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Religion's role in ending Russia's war against Ukraine
Debate with Tetyana, journalist in Kiev. In an article published in the Kyiv Post, she thinks that, as 80 years ago, a lack of reaction from Europe is dangerous not only for Ukrain but also for the whole Europe. Can religions play a role in this situation? She invites you for the debate.
Since his release last year, Ruki has travelled several times outside the country (Sri Lanka). In the beginning, he needed the court permission as his case is not yet drop. However, we now need to get another signature campaign, as the Sri Lanka Attorney General Department indicates that his travel restriction is still in place.
We need your signature support for our friend Ruki Fernando gag’s order and travel restriction. This message will be very important to be sent to the new Government of Sri Lanka, to lift the travel restriction of Ruki.
JAMBI-INDONESIA: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of APP (Asia Pulp and Paper – Sinar Mas Group).
Indonesian Forum for Environment (WALHI) – Friends of the Earth Indonesia hereby inform you that an activist of Tebo Farmers Union (SPT) in Jambi province, Indonesia, named Indra Pelani (male, 22 years-old) has been inhumanely persecuted and murdered by the security force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), on February 27, 2015.
Pax Romana ICMICA condemns the unfair trial of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso - a marginalized woman from Philippines which led to capital punishment in Indonesia. We acknowledge that Mary Jane is one of the eleven inmates which predicted to be executed in the next batch of execution most likely in March 2015.
Common elements draw Christians and Muslims to fellowship
When Muslims greet others, they say: 'As sallamu aleikum'. Their greeting is a beautiful prayer. They wish in their greeting 'May you come ever more fully and completely into the state of Islam by submitting your will to God (Qur'an 33:44). A Christian offers to all whom he meets Peace of Christ, because Christ is our peace (Eph. 2:14). These greetings indicate something common: God and God's will for humanity, albeit they both recognize God and His will in different ways. What they recognize in common draw them to fellowship (NA 1).
Sacred Heart Catholic Church had called an emergency meeting of the religious leadership of all churches in the city on Sunday evening. Thus, All Churches Council Sahiwal was formed which organized a protest rally to show solidarity with the victims of Brutal Terrorist attack on two churches in Youhandabad, Lahore. The initial meeting was attended by about 75 religious leaders, social and political activists.
Two bomb blasts have killed at least 14 people near two churches in a Christian neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore, local officials say.
More than 70 people were hurt in the explosions, which targeted worshippers attending Sunday mass at the churches in the Youhanabad area. Violent protests erupted after the blasts, with a mob killing two men accused of involvement in the attacks.
Pakistan's Christian community has often been targeted by militants. An offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has said it carried out the attack.
THE FINAL STATEMENT SCHOOL OF ACTING JUSTLY, LOVING TENDERLY AND TREADING HUMBLY WITH GOD SALT V 2015
“Youth for Ecological Justice in Baram : Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples as Stewards of Creation”
Tanjung Tepalit Lepo’ Gah , Ulu Baram, Sarawak, Malaysi
24th January – 7th February 2015
We, the 14 tertiary Catholic students from the various tertiary institutions of Malaysia, gathered at the Tanjung Tepalit Lepo’ Gah’, Ulu Baram, Sarawak from the 24th January – 7th February 2015 to participate in the “School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly and Treading humbly with God (SALT) 2015 organised by the SALT Movement in partnership with Save Sarawak Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers). This is the fifth SALT organized since 2008. Besides focused learning related to the theme, “Youth for Ecological Justice in Baram: Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples as Stewards of Creation”, SALT V is a school with safe and critical space for effective networking, fostering a sense of teamwork, partnership and camaraderie among the participants. It is a process of mutual enrichment through information sharing, training on Native Customary Rights (NCR), the Federal Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) through interactive learning especially by experiencing the reality of the Orang Ulu communities in Long Liam, Long Apu and Long Anap situated in the area to be affected in the future by the proposed construction of the Baram Dam in Ulu Baram, Sarawak. Below are the aims and objectives of the program which inspired us to participate actively.
A group photo of IMCS 2009
It’s a privilege to share my feelings with the global Pax Romana family. Since 2009, Pax Romana has played a huge role in my development in so many ways. Both IMCS and ICMICA have contributed to the polishing and sharpening of my skills at all levels especially in the field of human rights and social justice. From jointly seeking complex answers to complex questions to writing skype meeting minutes, I have indeed come a long way with the Pax Romana family. The ICMICA family has always guided and journeyed with me consistently. Even though we were not able to meet physically often as a big family, skype meetings were organized to bring us together and share about various local and global issues, and this being faithful to the mission and vision of ICMICA.
ICMICA also journeyed with me during the very difficult times in my life especially when I was terminated unjustly from my position as a Project Coordinator at Catholic Women Organization in 2014.
The 2013-2014 year was certainly an intense but productive one for the UN Advocacy Team. From New York to Sri Lanka to Azerbaijan to Sweden and beyond, the UN Advocacy Team was able to take the message of Pax Romana and its millions of members to political negotiations, UN meetings, NGO trainings, and other important events throughout the year. Today, the hard work and efforts of the members of the UN Advocacy Team means that young people are moving closer to creating a youth-led and youth-based advocacy infrastructure in New York that can serve IMCS, ICMICA, ICMYO, the MGCY, and all other civil society partners for years to come. The UN Advocacy Team is laying the bedrock by acting as the first official ICMYO Liaison to the UN, and taking a leading and primary role in the MGCY. It is with great pride that the UN Advocacy Team presents this report and hopes the International Teams of the Pax Romana movement will accept and share it with all regional coordinators and national movements.
The UN Advocacy Team did not participate fully in the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) because of the fact that Chris was living in Sri Lanka at the time and the team was more focused on SDG and post-2015 matters. Nevertheless, the team did conduct an online consultation with the movement in preparation for Pax Romana’s policy submission for CSW and Chris Malano, the former Secretary General of IMCS, was in New York liaising with ICMYO partners, namely the YWCA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), and helping other youth with their advocacy. As mentioned previously in this report, the team is focusing much less on ECOSOC commissions like the CSW and putting much more energy into post-2015 and related processes. For further reading, the agreed conclusions of the CSW are available online.
The Post-2015 Development Agenda process has been a complex and arduous journey. It includes a number of other processes that are described in this report, but also some events that require a separate description. As a result, this section of the report will detail a number of events within the larger post-2015 framework that are not necessarily part of a separate policy process, namely the High Level Political Forum (HLPF).
The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), which is being hosted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), will take place in Istanbul in 2016. The WHS was initiated by UNSG Ban Ki-Moon as to renew the world’s coordination of humanitarian assistance. OCHA reached out to the UN Advocacy Team to discuss how to involve youth in the WHS consultation and policy process. After making the necessary connections, OCHA is now working with the MGCY and ICMYO organizations to establish a WHS Youth Task Force, which will be the lead youth body throughout the WHS process. The team is playing a leading role in the creation of the Task Force and will participate in its work. Already, a survey is being formulated to gather the voices of youth in preparation for the WHS.
Plurality Is At the Heart of Life
Vidyajyoti College of Theology conducted a two day national seminar on “Witnessing to the Gospel in a polarised India” on 16-17 February 2015. Two Jesuit sociologists: Prof. Rudolf Heredia and Prof. Ambrose Pinto made brilliant presentations on Religious Freedom: The Constitutional Debate and the Law Today and The Challenges of Minorities Christians and Dalits in India in the Present Context of Hindutva respectively. A well known Indian theologian Prof. Jacob Parapally MSFS made an excellent presentation on Witnessing to the Gospel: Gift and Task in the Present Day India.
Pope Francis: he was kind, full of Joy, and full of warmth: Prof. Akhtarul Wasey (Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, Government of India, New Delhi)
Victor Edwin: You were a special invitee from India to participate and speak in the Conference organised by Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome on their Golden Jubilee. What were your impressions of this Catholic Institute and its efforts in Christian Muslim Dialogue?
Prof. Akhtarul Wasey: I feel privileged to be invited from India in fact from South Asia to participate in this conference.
Sahiwal: International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future Active Youth Group celebrated the International Day of women’s in Sahiwal region on March 08, 2015. This seminar held in St. Mary’s Convent Hall in which 70 females and 20 male participated. Sr. Costanza OP was the chief guest and Mrs. Parveen and Shamsa Anwar were the guest of honour.
I would like to start my brief presentation with the lines of the famous poem by German Protestant pastor Martin Niemӧller:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
The similarities of the current geopolitical situation to the one prevailing before World War II are so striking, convincing and widespread that they are almost inescapable.
EuropeInfos. #180 - March 2015. The monthly Newsletter of the COMEC and the JESC.
President Jean-Claude Juncker made the completion of EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights one of the 2015 Commission priorities. The EU Court of Justice added an unexpected twist to a perhaps only too predictable script.
EuropeInfos. #180 - March 2015. The monthly Newsletter of the COMECE and the JESC.
In 2013 the European Environment Agency (EEA) announced that Europe had already reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 19% with reference to the 1990 level, but this reduction is largely as a result of the economic crisis.
In June 2014, Pax Romana ICMICA meets PCL (Pontifical Council for Laity): it seemed open to new relationship. In October 2014, we ask to attend the conference organized in November. PCL replied that it was a special meeting for new communities, but proposed to do something special for us. In November, a first project was discussed with the PCL officer in charge of associations. But in January, final negative answer, they just want to meet us individually, under our request.
During the AGM, our member Faith Odhiambo has been elected as the secretary for the NIYOA board. Hence it means that ICMICA Africa has the position of the secretary.
The Network of International Youth Organisations in Africa (NIYOA) is a network that brings together international youth organizations working in Africa to empower young people to take active role in the society. As a youth platform for the International Organisations in Africa, NIYOA serves the interest of young people all over Africa, promoting their active participation in development and educating them on the values and principles of peace, democracy and co-operation.