Bad news and good news
20 October 2000 09:04
Archbishop Milingo has provided continual support for Vassula. The
following news has appeared on CNN. To balance the bad with the good, a
second item, an address by the Mayor of Jerusalem to an International
Christian gathering earlier this week, is copied also.
First, the bad news.....
October 18, 2000
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- An African bishop who has run up against church
officials over the years for his faith-healing practices has now lost his
The Vatican confirmed that Emmanuel Milingo, 70, was quietly removed from
his position as a special delegate on immigrant matters. Pope John Paul II
brought Milingo to the Vatican in 1983 and gave him that title after he was
removed as archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia.
Since coming to Rome, Milingo has attracted thousands of people from across
Europe seeking cures for cancer and AIDS. He also has performed exorcisms.
Friends of Milingo on Wednesday circulated a letter addressed to the pope
and other Vatican officials contesting his dismissal, the ANSA news agency
said. The Vatican said it had no comment.
The letter said the firing was the work of a "small but powerful" group that
"will have to account for its actions to the faithful."
Several Italian archbishops, including Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of
Milan, have barred Milingo from celebrating Mass in their territory.
Martini said the action was prompted by numerous complaints over the "style"
of the ceremonies and the behavior of his followers.
and now the good news.....
from ICEJ NEWS - 10/17/2000 http://www.icej.org
ADDRESS BY MR. EHUD OLMERT, MAYOR OF JERUSALEM, AT THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES
IN JERUSALEM, 16 OCTOBER 2000
You don't know how happy I am to see all of you here. It's so great. Thank
you for being here.
A few days ago, one of my assistants called me with some concern. He said,
"As a result of all these events which took place here in recent weeks,
there are many cancellations, and many visitors that were scheduled to come
to Jerusalem, did not come. Now tell me what will happen with the Feast of
the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem: Will they come?"
And I said, "All of them will come! I have no doubt in my heart." And I
said, "And I'll tell you why they come. They come because they know that we
are waiting for them; they come because they know that we need them here;
they come because they love Jerusalem. They come because Jerusalem is in
their heart, deep in their heart. They come because they love God and God
.......... Do you know that the quietest
place, the quietest place, in all of Israel, in the last two weeks, was
here? Quietest. It is true. It is true. We had some riots on Temple Mount by
people that came from the outside, instigated, incited, who perpetrate some
riots, and start attacks. But, the people in Jerusalem, they understand
Jerusalem better that anyone else. They know that this city will never
tolerate anyone that will try to divide it, and to harm it, because God will
not permit it! And that's why, they all, the citizens of Jerusalem, were
very quiet, and very restrained, and very relaxed.
And I tell you something: I know it is hard to say it on these days because
so many things seem to be so complex and so difficult and so threatening and
so hard. And yet I know that you feel in your heart, deep in your heart,
what I feel, that soon, sometime in the near future, the light will spread
all over this city in a way that really is possible only in this, God's
city, in Jerusalem. And the whole world will understand it. The whole world
will see it. The whole world will feel it, because this city is the source
and the basis of everything for us, and I know that for you as well. And
that's why we are sisters and brothers in our blood and in our heart.
I know that all these hard weeks, that might take some time before things
will relax and return into a normal pace. They are an experiment [test].
Another experiment [test] that we have to go through. But this experiment
[test] will prepare us, better, all of us, for the great days that are
waiting for us in Jerusalem. And that's why I'm so excited and I'm so happy
that all of you people, that come from so many different countries. You don'
t care what they write in the papers! You don't care what they say on the
televisions. You don't mind what they say on the radios. You don't mind for
the political rhetoric. You listen to the Word of God, and you listen to the
words that tell you, and tell us, that we have a great vision to protect
this city, to keep it a one city, not as a divided city, as a strong city
not as a weak city, and a city that gives inspiration, and that gives
strength and belief to all of us, here, and from here, across the whole
Tomorrow afternoon, I'm going to sit near the city hall and wait for you
when you will come, on the Jerusalem parade. I like it so much. You add to
this parade the colours, the enthusiasm, the joy and the love, which makes
our life in Jerusalem richer and brighter. And therefore, on behalf of the
city of Jerusalem, I have this great privilege to thank you, to congratulate
you for the twentieth anniversary of the International Christian Embassy
here in Jerusalem. I may only want to ask you one thing: Don't leave! Stay
here. We love you here. We want you here. Don't go away! Bring more of your
friends, so that we will all be together, and we will celebrate together,
and we will strengthen this city, and build this city, and defend this city,
and make sure that it is ready for the great days that will come for all of
us. Thank you very much.
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