Monday, May 11, 2009

Islam Praising; Rehabilitator of Holocaust Denying Bishop and Prayer to Convert Jews; Former Nazi Youth; Pope Comes to Israel. Yippee.


Well, the holocaust denying former nazi youth is on Jewish soil, and so he can’t resist calling for an arab state in the middle of our nation the second he lands. I am SO not surprised.

Of course. He knows that they only people who hate us more than he does are the arabs. This is why he went to them first to make nice. "Benedict was full of praise for Islamic faith and culture," wrote Father Raymond J. de Souza for an article in the National Post. Father de Souza added, "Benedict argues for open religious worship and witness precisely because he thinks of Islam as an ally of Christianity in resisting secularization. Religious practice and the role of religion in public life are much more robust in the Arab world than it is in largely secularized Europe."

Hmm. Sounds like the pope really misses the good ol' days when the Catholic Church ran the world. So nice, wasn't it? Protestants and Jews sent away, tortured, or simply killed if they got in the way; people forced to hide their religion for fear of persecution. Ah, the conqests! . . the pogroms! . . . the crusades! . . . the inquisitions! Yippeee!

I guess he thinks he should cozy on up to Moslems so that when they take over the world, they will make the xtians dimis and finish off the dirty work that the Inquisition and the Holocaust couldn’t finish.

How sweet.

I am heartened to see that the arabs aren’t buying the pope's poor acting skills any more than most of us are. It seems no one likes this guy (I guess he really is replaying the whole “hated by everyone” Jesus role to the hilt).

I’m sorry, but no matter how much he tries, the guy just can’t look holy or kind.

He looks hungry, like a shark ready to feed.

I’m hoping Bibi and Prez don't chum the water.


Pontiff calls for Mideast peace, vows to fight anti-Semitism
May. 11, 2009
Jpost staff, Etgar Lefkovits and ap , THE JERUSALEM POST /servlet/Satellite?cid=1241773224186&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Israel on Monday, starting a historical five-day, emotion-laden pilgrimage by calling for peace, an end to anti-Semitism, and freedom of worship and understanding between religions.

"Thank you for your warm welcome to Israel, a land which is holy to millions," Benedict said. "I appreciate the opportunity to come here."

"I come, like so many others before me, to pray at the holy places, to pray especially for peace - peace here in the Holy Land, and peace throughout the world," the pope continued, adding that although the name Jerusalem meant "city of peace," it is all too evident that peace has eluded the region.

Benedict called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian homeland immediately after he arrived in Israel, a stance that could put him at odds with his hosts on a trip aimed at easing strains between the Vatican and Jews.

Benedict urged Israelis and Palestinians to "explore every possible avenue" to resolve their differences in remarks at the airport after he landed.

"The hopes of countless men, women and children for a more secure and stable future depend on the outcome of negotiations for peace," he said. "In union with people of goodwill everywhere, I plead with all those responsible to explore every possible avenue in the search for a just resolution of the outstanding difficulties, so that both peoples may live in peace in a homeland of their own within secure and internationally recognized borders."

The pope also took on the delicate issue of the Holocaust, pledging to "honor the memory" of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide at the start of his visit.

He vowed to battle rising anti-Semitism, and spoke about his upcoming visit to Yad Vashem later in the day.

"Tragically, the Jewish people have experienced the terrible consequences of ideologies that deny the fundamental dignity of every human person," he said. "It is right and fitting that, during my stay in Israel, I will have the opportunity to honor the memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah, and to pray that humanity will never again witness a crime of such magnitude."

"Sadly, anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head in many parts of the world. This is totally unacceptable," the pope continued. "Every effort must be made to combat anti-Semitism wherever it is found, and to promote respect and esteem for the members of every people, tribe, language and nation across the globe."

Turning to politics, the pontiff urged both Israelis and Palestinians to find a solution which will allow each side to live peacefully together.

"The eyes of the world are upon the peoples of this region as they struggle to achieve a just and lasting solution to conflicts that have caused so much suffering," he said. "The hopes of countless men, women and children for a more secure and stable future depend on the outcome of negotiations for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

"In union with people of good will everywhere, I plead with all those responsible to explore every possible avenue in the search for a just resolution of the outstanding difficulties, so that both peoples may live in peace in a homeland of their own, within secure and internationally recognized borders," the pope said. "In this regard, I hope and pray that a climate of greater trust can soon be created that will enable the parties to make real progress along the road to peace and stability."

Upon arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport, the pontiff was greeted by President Shimon Peres in a red-carpet reception. Peres warmly welcomed Benedict as "first among the faithful," and voiced hope that his presence would help foster peace in the region.

"Your Holiness the Pope, Benedict XVI, in the name of the State of Israel I welcome you and offer you a blessing on your arrival: peace," Peres said in Hebrew. Then, switching to Latin, added, "Hail Benedictus, first among the faithful, who visits the Holy Land today."

"I see your visit here, to the Holy Land, as an important spiritual mission of the highest order: a mission of peace," the president continued. "A mission of planting seeds of tolerance and uprooting the weeds of fanaticism. I appreciate your stances and your actions to bring down the level of violence and hatred in the world."

The Pope's trip comes amid lingering suspicions among Jews and Muslims over past actions and remarks by the Catholic spiritual leader. In his greetings, Peres alluded to that rift.

"I am certain that this will be a continuation of the dialogue between Judaism and Christianity in the spirit of the Prophets," he said. "Israel safeguards the absolute freedom of religious practice and free access to holy places. We are always happy to receive pilgrims from throughout the world in the Holy Land."

"We have made peace with Egypt and Jordan, and we are in negotiations to make peace with the Palestinians, and even to arrive at a comprehensive regional peace," the president continued. "Your visit here brings a blessed understanding between religions and spreads peace near and far. Historic Israel and the renewed Israel together welcome your arrival as paving the great road to peace from city to city."

The pope, who heads an official delegation of 40 representatives from the Vatican, will officially be hosted by Peres during his visit to Israel, as well as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and senior government leaders.

Following the ceremony at the airport, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Jerusalem by helicopter, where he met with Mayor Nir Barkat upon his arrival in the capital.

In his packed first day here, the pope will meet with Peres at his official residence, then visit the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, and hold an evening meeting with Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders before retiring for the evening at the Papal Nuncio's residence in Jerusalem.

The visit to Yad Vashem has taken on added emotional significance and is expected to be closely watched, both because of the pope's recent controversial decision to revoke the excommunication of a bishop who denies the Holocaust, which sparked Jewish outrage, as well as over an ongoing dispute over the role of the wartime pope, Pius XII, during the Holocaust.

The papal tour will include a visit to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall on Tuesday, a visit to Bethlehem on Wednesday, and a day-long trip to Nazareth on Thursday, before he heads back to Rome on a special El Al flight Friday afternoon.

The trip will be the second official visit by a pope to Israel, following Pope John Paul II's historic visit in 2000.

Magen David Adom is on high alert for the papal visit with tight security - and major traffic disruptions - expected in Jerusalem throughout the week.

Rebecca Anna Stoil contributed to this report.

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