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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Fatima: antidote to the crisis, bailouts not the answer

June 22, 2009
June 19, 2009
The Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader and 1989 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, visited the Fatima shrine to take part in a peace meeting of religious leaders in November, 2001. The Buddhist representative toured the shrine and basilica, visiting the tombs of two Fatima visionaries, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco, and placed a flower at the feet of a statue of the Virgin Mary in the chapel of the Apparitions and spoke words of peace to all present.
Today, religious leaders continue to speak of peace, but also solidarity as part of Our Lady of Fatima’s antidote to the world’s economic and spiritual crisis.
The Virgin Mary keeps alive attitudes that combat the economic crisis and the lack of values in the world, says Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga who directs Caritas Internationalis. The cardinal spoke on the May 13, 2009 anniversary about the ongoing importance of the Fatima message, and reflects on the attitudes the Virgin teaches as the Church marks 92 years since the first of Our Lady's apparitions there.
At a Mass he celebrated with some 20 bishops and 360 priests, as well as thousands of faithful, the cardinal said, "Our world finds itself immersed in deep crises of faith, ethics and humanity, and it seems to have lost its moral orientation. The financial crisis that we are living is just one sign of that."
According to the Portuguese news agency Ecclesia, the cardinal remarked that the "invisible hand that supposedly had to guide the market has become a dishonest hand, full of greed."
"We no longer know where the limit is between good and evil," he added.
But in this situation, the cardinal affirmed, "Mary helps to keep alive the attitudes of attention, service, gift and gratuitousness."
"With the example and the help of the Virgin, Christian communities continue the mission of bringing [people] to an encounter with Christ, and because of this, we invoke her again as the Star of the new evangelization," Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga said.
Some 200,000 people gathered in the chill Monday evening at the sanctuary of Fatima, for a candlelight procession and a Mass also celebrated by the cardinal. It was followed by a prayer vigil that lasted until 7 a.m. today.
Love "is the best medicine against egotism and self-sufficiency," the cardinal said in that homily.
Monday during a press conference he affirmed that "solidarity is a value that is especially necessary in these times."
Only when we "go out of ourselves and look around at the others can we think of solutions for the crisis," he contended, adding that bailouts are not the answer.
"We are aware that only with dialogue is it possible to avoid reducing globalization to its economic aspect," the Honduran prelate continued. "A globalization that excludes is an evil for society."
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