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Jul. 5th, 2005 | 12:45 am

Hello folks. This is a "friend-locked" journal, meaning if you're not on my list of friends, you've either been wondering why I haven't updated in a while or you just don't care because it's not like you're in my list of friends. If you'd like to be, leave me a comment to this post and I'll consider adding you after you've been tested for coolness. If you are a friend of mine and you don't have an LJ, leave me a comment and we'll work something out. That's all. Peace.

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he will be missed

Apr. 2nd, 2005 | 03:48 pm

Jerusalem Hails Pope's Interfaith Outreach

2 hours, 35 minutes ago

By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM - In the Holy Land where Jesus walked, Jews, Muslims and Christians paid homage Saturday to Pope John Paul II's tireless efforts to embrace people of different faiths.

Though his record was not without controversy, the pope used his frequent homilies and travels to pursue religious reconciliation. His visits to a synagogue in Rome and a mosque in Damascus, Syria, were the first by a pontiff to Jewish and Muslim houses of worship.

John Paul frequently called for a peaceful end to the Arab-Israeli conflict, and during the recent 4 1/2 years of fighting, urged leaders on both sides to marshal the courage to find peace.

"He wanted peace for everyone," said Mohammad Ahmed, 22, a Palestinian Muslim computer science student who lives in Jerusalem's Old City. "He wanted people of different religions to be like brothers, not like Jews and Muslims have been."

When the pope was in the Holy Land in March 2000, he urged Muslims and Jews to coexist peacefully in this lifetime, Ahmed recalled. "He's right, there's only one chance."

About 150 worshippers, most of them Palestinians, joined by a few pilgrims, gathered at the Church of the Nativity in Jesus' birthplace, the West Bank town of Bethlehem, to celebrate a special mass for John Paul.

The Rev. Amjad Sabbara recalled the pope's support for a new housing development for parishioners. "He always kept Bethlehem in his heart," he said.

Sister Mira Kasabreh, a young nun from Beit Jalla near Bethlehem, said, "We feel a kind of sadness, but at the same time, we know that God is with our pope."

At the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, which marks the place where tradition holds Jesus was crucified, people from the world over praised John Paul's contributions to religious tolerance and coexistence.

"He's been loved by so many and helpful to so many," said pilgrim Omer Jackson, preacher of the Christian Extended Hand church in Los Angeles. "I hope his successor will be as good a man."

John Paul, who grew up in a heavily Jewish town in Poland, often condemned anti-Jewish prejudice as sinful. In 1986, he made papal history with a visit to Rome's main synagogue. He established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1993, and in 2000 became the first pontiff to visit Israel in 36 years, praying at Judaism's holiest site, the Western Wall.

Israel's chief rabbis had a first Vatican audience just last year.

Yossi Beilin, a left-wing Israeli lawmaker, was closely involved in the negotiations that led to the establishment of diplomatic ties between Israel and the Vatican.

"I think he was very, very courageous in his moves toward Israel, both in the establishment of diplomatic ties, in his statements on Jews, and in his 2000 visit," said Beilin, who was deputy foreign minister at the time.

"The fact that he was ready to establish diplomatic ties before a final status agreement (between Israel and the Palestinians) was reached confounded all the experts' expectations," he said.

Israel's chief rabbis were not available for comment because of the Jewish Sabbath.

Still, there were sore points between Israel and the Vatican, the papacy of Pius XII among them. Although John Paul expressed remorse for the failure of some Christians to protect Jews during World War II, he beatified wartime pontiff Pius XII, who some Jews say didn't act forcefully enough against the Holocaust.

A Vatican document asserting the primacy of the Roman Catholic faith also strained relations.

So, too, did the pope's assertion that Israel created a new "obstacle" to peace by building a barrier to separate it from the West Bank. Israel says it needs the barrier to keep out Palestinian attackers. Palestinians say the barrier, which incorporates about 8% of the West Bank on the "Israeli" side, is a land grab.

"He was a man of peace, and supportive of the Palestinian cause," said Adnan Husseini, the director of the Islamic Trust, or Waqf, that oversees the Jerusalem holy site known as Temple Mount, or Haram as-Sharif. "His position regarding the Palestinian cause was good, and especially his position regarding Jerusalem and his opposition to building the wall around Jerusalem and in the Palestinian territories," Husseini said.

The most-traveled pope of all times visited many Muslim countries, and, with an unprecedented papal visit to the Omayyad mosque in Syria in 2001, earned respect for his efforts at dialogue with Islam.

During his millennium year visit to the Holy Land, John Paul kissed Palestinian soil and held hands with the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, in an affirmation of the Palestinians' right to a homeland.

"This man has always stood by the Palestinian people," said Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia. "He always had positive and just positions toward the rights of the Palestinian people."

Nafez Azzam, a top leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group, paid homage to John Paul as an "important leader for humanity," who saw his role as "the head of a spear that fights oppression and aggression."

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Feb. 21st, 2005 | 04:27 pm
mood: weirdweird

Ever get the feeling you've had enough caffeine for the day?

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Feb. 14th, 2005 | 01:09 pm

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Jan. 29th, 2005 | 12:27 pm

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Dec. 24th, 2004 | 02:55 pm

from T-shirthumor.com

There are also some really funny T-shirts about the holidays. They're funny to read, at least. Here's the link, I'm too lazy to do html right now. http://www.t-shirthumor.com/Merchant2/holi1.html


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Dec. 12th, 2004 | 01:43 am
mood: nauseatednauseated

I feel like a *bitch.* The people I care about the most are against something I've decided to do. I keep telling them I made my decision and its something I want, but they keep insisting I don't need it. So now I feel bad because I'm almost saying "screw you, I'm going to do what I want" to 2 people I care very deeply about. I knew they would feel this way about it. But are they right?? These are people I trust. Now I feel like a bitch and I'm sick to my stomach. Sorry I'm being vague, you'll know what I'm talking about soon enough. Peace.

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Dec. 4th, 2004 | 01:19 am
mood: surprisedhigly caffinated

I told my boardies at Sin & Tacos that I'll be dodging the board until the semester is over. That was 2 hours and 20 minutes ago and I already feel like posting again.

I made a couple of icons a few days ago. I did it for the folks on The Fuselage. You can see them here . The llama makes me think of S&T because that's where I first got the link for that video. But they're *obsessed* with it on the Fuselage. Someone replaced to word "llama" with "Javi"...a name one of the writers post under. Since I thought it was funny, I made an icon for it. I didn't tell the people at the Fuselage that I wasn't going to post there for a couple of weeks since there are so many people over there now, my absense won't be noticed. At S&T they might start to suspect I was dead. I'll be back on the 15th.

Right now I'm working on a term paper about autism. I've watched Rain Man twice now while working. Then I have to finish a few assignments, make a presentation about me for my really easy computer class (oh, and my theme: APPLES!), and study study and study more for my finals.

School's hard.


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Nov. 23rd, 2004 | 02:56 pm

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Nov. 14th, 2004 | 06:31 pm

So forget about the blog thing. I've decided to stick with the LJ because its easier for people to keep up with and people can leave comments if they please. So enjoy reading my rants and raves.

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