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Volume 3, Issue 30

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  • John N. Lupia <jlupia2@yahoo.com>
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2003

      Volume 3, Issue 30

      WEDNESDAY 12 February 2003

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      • Declaration of Symposium on "Resources of the Religions for Peace"
      • World Needs the Spirit of St. Francis, Says John Paul II
      • Pope to Meet with Chief Rabbi of Rome
      • "Global Ethic" Aiming to Supplant Christian Ethic, Warns Official
      • Papal Envoy Arrives in Baghdad; Iraqi Says Pope Would Be Welcome
      • Vatican Delegation in Athens to Reciprocate for Orthodox Trip
      • Cardinal Ruini Calls for Support of U.N.
      • Virtual Pilgrims Asked to Help Holy Land Communities

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      Declaration of Symposium on "Resources of the Religions for Peace"

      Organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Here is the final declaration written by the participants of the Jan. 16-18 symposium on "Spiritual Resources of the Religions for Peace," organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

      As conflicts divide neighbours and nations and the threat of war hangs over us like a shadow, too many people see and employ religion as a force of divisiveness and violence, rather than a force for unity and peace. Between 16-18 January 2003 in Rome, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue organized a symposium on "Spiritual Resources of the Religions for Peace." In this symposium, 38 participants from 15 countries dedicated themselves to exploring the rich resources of religions (Buddhism,
      Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism) for
      peace. This encounter was a follow-up to the Interreligious Assembly held in the Vatican on 25-28 October 1999, the Day of Prayer for Peace which took place in Assisi, 24 January 2002, and the Forum for Peace which preceded it.

      The talk of war has intensified in recent months, but there has not been much increase in the talk of peace. Dedicated efforts are needed to examine how, in a world that is increasingly interconnected, we can find new ways to respect our religious differences while forging peaceful bonds based on our common humanity.

      Our scriptures and traditions are the most important spiritual resources which each of us possesses. We hold that the scriptures of each religion teach the path to peace, but we acknowledge that our various sacred writings have often been and continue to be used to justify violence, war, and exclusion of others. Our various communities cannot ignore such passages which have often been misinterpreted or manipulated for unworthy goals such as power, wealth, or revenge, but we must all recognize the need for new, contextual studies and a deeper understanding of our various scriptures that clearly
      enunciate the message and value of peace for all humanity.

      Believers need to examine those scriptural passages that depict people of other religions in ways that conflict with their own self-understanding. This requires a renewed effort to educate properly our own adherents to the values and beliefs of others. Such interreligious education, that takes seriously the self-understanding of other religious traditions, is essential for communicating the message of peace to new generations. The challenge is to remain true to our own religion without disparaging or distorting that of others.

      Spiritual resources for peace include not only our scriptural foundations, but also the example of our fellow believers who, down through history, have taught peace and acted as peacemakers. These include saints, poets and martyrs who have suffered and have often given their lives in non violent commitment to truth, justice and fellowship, which have been the foundations of human progress.

      They include countless persons of every religion whose names are not recorded by history, but who have valiantly acted to prevent conflict and war, who have assisted victims of violence without regard to religion or nation, and who have worked for justice and reconciliation as the basis for establishing peace. By their actions, they have borne concrete witness to the mission of each religious community to be agents of peace amidst the harsh realities of injustice, aggression, terrorism and war.

      The spiritual resources for peace also include interreligious encounters which have helped many to come together to learn about each other's religious beliefs and shared values, and to discover the possibility of living and working together to build societies of justice and peace. Such encounters seek to instil a spirit of mutual respect and genuine understanding of one another and have helped us to see our religions as a force for good. Mutual respect and honouring differences are not simply lofty goals, but achievable reality.

      Opting for peace does not mean a passive acquiescence in evil or a compromising of principle. It demands an active struggle against hatred, oppression and disunity, but not by using methods of violence. Building peace requires creative and courageous action. A commitment to peace is a labour of patience and perseverance. It involves as well a readiness to examine self-critically the relationship of our traditions to those social, economic and political structures which are frequently agents of violence and injustice.

      We recognize that in the interrelated context of our contemporary lives, interreligious cooperation is no longer an option but a necessity. One could say that to be religious today is to be interreligious. Religion will prosper in this century only to the extent that we can maintain a sense of community among people of different religious beliefs who work together as a human family to achieve a world of peace.

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      World Needs the Spirit of St. Francis, Says John Paul II

      Receives Friars Minor in Audience

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II invited the Bernardine Franciscans to be ever more faithful witnesses of the spirit of St. Francis in a
      world that needs the traits of the "Poverello of Assisi."

      The Pope expressed this challenge to a group of Friars Minor he received in audience on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of their presence in Poland and Ukraine.

      In his address to the religious, the Holy Father joined in the community's thanksgiving and spoke about the good their presence has borne on Polish soil.

      Referring to the link between the anniversary and the foundation of the religious' monastery in Krakow, he recalled that monastery with affection as well as the Basilica on Bernardynska Street, which he often visited in his youth, and later as a priest and eventually bishop of the city.

      Addressing the group of Friars Minor, John Paul II said that mankind and the world "await, perhaps more than ever, to be invaded by the spirit of St. Francis."

      Indeed, "the man of today needs the faith, hope and charity of Francis; he needs the joy that springs from poverty of spirit, that is, from inner freedom."

      Man also needs "to learn again to love all that God has created, and he needs
      peace and goodness to reign in families, society and among nations," the Pope concluded.

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      Pope to Meet with Chief Rabbi of Rome

      ROME, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II will receive the chief rabbi of Rome in audience Thursday, just 24 hours before the Pope meets with Iraqi Deputy Vice Minister Tariq Aziz.

      Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni told the press that other rabbis will be present at the audience, including Leone Paserman, head of the local Jewish community.

      This is the first time that the chief rabbi, who has been in the post one year, will meet with the Pope in the Vatican. His predecessor, Elio Toaff, was a friend of John Paul II's.

      Rabbi Di Segni told the ANSA agency that the audience is taking place "in sign of the continuity of interreligious.

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      "Global Ethic" Aiming to Supplant Christian Ethic, Warns Official

      Head of Council for Health Care Workers Analyzes "New Paradigm"

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- A Vatican official warns of a plan to supplant Christian values with a "universal ethic" in the new context of globalization.

      Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragán, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, analyzed and criticized the fundamental characteristics of the "New Paradigm" in an article in the Jan. 11 Italian edition of L'Osservatore Romano.

      The article mentioned some of the most important topics of the World Day of the Sick (www.worlddayofthesick.org), held in Washington, D.C., today. Archbishop Lozano presided over the U.S. event in his capacity as special papal envoy.


      According to the archbishop, this "New Paradigm" is influenced by the following ideological currents:

      -- Eclecticism, which "accepts any affirmation on conduct regardless of its system, context and judgment";

      -- Historicism, which holds that "truth changes according to its adaptation to a specific period of history."

      -- Scientific spirit, which says "the only acceptable truth is the one which can be experienced scientifically";

      -- Pragmatism: "the sole criterion of ethical decisions is their usefulness";

      -- Nihilism: "gives up the capacity to arrive at objective truths."


      Archbishop Lozano Barragán described the features of the New Paradigm as follows:

      -- "The objective of the new global ethic is global well-being within sustainable development."

      -- "This global well-being constitutes the end called 'quality of life,'" which means "the individual's perception of his position in life, in the context of culture and of the system of values in which he finds himself."

      -- Quality of life covers six areas: "physical health, psychological health, level of dependence, social relations, milieu (economy, freedom, security, information, participation, environment, traffic, climate, transportation ...), spirituality (religion, personal beliefs)."

      -- "What is basic is individual self-determination. Social obligations are disregarded."

      Regarding religion and spirituality, the archbishop spelled out these points in the New Paradigm:

      -- "The different religions existing in the world have been unable to generate this global ethic; therefore, they must be replaced by a new spirituality, which has as its end global well-being, within sustainable development."

      -- "Nature, the earth, called 'GAIA,' is divine and inviolable. The human being is only one more element of it, who can only be understood in harmony with the earth."

      -- "This new ethic is based on five pillars: human rights and responsibility, democracy and elements of civil society, protection of minorities, commitment to the peaceful solution of conflicts and honest negotiations, intergenerational equity."

      -- "There are four problems that must be solved: the first affects the man-nature balance; the second the meaning of happiness, of life, and of plentitude; the third examines relations between the individual and the community; and the fourth looks to a balance between equity and freedom."


      According to Archbishop Lozano Barragán, this theory imposes three principles on bioethics:

      -- The principle of autonomy: "an action is good if it respects the freedom of the moral agent and of others."

      -- The principle of beneficence: "good must always be done and evil avoided=."

      -- The principle of justice: "give each one his due."

      These three principles end up submerged in relativism as, for example, according to the principle of autonomy "those who are not free are not considered for this moral action, for example, the handicapped, children, fetuses, embryos," the archbishop explained.

      The principle of beneficence says that good must be done, but it does not explain what is the good for others. If one does not know what good is, good cannot be done consistently. And the same happens with justice, he added.

      New Paradigm vs. Christianity

      Archbishop Lozano Barragán explained that some of the values presented by the New Paradigm can be shared: concern for the environment, human rights, respect for minorities, democracy, social justice, health and education for all.

      However, the New Paradigm manifests itself "as a new spirituality that supplants all religions, because the latter have been unable to preserve the ecosystem." In a word, this is "a new secular religion, a religion without God, or if you prefer, a new God that is the earth itself with the name GAIA," he said.

      "The series of values that sustain the New Paradigm are values subordinated to this divinity that becomes the supreme ecological value, which they call sustainable development. The highest ethical end, within this sustainable development, is well-being," he wrote.

      "Clearly, we are faced with the total denial of Christianity and the fundamental fact of Christianity, the Incarnation of the Word, the redeeming death of Christ and his glorious resurrection. If this historical fact is accepted, the assumption of the New Paradigm fails completely," the archbishop warned.

      "This does not mean that the genuine values proclaimed by the New Paradigm also fail, values that are not foreign to Christian thought, but find their raison d'être in the latter," he added.

      The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers said that the New Paradigm runs into its greatest problem "when it perceives that everything must be based on consensus, a consensus that does not stem from objective truths, but from subjective opinions."

      "An authentic universal ethic, which really hopes to be global, must be an ethic founded on the objectivity of man himself ... whose end is God himself and, in the final instance, the historical fact of the Incarnation of God," the archbishop concluded.

      Archbishop Lozano Barragán explained that his analysis was based on Yersu Kim's "A Common Framework for Ethics of the 21st Century," published by UNESCO's Division of Philosophy and Ethics in 1999.

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      Papal Envoy Arrives in Baghdad; Iraqi Says Pope Would Be Welcome

      Cardinal Etchegaray Carrying a Letter for Saddam

      BAGHDAD, Iraq, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, John Paul II's special emissary, arrived in Baghdad with a message he says is "crucial for peace."

      An Iraqi official, meanwhile, said the Pope is welcome to visit the country.

      "I land as John Paul II's messenger," Cardinal Etchegaray told reporters when he arrived this afternoon in a U.N. plane from Jordan.

      "I am the bearer of a message for President Saddam Hussein, and this is crucial for peace in Iraq," the papal envoy said.

      He plans to meet with several Iraqi leaders, celebrate Mass on Wednesday in St. Joseph's Chaldean Church and "pray for peace."

      The content of the papal letter has not been made public. But Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls on Sunday said that its intention is to inspire "a serious reflection on the duty of effective international cooperation, based on justice and international law, for the purpose of ensuring to those peoples the supreme good of peace."

      Cardinal Etchegaray might return to Rome with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, who will be received in audience by the Pope this Friday.

      Spokesmen for the Franciscan monastery in Assisi, Italy, said that Aziz will visit the monastery on Saturday and pray at the tomb of St. Francis.

      Meanwhile, Amir Alambari, Iraqi ambassador to the Vatican, told the press that the doors of his country are open to John Paul II, who does not need an official invitation to visit the country.

      On the eve of the Jubilee of the Year 2000, John Paul II wished to make a pilgrimage to Ur of the Chaldeans in Iraq, birthplace of Abraham, but the Iraqi regime did not favor that visit.

      "His visit would be a blessing not only for our people, but for the cause of peace of the whole planet," Alambari said. "An expression of solidarity at the highest level, even if the Pope did not say a single word."

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      Vatican Delegation in Athens to Reciprocate for Orthodox Trip

      Another Step Forward in Relations Between Churches

      VATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- A Vatican delegation's visit to Athens is but one more step in intensified collaboration between the Holy See and the Orthodox churches.

      His Beatitude Christodoulos, archbishop of Athens, invited the Pope to send a Holy See delegation to return the visit -- described as "historic" -- that a delegation of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church made to Rome last March. The Vatican group began its visit Monday.

      Last March, the head of the Orthodox delegation, Metropolitan Panteleimon, said to the Pope in his message of greeting that 10 centuries of separation between Rome and the East were "characterized by many errors and sufferings." The Eastern churches' split from Rome dates to 1054.

      The exchange of delegations is a result of the papal trip to Greece in May 2001, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity explained in a statement.

      It is an endeavor to establish and develop joint ways of collaboration and witness on issues such as peace, justice, human rights, the sacred character of life, the protection of creation, and current problems of Europe.

      Led by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the pontifical council, the Vatican delegation also includes Bishop Brian Farrell and Monsignor Johan Bonny, secretary and official, respectively, of the Eastern section of the council, and by Archbishop Paul Fouad Tabet, the apostolic nuncio in Greece.

      The framework of these exchanges was defined in the Joint Declaration signed by John Paul II and Archbishop Christodoulos on May 4, 2001.

      The text expressed satisfaction over the European Union's progress but warned about "the rising tendency to transform some European countries into secularized states with no reference whatsoever to religion."

      Seeing that trend as a denial of Europe's spiritual heritage, the declaration stressed the need "to intensify our efforts so that the unification of Europe will be completed" and to "do everything possible so that the roots and Christian soul of Europe will be integrally preserved."

      The Vatican delegation is participating in a program similar to that of the Greek Orthodox delegation during its Rome visit.

      In particular, meetings will be held with Archbishop Christodoulos and members of the Holy Synod, in addition to the synod's commissions for European affairs, inter-Orthodox and inter-Christian relations, education, and social development.

      The cultural aspects of the Vatican delegation's trip include visits to educational centers and to Apostoliki Diakonia, the Greek Orthodox Church's publishing office.

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      Cardinal Ruini Calls for Support of U.N.

      ROME, FEB. 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope's vicar for Rome, said it is imperative to support the United Nations "sincerely" in the face of challenges to world peace.

      The cardinal made this appeal Monday when he addressed a congress organized by the Roman Work for Pilgrimages.

      At the height of the international debate on a possible U.S. attack on Iraq, Cardinal Ruini said that this support to the United Nations must be given "without ignoring its present limits."

      What is required is "sincere support so that this organization can keep up with the changes and be able to address with authority and success the grave challenges of today and tomorrow," said the cardinal, who is also president of the Italian bishops' conference.

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      Virtual Pilgrims Asked to Help Holy Land Communities

      Initiative of Solidarity

      PESARO, Italy, FEB. 11, 2003 (ZENIT.org-Avvenire).- Would-be pilgrims who fear to travel to the Holy Land are being asked to contribute aid to help the Christian communities suffering from the drop in religious tourism.

      The idea is the brainchild of the Pesaro diocesan Office of Pilgrimages, in collaboration with Caritas-Pesaro, Caritas-Italy and Caritas-Jerusalem.

      "The virtual pilgrimage of solidarity" consists of contributing the corresponding expenses of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land -- about $700, or at least a portion of them -- to attenuate the extreme poverty of Christian peoples in Palestine.

      "It depends on us, Christians of the West, who have benefited from their witness of faith, to find the concrete means to express the fraternal bond that Palestinian parishes need," the director of the Office of Pilgrimages, Giampiero Cernuschi, explained.

      "We cannot say that we didn't know it. They expect our visible and concrete response," added Giorgio Giorgetti of Caritas-Pesaro.

      The funds received will support four objectives: assistance to the unemployed and creation of new jobs, medical treatment and rehabilitation of minors wounded in the conflict, school expenses for students without means, and support for families in difficulty.

      In addition, the diocese is organizing "real" pilgrimages. The first, led by Bishop Angelo Bagnasco last month, was a success and another is being planned for this month.

      "The help that pilgrims can contribute, not just financial, is great," organizer Marco Farina said.

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