Church Aiding East-Timor Development

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Benedict XVI and the president of Timor-Leste discussed the role of the Church in education and the fight against poverty on that island nation.

José Ramos-Horta visited the Pope today in the Vatican. He then met with the Holy Father’s secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and the secretary for relations with states, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.

The Vatican press office reported: “During the discussions, mention was made of the cordial relations between the Holy See and the Democratic Republic of East Timor, and of the cooperation between the Catholic Church and the state in the fields of education, health care, and the struggle against poverty.

“The political and social situation of the country was also examined, with particular emphasis given to the process of national reconciliation and to the support of the international community for the consolidation of democratic institutions”

Timor-Leste has a population of just over 1 million, some 98% of whom are Catholic.

Ramos-Horta won the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize.

2 thoughts on “Church Aiding East-Timor Development

    Pray for Ramos Horta « Templar Globe said:
    February 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    […] José Ramos Horta, President of East-Timor, Nobel Peace Prize winner and a good friend of the Order was shot yesterday in an attempted coup by rebels. He remains in a serious condition. We ask that all members of the Order and friends include Mr. Ramos Horta in their prayers for a fast and complete recovery. […]

    seamus breathnach said:
    February 20, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    The report says:

    ‘Benedict XVI and the president of Timor-Leste discussed the role of the Church in education and the fight against poverty on that island nation’.

    Most of my life I have been hearing this and other fairy tales like it. Not too long ago the Phillipines were singing the same old tune. The nuns have the native people swinging it in the streets.

    East Timor has the same problem that all Latin American and Asian countries and countries with violence have — they have Catholicism, the disease that rots from within.

    I read recently that some Irish people are going out to ‘advise’ the East Timorese about their problems. Let me say that the Irish Republic is and has ever been a Roman Fief. It is run from a red phone somewhere in the Vatican. If the Irish are going out to ‘help’, then you can be sure there that the family silver will find its way back to Der Papst!

    Seamus Breathnach

    http://www.irish-criminology.com

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