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 Whatever media outlets have been saying, there will be no prayer for the conversion of the “perfidious Jews“.

Letter on 1962 Missal Not Anti-Semitic

Document to Be Released Saturday VATICAN CITY, JULY 6, 2007 (Zenit.org).-

Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter concerning the Roman Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962, will not reinstate a prayer for the conversion of “perfidious Jews.”

 The Vatican press office announced today the Pope’s letter issued “motu proprio,” on his own initiative, is titled “Summorum Pontificum,” and will be released Saturday at noon, accompanied by an explanatory letter.

Several media reports erroneously contend that the letter could in effect reinstate a prayer offensive to Jews from the Good Friday liturgy of the Tridentine Mass, which dates back to 1570. The prayer stated: “Oremus et pro perfidies Judaeis” (Let us pray for the perfidious Jews).

On the first Good Friday after his election to the papacy in 1959, Pope John XXIII eliminated the adjective “perfidious” from the prayer. Since then the expression “Let us pray for the Jews” has been used.

That same year, he also eliminated from the rite of baptism the phrase used for Jewish catechumens: “Horresce Jusaicam perfidiam, respue Hebraicam superstitionem” (Disavow Jewish unbelieving, deny Hebrew superstition).

Also eliminated were similar formulas for those converting from idolatry, Islam or a heretical sect.

The 1962 missal was promulgated with an apostolic letter issued “motu proprio” by John XXIII “Rubricarum Instructum.” The missal does not make reference to “perfidious Jews.” On Good Friday in 1963, John XXIII underlined the importance of this decision when the old formulation of the prayer for the Jews was read. The Pope interrupted the liturgy and asked that that the liturgical invocations begin again from the beginning, following the new text.

The Roman Missal adopted by Pope Paul VI in 1969, and put into effect in 1970, reformulated the prayer. It reads: “Let us pray for the Jewish people, the first to hear the word of God, that they may continue to grow in the love of his name and in faithfulness to his covenant. “Almighty and eternal God, long ago you gave your promise to Abraham and his posterity. Listen to your Church as we pray that the people you first made your own may arrive at the fullness of redemption.

The World Seen From Rome

And also this Mass, as Benedict XVI has said in his own letter presenting it, will not be compulsaory. But as the Pope explains regarding “Summorum Pontificum”:

The use of the old Missal presupposes a certain degree of liturgical formation and some knowledge of the Latin language; neither of these is found very often. Already from these concrete presuppositions, it is clearly seen that the new Missal will certainly remain the ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, not only on account of the juridical norms, but also because of the actual situation of the communities of the faithful.

Jews have to consider they are not the only ones mistreated by the MSM (I know you know it, Chaim, but it is really necessary given the reactions of these past days of your fellow Jewish bloggers). Catholics also are. MSM tend not to consider us as normal citizens but as remnants of a violent and unjust past, without even considering those violent and unjust deeds were (and are if done now) in fact, a transgression of the greater mandate Christ gave us: love thy enemy.

One of the most important examples of that is the Spanish Inquisition. I’m not going to defend it as an institution which was headed to condemn people based in their creed or beliefs. But we have to consider it, not comparing it with our ideas now, but with the religious persecution which took place alongside Europe during the XVIth and XVIIth century.

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Hmm, and this is the country who has been erased from the black list of UN Human Rights Council, while Israel was maintained.

Minsk, Jul. 5, 2007 (CWNews.com) – Police in Belarus have arrested 20 Christian human-rights workers in two separate incidents this week, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

On July 2, 14 activists were arrested as they collected signature on petitions calling for restoration of a Catholic church to active use. St. Joseph’s church in Budslaw has been closed by authorities, and parishioners fear that it may be converted into a hotel. They were circulating a petition opposing that change, as well as a separate petition calling for changes in the country’s laws governing religion. The 14 activists were released after several hours, but their petitions were confiscated.

The next day, July 3, police raided an apartment in Minsk and arrested 6 activists who were preparing literature calling for changes in the 2002 religion law. They too were released after spending most of a day in prison, but their campaign material– including computers and printers as well as religious literature– was seized. Alaksiej Shein, the co-chairman of the Belarus Christian Democrat Party, told Christian Solidarity Worldwide that the raid in Minsk was illegal, since police had no warrant. He said that the raid and the arrests were clearly intended to intimidate religious activists.

Catholic World News : Belarus: 20 Church workers arrested in crackdown

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Plateau writes about the new film Oliver Stone is going to make: about Ahmadinejad (no, you have not read wrongly):

Oscar-winner Oliver Stone has sent aletter to the Iranian president’s office requesting permission to makea docudrama on President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, stated an Iranian producerwho is regularly consulted by the president’s art and culturaladvisors.

The request was made three months ago byStone, the famous U.S. filmmaker, who has directed numerous films with socio-political themes over the past few years,” Alireza Sajjadpur toldthe Persian service of the Iranian Students’ News Agency on Friday.

I think it is a good proposal and I would like the request to be accepted,” he added.

I bet he is not going to consider the treatment of women,

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of gays

or of minors (also here) for the movie…

Oh and I bet he is not going also to consider the treatment to the Amir Kabir students.

There are good reasons to believe that the students have received repeated physical and psychological tortures in order to confess tofalse confessions about the allegations attached to them by statenewspapers.

I just can’t stand this millionaires who had no consideration of the real world. What a difference with this other film. Really impressive. Plateau describes Iranian film Persepolis:

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl coming-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power — forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.

I will search for it in Spain.

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Photos from AP h/t JihadWatch:

In England:

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Muslims protest outside Regents Park Mosque in central London against the knighthood of Salman Rushdie. Friday June 22, 2007. Muslims angered by Britain’s decision to honor author Salman Rushdie with a knighthood held a rally in London Friday, warning the furor threatens to match the fierce reaction to publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark in 2006. Also Friday, a high-level Iranian hard-line cleric declared that the religious edict calling for Rushdie’s killing remains in place and cannot be revoked, and he warned Britain was defying the Islamic world by granting the honor. (AP Photo/Will Wintercross).

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Muslims protest outside Regents Park Mosque in central London against the knighthood of Salman Rushdie. Friday June 22, 2007. Muslims angered by Britain’s decision to honor author Salman Rushdie with a knighthood held a rally in London Friday, warning the furor threatens to match the fierce reaction to publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark in 2006. Also Friday, a high-level Iranian hard-line cleric declared that the religious edict calling for Rushdie’s killing remains in place and cannot be revoked, and he warned Britain was defying the Islamic world by granting the honor. (AP Photo/Will Wintercross).

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Female Muslims stand behind their placards as they protest outside Regents Park Mosque in central London against the knighthood of Salman Rushdie. Friday June 22, 2007. Muslims angered by Britain’s decision to honor author Salman Rushdie with a knighthood held a rally in London Friday, warning the furor threatens to match the fierce reaction to publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark in 2006. Also Friday, a high-level Iranian hard-line cleric declared that the religious edict calling for Rushdie’s killing remains in place and cannot be revoked, and he warned Britain was defying the Islamic world by granting the honor. (AP Photo/Will Wintercross).

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Muslims protest outside Regents Park Mosque in central London against the knighthood of Salman Rushdie. Friday June 22, 2007. Muslims angered by Britain’s decision to honor author Salman Rushdie with a knighthood held a rally in London Friday, warning the furor threatens to match the fierce reaction to publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark in 2006. Also Friday, a high-level Iranian hard-line cleric declared that the religious edict calling for Rushdie’s killing remains in place and cannot be revoked, and he warned Britain was defying the Islamic world by granting the honor. (AP Photo/Will Wintercross).

UPDATE: They also burned St.George’s Cross:

Muslims burned the flag of St George and called for the Queen to ‘Go to Hell’ in a furious rally held in London over Salman Rushdie’s knighthood.

In Pakistan:

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Pakistani lawyers hold a rally to condemn the British government for awarding knighthood to British author Salman Rushdie in Lahore, Pakistan.  The decision to award Rushdie a knighthood has sparked a harsh reaction throughout much of the Muslim world. (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)

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Activists of the Pakistan Awami Tehrik party protest against British author Salman Rushdie in Karachi June 21, 2007. A group of hardline Pakistani Muslim clerics has bestowed a religious title on Osama bin Laden in response to a British knighthood for the author Salman Rushdie whose novel “The Satanic Verses” outraged many Muslims around the world. REUTERS/Zahid Hussein (PAKISTAN)

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Pakistani protesters rally against the British government for awarding a knighthood to British author Salman Rushdie in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan and Iran have summoned ambassadors to protest against Rushdie’s knighthood award.  (AP Photo/K.M.Chaudary)

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estatua de BUDA tibetano demolida por China.jpg After destroying a Buda in Tibet (right), now Chinese authorities want to dynamite revered Catholic shrine

Government officials in China’s Henan province have called for the destruction of the sanctuary of Our Lady of Carmel, the AsiaNews service reports. A government decree has ruled that the Marian sanctuary, and the pilgrimages that have brought over 40,000 pilgrims there annually, are evidence of “illegal religious activity.”

The Henan government plans to raze the sanctuary, bar pilgrimages to the site, and destroy the celebrated statue of Our Lady of Carmel that is revered by Catholics there. To discourage faithful Catholics from organizing sit-ins on the site to protect the shrine, authorities have scheduled military exercises in the area.

The sanctuary was built in the first years the 20th century, has been revered by Chinese Catholics for 100 years. It was nearly destroyed during World War II, rebuilt, then ravaged again by the Red Guard movement of the 1960s. Nevertheless the shrine continues to draw Catholic pilgrims.

Catholic World News : Chinese authorities plan destruction of revered Marian shrine

Last news about China:

China’s changing nuclear posture.

Chinese villagers riot over stricter population-control.

China plans new rockets.

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broomsticksA very worrying news, considering the climate of Islamism coming from the Asian country:

Satellite images show that Pakistan is building a new nuclear reactor that can produce weapons-grade plutonium, an American watchdog group said Thursday, warning that it could contribute to an atomic arms race with archrival India.

A picture taken June 3 shows work progressing rapidly on the reactor at the Khushab nuclear site, 170 kilometers (105 miles) southwest of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, the Institute of Science for International Security said. The development of the reactor and other nuclear-related activities “imply” that Pakistan has decided to “increase significantly its production of plutonium for nuclear weapons,” the Washington-based institute said in a report analyzing the images.

A senior official at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Authority said the country was “extending our infrastructure,” but declined to address the details of the report. “We are a declared nuclear state and we are pursuing our nuclear program for peaceful purposes,” said the official, who asked that he not be named because of the sensitivity of the subject. “We are doing it for our national interests.”

Pakistan has stated repeatedly that it will develop its secretive nuclear program and maintain an atomic arsenal to deter India, its more powerful neighbor, despite past leaks of sensitive technology to countries including Iran.

Pakistan expanding nuclear program – USATODAY.com

In Pakistan Osama is honored as a hero and a harline cleric wants the title of “Sir” for him:

sami+ul+haq“Muslims should confer the ‘Sir’ title and all other awards on bin Laden and [Taliban leader] Mullah Omar in reply to Britain’s shameful decision to knight Rushdie,” Sami ul Haq, (pictured) leader of the pro-Taliban Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, said in a statement.
Such a move would not only go against the political grain of Britain, who joined in the international effort to drive the Taliban from power and al-Qaeda from their Afghan safe haven in 2001, but it would also break knighthood rules, under which foreigners may not be addressed as sir.
Europe and Western nations are intentionally pushing Muslims towards extremism by awarding a nefarious person,” Haq said. [oh, yeah… don’t make laugh. And I am even not going to do any comments about his face…smile_sick].
The hard-line leader, who is also a parliament member, called upon the Pakistani government to withdraw its support for the US-led war on terrorism.

Regarding Rushdie’s knighthood (read Dr. Sanity about the subject AND see the cartoon 😆 . Also read SC&A and Red Alerts on the subject) , a Pakistani paper has called it a “part of a Western plot to defame Islam”.

A cartoon about the Rushdie’s affair:

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Thank you for the offer, but when the time comes I must limit myself to gently tapping the sword on Mr Rushdie’s shoulder.” 😆

It comes in a moment when the political future of Musharraf is in doubt after the firing of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.

Read also The Strata Sphere about the last operation in Pakistan against Talibans/Al-Qaeda base:

The terrorists who have been killed in blast in Datakhel area near the Afghan border in abandoned area of Miramshah have been identified.

Military sources while talking to Online confirmed that explosion in the suspected religious seminary in Datakhel area near the Afghan border on Wednesday claimed 33 lives out of which 27 persons including four injured have been identified as foreigners.

Military sources further confirmed that out of 23 deceased, 19 have been identified as Arab, while four belonged to Turkmenistan.

A very difficult moment, indeed.

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Two other cases of catholic churchs vandalised and, just as the other one, no MSM mentions it.

According to the AINA news agency, two churches were attacked in the Baghdad district of Dora. At St. John the Baptist’s in Hay Al-Athoriyeen, several security guards who protect the church were killed, and St. Jacob’s in Hay al Asya was vandalized and forcibly turned into a mosque. St. Jacob’s had previously been attacked in October of 2004.

h/t American Papist.

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