There’s No Appeasing These People…

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in a meeting at his Muqata compound in Ramallah, where he rejected both Israel's exclusive rights to Jerusalem and its status as a Jewish state.

Abbas: Will Not Recognize Israel as Jewish State; Palestine Capital Must Be E. Jerusalem for Peace:

Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech to supporters this past weekend that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and he will not sign a peace deal that does not include eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the Jewish Press website reports today (January 13, 2014).

The Palestinian Authority chairman made the inflammatory remarks on January 11 during a visit by hundreds of Palestinian activists to his Ramallah headquarters in Samaria.

Abbas also told the delegation that without East Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state, there will be “no peace between us and Israel.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he will not sign a peace agreement unless the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.



Speaking of the Catholic Church…

The Scarlet is Served – Pope Reveals 19 New Cardinals:

With nary a leak on the timing, at the Noon Angelus on this feast of the Baptism of the Lord Pope Francis unveiled the biglietto of 19 prelates – 16 electors, three “honorary” picks over age 80 – to whom he’ll give the red hat at his first Consistory on February 22nd…

…and in the order of precedence by which they’ll be elevated, here’s the list as given by Francis – first, the electors:
Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State (Italy)

Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops (Italy)

Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Germany)

Archbishop Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy (Italy)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster (Great Britain)

Archbishop Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano of Managua (Nicaragua)

Archbishop Gérald Cyprien Lacroix of Québec (Canada)

Archbishop Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)

Archbishop Orani João Tempesta, O.Cist. of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia-Città della Pieve (Italy)

Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo Jung of Seoul (South Korea)

Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello SDB of Santiago de Chile

Archbishop Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI of Cotabato (Philippines)

Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes (Haïti)

…and the three cardinals-designate over 80:

Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla

Archbishop Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, CMF, emeritus of Pamplona (Spain)

Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix, emeritus of Castries (St Lucia/Dominica)

In making the announcement, Francis confirmed that – as previously noted, and continuing the tradition begun by his predecessor – a two-day consultation will be held with the entire College on 20-21 February.

For the second time in two weeks, in light of October’s Extraordinary Synod on the topic, “the theme of the family” was the only subject the Pope indicated for the discussions, but others are likely to arise.

The new cardinals will concelebrate Mass with the Pope on the 23rd. While that rite used to be the “Mass of the Rings,” a revision of the rites at the Consistory of February 2012 moved the conferral of the redesigned gold band (left) right alongside the giving of the red hat itself.

The whole news post here.



Day of Prayer for Benedict XVI

And missed he is.

To mark the first anniversary of the end of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 28, 2014, the Italian blog “La Vigna del Signore” (The Vineyard of the Lord) has launched a “Day of Prayer for Pope Benedict.”The organizers say it is a “way to remember and celebrate the historic resignation from the Petrine ministry of Pope Ratzinger, praying with and for Benedict.”

Anyone can take part in the prayer at any time of the day, offering a special intention for the Pope emeritus…

They can stop for a short personal prayer, or choose moments when Benedict XVI usually prays during the day: 7.00 Mass / 7:30 Morning Prayer, Office of Readings and Midday Prayer, 12:00 Angelus and Midday Prayer, 15:00 Rosary, 18:00 to 19:00 Vespers, Compline 22:30.

The organizers of the initiative, launched on Facebook, are also preparing an online brochure with the texts of all the prayers of the day, along with a special recitation of the Rosary. The meditations on the mysteries will be taken from the Magisterium of Benedict XVI.

On the NET:

Day of Prayer for Benedict XVI on Facebook. (Italian)

Pope Benedict XVI (Reuters / Tony Gentile)