ABOVE THE MURAL OF ANNUNCIATION by Barry Chamish
The pope had a lousy time in Israel. The plans for Pres. Peres to hand him sovereignty over six places in the land were shattered thanks, in no small part, to my longterm readers like Dr. Daisy Stern, Bob Kunst and Prof. Hillel Weiss. They successfully informed the Israeli public of Peres' Vatican perfidy. And as for the Peres/Papal land seizure, curses, foiled again! The pope was plenty ticked by his disappointment and immediately blamed Israel for his crummy tour:
13:27 , 05.21.09
Vatican seeks answers for low turnout for pope's Jerusalem mass
Roman Catholic Church officials say they would like an explanation from Israel for the poor turnout at Pope Benedict XVI's open-air mass in Jerusalem last week.
Monsignor Antonio Franco, the papal nuncio in the Holy Land, said Thursday that church officials are still trying to figure out what happened. He says he's received reports that worshipers with tickets were turned away at the entrance while others received their tickets too late. Some 5,000 worshippers expected at the May 12 mass next to the Garden of Gethsemane but no more than 3,000 people arrived. (Reuters)
So while the pope was stuck in his dead end Israeli jaunt, a new road to get what he wants was presented to the world:
Rome to host Mideast council
Permanent forum to be based at Ara Pacis, symbol of peace
(ANSA) - Jerusalem, May 19 - Rome is to host a permanent council for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation, the city's mayor, Gianni Alemanno, announced on Tuesday.
Speaking after a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Alemanno said the council would be located at Rome's 2,000-year-old symbol of peace, the Ara Pacis. ''The idea is to set up a permanent office at the Ara Pacis, providing a permanent, complete council tasked with working towards reconciliation,'' said the mayor. Alemanno said he would also discuss the idea with Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later on Tuesday.
The mayor said he hoped to launch the council on April 21, 2010, the birthday of Rome's mythical founding, in an event attended by political and religious leaders. Saying he was hopeful Pope Benedict XVI would be there, Alemanno explained that Peres had ''underlined the importance of involving leading world figures in such an initiative, which Rome is ideally placed to do''. According to Alemanno, a similar idea was raised over a year ago but was shelved during the change of government in May 2008.
Peres has reportedly said he will write to Premier Silvio Berlusconi to personally request his support for the initiative. Alemanno's announcement about the Rome council comes at the end of a visit that has seen him trying to forge closer ties with the area.
On Monday he joined his Jerusalem counterpart Nir Barkat for a ceremony in which a small square near Jerusalem's Italian synagogue was renamed 'Piazza Roma'.
The traditionally Jewish quarter of Rome will soon see one of its squares renamed Piazza Jerusalem. During his visit Alemanno also confirmed that the Palestinian National Authority is to get a permanent embassy in Rome.
The Palestinian embassy has moved around for the last ten years but will now be located ''in a prestigious building'' in the city's San Giovanni neighbourhood, the mayor said. The Ara Pacis, meaning Altar of Peace, was commissioned in 13 BC to celebrate peace throughout the Roman Empire under the Emperor Augustus. It was completed in 9 BC, 23 years before Augustus's death at the age of 76 in 14 AD.
My friend Michael from Australia called this week, just returned from his pilgrimage to Israel. He followed the pope's journey in part, visiting Nazareth's Church Of The Annunciation where the pope said a few good words on May 14. He was shocked by, well, here are his words and photo:
This is the photo taken in the Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth in
However Pope B16 did pray on 14th May under this mural, which clearly
contains the all-seeing eye or the Eye of Horus.
for another look: http://www.superstock.co.uk/stock-photos-images/1269-1169A
The Church of the Annunciation was dedicated by Pope Paul VI on his trip to Israel in 1964 and completed in 1969. It was built over the ruins of previous churches which chose this spot as the holy place where the angel Gabriel found Mary in a grotto and informed her that she would soon give birth to Jesus. The mural appears to feature Jesus, Gabriel and Mary together, a miracle since Jesus wasn't alive at the time.
But it isn't the mural that is so damning of Vatican symbolism as the adjunct above it. Secured to the wall directly above the head of Jesus, is an all seeing eye, resting on, apparently, eagle wings. Although Roman legions marched under banners of eagle wings, some early Christians adopted the wings, turning them now into their symbol for the ascension. But NO Christians, then or now, and certainly not Jesus, had any use for the occult symbolism of the Eye of Horus.
ALL-SEEING EYE: A universal symbol representing spiritual sight, inner vision, higher knowledge, insight into occult mysteries. Look at your $1 bill.
EYE in top Triangle of the PYRAMID: Masonic symbol for the all-seeing eye of god - an mystical distortion of the omniscient (all-knowing) Biblical God.
Above main mural of Nazareth's Church of the Annunciation is not just the all seeing eye, but it is ensconced within a pyramid. The eye and pyramid are the most prominent artwork of the church. The stare directly above the pope, or anyone standing at the main altar, down through Jesus, forcing the worshipers to be reminded that it is mysticism which rules the universe, and definitely not God.
One of the members of this list is sending me 60 copies of a very valuable book, The Vatican's Holocaust by Avro Manhattan.
It tells the horrifying story of the worst religious holocaust of the 20th century. I asked him to send me a copy before I went to bat for it. I was astounded. 237 pages, filled with rare photos. And...It's yours for free. The only cost will be postage, envelopes, gas to the post office, say $6 in the States. Overseas the postage will be higher but the book itself is free.
Send me your mailing address and I'll get it to you.
I'll add my two Vatican DVDs, one recorded in Jerusalem, the other in Atlanta if you ask, a bit more money BUT without profit.
Don't let this pass you by. I repeat, a great, educational FREE BOOK. Just for you. Barry
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