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Bin Laden is late pope’s ‘miracle’: Peru leader
祕魯總統:賓拉登之死拜故教宗顯靈之賜

Headlines in Peruvian newspapers in Lima feature the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Lima on May 1.
這張五月一日攝於利馬的照片,是祕魯報紙報導關於蓋達首腦奧薩瑪‧賓拉登斃命的標題。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

It was more than just an answer to prayer.

A US military mission that cornered and killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan was nothing short of a miracle, said Peru’s President Alan Garcia, who attributed the divine intervention to newly beatified pontiff John Paul II.

“His first miracle has been to rid the world of this incarnation of evil, this demon of hatred and criminality,” the Peruvian leader said, referring to the Al-Qaeda leader.

The late John Paul II showed uncanny timing, with his miracle falling on the very same day as a Rome ceremony beatifying him.

Pope Benedict XVI on May 1 bestowed the status of “blessed” on his predecessor in front of a million people, after the Roman Catholic Church determined that John Paul II had performed the necessary miracle for beatification.

Garcia said the late pontiff wasted no time in performing the second miracle needed for sainthood, making it possible for American commandos to find and kill their hated Al-Qaeda foe, whom they had hunted for the past decade.

“We hope that with his fall, that entire group that had hoped to spread terrorism throughout the world loses its importance,” Garcia said.

The Peruvian leader said on May 1 that the assault on bin Laden’s compound “should please US President Barack Obama and vindicate former US president George W. Bush,” whose relentless pursuit of a global “war on terror” became a central focus of US foreign and military policy during his tenure.

(AFP)

這不只是祈禱應驗而已。

祕魯總統艾倫‧賈西亞說,美國軍事行動致使奧薩瑪‧賓拉登被圍捕而斃命,簡直可以說是一個奇蹟,並將此歸功於剛獲宣福禮的已故教宗若望保祿二世的顯靈相助。

賈西亞表示,「他的第一個奇蹟即為天下去除這個邪惡的化身,這個仇恨與犯罪的惡魔。」他指的惡魔就是賓拉登。

已故的若望保祿二世大顯神蹟的時間點可說是恰到好處,因為他顯現奇蹟時,正好就是羅馬為他舉行宣福禮大典的日子。

現任教宗本篤十六世五月一日在百萬人的見證下,冊封若望保祿二世為「真福」。先前羅馬天主教會已經確認,若望保祿二世具備獲得宣福禮所該有的奇蹟。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. pontiff n.

教宗 (jiao4 zong1)

例: The Catholic Church has had a ban on birth control from the earliest days of the Bible, but the new pontiff has created an exception in Catholic dogma when he suddenly blessed the use of condoms, justifying their use in the fight against HIV.

(天主教會從最早的聖經時期開始的禁止避孕規定已行之有年,但當新教宗突然贊同保險套使用時,他即在天主教教義裡新增了一個例外,當使用它們以防止愛滋病毒。)

2. beatification n.

宣福禮 (xuan1 fu2 li3)

例: In the canonization process of the Catholic Church, beatification is the third of four steps, one that recognizes a dead person’s entrance into heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name.

(天主教會在封聖的過程中,宣福禮是四個步驟中的第三步,亦即承認故人通往天堂與代表以他或她的名禱告的求情能力。)

3. vindicate v.

澄清 (cheng2 qing1)

例: The findings of the investigation vindicate the group’s insistence that the truth had been concealed from the public for years.

(這些調查發現讓這個團體所堅持多年來真相曾對大眾隱瞞的事實得以澄清。)


賈西亞表示,這位已故教宗刻不容緩顯現了封聖所需的第二個奇蹟,也就是讓美國突擊隊得以找到,並擊斃他們已追捕十年的蓋達組織深仇大敵。

賈西亞說,「我們希望藉由他的死,使得向世界傳播恐怖主義的(蓋達)組織,失去重要性。」

祕魯總統五月一日表示,賓拉登宅第的突襲應該讓美國總統巴拉克‧歐巴馬感到欣慰,並也讓前美國總統小布希的理念得以澄清。

(法新社/翻譯:林亞蒂)

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