop Sebouh Chuljyan Primate said, “The pope is speaking out a historical truth. Turkey needs to see the pains and should face the genocide,” he told the Hürriyet Daily News, adding that the archives of the Vatican may be opened to investigate the issue further.

The director of the Armenian National Committee of South America, Alfonso Tabakian, explained that this was the first such statement from the pontiff since being elevated to pope and leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Tabakian called the statement “very important since his words transcend any state or religion,” according to the Armenian weekly website.

Vercihan Ziflioğlu contributed this story

June/07/2013
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