Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

April 24, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI Rallies to Refugees on Easter 2011


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

POPE BENEDICT XVI RALLIES TO REFUGEES

ON EASTER 2011

     “In heaven, all is peace and gladness. But, alas, all is not so on earth!” the pope lamented as he delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica…The 84-year-old…pontiff (was) resplendent in gold-colored robes as he sat on a chair and read his speech…(his) voice cracked at times during the Mass… but he ended his two-hour appearance Sunday by reading aloud holiday greetings in 65 languages.

     Benedict rallied to the side of (the world’s) refugees, urging people of good will to “open their hearts to welcome them.”…”Here, in this world of ours, the Easter alleluia still contrasts with the cries and laments that arise from so many painful situations: deprivation, hunger, disease, war, violence…

     This year, Easter fell on the same day in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic church calendars, and in Jerusalem, Orthodox and Catholics worshipped at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus’ Good Friday crucifixion and burial and of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Protestants held their own ceremonies outside the walled Old City at the Garden Tomb, which some identify as the site of Jesus’ burial.

SOURCE

http://www.cleveland.com/world/index.ssf/2011/04/in_easter_message_pope_urges_d.html (Associated Press article)

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1 Comment »

  1. Great to read that Pope Benedict urges us to take in the refugees. As soon as he allows them to flood into Vatican city, St Peter’s Square, Castel Gandolfo, and the papal quarters, then we could follow his lead. Why, you may ask….well he did contribute to the problem of refugees pouring out of Africa, by prohibiting birth control and thus we have mass emigration from African states to Europe.

    Comment by Show us the way — May 8, 2011 @ 7:14 pm | Reply


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