Dear Hope and Trenton, here is just one of the many articles written about the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey buy viagra. Predictably the "I'm more Catholic than the Pope, (in fact the Pope isn't even Catholic)" brigade have reacted with utterly predictable indignation over the Holy Father's visit to a mosque, where he, (Oh! scandal of scandals!), prayed with Muslims, even, ( dare I even say it?) facing Mecca while doing so viagra. It is extremely presumptuous of any of us to sit in judgement on the Pope for doing this cialis. Do they really imagine that, at that moment, Pope Benedict was invoking the "blessing" of the (false) Prophet Mohammed. The Holy Father went to Turkey for one reason, and one reason only; to embrace the Turkish nation, and the Turkish people; ALL OF THEM, with the love of Christ. And this is precisely what has been achieved, under the sure direction of the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Love cialis. I have not the slightest doubt that, as the Pope prayed with Muslims in their mosque, he was imploring the Holy Spirit to open their eyes to the Light of Truth, by whatever means necessary buy viagra. |
The very minor part of the Holy Father's Regensburg speech, which was selectively and maliciously circulated throughout the Muslim world by a rabidly anti-Catholic western secular media, (led, in this instance, by the BBC), served to focus the increasingly hostile and suspicious Muslim attention on the Pope during his Turkish visit. What those eyes have witnessed has come as a great surprise. What they have witnessed, (though it is a very subtle message, quite characteristic of the Holy Spirit), is the all-embracing love of Jesus Christ. So, in the case of the "Regensburg phenomenon", this diabolical attempt to derail the Church in its efforts to reach out to all peoples has backfired big-time. It seems in retrospect as though the furor over the Pope's remarks at Regensburg was itself contrived by the Spirit to give Pope Benedict maximum attention on his Turkish visit, so that the peoples of the Muslim world can catch a glimpse of what the Vicar of Christ is REALLY all about.
As for those who have reacted with the inevitable outrage to the Pope's visit to the Blue Mosque, the advice is quite simple; never, EVER, underestimate the Holy Spirit. Set aside the egocentric "righteous indignation" and accept that the Holy Spirit knows things we do not; that He is a whole lot smarter than we are!
In the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother; Stewart.
Istanbul returns to normality, but deep down something has changed with the Pope's visit by Mavi Zambak
Benedict XVI has returned to Rome, but they're still celebrating his visit at Istanbul's cathedral. "After having felt the Pope's closeness, we feel stronger." The Muslim community also sees the visit positively; the Pope's prayers in the mosque overshadow the Regensburg controversy.
Istanbul (AsiaNews) --Traffic in Istanbul is slowly getting back to normal. People are back on the streets. Policemen are leaving way to thousands of pedestrians hurrying by and to cars that are back on the road. But young Christians (and not just the young), of varying rites and denominations, continued celebrating, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs, long after Benedict XVI's departure. There was a festive atmosphere, despite the cold, in the small courtyard of the Holy Spirit Church, in the shade of the imposing statues of Benedict XV and John XXIII: they are certain that it was these two predecessors who gave strength, courage and a great sense of freedom to "their" Pope. Who is one of them now. Everything went well, much better than actually expected. And they are euphoric: they feel loved,
valued, revived. "Of course, we'll go back to our daily lives, our labours, our worries, our dreams in a few hours, but nothing will be the same," says Rakel with a smile bursting with joy: "We wanted to show the Holy Father our affection and we asked that he return it somehow. That he let us know that he's near to us, that we're in his heart. And now we're sure of this. Last night when he looked out of the Nunciature's window, where we had gathered unexpectedly to cheer him, we felt the warmth of his embrace, his wishes for a good night, his expression of understanding for our difficulties, but also that he will be with us more than ever after today. Many of us had tears in our eyes. But now we feel there's new life and new hope in us to face the future."
The same had happened in Ephesus. There were but a few Christians who had arrived from far-off Anatolia; they felt at home in Mary's house. Pope Benedict had a personal word, a handshake and a blessing for everyone. He listened carefully to everyone, he noticed everyone. And they too felt welcomed, loved and encouraged.
And this morning, gathering together in the Cathedral of Istanbul, where there was singing in Aramaic, Arabic, Turkish, English and Latin, created a sense of communion which is already a gift of the bridges that the Pontiff wanted to build during this visit to Turkey. At the end, there was an explosive and long applause, with a chorus of voices spontaneously cheering in unison "Long live Benedict!" Everyone was surprised by this "new version" of Ratzinger, who had been so discredited, before his arrival, by local mass media and certain extremist fringes. "I did not expect to find myself in front of a man who is so humble and reserved, but also attentive, smiling and serene: his courage to come here -- despite the many threats and protests -- gave us courage as well. The freedom of his gestures taught also us to not be afraid and to live our freedom fully," said whole-heartedly an older Christian man, distinguished in his tie and jacket, but whose eyes filled with tears for the warm, prolonged and strong handshake given to him by the Pope. And this is also the impression of various Muslims: the Pope's visit, with his gestures of humility at the Saint Sophia Museum, at the Blue Mosque, with the Director of Religious Affairs, with Ergodan and at the tomb of Ataturk, gave a new image to the universal leader of Catholics. A more likeable and friendly one. No one is asking, for now, why he did not excuse himself for his speech at Regensburg. This seems to have dropped into the background after he prayed silently in the mosque, holding his hands together the way Muslims do. This was a sign for most people of great respect and esteem. After three days in which everything seemed hushed and suspended, chaotic Istanbul seems to have reawakened. But deep down something has changed.
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