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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.
europeinfos #181 - April 2015
The impact of climate change will become more intense and its effects will be irreversible. We will have to adapt to new physical and climatic conditions.
This article is the third in a series of monthly pieces that aims to prepare our readers for COP21, the UN Conference on Climate Change that will take place in Paris in November 2015. This time we will focus on adaptation, previously it was on mitigation, as the second main stream of the actions for addressing climate change.
europeinfos #181 - April 2015
Like Nero, fiddling while Rome burned, most politicians pressed the continue-as-before button.
The issue of climate change is rarely far from the headlines. The COP21 in Paris in early December is focusing minds in 2015, but perhaps what keeps the matter on the boil continually is the gut feeling most people have that urgent steps are necessary, while few are willing to take concrete action themselves.
Dear members of the Conference of INGOs
The World Forum for Democracy will be held in Strasbourg (France) from 18-20 November 2015. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Freedom vs control: For a democratic response”.
The Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of leaders, ...
Please find the UPR stakeholders submission on Nepal in the attachment.
“The missionary dimension should characterise all Church structures, even the Roman Curia”. The Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, today met the Secretariat of the Catholic Action International Forum and expressed his appreciation for the objectives for international ecclesial cooperation which characterise the IFCA ’Ac ensalida’ (Outgoing CA) programme.
The IFCA Secreteriat held its meeting in Rome during these last few days to fine tune the agenda of the commitments which will be undertaken during the coming two years. The meeting was attended by 30 national leaders and priest assistants from the 5 Countries which make up the IFCA coordinating organism – Argentina, Italy, Romania, Spain and Burundi and Rwanda. There were unitary working sessions as well as working sessions focused on different age-groups.
International Catholic movements are currently strengthening their cooperation regarding the presence in international institutions, thematic reflections, speaking out .... These movements have a long history associated with specialized Catholic Action, and had a strong influence in the society as well as in the Church. They are now living in a very different context compared to their origin. Are they still relevant today? What is their charism compared to lay movements born after the council? We will address this issue at our meeting on 22 and 23 May 2015.
In this paper I would like to reflect on his dialogical method in the light of his course on Islam for the students of Regional theology Centre at Danapur and later in Khaspur. Jackson conducted this particular course for 26 years from 1983.
I propose to illustrate that totally present to the other is at the heart of the dialogical legacy of Paul Jackson. Jackson discovered this in his pilgrimage into the writings of Sufi Saint Sharafuddin Maneri, and into the lives of many theologically thinking and spiritually vibrant Muslim friends. He endeavoured to create an ambiance for his students to learn something similar to what he has learnt from the context of Muslims of Bihar.
Statement by H. E. Mr. Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, at the ECOSOC Integration Segment
I am honoured to be here today, together with all of you, for a segment with an impressive list of both topics and participants. I certainly look forward to our discussion. Let me start by stepping back in time. Reshma, a seamstress in a garment factory, saw the light of day again, after 17 days. Helped by rescue workers, she emerged from the rubble, having survived on dried goods and water. But more than 1 100 of her colleagues died in that factory in Dhaka, when it collapsed in April 2013.
This tragedy was not a unique event. Two million people die at work every year.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan on Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue
Yoginder Sikand and Victor Edwin
In a conversation with a group of Christians who are members of Islamic Studies Association (ISA), Delhi Maulana Wahiduddin Khan's tells about his understanding of Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue. ISA aims to work for communal harmony and national integration in India. The Constitution of ISA notes; “In the name of God and His ever greater service, to promote national integration of all Indian cultural, social and religious groups and support Government programs for this purpose”, and to “work towards harmonious relations among Muslims, Christians, Hindu and other religious and social communities in India”. This broad desire is focused on the first specific step: “to promote study, research and teaching regarding the history, religion, culture, socio-economic conditions and other aspects of Islam”.
Friends, now the 70% life is back to normal the rest 30 % will be after Easter holidays hopefully. The markets in here are half open because of the fear of getting arrested. There are more than 100 boys and young boys and men arrested by the CIA . They are kept in the cells and given no food there and no washroom facilitilies. This is what I heard, I haven't seen.
Nowadays we are constantly in a great trouble. We need your prayers at this time of agony.
+ we are being threatened by near by area people .
+ people have again moved to their save places. ( a very few number is here).
+ 3% students were in the schools today.
+ the very update from here is that an man named gulam rasol had been caught yesterday evening, how was just roaming around in here. He told the police in investigation that he was involved in the blast he was the one who helped them to carry the details from here.
+ many christians have been arrested
I am grateful to you all for being with us at this critical time. We, in Youhanabad are going through many temptations so certainly we need your moral and spiritual support to rise again in faith and love of God.
Now a few updates from Youhanabad is as below:
+ the rangers are outside the Youhanabad and the police is in all the streets and corners.
+till 10 am the shops are open .
+ morning Holy Mass in being celebrated.
I am presently at Youhanabad since 2 years, I am working in St John's Boys school Youhanabad. Catholic Church is situated on the same road of my school. Fortunately or unfortunately the blast just happened outside the gate in both the churches. The local security guards of the both churches were brave enough that they didn't allow suicide boomers to let in the church .
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.