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September 17, 2014

Simon Peres and Pope francis : United Religions

Simon  Peres: Pope Francis is only leader respected enough to end today's wars

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

Pope Francis And Shimon Peres Discuss The Establishment Of A ‘United Nations Of Religions’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Former Israeli President Shimon Peres asked Pope Francis to head a parallel United Nations called the "United Religions" to counter religious extremism in the world today.

"In the past, most wars were motivated by the idea of nationhood. Today, however, wars are incited above all using religion as an excuse," Peres told the Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, ahead of the papal meeting Sept. 4.

VATICAN CITY – Former president Shimon Peres emerged from a Vatican City audience with Pope Francis Thursday after proposing a kind of United Nations for religions.

Peres, 91, who was the world’s oldest head of state until his term ended six weeks ago, met with Francis amid heightened tensions in the Middle East.

He used the talks to highlight human rights abuses from Hamas and to discuss the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.

But the main topic of conversation was Peres’s idea to create a UN-like organization he called “the United Religions.”

Peres said the Argentina-born pontiff was the only world figure respected enough to bring an end to the wars raging in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

“In the past, most of the wars in the world were motivated by the idea of nationhood,” Peres said. “But today, wars are incited using religion as an excuse.”

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed to reporters that Peres had pitched his idea for “the United Religions” but said Francis did not commit to it.

“The pope listened, showing his interest, attention, and encouragement,” Lombardi said, adding that the pope pointed to the Pontifical Councils for Interreligious Dialogue and for Justice and Peace as existing agencies “suitable” for supporting interfaith peace initiatives.

The summit between Peres and Francis is the third high-profile meeting between the leaders in little more than four months. They met for the first time in late May, when Francis became the fourth pope to visit the Holy Land in the modern era. On that trip, Francis invited Peres and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican for a prayer meeting in June, which they both attended.

 POPE FRANCIS and former president Shimon Peres chat at the Vatican yesterday.. (photo credit:Courtesy)

Since then, however, tensions in the Middle East have risen amid increased bloodshed in Gaza and in Syria. Lombardi said the 45-minute conversation between the two men – a longer-than-average meeting for the pontiff – did not touch upon “current political issue in any real depth,” instead focusing on Peres’s idea for the United Religions.

Lombardi said Francis praised Peres as a “man of peace,” and said the unusually long meeting was a reflection of the pope’s “deep esteem and appreciation” for the former Israeli leader.

Peres was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for peace 20 years ago, along with then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, then chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

But Peres praised Francis as the only world figure respected across national boundaries and different faiths.

In an interview with the Catholic Magazine Famiglia Cristiana, Peres called on Francis to leverage his respect to create an interfaith organization to curb religious violence.

“What we need is an organization of United Religions... as the best way to combat terrorists who kill in the name of faith,” Peres said. “What we need is an unquestionable moral authority who says out loud, ‘No, God does not want this and does not allow it.’” After meeting with Peres, Francis held a 30-minute closeddoor meeting with Jordanian Prince El-Hassan bin Talal, who sponsors the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies to promote religious dialogue. Lombardi said that meeting dovetailed into the day’s topic of interfaith cooperation and peace.

In addition, earlier this year the Pope even met with television minister Joel Osteen…
In addition, earlier this year the Pope even met with television minister Joel Osteen…
Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen was among a group of political and religious leaders who met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday.
According to reports, Osteen was part of a delegation organized by the International Foundation in an effort to encourage interfaith relations and ecumenicism. Utah Senator Mike Lee (R), a Mormon, Gayle Beebe, the president of the interdenominational Westmont College in California, and Pastor Tim Timmons, founder of South Coast Community Church also in California, were among those who who greeted the pope, along with Osteen.
“I just felt very honored and very humbled,” Osteen told local television station Click 2 Houston. “It was amazing. And even to go back into that part of the Vatican—there’s so much history there, the place that they took us through. You feel that deep respect and reverence for God.”

September 15, 2014

Desa wisata di Kabupaten Tabanan , tourism villages in Tabanan Bali

 Bali merupakan salah satu daerah tujuan wisata yang paling banyak dikunjungi oleh wisatawan, baik oleh wisatawan domestik ataupun manca negara. Bali dengan program Sapta Pesona nya memiliki banyak macam variasi kesenian dan  keunikan budaya,

"The Seven Charms or locally known as Sapta Pesona is the designation for the 7 development and management elements of tourist attraction in Indonesia. A Tourism Village needs to integrate these elements in to its development as well . Sapta Pesona  or the Seven Charms  encompass Security, Orderliness, Cleanliness, coolness, beauty, hospitality, and Memories."
 Bali Community Based Tourism Association

TABANAN, BALI Tabanan memiliki 8 desa wisata. Sayangnya, baru satu, Desa Pinge, Marga yang sesuai standar, sisanya belum  maksimal.  “ Jadi, baru Desa Pinge, yang pengelolaan wisatanya dilakukan secara profesional,” kata Kepala Dinas

Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Tabanan, Wayan Adnyana, Jumat (12/9). Tujuh desa wisata lainnya masing-masing Desa Wisata Antapan, Sudimara, Kerobokan, Mekar Sari, Jatiluwih, Tegal lingga dan Desa Wisata Belimbing. Ketujuh desa ini masih memerlukan pengelolaan yang lebih baik, terutama SDM-nya.  “Dalam mengelola desa wisata diperlukan masyarakat yang sudah biasa terjun ke pariwisata,” jelasnya. Tabanan, kata dia, masih kurang SDM yang ahli kepariwisataan.  Karena itu, pihaknya menggelar seminar dan workshop bagi pengembangan desa wisata. Tahun 2015, Pemkab Tabanan akan mengembangkan program Gerbang Wisata  yang akan menyasar pembangunan dan pengembangan desa wisata.  Targetnya, ada 40 desa wisata di Tabanan. (wira sanjiwani/balipost) 

Desa wisata di Kabupaten Tabanan , tourism villages in Tabanan Bali 

Desa Wisata Pinge berada diketinggian 500 meter diatas permukaan laut. Terletak di Kecamatan Marga, Kabupaten Tabanan, 17 km di bagian utara kota Tabanan.

Kata “Pinge” menurut cerita penduduk setempat berarti ” Putih“. Dahulu di pura Natar Jemeng terdapat sebuah pohon cempaka putih yang sangat besar. Itu yang menjadikan banjar yang berada di lokasi Pura Natar Jemeng tersebut diberi nama “Banjar Pinge”.

Pinge Tourism Village official launching event on January 30th, 2012 (Bahasa Indonesia version)!
Tabanan, DenPost
Bupati Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, meresmikan Desa Wisata Pinge di Banjar Dinas Pinge, Desa Baru, Kecamatan Marga, Rabu (30/1) kemarin. Pinge sebagai desa wisata yang berbasis kemasyarakatan diharapkan mampu menjaga alam lingkungan dan kearifan lokal budaya Bali.
Desa Wisata Pinge yang dikelola badan pengelola, menawarkan atraksi wisata berupa jalur tracking yang melintasi Subak Pacung dan Blaluan, home stay, tari bumbung gebyog dan tari leko.

The chairman of Bali Community Based Tourism Association (Bali CoBTA) who has also served as Director of Business Development Services in the Executive Committee on the Indonesia Tourism Promotion Board-Mr. Djinaldi Gosana said that Pinge Tourism Village is expected to bring fort benefits for local community without destroying the environment.
The Head of Tourism Authority of Bali Province in his remarks which were read by Head of Assessment and Development-Mr. Ketut Astra stated that Bali’s economic growth is based on 3 sectors, which are  agriculture, tourism, and micro and medium enterprises and tourism is the main sector.
This inauguration is officially signified by the signing of inscription by Tabanan Regent, accompanied by the Head of Department of Culture and Tourism of Tabanan – Mr. Wayan Adnanya and the Chairman of Bali CoBTA – Mr. Djinaldi Gosana., former Executive Director at the Bali Hotels Association 

 Hal senada diungkapkan Direktur Eksekutif Badan Pengembangan Pariwisata Indonesia (BPPI), Djinaldi Gosana, yang juga perwakilan Bali Cobta (community Based Tourism Association). Menurut beliau, keberadaan Desa Wisata Pinge diharapkan bisa memberikan manfaat kepada masyarakat tanpa merusak lingkungan. ’’Jadikan desa wisata ini sebagai sarana dalam menjaga alam lingkungan Bali agar tetap hijau,’’ katanya.
Desa Wisata Pinge merupakan desa tua yang menjadi salah satu objek wisata  yang ada di Bali. Desa ini memiliki keunikan tersendiri yaitu bentuk rumah penduduk yang berarsitektur tradisional sejajar dan tertata rapi.
Desa Wisata Pinge ini memiliki panorama alam yang sangat indah dengan hamparan persawahan yang hijau membentang. Wisatawan yang datang kesini bisa melihat secara langsung para petani membajak sawah, menyiapkan bibit, menanam padi, menuai dan memasukan padi kelumbung.
Selain potensi alam dan bentuk bangunan tradisional Bali, wisatawan juga bisa melihat peninggalan purbakala yang terdapat di dalam Pura Natar Jemeng, di tengah persawahan terdapat pura yang disebut Pura Beji. Area luar pura ini sangat cocok digunakan sebagai tempat meditasi.
Awal mula dicanangkan desa ini sebagai Desa Wisata dikarenakan desa ini memiliki potensi alam yang masih asri dengan melihat kondisi wisatawan saat ini yang sudah jenuh terhadap bentuk wisata konvensional dan mulai beralih ke objek wisata yang bersifat tradisional dan alami.
Masyarakat sekitar Desa Wisata Pinge ini sebagian besar bermata pencaharian sebagai petani, dengan dijadikan desa ini sebagai Desa Wisata berdampak positif terhadap perekonomian.
Jarak tempuh ke Desa Wisata Pinge ini dari kota Denpasar kira-kira 34 km dan lebih kurang 85 menit perjalanan dari Bandara Udara Ngurah Rai bila menggunakan kendaraan bermotor.
Fasilitas pendukung kepariwisataan di Desa Wisata Pinge ini antara lain; tempat peristirahatan berupa saung-saung, informasi senter dan pemandu wisata, sedangkan wisatawan yang ingin merasakan suasana alam pedesaan dapat menginap di rumah tradisional yang disewakan.
Bila anda datang ke Bali dan ingin menikmati keindahan alam pedesaan yang masih asri berkunjunglah ke Desa Wisata Pinge ini.