First time he has been seen publicly since August 2018
All the usual suspects were there: Michael Matt, Roberto de Mattei, José Antonio Ureta, Jeanne Smits, John-Henry Westen, and Alexander Tschugguel.
Three years ago, Pope Francis issued a statement about Climate Change – thus I taped a short message to His Holiness Pope Francis – inviting him to Greenland – so he himself could see the severity of the Climate Change since Kalaallit Nunaat – The Land of the People – Greenland – is the Ground Zero of Climate Change.
On the Third Year Anniversary of the Pope’s Statement on Climate Change, a big Gathering was being held in the Vatican during the 5 and 6 July this year –
Me – I was instructed by our beloved Father Aataa Aataqqii – Attattarallak – since I was young – that ‘never go without being invited’ – thus I did not apply to participate –
July 05, I was a guest speaker at the 18th Anniversary of Earth Charter in Doorn in Nederland – I left Rome during the afternoon – as I arrived at the Rom Airport I received a note from the Vatican that they have found a space for me to attend the Gathering –
I did my work in the Netherlands and left for Amsterdam Airport to return to Rome and arrived by 0200 – by 0600 I was in the Vatican and after registration looked for some coffee – by 0700 it was announced that all participants will be walking to another locale where His Holiness Pope Francis will address the participants –
After his talk – it was announced that the Pope wants to greet every participant – thus one by one we were greeted by His Holiness the Pope –
Here are few of the pictures of my meeting and greeting with Pope Francis – Now people are working on that His Holiness the Pope and I will have a personal meeting later this year.
Angaangaq´s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis in the Vatican, Ice Wisdom, (4 August 2018).
"Yip" Harburg speaking of the tribe he waged musical warfare with:
"...song is the most powerful weapon there is ... Songs have been the not-so-secret weapon behind every fight for freedom, every struggle against injustice and bigotry. Give me the makers of the songs of a nation and I care not who makes its laws ... A song can degrade your culture; debase your language ..."
Our tribe of songsmiths always wrote for our peers. We were very much ashamed of ourselves if we wrote something clichéd, if we took an idea from another person. By “our tribe,” I’m talking about Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Hart, Dietz, all those people who got together every week, usually at George Gershwin’s house, and we could more or less compare the things we were working on.Cole Porter: Worcester Academy, Yale, Scroll and Key (OSS/CIA), Delta Kappa Epsilon, Harvard Law School (founded by Royall slave trader/owner family)
Philip Roth “said that he called [Irving] Berlin a genius, having de-Christed the major Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter, with his two songs ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Easter Parade.’ They had nothing about Jesus… Roth also called ‘White Christmas’ ‘schlockified Christianity.’”
How Jewish-American immigrant Irving Berlin started a Christmas revolution, The Times of Israel, (24 December 2019)
“From day one, I have said this opportunity is given by God. Because if you analyse it rationally, you may not want to do this job – there are a lot of difficulties, sacrifices that may need to be made. But as God called upon me – to say that I am needed to continue serving Hong Kong society at this moment – I made my response.”
“I’ve said in public that regardless of their political affiliations, as long as that individual has the ability and is willing to serve, and his philosophy is aligned with mine, then I would be more than happy to invite him or her to join the politically appointed team.”
Newly elected Carrie Lam reiterates that God called upon her to run, as she begins forming cabinet, Hong Kong Free Press, 30 March 2017
“Working in the SAR government [Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China], when you insist on doing the work of righteousness, you’ll often be given a hard time.”
“Some said that the eighth blessing applies very well to me – it says, ‘blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ – there is already a place reserved for me in heaven.”
Chief Sec. Carrie Lam says there is a place reserved for her in heaven, Hong Kong Free Press, 2 November 2015
“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” a senior Vatican official has said.
Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist state as “extraordinary”, saying: “You do not have shantytowns, you do not have drugs, young people do not take drugs”. Instead, there is a “positive national conscience”.
The bishop told the Spanish-language edition of Vatican Insider that in China “the economy does not dominate politics, as happens in the United States, something Americans themselves would say.”
Bishop Sánchez Sorondo said that China was implementing Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ better than many other countries and praised it for defending Paris Climate Accord. “In that, it is assuming a moral leadership that others have abandoned”, he added.
As part of the diplomacy efforts, Bishop Sánchez Sorondo visited the country. “What I found was an extraordinary China,” he said. “What people don’t realise is that the central value in China is work, work, work. There’s no other way, fundamentally it is like St Paul said: he who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat.”
‘China is the best implementer of Catholic social doctrine,’ says Vatican bishop, Catholic Herald, 6 February 2018
“I would like to go to Beijing, I love China.”
Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Japan, Catholic News Agency, 26 November 2019
As a footnote, we, as Hebrew speaking Catholics can express a certain disappointment with the volume. Despite considerable progress in dialogue between Jews and Christians, the publishers chose to maintain a traditional vocabulary about Christianity, using the word “Yeshu” to translate Jesus and the word ‘komer” to translate the word “priest”.* Both these words are the product of centuries of polemics that we hopefully can begin to leave behind us.
At a time that Israel witnesses a series of hate crimes against Christians, the book bears witness though to the friendship, intimate conversation, mutual respect and collaboration that have developed between Jews and Catholics in the more recent past.
* “Yeshu” instead of “Yeshu’a” is a perversion of the name of Jesus in Hebrew and was used as a polemical curse, an acronym short for “May his name and memory be erased”. The word “komer” is used in the Old Testament only for priests that worship idols. The neutral word for priest is “kohen”.
Bergoglio and Skorka in Hebrew, Saint James Vicariate For Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel, (date unspecified)