Thursday, November 13, 2008

Lula meets Pope

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, during a meeting at the Vatican, Thursday Nov. 13, 2008. The Vatican and Brazil have signed a landmark agreement that will allow religious education in the public schools of the world's largest Catholic country. The deal was finalized during a visit to the Vatican Thursday by Brazil's President Luiz Onacio Lula da Silva. He met with Pope Benedict XVI and then joined a signing ceremony.
.... and exchanged gifts

7 comments:

Ponte Sisto said...

Call me a snob, but looking at what's on offer, and if I were the Pope, I'd keep mine. :-)

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Religion in public schools....but then again, that can be gotten away with if your nation is 90% Catholic. Hopefully this can spread to other countries...and the teachers teach the Faith, faithfully.

Ottaviani said...

But what "religion" will they teach in these schools? Will they teach the Catholic faith, in a country that is already infested with heretical evangelical sects?

Why does the sovereign pontiff have to sign an agreement with what was once a Catholic nation, to teach the faith in schools?

I don't think Pope Benedict can expect an honest agreement from a left-wing president...

Henry said...

I hope that religious education in Brazilian schools will be more effective than it is in Catholic schools nearer to home. How many children who have been to Catholic schools ever come to church after they have been confirmed?

Marc Datz(Ukrainian Greek Catholic)(US) said...

It's a move towards the better! It's good to see a nation back religious education, hopefully correct Catholic education, in its public schools. The idea to present it as an agreement between Brazil and the Vatican is an excellent example for other governments and countries to follow. It's a public relations triumph!

I think the agreement signed between the Pope and President De Silva, reinforces Brazil's commitment to teach the Faith from the Catholic Cathecism.

Let us not worry about the infestations of the heretical sects, but pray for Catholic Orthodox to prevail! Let us also pray for world-wide acceptance!! Peace and Love to All!!!

Michael Barratt said...

What ARE those gifts? I agree with ponte sisto.

Ponte Sisto said...

I really must get my eyes tested. When the comments for this post came through in Outlook, I was convinced it said, "LULU meets Pope" and it got me wondering whether he was to be entertained with her trademark song, a selection of the lyrics to follow:

Well.......
You make me wanna shout
Look my hands jumpin'
Look my heart's thumpin'
Throw my head back
Come on now.

Don't forget to say you will
Don't forget to shout
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Say you will,(throw your head back)
Say you will,(Come on now , come on now)
Say you will,(throw your head back)
whooo
Say you will,(Come on now)

(say) oh come now
(say) oh come now
(say) oh come now
(say) oh come now

You make me wanna shout
whoo shout
whoo shout
whoo shout
whoo shout
all right all right all right
take it easy take it easy take it easy
all right all right all right

Hey hey hey hey( Hey hey hey hey)
Hey hey hey hey(Hey hey hey hey)
Hey hey hey hey( Hey hey hey hey)
Hey hey hey hey(Hey hey hey hey)

shout now. jump up and shout now, everybody shout now, everybody shout now
everybody shout shout shout shout shout shout

well i fell alright.

BTW, Father, your name has again entered the Westminster stakes over on Holy Smoke. Shall I polish up those American-style election buttons again? ;-)

Sorry, for lowering the tone.