Vatican City, 29 July 2014 (VIS) – Unity in diversity and the plea for forgiveness for the lack of understanding shown by some Catholics towards their Pentecostal brothers were the key themes of the Pope’s address at the Pentecostal Church of the Reconciliation in Caserta yesterday, during his meeting with his friend, the pastor Giovanni Traettino….
The Pope’s address responded to the discourse pronounced by Pastor Traettino….
“When we walk in God’s presence, we find brotherhood”, asserted the Pope. “When instead we stop, we scrutinise each other too much, and we set out on another path, that of gossip. … And in this way it begins, from the first moment the division of the Church began. And it is not the Holy Spirit who causes division! … From the very beginning there has been this temptation in the Christian community. ‘I am from this group, you are from that one‘, ‘No! I am the Church, you are a sect’, and so on. … The Holy Spirit creates diversity in the Church … diversity, rich and beautiful. But, at the same time, the Holy Spirit creates unity, and so the Church is one in her diversity….”.
“On this path, many times we have done the same thing as the brothers of Joseph, when jealous and envy have divided us”, he remarked. “That sad story in which the Gospel for some was lived as truth and they did not realise that behind this attitude there were bad things, things that were not the Lord’s, an ugly attempt at division. …Some of those who enacted these laws, and some of those who persecuted, denounced their pentecostal brothers because they were ‘enthusiastic’, almost ‘crazy’, who spoiled the race. … I am a pastor of Catholics, and I beg forgiveness for this. I ask your forgiveness on behalf of those Catholic brothers and sisters who did not understand and who were tempted by the devil, and who did the same thing that Joseph’s brothers did. I ask the Lord for the grace to recognise and to forgive”.
We are on that path of unity, among brothers”, he concluded. “Some people will be surprised: they will say, the Pope has gone to the evangelicals! He has gone to meet his brothers! Yes! Because – and this is the truth – they came to me first, in Buenos Aires. … And so this friendship began, this closeness between the pastors in Buenos Aires, and here today. I thank you, and I ask you to pray for me, as I need your prayers”.

Threat to the Grid

Threats to the electric grid are coming from everywhere: saboteurs, weather and, as silly as it sounds, from outer space. The danger is significant and growing, and business risk managers are taking it seriously.

The latest warning comes from Paul Singer’s Elliott Management Corp., a $24.8 billion hedge-fund firm based in New York. Singer warned investors, in a letter obtained by Bloomberg News, of what he sees as the gravest threat: an electromagnetic pulse from the Sun that knocks out the grid for months or longer.

The miss was about as near as they come: If the pulse had traveled through the same region of space a week earlier, Earth would have been pummeled. Ground currents would have melted the copper in transformers, and the interconnections of the sprawling power lines would have spread the damage far and wide. “We would still be picking up the pieces” two years later, Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said in a post on NASA’s website.

A powerful solar storm in 1859, known as the Carrington Event, disrupted telegraph service. In today’s plugged-in world, such a storm would wreak havoc worldwide. In the U.S. alone, 130 million people could lose power. As many as 40 million Americans could be left with long-term power disruptions — anywhere from 16 days to 2 years, according to a report last year by Lloyd’s, a 350-year-old insurance marketplace.

The specter of a solar storm is ghastly, but it’s not the only threat to the U.S. grid. We got a reminder of that last year when the Wall Street Journal reported on a Hollywood-style attack on a California electricity facility. Another hint of how vulnerable grids can be: the 2012 blackout in India that left 640 million people without power. While cyber attacks to the grid have so far been limited in scope, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) found that a coordinated strike could bring down the entire U.S. grid, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Congress has been working on legislation to make the grid less vulnerable for years but has yet to reach agreement.

via The Biggest Threat to the Economy Is From Outer Space – Bloomberg.