Chapel for Europe
Chapelle de la Résurrection
(Chapel of the Resurrection)
14 Tishri, 5762
October 1, 2001
Chapel for Europe opens in Brussels
On Tuesday, a chapel in the heart of the European Quarter of Brussels was reopened after 20 years as a "Chapel for Europe". It is hoped that the chapel, renamed as Chapelle de la Résurrection (Chapel of the Resurrection), will act as "a crucible of hope and unity" in the future integration of the EU. Robert Schuman, widely credited as one of the founding fathers of the EU, once said: "Europe cannot remain economic and technical: it needs a soul." It is expected that this new "Chapel for Europe" will provide the level of spirituality that Mr Schuman was talking about.
Brother Roger of Taizé, a well-respected member of the Catholic church, expressed his support for the "Chapel for Europe" and the European project. "If we want to build a Europe which is peaceful, reconciled and which shows solidarity with other continents, work should first start within each of us."
Jerôme Vignon, who is president of the association and closely involved in the Commission white paper on EU governance, also spoke at the inauguration ceremony. "A place of silence, of prayer and communion, the chapel will not be cut off from the world which surrounds it," he said. "It will also be a place of exchange, of dialogue and of sharing for all those engaged in the construction of Europe."
Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic, also attended the ceremony. "The events of this day symbolise our common hope that the Europe of the 21st century will not forget its heart, but will be able to develop in an innovative way," said President Haval.
Although the Chapelle de la Résurrection is a Catholic church, a spokesperson for the organisation was keen to stress the ecumenical nature of the initiative. The services during Tuesday's inauguration ceremony were conducted by representatives of the Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic Churches. Also attending the services were members of the Jewish and Islamic communities. "The need for this ecumenical openness is particularly perceived in the present circumstances," a spokesperson for the chapel told the EUobserver.com, referring to the recent events surrounding the 11 September terrorism attacks on the US.
However, the spokesperson did concede that, from the religious standpoint, the project is a "Christian temple", and the involvement of non-Christian religions would be limited. "One does not contemplate the possibility of services by non-Christian religions," said the spokesperson. "But at the same time the chapel is an ecumenical venture and completely open. We will organise social, cultural, educational activities which will be open to all faiths."
Europe is more-and-more becoming a multi-cultural and multi-religious society. It is estimated that there are some 20 million non-Christians living in the EU. If Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country, joins the EU, a further 60 million could be added to this total.
The construction of the "Church for Europe" cost 1.5 million euros, 0.625 million to purchase the chapel and 0.875 million to pay for its restoration. The majority of this money (65 per cent) came from Christian institutions, with 28 per cent coming from the public and private institutions and 7 per cent from private individuals. The European institutions have not provided any money for the project.
Written by Blake Evans-Pritchard
Edited by Lisbeth Kirk
Website [Chapelle de la Résurrection] (http://www.multimania.com/resurrectio/EN/Start_En.htm)
From: Chapelle de la Résurrection website
A chapel for Europe
We hope that there will exist for generations to come a Chapel of Europe, a visible sign of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That it will be the Presence of God in the centre of the stories of people's lives, to which it will give sense and to which it promises success. That by its architecture, distinct from the more recent buildings in the surroundings, it will symbolise the permanence of human effort and the relativity of their achievements. That in this area of European administration, where political commitments are developed, this chapel will serve as a crucible of hope and unity. The political activity will keep religion from the temptations of fanaticism and fundamentalism while religion will keep politics from idolising the economic or the social by keeping it at the service of the rights of every person linked to the call of God. It is He who creates and saves every person and the universe. That this chapel becomes a place where everyone is welcomed as eternal and unique. A place where everyone can be forgiven. A place where heroism, sanctity and the faults of European history can be recognised in truth. A place where the search for European reconciliation and unity can call the Christian denominations to conversion and mutual recognition.
WHO ARE WE?
The international Association Chapelle Van Maerlant is animated by a group of Christians engaged at different levels in building Europe.
The administration Council, in agreement with the ecumenical counseling Council has given to the Chapel, rededicated "Chapel of the Resurrection", its original purpose of place of prayer and worship. Today the Administrative Council wishes to develop cultural and charity activities.
By living Christian lives and praying, by their ecumenical engagement, the participants in this project wish to contribute personally to the European Union Ideal.
Composition of the Administration Council (1st September 2001)
Mr Jérôme Vignon, Chief adviser in the Secretariat-General of the European Commission - White Paper on governance.
Mr Antoine de Salins, financial counsellor (Brussels).
Mr Philippe Duvieusart, financial consultant (Brussels).
The cumenical Council
In accordance with Art. 11 of the statutes of the Association, the Catholic roots of the project Chapel Van Maerlant are based from the very beginning on a Christian ecumenical perspective, assuming broad and sincere co-operation. It is there that a genuine European experience can lead to a stronger integration. It is the particular task of this Council to watch that this place offers a truly ecumenical welcome to those who wish to gather there, to meet a Christian interlocutor of their choice, to celebrate a religious liturgy according to the rite of their church or an interdenominational ecumenical service, or organise other activities in accordance with the mission of this building.
Composition of the cumenical council (1st September 2001)
The ECC is open to the participation of members from other institutions and the skill to examine every proposition in accordance with the finality of its projects which would be presented to him by the persons or communities belonging to the Roman Catholic Church or one or several Church members of the Conference of the European Churches.
Mrs Heidrun Tempel*, delegate of the Evangelical Church of Germany to the EU.
* Please see September 11, 2001 file for information on Leonid meteor shower which is caused by debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle.Vice-President
Please see Wormwood file for information regarding dust from the heavenly temple (brought to earth by a comet?) being used as a draught to convict an unfaithful wife.
AN ECUMMENICAL WELCOME
(By Jérôme Vignon, President of the association Chapelle Van Maerlant)
A place of silence, of prayer and of communion.
"The Chapel of the Resurrection, Van Maerlant Street, will be open to all who work, live or pass through this quarter, which is dominated by the presence of the European Union institutions. This hospitality will be offered in a spirit of ecumenism with concern to avoid all factors of division. It will demonstrate the possibility of unity between very different people, and of a creative reconciliation rooted in the Resurrection of Christ. A place of silence, of prayer and communion, the chapel will not be cut off from the world which surrounds it. It will also be a place of exchange, of dialogue and of sharing for all those engaged in the construction of Europe. It will be a place of beauty and art. The ecumenism practised in this chapel - the fruit of a Catholic initiative - will not be formal. It will not consist of a juxtaposition of religions, but will reveal itself through the search for communion that will inspire all its activities, from welcoming, prayer and singing to educational, charitable and cultural activities, as much as through its architecture, its decor and its position."
Brussels, Easter 2000
Jérôme Vignon, President
A POTTED HISTORY
Since the end of the year 2000, in the heart of the European quarter of Brussels, a chapel serves as a sign of peace and reconciliation. Between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament, a few steps from the buildings of the European Commission, a building in red brick stands out in a large open space; a former convent, beside which is a small white stone chapel in the baroque style. The religious who owned it became too old and decided in 1989 to sell all the buildings, including the little chapel. A large property developer undertook the restoration, agreeing to sell the small chapel separately to an international association registered in Belgium (AISBL), the members of which include European civil servants and others involved at different levels in the construction of Europe. Many private individuals, as well as the Belgian Jesuit Provinces, the Catholic European Centre, the Communion of the Viale-Opstal, European Catholic Bishops' Conferences, several Protestant Churches, the King Baudouin Foundation, the Belgian National Lottery, the company Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux, and others have already contributed to purchasing the building and to financing the interior restoration.
Extract of the statutes published in the Belgian Monitor 30.10.97
International non-profitable Association Van Maerlant Chapel Headquarters in 1040 Brussels. Registration number 17927/97.
It is constituted an international association with a spiritual and religious goal name "International non-profitable Association Van Maerlant Chapel", abridged "AISBL Chapelle Van Maerlant".
The Association, which is devoid of any spirit of profit, has for its goal to contribute to the pastoral and liturgical service of the Catholic community among Europeans in the framework of the mandate received from the bishops by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in a spirit of ecumenical opening. In this perspective, the Association wants notably to return to religious use the chapel situated on Van Maerlant Street in Brussels, according to its initial purpose.
The Association is composed of :
The Administration Council of the Association will invite representatives from the main Christian denominations to establish an Ecumenical Consultative Council with a view to receiving their suggestions and advice with regard to putting into practice the ecumenical openness desired by the Association.
The Administrative Council will appoint a responsible animator, following the approval of the President of the Council of European Provincials of the Society of Jesus. This responsible animator will assure the spiritual and moral guarantee of the continuation of the objectives of the Association.
CARDINAL JEAN-MARIE LUSTIGER'S OPENING MESSAGE (French version)
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Subject: [BPR] - False Prophet?
Date: Wed, 6 May 1998
I submitted the following around January of this year to another list and thought to repost it here seeing we just saw a news item about the pope and his overtures to the Jews.
Last week I was watching an A&E presentation on who was a candidate for the next pope. The following is a list that they gave (some of the spelling is off because their names weren't put up on the screen)
The one that I found most interesting was the last one: Jean-Marie Lustiger. The current pope really likes him and has "stacked the deck" of the conclave that picks the next pope, so the scoop is that he is the most likely (with Martini) to be chosen.
There are a few especially interesting things about Lustiger. For one, he's of Jewish descent, and his name used to be Aaron.
"The Europeans have other papabili, among them Godfried Cardinal Danneels, 61, of Belgium. And then there is another prominent convert: Jean-Marie Lustiger, 68, the Archbishop of Paris. Lustiger was born a Jew, the son of Polish emigres to France (his mother would die in Auschwitz). Abandoning his original name, Aaron, he adopted Catholicism as a teenager, a move that hurt his parents terribly. Lustiger is a trusted confidant of John Paul's; when he first visited the Pope, John Paul's secretary, Monsignor Stanislaw Dziwisz, grabbed the Frenchman's arm and told him, "Remember, you are the fruit of the prayers of the Pope. The Pope prayed long and hard over his choice."This is the more striking when considering the recent overtures the Vatican has been making with Israel:
"Asked by TIME about his chances of succeeding John Paul, Lustiger replies, "Me? Totally excluded. Out of the question." Lustiger fidgets silently with his breviary in its brown leather case, then suddenly announces, "I had a dream. I dreamed that the President of the United States was black, the President of the ex-U.S.S.R. was a Muslim - and the Pope was Chinese. And in my dream I asked God to let me die before that day would come. Because if ever we had a Chinese Pope" - he clenches his fist and makes a screw-turning gesture - "they know what administration is!" (Time, Cover: Man of the Year, Who Will Be First Among us? by Kevin Fedarko)
"Jean-Marie Lustiger was born on September 17, 1926 in Paris, France. His parents were Jewish Poles who perished in the Nazi deportations. Lustiger was spared because he was received into a Catholic family of Orleans. He converted to Catholicism and was baptized on August 25, 1940." (www.catholic.net/RCC/Periodicals/Inside/01-97/BIOGRAFI.html)
"Vatican hails pact with Israel, seeks guarantees on Jersualem Copyright 1997 by Agence France-Presse / Mon, 10 Nov 1997 7:35:46 PSTFurther down in the same article:
"VATICAN CITY, Nov 10 (AFP) - The Vatican on Monday hailed an accord with Israel granting the Roman Catholic Church legal status in the Holy Land, but said it still wanted guarantees to protect religious assets in Jerusalem."
"Israel's occupation and annexation of east Jerusalem in 1967 has never been recognized by the Vatican."Another article from the same news service:
"'This is the first time that the legal status of the Roman Catholic Church has been recognized in the Holy Land for 500 years, a foreign ministry spokesman said."And:
"Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls confirmed Monday that the Church position remained that sovereignty over the Holy City can only be legitimately exercised by a power or powers with 'a special statute under international guarantee.'From: FYI - Israel In The News (http://www.tzemach.org/fyi)
"Monday's agreement, negotiated nearly 18 months ago but only approved by the Israeli government in September, follows up on the "Fundamental Agreement" reached between Israel and the Vatican in December 1993 which led to the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in June 1994."
"VATICAN TO LIGHT HANUKKIYAH: The Vatican will light a Hanukkah menorah next week for the first time in history during a ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Yediot Aharonot reported. According to Catholic leaders, they will light the menorah in honor of Israel's 50th anniversary."I also found this interesting:
"...there are those who definitely believe that Antichrist will be a Jew. In tracing the rise of this view one finds that Irenaeus of the second century seems to be the first to teach it. He based his view upon the following points: (1) The name Antichrist is Jewish. (2) Daniel wrote these words about Antichrist: 'Neitehr shall he regard the God of his fathers' (Dan 11:37). (3) He is from the tribe of Dan since this tribe is among the missing of those mentioned in Revelation 7:4-8. (4) To be parallel to Christ he must come from Israel...There is just not enough abundant Scripture for anyone to be dogmatic on whether Antichrist will be Jewish or not." (The Next Invasion From Outer Space, Reg Dunlap)Lustiger is "noted for his Marian piety" and I can't help but make the connection of the Roman Catholic Mary to the woman who rides the beast (and, therefore, I don't believe the Antichrist will be a pope, but that the False Prophet will be his designation)
"Now, let's look at the motto St. Malachy gave to the pope after Pope JPII. It is "De Gloria Olivae" (the glory of the olive / olive tree). It is widely interpreted to indicate that the next pope would be of Jewish origin since olives / olive tree were a common Roman symbol for Jedea/Palestine. Amazingly, one of the leading potential popes is a Jew. He is Cardinal Lustiger, the very popular Archbishop of Paris. It seems likely that he'll be the next pope and fulfill the prophecy of St.Malachy. But in April '96, something happened which gave the motto, "De Gloria Olive", even more depth.Lustiger still considers himself a Jew (I read this but have misplaced the reference).
"In Italy, April 21 '96, just 2-3 days after the crucial window of April 18-19, for the first time in 50 years, Center-left government was elected (voter turnout in the election was whopping 82.7%!). This was a MAJOR event for Italy, because one of the reasons Italy has had 55 governments in the last 50 years through all the political maneuvering by the Center-right was to prevent this from happening. But what's really stunning here is that the center-left coalition (which has the support of the former communists) that won the general election is called... "Olive Tree"! Now we're beginning to really see what the motto, "the glory of the olive tree", that St.Malachy gave to the next pope refers to!" www.concentric.net/~adachi/prophecy/prophecy.html
Found this on the net and it seems pertinent:
a=6 b=12 c=18 d=24 e=30 f=36 g=42 h=48 i=54 j=60 k=66 l=72 m=78 n=84 o=90 p=96 q=102 r=108 s=114 t=120 u=126 v=132 w=138 x=144 y=150 z=156For a very interesting "take" on all this goto: http://www.planet.net/ptgermine/
l=72 u=126 s=114 t=120 i=54 g=42 e=30 r=108
(The Unofficial 666 Faq, Arno van Goch, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just something to watch,
*How about the idea of a big one on a collision course with the earth? It'sI think this is a very real possibility. Along that same vein, I was checking things out regarding bride/wedding stuff and came up with this interesting bit that seems to tie in with Revelation 8:10-11:
*a topic for more and more films and tv shows. Imagine the terrible fear
*over the whole earth. "In those days, men's hearts will fail them (heart
*attacks) for fear of what is coming upon the earth."
"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter."Interestingly enough, the "test" to uncover adultery (Numbers 5:11-31) is the administration of bitter water--wormwood. Here are a few points regarding this taken from various sources:
February 27, 2001
PURIM, the feast instituted, according to the Book of Esther (9:2028), by Mordecai to celebrate the deliverance of the Jews from Haman's plot to kill them. Purim ("lots") is so called (Esth. 9:26) after the lots cast by Haman in order to determine the month in which the slaughter was to take place (Esth. 3:7). Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar, and in Hasmonean times it was known as the "Day of Mordecai" (II Macc. 15:36). The Jews of Shushan celebrated their deliverance on the 15th of Adar (Esth. 9:18), and this day became known as Shushan Purim. Out of respect for Jerusalem, it is said, the day is still kept by Jews living in cities which had a wall around them "from the days of Joshua" (Meg. l:1). Thus in present-day Israel Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem on the 15th, but in Tel Aviv on the 14th.--Encyclopaedia Judaica, CD-ROM Edition
Regarding the verses in Revelation that speak of a great mountain being thrown into the ocean and hail, etc. this makes me think of Jewish stoning. Again, the theme of a wife being found guilty of adultery comes into play here because such a woman would be stoned. First, the witnesses (usually 2), would tie the person's hands behind their backs, then throw them off a projection (usually the height of 2 men) and this made me think of Rev 12:9 (the dragon and his angels **cast** to earth). If this didn't kill the person, one witness would throw a huge stone on the offending person's chest (Rev 8:8--a great mountain cast into the sea). If this didn't kill them, then all Israel was to come and throw stones at the person until they died (Rev 16:21--great hail out of heaven). Is the earth being stoned from heaven?
ANGELUS ADDRESS AT ST. PETER´S SQUARE
Pope Calls for Recitation of Rosary to End Terrorism
VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 30, 2001 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address John Paul II gave before leading pilgrims in praying the midday Angelus today.
Dearest Brothers and Sisters!
1. The celebration of the opening of the working sessions of the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops ended a short time ago in St. Peter´s Basilica. This important ecclesial meeting will continue throughout the month of October, missionary month, being especially propitious to reflect on the mission of bishops in the context of the new evangelization.
2. October is the month in which Mary Most Holy, Queen of the Holy Rosary, is venerated. Given the present international context, I appeal to all -- individuals, families and communities -- to pray the rosary for peace, if possible daily, so that the world will be preserved from the dreadful scourge of terrorism. The terrible tragedy of last Sept. 11 will be remembered as a dark day in the history of humanity. In the face of this, the Church intends to be faithful to her prophetic charism and reminds all men of their duty to build a future of peace for the human family. Of course, peace is not separate from justice, but the latter must always be carried out with mercy and love.
We cannot forget that Jews, Christians and Muslims adore the One God. Therefore, the three religions have the vocation to unity and peace. May God grant the faithful of the Church to be in the front line in the search for justice, in the rejection of violence, and in the commitment to be agents of peace. May the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, intercede for the whole of humanity, so that hatred and death will never have the last word!
3. I now turn in thought to Italian families, as the meeting approaches that will be held in St. Peter´s Square on Saturday the 20th, and Sunday the 21st of October, on the occasion of the beatification of the spouses Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi. Dear families, for the first time two spouses attain together, as a couple, the goal of beatification, and I expect many to be present at this happy circumstance. This event is taking place 20 years after the publication of the apostolic exhortation "Familiaris Consortio," which focused on the role of the family, especially threatened in present-day society. In Italy also, where the family has always been the point of reference and fundamental resource, disintegrative tendencies are growing and attempts are being made to equate the institution of the family based on matrimony with other forms of living together. This is why families and their associations must become promoters of a new stage of commitment for an effective d! efense of family values.
May Mary, whom we are about to invoke in reciting the Angelus, hear the multiple intentions of our prayer today.
[Translation by ZENIT]
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.Rosary, a chaplet of roses or beads used as an aid to memory in the repeating of prayers, as the Paternosters and Ave Marias. There are various patterns in use; one is a rosary of fifty-five beads, fifty small ones for the Ave Marias, separated into groups of ten by five large ones to mark Paternosters. Hindus, Mohammedans, and Buddhists all employ the rosary. The name is also given to a series of prayers ("Rosary of the Blessed Virgin") consisting of fifteen decades, comprising fifteen paternosters and doxologies, and 150 Ave Marias, divided into three parts.--Universal Standard Encyclopedia
Brink, Matthew Commentary:
7. Babbling like pagans. 'Babbling' means empty talk, chatter. These careless words are closely connected with the multiplicity of words with which the pagans hope to be heard. They taught, as did some rabbis, that uninterrupted repetitions assured that prayer would be heard. The Pharisees too usually prayed for a long time (Mark 12:40). Their prayers were formal, without paying too much attention to the content. The prayers were said instead of being prayed from the heart. Jesus condemns these practises.
Peoples New Testament Notes:
Use not vain repetitions as the heathen do. What is forbidden is not much praying, nor praying in the same words (the Lord did both), but making the number of prayers, length of prayers, or time spent in praying, a point of observance and of merit. #1Ki 18:26 gives an example of the repetitions of the heathen. Mohammedans and Catholics still hold that there is merit in repeating certain prayers a set number of times.
"We cannot forget that Jews, Christians and Muslims adore the One God."
Jews pray to Hashem, the God of Torah/Bible.
The word Christian for our purposes here will be divided into two groups: Roman Catholic and non-Roman Catholic. Roman Catholics pray to Mary first who then, in turn, prays with/to Jesus. Non-Roman Catholics pray to Jesus/God of the Bible.
Muslims pray to Allah, the moon god in the pantheon of gods of Mohammed's day.
Therefore the statement above should read: "Jews, Christians and Muslims adore Hashem, Mary, Jesus/God, Allah" and we should take note that these are not all the same thing. The only mediator between man and God is Jesus so being asked to pray to anyone else is against what the Bible teaches and is the traditions of men being promoted over the Word of God. There should be no unity between the clean and unclean for the unclean pollutes the whole.
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