Pope meets Palestinian Leader, Palestinian Embassy opens to the Vatican

The Pope may want to be cautious in opening his arms to Abbas. He wants to ensure that Jerusalem remains safe and sound? I am not sure throwing Israel under the bus is the road to go. He might want to go over the old Vatican records and review the history. Here we go:

abbasThe Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that prospects for peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

After the papal meeting, Abbas formally inaugurated the new Palestinian embassy across the street from one of the main gates of Vatican City. He pulled back a curtain revealing a plaque and extended the Palestinian flag from a flagpole outside a window.

The embassy, located in the same building as the embassies of Peru, Ecuador and Burkina Faso, comes after recent accords in which the Vatican formally recognized the “State of Palestine.”

“This embassy is a place of pride for us and we hope all of the countries of the world will recognize the state of Palestine, because this recognition will bring us closer to the peace process,” he said.

The developments came as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Pope Francis and inaugurated the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.

The Palestinians strongly oppose the U.S. embassy move, saying it would kill any hopes for negotiating an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and rile the region by undercutting Muslim and Christian claims to the holy city.

During the meeting, Abbas presented Francis with gifts recalling Christianity’s birthplace in the Holy Land, including a stone from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and documentation about the ongoing restoration of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. More at  Newsmax

Sunday Respite – God Bless America

We pray for God’s blessing on our beloved country as the torch of liberty is passed to a new President Donald J. Trump this week.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Sunday Respite ‘Let It Go’

For those of you who are experiencing what Winter has to offer, this may not warm you up. But the visuals are super. Have a wonderful day.

Let It Go (Disney’s “Frozen”) Vivaldi’s Winter – The Piano Guys

Recall Obama and his ‘Non-Religious’ Christmas and No Gifts for the kids

I thought today I would post a back in the day review of Obama and his non-religious fervor in 2009. Obama had arrived, and of course the Muslim thing was not discussed in polite company. But we had a couple of clues didn’t we?  Let’s take a look at his first Christmas. Later, by May, 2009 we would get a big clue. Obama’s cancellation of the national day of prayer.

But Obama has shown an unusual sensitivity toward atheists, the first president to mention non-believers in an inaugural address when he said, “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and non-believers.”

But I digressed.

Obama Plan ‘Non-Religious Christmas’ at WH FOX

President Obama and the First Family were planning a “non-religious
Christmas,”
according to Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. Ms. Rogers reportedly told a gathering of former social secretaries that the Obamas did not intend on putting the Nativity scene on display – a longtime East Room tradition.

The account was reported in the Fashion and Style section of The New York Times. The White House confirmed to the Times that there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive – but in the end – tradition won out – and the Nativity scene is once again in its traditional East Room spot.

Did you know that Obama does not celebrate Christmas? Obama Leaves the Gifting to Santa

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) tells People magazine in the issue out Friday that he and his wife, Michelle, do not give Christmas or birthday presents to their two young daughters.

Obama tells the magazine’s Sandra Sobieraj Westfall in a seven-page cover story that he and his wife follow the unusual practice because they “want to teach some limits.”

In the interview earlier this summer, Obama noted that they do spend “hundreds” of dollars on birthday slumber parties.

Michelle Obama told People: “Malia says, ‘I know there is a Santa because there’s no way you’d buy me all that stuff.’ ”

UPDATE: Jesus nearly banned at the White House Inn

Osanta

“The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House would display its crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display — a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood. (A White House official confirmed that there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.)”

Christmas – ‘For unto us a child is born’

Merry Christmas everyone. Have a wonderful day!

Handel -〈Messiah〉oratorio, HWV 56 / “For unto us a Child is born” (Stephen Cleobury)

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Christmas Eve

A very Merry Christmas to everyone!

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square, and Band of the United States Air Force Reserve with soloist Sandi Patty present “O Holy Night,” by Adolphe Adam and arranged by David T. Clydesdale.

Change is coming to America!

Something we can look forward to in just a month. We will be saying goodbye to the Obamas and all that came with them. I am taking a bit of a Holiday respite from the heavy politics and enjoying the season. I hope you are too.

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