(Jerusalem / Buenos Aires) "We can go as far as we want, we can build a lot, but if we do not confess Jesus Christ, it doesn't mean a thing. If you do not confess Jesus Christ, that brings the words of Léon Bloy to mind: "Whoever does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil." When one does not confess Jesus Christ, he is committed to the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of evil." These words were uttered by Pope Francis in his first sermon as the new head of the Catholic Church on March 14, 2013 in celebration of the Eucharist with the Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. Nevertheless, there will be an "inter-religious prayer" on June 8th at the Vatican with a Pope, rabbi and imam. How so?
There seems to be some disorientation ruling in the Catholic ranks and will not shake the feeling that Pope Francis is part of that. The Catholic Action in the home country of the Pope, the National Argentine Commission for Justice and Peace , the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO) and the International Forum of Catholic Action have (FIAC) for 1pm on June 6, been called to prayer under the slogan "One Minute for Peace" (see image).
Argentinian Group Picture - Embrace of the Abrahamic religions?
The call of an Argentine group picture in front of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem was published. It shows Pope Francis with Rabbi Abraham Skorka and the Muslim representative Omar Abboud, both from Buenos Aires, as embracing all three. The text to image states: "Wherever are you at 1 o'clock, stay standing, incline your head, and say a prayer for peace, each in his own tradition." The reason for the call to prayer is the meeting of Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Abu Mazen on June 8, at the Vatican, has been invited by the Pope Francis.
Taking the above-mentioned statement on the one hand that Pope Francis made at the beginning of his pontificate, the question arises: Is it now but no matter whether you - after the Pope's words - pray to Jesus Christ or the devil? The Pope could have appealed as a mediator in the Vatican, but why the "common prayer" with Rabbi and Imam at the same time to express the inclination of a mediator?
Pope Francis "makes world politics"
The bi-weekly newspaper are Public Forum of the Association Church from Below (nomen est omen) is thrilled. On his travel to the Holy Land the progressive forum on Pope Francis reports: "He makes world politics - unlike his predecessor from Bavaria. When Benedict XVI. went on trips, you had to expect that he caused faux pas or met with outraged victims. Francis dominated the opposite. "From him there was no "insulting" Muslims expected as alleged by the Regensburg speech of Benedict XVI. No "affronting" of the Jews, as allegedly happened in Auschwitz and above all, no one would hear from Francis, that "the forebears longed for Catholic Missionaries", as the German Pope had told the Indians of Latin America. In Publik Forum one "breathes" and s therefore to "tolerable", because Benedict XVI. has resigned.
The peace process in the Middle East was "dead as a doornail" as Pope Francis came. Public Forum does not forget to note that there will be "inter-faith with the Pope" prayed on June 8 at the Vatican. It also understood there will be some Argentine and international Catholic organizations. This is in fact a piece of news in the Vatican.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Un minuto por la paz
image: Un minuto por la paz
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