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Pope lectures U.S. on taking in "migrants" while Vatican is protected by 40 ft. tall walls

hy·poc·ri·sy

noun: hypocrisy; plural noun: hypocrisies

  1. the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

Pope Francis looks at his watch
During his speech before Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Pope Francis lectured to Americans to embrace Middle East and North African “migrants” seeking to come into America.
“Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the second World War,” USA Today quotes Francis, including “thousands of persons (who) are led to travel north in search of a better life We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome.”
Vatican City, officially the Vatican City State, is a walled enclave of approximately 110 acres and a population of 842 within the city of Rome. The smallest internationally recognized independent state in the world, it is an ecclesiastical or sacerdotal-monarchical state ruled by the Bishop of Rome – the Pope.
Being separated from the city, on the west bank of the Tiber river, the area was an outcrop of the city that was protected by being included within the walls of Leo IV (847–55), and later expanded by the current fortification walls, built under Paul III (1534–49), Pius IV (1559–65) and Urban VIII (1623–44). (Wikipedia)
Here’s a scale model of Vatican City which is in the Vatican Museum:
Vatican City scale model
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And here are some pics of Vatican City’s massive walls. From the looks of the walls, I estimate them to be 36 to 40 feet tall.
Vatican wall1Vatican wall2Vatican wall3
H/t The American Mirror
On Sept. 18, Vatican Radio said Vatican City’s Santa Anna parish community took in ONE Syrian refugee family, consisting of a father, mother and their two children — members of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Damascus, Syria, who had arrived in Italy on September 6, the very same day when Pope Francis urged Europeans to open their doors to refugees. The Syrian family is living in an apartment belonging to the Vatican in the vicinity of St Peter’s Basilica.
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Take a Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel! Yea I stole it..LOL

 
OK, so I stole it. 😀
This  was originally posted by Dr. Eowyn  on May 22, 2011 . I just remembered, so why not have a look again for all that did not see. It really is amazing.
———————————-   Steve  ——————————————

While ideally it’s better to see the Sistine Chapel in person, this stunning virtual tour is almost as good. Besides, there are no crowds in the virtual tour! – not to mention you can’t see Michelangelo’s peerless artwork close up as you can in this tour. 😉

CLICK HERE  for the virtual tour.

Instructions:
    Just put your cursor (arrow) on any spot of the Sistine Chapel.
    While keeping your finger pressed on the left side of your mouse, drag the arrow in the direction you want.
    To magnify, click the plus (+) icon in the lower left of your screen.
    To move away or reduce the size of the image, click the minus (-) icon.
The choir is thrown in free!  Turn speakers up.
H/t my dear friend Bill.
~ Dr. Eowyn~

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Vatican Denounces Its Document Calling for a World Political Authority

A month ago, on October 24, the Vatican issued a curious document calling for the creation of a “supranational global political Authority” and a central world bank to manage and cure the ills of the world’s economies.
The proposal, Note on the reform of the international financial and monetary systems in the context of global public authority” (henceforth, “The Note”), also calls for a global “Robbin Hood” tax on financial transactions, called a “Tobin tax” after the name of its creator. This idea immediately was picked up by the UK’s Anglican primate Rowan Williams, who wrote an approving op/ed in the Financial Times. At the G20 summit in Cannes, the idea of this tax also popped up in some of the comments of Barack Obama and French president Nicholas Sarkozy, but nothing concrete was done about it.
Given the timing as well as the substance of The Note, which blames the ills of the global economy on the “excesses” of capitalism and reeks of a redux of the revolutionary socialist Liberation Theology that the Catholic Church under Pope John Paul II had explicitly abjured, many around the world saw the Vatican as lending support to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Cardinal Peter Turkson


The Note was not authored by the Pope but by the left-wing Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP), headed by 63-year-old native of Ghana, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, who had been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. Nevertheless, the PCJP is a part of the Roman Curia or the Holy See — the “episcopal jurisdiction” or central government of the Roman Catholic Church — and The Note liberally references and quotes past and present popes. Given all this, one could only conclude that The Note has the pope’s approval.
Not so.
Ten days after the publication of The Note, on November 4 in the Vatican, an emergency summit convened in the Roman Curia’s secretariat of state. The reason for the meeting: to do damage control on The Note that had disturbed many, inside and outside of the Vatican.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone


The secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 76, complained that he had not known about The Note until the last moment. Nor does the document have his approval. The summit concluded with an issuance of a “binding order” that would be transmitted to all of the offices of the curia: henceforth, nothing in writing would be released unless it had been inspected and authorized by the secretariat of state.
However, Chiesa Expresso’s reporter Sandro Magister rightly points out that:

“Of course, the fact that Bertone and his colleagues had seen that document only after its publication is astonishing in itself.

Already on October 19, in fact, five days ahead of time, the Vatican press office – which reports directly to the secretary of state – had made the announcement of the press conference to present the document, at which the speakers would be Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, president of the pontifical council for justice and peace, and Bishop Mario Toso, the council’s secretary.

Toso, a Salesian like Bertone and his longtime friend, was chosen for this office by the cardinal secretary of state himself.”

What all this means is I had suspected. The Catholic Church, like every organization, is factionalized. The Note is the work of a liberal faction within the Vatican, whose views, beliefs and prescriptions are not those of the Church’s Secretariat of State.
Given the advanced age of Pope Benedict XVI (he will be 85 years old next April), factional differences and contention as displayed in the disagreement over The Note are not insignificant and promise to shape the future direction of the Church itself.

As a footnote, the Holy See is located in Vatican City, Rome. For the central government of the Catholic Church, the Holy See has a very small staff of 2,750 employees, most of whom work in departments and offices scattered throughout the city of Rome. Only one office — the Secretariat of State — is situated within Vatican City.
For many months now, every day, without fail, our ClustrMap tells us that Fellowship of the Minds (FOTM) is read by someone(s) in the Holy See, Vatican City. Since the Secretariat of State is the only department of the Holy See which is physically located in Vatican City, I can only assume that whoever that checks in with FOTM every day is someone from the Secretariat of State.
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~Eowyn

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Take a Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel!

One of the greatest piece(s) of art in human history is the Sistine Chapel (Capella Sixtina) in Vatican City, Rome.

The chapel is famous for its frescoes by Renaissance artists Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. Although Michelangelo resented the commission and had a tempestuous relationship with Julius, today his paintings on the Sistine’s ceiling are widely hailed as his crowning achievement in painting. (Michelangelo is also celebrated for his sculptures, especially the Pietà and David.)

Michelangelo's La Pieta, in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

While ideally it’s better to see the Sistine Chapel in person, this stunning virtual tour is almost as good. Besides, there are no crowds in the virtual tour! – not to mention you can’t see Michelangelo’s peerless artwork close up as you can in this tour. 😉

CLICK HERE for the virtual tour.

Instructions:

  • Just put your cursor (arrow) on any spot of the Sistine Chapel.
  • While keeping your finger pressed on the left side of your mouse, drag the arrow in the direction you want.
  • To magnify, click the plus (+) icon in the lower left of your screen.
  • To move away or reduce the size of the image, click the minus (-) icon.

The choir is thrown in free!

H/t my dear friend Bill.

~Eowyn

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