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… Financial instability in the Banks is Going to Drive This [#Greece][#financial crisis]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,January 1st,2016

.. it is the instability of the financial system , and that of the banks , which is going to drive this financial crisis …

.. why ? the outflows from the banks . The banks cannot sustain this for very long . With that comes pressure on the Greek Government from ” behind its lines …”

.. [h/t — Reuters.com]..
.. [link] to the blog news post ..

.. the Euro carries a deep well of popular support . It is a great deal more than the Greek drachma ever has had . So , it is in the Greek Government ‘ s interest to eventually make a deal …

— [update] — that it did .. the crisis was eventually settled after a  couple of weeks , but at a high cost .. several major Greek banks collapsed as a result of this brawl … also , Syriza [Greece ‘  s  current governing majority party] may well have won a majority again at an  election , but they  have the task  now of reviving  the economy ..

.. the business community will not be happy with radical leftists at the controls . They will be the ones picked on by the government for tax revenue .. Well , the business will not  be too  cooperative with investment unless Syriza agrees to play ball on spending ..  the EU and the ECB should be of help …

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… Meriam Ibrahim , Welcome to Freedom …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 25th,2014

.. at last , meriam Ibrahim and her family are free !! …

.. the other day , the Sudanese (with US and Italian intercession) allowed Ibrahim , her husband , and their kids to fly out of Khartoum , Sudan to Italy …

.. [h/t — theBlaze.com]..
.. [link] to the news story …

Meriam Ibrahim Pope Francis I

.. this day [July 24th , 2014] , she received multiple great blessings . She visited the Vatican , and met with Pope Francis I . The Holy Father gave her a rosary , celebrating her hard – won and defended Christian faith …

.. May God Bless You , Meriam Ibrahim and your family !! …

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… Nice Going , Kobe Bryant …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,April 7th,2014

.. no , I really mean this .

.. Kobe has been caught up in a rough season , to say the least . He spent the most chunk of last season rehabbing after surgery on a blowout in his Achilles tendon . Then , early this year , he suffered a hairline fracture in his leg , knocking him out of the beginning of the season …

.. things have not gotten a whole lot better for him . He was only able to play about 12 to 15 games this season . The problem is that he reinjured his leg , leaving him out roughly for the remainder of the season . The Lakers really stink this year , so having him come back for a few games to finish the year makes no sense . Better to have him sit out , rest up , and get healthy ….

.. however , it is his comments on the Trayvon Martin case that have gotten him into considerable hot water . He bascially said that , just because that he is an  African – American (a black man) , that he should or could automatically support Trayvon Martin  and his cause just because of the color of his skin . The back hand of  this is that one should support Trayvon Martin from the merit of the arguments and the case , not because of skin color …

.. Kobe has an outlook on life different than most folks . His father [Joe ” Jellybean ” Bryant] was also a pro basketball player  , Joe Bryannt played some in the N.B.A. , but he played most of his professional career in Europe ,  specifically in Italy , around Rome . So Kobe was raised in a European atmosphere , travelingto various cities in Italy and other European nations (Germany & France) , plus a base in Rome gave Joe a chance to expose Kobe to the Vatican and  the Holy See …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]..

.. [link] to the interview footage …

.. the interview  features ESPN ‘ s Steven A. Smith , who was being interviewed by talk show host Arsenio Hall . Smith apparently also agrees with Kobe …

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… Outrageous ! [Religion & the ObamaCraps]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 26th,2013

.. those idiots want to close our embassy at the Holy See (the Vatican) . The ObamaCraps consider it to be a ” security risk . ”

.. Are they crazy ?!?!

[h/t — the Gateway Pundit.com]

… added material [h/t — the national catholic reporter]

Vatican embassy move draws fire from former US envoys

    John L. Allen Jr.   | Nov. 20, 2013
Plans to move the U.S. embassy to the Vatican onto the grounds of the larger American embassy to Italy, though in a separate building and with a distinct entrance, are drawing fire from five former American envoys despite the tacit consent of the Vatican itself.

Justified primarily on the grounds of enhanced security, the move is described by former U.S. Ambassador James Nicholson, who’s also a former Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Bush administration and a former chair of the Republican National Committee, as a “massive downgrade” in U.S./Vatican ties.

“It’s turning this embassy into a stepchild of the embassy to Italy,” Nicholson said.

“The Holy See is a pivot point for international affairs and a major listening post for the United States,” he said, “and to shoehorn [the U.S. delegation] into an office annex inside another embassy is an insult to American Catholics and to the Vatican.”

Nicholson, who spoke in an interview Wednesday with NCR, joins former Bush envoys Francis Rooney and Mary Ann Glendon as well as Raymond Flynn, the first Clinton ambassador, and Thomas Melady, who served the first President Bush, in objecting.

“In the diplomatic world, if you don’t have your own separate space, you’re on the road to nowhere,” said Rooney, who served as ambassador from 2005 to 2008. He’s author of The Global Vatican [1], a new book on U.S./Vatican relations.

While the move has not yet been publicly announced, a contract for renovations to the new facility has been awarded, and it’s tentatively scheduled to open in January 2015. The embassy is presently located in a building near Rome’s Circus Maximus, roughly 3 miles away from the other American diplomatic facilities in the city.

Although the Vatican traditionally has insisted that countries maintain embassies in distinct locations as a way of underscoring its autonomy, signals in this case suggest it won’t protest the relocation.

On background, a senior Vatican official told NCR on Monday that safety is a “real concern,” especially in the wake of a lethal June 2012 assault on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of an American ambassador and three other officials. A U.S. State Department report after that assault recommended consolidating facilities wherever possible.

As long as the embassy remains “completely separate” from other U.S. missions, the Vatican official said, the new site represents a tolerable exception to normal practice.

The current and former Vatican ambassadors of the Obama administration as well as a senior official of the U.S. State Department all told NCR the move is primarily about security. They also say the move will bring cost savings and improved facilities and will not be accompanied by cuts in personnel or resources.

“I see no diminishing in the importance of the relationship at all,” said current U.S. Ambassador Ken Hackett.

In truth, Hackett said, “the relationship between the Vatican and the U.S. government hasn’t been better than it is right now in quite a while,” especially under Pope Francis.

That view was echoed by the State Department official.

“Having the embassy close to the other missions gives it greater stature,” the official said, who was authorized to speak to NCR on background. “It makes it central to everything the U.S. is doing in Italy and the region rather than being out of sight and out of mind.”

Especially given the global interest in Francis, the official said, “If anything, we anticipate intensifying our relationship.”

Hackett and others note that a few other countries, such as Israel, have always had their embassies in Rome at the same location while others, such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, have recently combined them.

Those assurances, however, haven’t mollified the critics. Nicholson rejected the security argument, calling it a “smokescreen.”

“That’s like saying people get killed on highways because they drive cars on them,” he said. “We’re not a pauper nation … if we want to secure an embassy, we certainly can.” He said protection at the current location is “state of the art.”

Flynn described the move as part of broader secular hostility to religious groups, the Catholic church in particular.

“It’s not just those who bomb churches and kill Catholics in the Middle East who are our antagonists, but it’s also those who restrict our religious freedoms and want to close down our embassy to the Holy See,” Flynn told NCR.

Flynn said he can’t see any “diplomatic or political benefit to the United States” from the relocation and called it “shortsighted.”

Melady told NCR that no matter how the move is justified, it will be perceived in diplomatic circles as scaling back.

“Whether that’s the official reason doesn’t really matter, because that’s how people will see it,” Melady said.

Hackett called those perceptions off-base. Among other points, he said, the new facilities include better office space and the ability to host small conferences involving 30 to 40 participants.

All told, Hackett said, the new site will give visitors the impression that the United States is “serious” about engaging the Vatican.

The idea of moving the embassy has been around for at least a decade. Under former Ambassador to Italy Mel Sembler, who represented President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the U.S. acquired a large building and other property adjacent to the embassy to Italy, located on Rome’s upscale Via Veneto.

The third U.S. embassy in Rome, a mission to the Food and Agriculture Organization and other U.N. agencies, moved into that compound in early 2012.

Both Nicholson and Rooney said moving the Vatican embassy to the same location was floated during their tenures, and both resisted it on the grounds that the delegation to the Vatican needs its own identity, including a separate physical location.

After the Benghazi attack, momentum for moving the embassy gathered steam. Those conversations took place toward the end of the term of former Ambassador Miguel Diaz, who represented Obama from 2009 to 2012.

“There are really serious issues in terms of protecting U.S. diplomatic personnel,” Diaz said. He said the move is “absolutely not a downgrade.”

Diaz said it will promote collaboration among the three American embassies in Rome, creating “more possibilities to do what we want to do.”

Hackett said the Vatican embassy no longer will have to pay the annual lease on its present location, which he estimated at between $600,000 and $1 million. Officials say once it’s operational, the new facility will have separate signage and a separate entrance on Rome’s Via Salustina, marking it as a distinct diplomatic operation.

Glendon disputed the notion that the United States ought to cite what other countries have done as precedent, saying the importance of the relationship merits its own location and profile.

“Both [the U.S. and the Vatican] are global actors,” she said. “The Holy See’s sphere of concern, like that of the United States, is worldwide.”

Diaz suggested that since much of the blowback is coming from representatives of Republican presidents, it may have a partisan edge.

“We need to look at the evidence and the facts rather than politicizing this move,” Diaz said.

Nicholson disputed that charge, noting that his initial objections were lodged under the Bush administration while a fellow Republican was the ambassador to Italy.

“There’s no partisan motivation on my part,” Nicholson said. “I’ve served there, I know the importance of this post, and I know the damage that will be done.”

Although the State Department official described the decision as a fait accompli, Nicholson said he still hopes it can be reversed.

“They like to use the term ‘reset’ in talking about diplomacy, and I think this is something that can be ‘reset,’ ” he said, saying he’s had conversations with political leaders “on both sides of the aisle” in an effort to roll it back.

The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See also maintains an official residence for the ambassador, a picturesque 19th-century building known as the Villa Richardson rented from the American Academy on Rome’s Janiculum Hill, which is often used for receptions and other events. Officials say there’s no plan to change that residence.

Former Ambassador Frank Shakespeare, the only other living former U.S. envoy to the Vatican, did not respond to a request for comment on this article.

[John L. Allen Jr. is NCR senior correspondent. His email address is jallen@ncronline.org [2]. Follow him on Twitter: @JohnLAllenJr [3].]

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… Congratulations to a Future Saint …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 4th,2013

.. that is his late holiness , John Paul II .

… from NewsMax …

John Paul’s Canonization Date Set

Edward  Pentin

Pope John Paul II will be canonized on April 27 next year, a top Vatican  source has told Newsmax exclusively.
Although the Vatican has not officially confirmed the date, Pope Francis  has already let it be known in a private conversation that

... a future saint !! ...

… a future saint !! …

the Sunday after  Easter is the date he wants for the ceremony.

When asked by an official close to the Pope’s inner circle whether a date had been set, Francis responded with a laugh and replied: “I can tell you now if you like! It will be April 27.”
The source told Newsmax: “I was surprised by his frankness, but he took a  step back, laughed and then [said] the date. He was surrounded by top officials  who didn’t seem to mind.”
Among those within earshot was Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the  Pontifical Household, who will be partly responsible for organizing the  canonization ceremony.
Pope John XXIII, who was pontiff from 1958 to 1963 and convened the Second  Vatican Council, is also expected to be canonized on the same date.
The Vatican is expected to make an official announcement on Sept. 30 when a  consistory of cardinals will formally approve the canonization date.
During a papal press conference on his return from Rio de Janeiro July 28,  Pope Francis said both Popes will be canonized “together,” but said it was  unlikely the canonizations would take place during the autumn or winter as many  Poles will be traveling to Rome for the ceremony  by bus, and the road conditions could be bad.
After speaking with Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, John Paul II’s former  private secretary and archbishop of Krakow, he said two other possible dates  arose: Christ  the King Sunday, which falls this year on Nov. 24, and Divine Mercy Sunday — the  Sunday after Easter — which will be on April 27, 2014.
Pope Francis Portrait Painting

Pope Francis Portrait Painting (Photo credit: faithmouse)

Pope Francis said he thought there was “too little time” for the  canonizations to take place in November and said he needed to speak with the  person in charge of saints’ causes, Cardinal Angelo Amato. The cardinal said at  the end of August that the date will be officially announced on Sept. 30.

Asked on Tuesday if he could confirm the date, Vatican spokesman Fr.  Federico Lombardi told Newsmax: “The consistory is held precisely in order to  establish and announce the date publicly, so I don’t think it’s correct to say  that the thing is already decided. If it isn’t, we should save ourselves for the  consistory.”
But he added: “We can say that it is very likely, given that the Pope made  an explicit reference to [Divine Mercy Sunday] in the interview on the return  flight from Rio, saying that he realized that in winter, it would be difficult  for pilgrims from Poland and countries of Central and Northern Europe to attend,  and so it was better to postpone until the spring.”
Divine Mercy Sunday is a special day for John Paul, who established the  feast day in 2001. Its origins  date back to Polish nun Faustina Kowalska, who had a devotion to the Divine  Mercy after an encounter with Jesus.
In visions and conversations with Jesus, Kowalska, who lived from  1905-1938, said Jesus asked her specifically for a feast of Divine Mercy to be  established so mankind would take refuge in Jesus.
John Paul II died on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005.
The theme of mercy is also central to the pontificate of Pope Francis, who  has frequently said, “This is the time for mercy.” Vatican spokesman Father  Federico Lombardi told Vatican Radio July 30 that Francis has “great  effectiveness in helping people understand the theme of God’s love and mercy,  which reaches out to soothe and heal the wounds of humanity.”
Pope Francis signed a decree July 5 that gave the go-ahead for the  canonizations of both John Paul II and John XXIII. Usually two miracles  attributed to a candidate’s intercession are required to become a saint. A  French nun, who was inexplicably cured of Parkinson’s disease, led to John Paul  II’s beatification on May 1, 2011.
A second miracle, which must occur after a beatification, involved a Costa  Rican woman who was cured of a cerebral aneurysm the very day of John Paul II’s  beatification.
For John XXIII, Pope Francis took the rare step of waiving the requirement  of a second miracle, paving the way for his canonization.
Many are rejoicing at the speed at which John Paul II — whom many chanted ‘santo subito!’ (Saint now!) at his death — is being canonized. They see this as  a further testament to his holiness, but some are uneasy at the haste of the  process.
Often it can take centuries between the death of a person with a reputation  for holiness and their canonization. But for John Paul II’s cause for  canonization, the process was partially expedited after pressure was placed on  Benedict XVI to waive the usual five years between a candidate’s death and the  opening of their cause. Benedict agreed to the waiver in May 2005.
When the late Polish pontiff is elevated to altars on April 27, it will  have been only nine years and 25 days since his death.
… LEC here — It is a honour well deserved . I would bet that April 27th will become Saint John Paul II day . It should be solo  , but will not be , because other saints will share it . Oh , Well . May God in Heaven bless Saint John Paul II !! …

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