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I will speak of the history and current plight of a number of Christian churches which originated, grew, and flourished in what we call the Middle East almost two thousand years ago. In addition to the great Apostolic cradles of Christianity in the Mediterranean, in particular Alexandria, Antioch and Rome, it should be said that there were already Christians in the Holy Land, in Syria and Egypt by thebeginning of the second century; there was a Bible translated into Syriac1; and there was a flourishing Greek and Coptic church in Egypt.
I will speak of a dramatic situation of suffering, persecution, destruction and death. A situation which for a considerable period of time has involved the suffering and death of many people, not only that of journalists seen in powerful internet images, but of men, women and children. A situation which is bringing about the systematic destruction of 2,000 years of literary, artistic and cultural heritage.
P. Manuel Nin
The UNESCO Climate Change Initiative, launched by the Director-General in Copenhaguen, federates UNESCO’s work and joins it with that of other UN bodies and aims to help Member States to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to educate for sustainable development in the context of climate change, to assess the risks of natural disasters due to climate change, and to monitor the effects of climate change on UNESCO Sites (e.g. World Heritage sites and biosphere reserves). The initiative uses these sites for promoting low carbon economies, for instance through the sustainable use of renewable energy sources.
Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda – A collaboration between NGOs and UNESCO
The 2014 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will be held from 15 to 17 December 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and will focus on the theme “Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
The Conference will provide a welcome opportunity to examine collective NGO action carried out in 2013 and 2014, and will adopt the main lines of collective cooperation for 2015-2016. It will be organized around four subthemes: “The Involvement of NGOs for the Promotion of Quality Education in the Post-2015 Agenda”; “Water and Sustainable Development: From Awareness-Raising to Decision-Making”; “Enhancing Cultural Heritage and Fostering the Diversity of Cultural Expression”; and “Climate Change: Acting Now”.
- It is a new time in the Church, we need to express our support to the pope and review our priorities as movement.
- Promote pope's address to the EU parliament and Evangelii Gaudium at the national level, but also implement propositions of the pope.
- Sustain a living democracy.
- Not comply with neoliberal vision but be innovative in economics, find ways to reduce inequalities, economic growth is not the only criterium for human life.
On 13 December 2014, 23 youth from diverse faith traditions (13 Muslims, 7 Hindus and three Christians) participated in an interfaith youth weekend jointly organized by Interfaith Coalition for Peace, Zakat Foundation, Henry Martyn Institute: An International Center for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation and Islamic Studies Associationat Navinta, the Delhi Archdiocesan Retreat Centre. Ms Marina D’ Costa and Mr Deepak Raj from Mumbai and Chennai respectively conducted the program. Prof Deepali Bhanot and Victor Edwin SJ worked with the core team in organizing the program.
After Lampedusa and Evangelii Gaudium, this address is very important because it gives a new perspective to the European process, he invites to reflect on who we are, and confirms the basis of the EU : peace, subsidiarity, solidarity, humanism.
This visit has been specially prepared, by an internal report on the revolution of the catholic church and a visit of the President of the EU parliament to Rome. The EU parliament has received Pope Francis with expectations regarding future orientations for the EU. He answered by proposing an anthropological change, an EU non built around economy but around human person open to transcendence.
But this address was dedicated to elites and the understanding can be different for countries who have experienced communism. Precisely this trauma can be healed by giving people the sense of their life.
The conference is organised by the Czech "Hnutí křesťan a práce" ("Movement Christ and Work") and EZA ("European Centre for Workers' Questions") with the support of the European Union.
Velehrad is an important pilgrimage place in South Moravia in the Czech Republic. Cyrillus and Methodius, the Slavic apostles, are said to have preached there in the Middle Ages.
Pope John Paul II visited Velehrad in 1990.
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(Vatican Radio)The World Meeting of Popular Movements has issued a statement at the beginning of their three day conference in Rome.
The culture of encounter at the service of poor people and poor nations
As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills.
The thinking of Pope Francis, and how he has constantly accompanied the excluded in their struggles and their efforts to organize, have inspired and motivated us to hold this World Meeting of Popular Movements. We wish to bring to God, to the Church and to the world the voice of the voiceless. Not so that they raise their voice no more, but because they are silenced by those who hold economic power.
Members from the Centre for Peace and Spirituality (CPS) discussed ‘Interfaith dialogue, Peace, and Dawah’ with the students of theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology (Delhi) on 25 November 2014 in a long afternoon session. The students at Vidyajyoti do two basic courses on Islam and Christian-Muslim Dialogue.
Explaining the importance of interfaith dialogue in an atmosphere of misunderstanding about religion, Mr. Rajat began by talking about the approach to dialogue. There is diversity everywhere in nature, and religion cannot be exempted from this universal law of diversity. Thus, the idea that dialogue should be held for the purpose of eliminating all differences from religion and bringing about uniformity or oneness is not in accordance with the law of nature.
Indialogue Foundation (www.indialogue.in) volunteers made presentations on the teachings of Fethullah Gülen, one of the most important contemporary Muslim theologians and a leading promoter of dialogue between Christians and Muslims, and the activities of his followers (Hizmet Movement) to the second year theology students of Vidyajyoti Jesuit School of Theology in Delhi on 18November 2014. The event aimed to introduce about M. Fethullah Gülen and Hizmet Movement, to highlight Muslim-Christian Relations, to inform about Indialogue Foundation activities in India and to foster ties with Theology students for future mutual programs.
Organized during the world day of prayer for human rights defenders and peace builders, this conference gathered members or groups from Kenya, India, Malaysia, Poland, USA. This first part includes a presentation of the program, a prayer time from Africa a spiritual song form Malaysia, and an exposure on the situation and the action with Ukrain, presented by a polish member.
- a recognition of Human Rights 15 years after the unversal declaration.
- The root ot the human rights is in God or in the human dignity, not in the decisions of governing bodies.
Sahiwal - The Pakistani government must take "immediate steps" to stop abuses related to the country's blasphemy laws, and punish those found guilty of making false accusations out of revenge or in order to settle personal scores.
The government must take charge of security in order to prevent outbreaks of mob violence and attacks incited by local religious leaders and extremist groups.
Liberation theology, which interprets the teachings of Christ in relation to liberation from unjust social, economic and political conditions, is rooted in the Bible and the life of Jesus, said the priest who developed the concept nearly 50 years ago.
Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez told an audience at St Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, that “theology is a hermeneutic of hope. Theology touches on the motive, the story of our Lord in history.” “Theology is a letter of love to God,” the Peruvian theologian known as the father of liberation theology added during an event during which he received an honorary doctorate. “Theology is not a perfect response to that question, but an effort to respond,” he said, noting the immense suffering and mystery of poverty.
COMECE - europeinfos #176 - November 2014
Energy efficiency is one of the pillars of the climate change policy. The last European Council has proposed a very ambitious 27% increase in efficiency beyond previous expectations.
A multicultural and multifaith group of forty people gathered in Bangkok on November 8, 2014 to mark the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted. Convened by the Christian Youth Development Movement and International Christian Concern, the spirit of the event was captured in the phrase: "If one suffers, we all suffer".
The gathering included Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists who came together to remember the persecuted and to share what their religions offer to the other religions to encourage the acceptance of diversity and respect for all irrespective of creed, ethnicity or nationality.
“Our world is full of immense diversity”, convener Shamiel Saleem said. “And that diversity is reflected in the variety of people at our event. There were people from different countries - Australia, the US, Thailand, India, Norway, Poland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, China, Philippines, Burma and Pakistan.”
About the way religion is used both to construct and resist a new East–West divide.
Nov. 4 Fordham University’s Orthodox Christian Studies Center hosted an international panel of experts to discuss the complicated role of religion in the current Ukrainian – Russian conflict. Claims of religious underpinnings got a completely different take in the well argued panel discussion. Olena Nikolayenko (pol. science, Fordham U) gave statistical overview in which economy has been dominant in the Donbas region and not religion as some would want us to believe.
There were a number of concepts presented and specially interesting was the instrumentalization of religious institutions by political powers. The other – Russky myr (Russian world) – as it is related to it with its overarching cultural link.