jeudi 23 août 2012

Invitation "Symphony to religious freedom". Palais des Nations, 25 septembre.

Voici une invitation pour le mardi 25 septembre à 18 h. au Palais des Nations. Les personnes qui souhaitent venir à ce concert doivent :
1. L'imprimer et l'avoir avec eux pour rentrer aux Nations Unies (se munir d'une pièce d'identité).

2. Donner leur nom et prénom sur l'adresse mail ad-hoc qui figure sur l'invitation (s'inscrire).

Cette manifestation est co-organisée par la Mission de l'Ordre de Malte auprès des Nations Unies à Genève.


Each invitation valid for two people. Please bring photo identification,
together with this invitation, to the Pregny Gate. No parking
available for non-accredited vehicles.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Monsignor Silvano M. Tomasi
Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office
and Permanent Delegate to other international organizations in Geneva
in cooperation with the Permanent Missions of Greece, the Kingdom of Morocco, the
Lebanese Republic, Republic of Armenia, Romania, the Permanent Delegation of the
Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Permanent Observation Mission of Palestine
have the pleasure to invite a concert
A Symphony to Religious Freedom
An European Creation by Armando Pierucci performed by the Duni Choir and Orchestra
of the Conservatory of Music of Matera (IT) and with twelve Soloists from the Middle East
Programme: Tuesday 25 September 2012
«Tala Àl Badru Àlaina» - Muslim Tradition at 6:00 p.m.
«Ashrei» - Jewish Tradition
«Kyrie» - Armenian Tradition
The concert will be followed by a reception
«Trisaghion» - Greek byzantine Tradition
«Nachid Al Cheroubim» - Arabic byzantine Tradition
«Creed» - Russian Tradition
«Brunn alles Heils» - Protestant Tradition
Palais des Nations
Assembly Hall
Entry: Pregny Gate, Door 15
«Sanctus» - Armenian Tradition
«Abun Dashmayo» - Syrian Tradition
«Egziu Marahenna Krestos» - Ethiopian Tradition
«Apuro» - Coptic Tradition
«Gethsemane» - Chaldean Tradition
«Salwa El Qulubi» - Maronite Tradition
Please RSVP at
Invitation valid for two people. Please bring photo identification,
together with this invitation, to the Pregny Gate. No parking
available for non-accredited vehicles.

for baritone soloist, mixed choir with four voices,
flute and string orchestra
Composer: Armando Pierucci, ofm
Duni Choir and Orchestra of the Conservatory of Music of Matera (I)
Director: Carmine Antonio Catenazzo
Baritone: Carlo Rotunno

a message of Peace coming from Jerusalem
Foundation Caritas in Veritate, Fribourg, Switzerland
Conservatory of Music of Matera, Italy
Association for the Promotion of Reconciliation, Unity and Peace,
beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem, Geneva, Switzerland
At a time that is scarred by increased persecution and discrimination, by terrible acts of violence and religious intolerance - often costing lives - or by
apparently softer but more sophisticated forms of prejudice and opposition against the faithful and their religious symbols, the Symphony to Religious
Freedom aims to be a testimony and a call to the governments and people of good will to renew their commitment to support religious freedom, a
principle set forth in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A recent Pew study shows that over 70% of the world’s population live in countries where religious freedom is not guaranteed. The current
international situation glaringly shows the importance of religious freedom for peace. Denying religious freedom leads ultimately to the denial of a
true and lasting peace for the whole human family.
The Symphony to Religious Freedom was written in Jerusalem and is inspired by musical themes from different religious traditions, gathered into a
symphony. It thus brings together differing ancient traditions from Jerusalem and the Middle East, where the faithful have learned to live their diversity
and their differences in a peaceful way, which, even though it has not been easy, has at least been a reality over the centuries. Where better than in
Jerusalem, with its Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, can the importance of religious freedom and peace be measured in a tangible way?
The promoters of this cultural project wish to share, with both the religious and secular authorities, their belief in the importance of religious freedom
in today’s world. The concert itinerary, which begins in Jerusalem and then leads to Geneva, reflects this wish together with many other dimensions
of the project: In Jerusalem, the Holy City for the three great monotheistic religions, various religious leaders are invited to the concert. In Geneva,
the European headquarters of the United Nations, the concert is addressed to the diplomatic corps.
Vatican City G reece Lebanon morocco
Palestine R omania Sovereign Militar Order of Malta.

Chers membres du Conseil, chers amis et bienfaiteurs de la Fondation, 
Voici le dépliant final présentant le concert "A Symphony to Religious Freedom", qui se tiendra le 25 septembre 2012, à la salle des assemblées, Palais des Nations à Genève. 
Comme les invitations se font par le biais de cartons d'invitation, pourriez-vous me dire combien vous en désirez pour vos proches et vos amis. C'est une bonne manière d'inviter de fait l'une ou l'autre personne que les activités de la Fondation pourraient intéresser. 
Avec toutes mes salutations,  
Mathias Nebel
Maitre de Conférence Institut Catholique de Paris
Directeur Fondation Caritas in Veritate
Tel. 0041 (0) 79 927 01 44

Pour la paix mondiale, saint Nicolas de Flue.

Nicholas of Flüe, Sachseln, Switzerland near  Lucerne

Feast: March 22nd

except in Switzerland and Germany where it is 25 September.

St. Nicholas von Flue

... Switzerland with all it has meant for peace and humanity would probably not exist today. ... Nicholas von Flue was born on March 21st, 1417 in the Canton of ... Nicholas received a compelling call to abandon his home and the world and ...

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22 juil. 2009 – The swiss secret. Saint Nicholas of Flue, father of ten children. Patron of Switzerland and of the world peace thanks to economical Justice.
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Saint Nicholas of Flüe

Nicholas of Flüe, from the altar piece of the local parish church in Sachseln.
Brother Klaus
Born 1417
Unterwalden, Switzerland
Died 21 March 1487
Sachseln, Switzerland
Honored in Roman Catholicism
Beatified 1669
Canonized 1947 by Pope Pius XII
Major shrine Sachseln, Switzerland
Feast 21 March (25 September in Switzerland & Germany)
Patronage Switzerland, Pontifical Swiss Guards
Saint Nicholas of Flüe (German: Niklaus von Flüe) (21 March 1417 – 21 March 1487[1]) was a Swiss hermit and ascetic who is the patron saint of Switzerland. He is sometimes invoked as "Brother Klaus."


Earlier life

He was born in the canton of Unterwalden, the son of wealthy peasants, and made himself distinguished as a soldier in action against the canton of Zurich, which had rebelled against the confederation. At around the age of 30, he married Dorothy Wiss, a farmer's daughter. They farmed in the municipality of Flüeli in the alpine foothills, above Sachseln on the Lake Sarnen. He also continued in the military to the age of 37, rising to the position of captain, reportedly fighting with a sword in one hand and a rosary in the other. After serving in the military, he became a councillor and judge for his canton in 1459 and served as a judge for nine years. He declined the opportunity to serve as Landamman (governor) of his canton.

Political mystic

After receiving a mystical vision of a lily eaten by a horse,[2] which he recognized as indicating that the cares of his worldly life (the draft horse pulling a plough) was swallowing up his spiritual life (the lily, a symbol of purity) he decided to devote himself entirely to the contemplative life. In 1467, he left his wife and his ten children with her consent and set himself up as a hermit[1] in the Ranft chine in Switzerland, establishing a chantry for a priest from his own funds so that he could assist at mass daily. According to legend, he survived for nineteen years with no food except for the eucharist. His reputation for wisdom and piety was such that figures from across Europe came to seek advice from him, and he was known to all as "Brother Klaus." In 1470, Pope Paul II granted the first indulgence to the sanctuary at Ranft and it became a place of pilgrimage, since it lay on the Jakobsweg (English: Way of St. James),[3] the road pilgrims travelled on to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. His counsel prevented a civil war between the cantons meeting at the Diet of Stans in 1481 when their antagonism grew. The advice he gave them remains a secret to this day. Despite being illiterate and having limited experience with the world, his is honored among both Protestants and Catholics with the permanent national unity of Switzerland. Letters of thanks to him from Berne and Soleure still survive. When he died, he was surrounded by his wife and children.
He was beatified in 1669. After his beatification, the municipality of Sachseln built a church in his honour where his body was interred. He was canonized in 1947 by Pope Pius XII. His feast day in the Roman Catholic Church is 21 March, except in Switzerland and Germany where it is 25 September.

Prayer citation

The new Catechism of the Catholic Church cites a brief personal prayer of St. Nicholas of Flue in paragraph #226[4] of Chapter 1 of Part 1, Section 2 "The Profession of the Christian Faith" under subheading IV "The implications of faith in one God" an aspect of which is making good use of created things.
My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you.
My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.
As a layman with family responsibilities who took his civic duties as an ancestral landowner seriously, Brother Klaus is a model of heroic manhood for many concerned with the flourishing of local communities and sustainable use of open land. He is the patron saint of the German-language association KLB (Katholischen Landvolkbewegung), the Catholic Rural Communities Movement.[5]

A plate from the Amtliche Luzerner Chronik of 1513 of Diebold Schilling the Younger, illustrating the events of the Tagsatzung at Stans in 1481. Top: A priest named Heini am Grund visits Niklaus von Flüe to ask him for his advice to save the failing Tagsatzung at Stans, where the delegates of the rural and urban cantons of the Old Swiss Confederacy could not agree and threatened civil war. Bottom: Am Grund returned to the Tagsatzung and related Niklaus' advice, whereupon the delegates compromised. Am Grund is shown holding back a bailiff who wants to go and spread the good news already: Niklaus' advice remains secret to this day.

Visionary images

Of the many spiritual insights Nicholas received in his visions, one in particular is reproduced often in a reduced logographic format, as a mystical wheel.[6] Nicholas described his vision of the Holy Face at the center of a circle with the tips of three swords touching the two eyes and mouth, while three others radiate outwards in a sixfold symmetry reminiscent of the Seal of Solomon. A cloth painted with the image, known as the meditation prayer cloth[7] associates the symbol with six episodes from the life of Christ: the mouth of God at the Annunciation, the eyes spying Creation both in its prelapsarian innocence and redemption from the Fall at Calvary, while in the inward direction the betrayal by his disciple Judas in the Garden of Gethsamene points to the crown of the Pantocrator sitting in the judgment seat, the glad tidings of the Nativity scene's "Glory to God in the Highest and Peace to his people on Earth" echoes in ear on the right of the head, while the memorial of the Lord's Supper "This is my body, which will be given for you" at the prayers of consecration in the Divine Liturgy of the Mass echoes to the ear on the left of the head.
These six medallions contain additional symbols of acts of Christian kindness:
  1. two crutches suggest Visiting the sick as a work of mercy
  2. hiker's walking stick with travel pouch suggests Hospitality to strangers
  3. a loaf of bread, fish and a pitcher of water and wine represent Feed the hungry, quench the thirsty
  4. chains indicate Care for the incarcerated
  5. Christs garments evoke Clothe the naked
  6. a coffin reminds us to Bury the dead
This visual interpretation encapsulates the personal piety of rural peasants, many illiterate, for whom salvation history was expressed in these crucial aspects of God's loving relationship with us and the Christian duty to love of neighbor. Sanctifying grace flows from the Pascal Victim on the Cross, an image Nicholas described in his vision by the stream,[8] where the Tabernacle sits atop a spring that flows forth covering the earth, echoing the rivers flowing from the Temple in Ezekiel's visions. Such profound insights on the allegorical,[9] anagogical and tropological senses of scripture are often lost in modern biblical exegesis that focuses too narrowly on the literal sense, the historical-critical method.
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See also


  1. ^ a b "Blessed Nicholas of Flüe". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
  2. ^ "Die weisse Lilie und das Pferd" (in German). Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  3. ^ Way of St. James - Being on the way
  4. ^ Catechism of the Catholic Church - I believe in God
  5. ^ Wir über uns
  6. ^
  7. ^ (German)
  8. ^
  9. ^ RTF Study Program - Lesson 2: The Four Senses of Sacred Scripture

Further reading

  • Abel, Winfried, “The Prayer Book of St. Nicholas of Flue: Mystery of the Center”, Christiana Edition, Stein Am Rhein, 1999.
  • Boos, Thomas, “Nicholas of Flue, 141-1487, Swiss Hermit and Peacemaker”, The Pentland Press, Ltd, Edinburgh, 1999.
  • Collins, David J. "Turning Swiss: The Patriotism of the Holy Hermit Nicholas". In Reforming Saints. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2008. pp. 99–122.
  • Kaiser, Lother Emanuel, “Nicholas of Flue-Brother Nicholas: Saint of Peace Throughout the World.” Editions du Signe, Strausbourg, 2002.
  • Yates, Christina, “Brother Klaus: A Man of Two Worlds” The Ebor Press, York, England, 1989.
  • “Brother Klaus: Our Companion Through Life”, Bruder-Kalusen-Stiftung-Sachseln, 2005.
  • "The Transformed Berserker: The Union of Psychic Opposites" The Archetypal Dimensions of the Psyche. von Franz, Marie-Louise. Shambhala, 1997.

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