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6 : Fred in Uganda to meet PR members
9 : Skype on the reform of the Church
10: Prayer for persecuted churches in Lahore (Pakistan) by PR movement
10: Jules in Lomé (Togo) for social teaching program
15: Jules (Madagascar) visits PR Douala (Cameroun)
18: Ruki (Sri Lanka) speaks about Human Rights at Bishop conference office Paris
23: Skype on SG travel in Africa
8: CYDM : seminar on Rights of Christians in Pakistan
Our first experiment with the White Papers has been relatively positive.
It was picked up by several news and information services:
- National Catholic Reporter in the USA.
- Published (thanks to Fredrick) as an opinion article in the Catholic Information Service for Africa.
-Published as an opinion article in Cath News New Zealand.
- A version published on my blog: (from our analytics, 148 people have read this including at least one person from Vatican City) -
I sent the paper to Cardinal O'Malley and Archbishop Parolin. We were also able to have Jean from ICMICA in DRC get the paper to the cardinal there. I have heard from a reporter friend of mine in Rome that at least Archbishop Parolin received and read the copy.
ICMICA Pax Romana is working to reinforce capacities of the local and national NGOs in the area of networking and building a strategic alliance with those INGOs who are based in Geneva on concrete HR issues since 1998 through its annual Human Rights Internship Program.
A relevant report written by a panel of people with int. experience in various fields...downloaded by more than half a million people. Insights about the future, mega trends, and the global governance we need to face the challenges. Read at least the summary page 6-7.
Social networks, blogs, and online media offer citizens access to public life in an unprecedentedly direct way. Is the internet revolutionising democratic practice?
This topical question will be raised this year during the World Forum for Democracy, organised by the Council of Europe with the support of the French government, the Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg.
A. Promote Gender Equality and Participation (follow-up for MDGs)
B. Decrease Youth Unemployment worldwide through the promotion of decent work and universal education
C. Increase access to universal health care
The World Conference on Youth aims to build on the previous World Youth Conference. However it will take joint resolution rather than two separate (like the Structured Dialogue). It aims to produce the Colombo Action Plan/Road Map on how we can better fuffil the World Programme on Action on Youth and a strong youth presence in the development agenda.
It has been recognised by the UN General Assembly "welcoming" the conference, and "calling" on members states to engage young people in discussions about WPAY developments and youth in development. There is also a push to use this conference to launch voluntary commitment on better youth funding by governments using a UN depositary which will record the global investment of young people for the first time. It will also be a space to strengthen global youth movements and youth participation at the global level.
People long for peace says cross border peace activist Fr Joe Kalathil SJ. Joe narrates his hope filled experience of travel in Pakistan to Victor Edwin SJ.
I went to Lahore, Pakistan, in November, 2012. The purpose of my visit was to establish people to people contact between Indians and Pakistanis. First step was to help both the people of India and Pakistan to abandon the ‘inimical attitude’ they have for one another and start thinking of building bridges not walls between them. This people to people contact was initiated through the senior school students. I took with me 35 letters from 35 Indian students, addressed to ‘unknown friends of Pakistan. In Pakistan I spoke to the students of five schools in Lahore and brought back 92 letters for their Indian friends! A beautiful miracle! Not only students, the teachers also joined in this movement. Some of the trade union activists from Lahore also extended their co-operation for this movement. The positive response I received from the people of Pakistan to this plan was much beyond my expectations.
Early Highlights and Analysis of Evangellii Gaudium
Evangellii Gaudium, the Joy of the Gospel, will most certainly become an important text to understand Catholic social ethics, mission, ecclesiology, and what it means to be a disciple in the world today. The text addresses a number of important themes including the importance of preaching, the danger of pride and despair within the church, economic inequality, the idolatry of free market capitalism and structural sin, the call of all the church to proclaim the Gospel with joy, and the pneumatological dimensions of evangelization. Most of all, perhaps, Pope Francis calls our attention to the demands of people who are poor and marginalized as a fundamental component of evangelization.
It is to inform you that due to some reason the Seminar on "Rights of Christians in Pakistan" is been cancelled and is also informed that the upcoming activities of CYDM (Christian Youth Development Movement) are also stopped for an unknown period of time. As soon there will be any update regarding the activities of CYDM you will be notified.
On November 28th the heads of European Union member states will gather in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital, for a summit of the “Eastern Partnership”. This project was championed by Poland and Sweden in 2008 as a way of engaging with six former Soviet republics (Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia) after Russia blocked Georgia’s and Ukraine’s path to NATO. The success or failure of this venture depends on whether Ukraine, by far the largest and most important of the six, signs an association and free-trade agreement with the EU.
Do not let the dynamism of the pope cover our inertia, because the resistance today comes from those who want to preserve the pastoral routine. Christians are called to a new way to be present in the public space. Crisis is not an excuse to take refuge in the private life. The challenge is to articulate the community differences, not to degenerate into indifference or intolerance, and to overcome rampant populism.
Dr Paul Hwang has been appointed as chair of the newly created theological commission. Paul is member of the WTI (Woori Theological Institute) in Seoul Korea. He is director of the CATS, Center for Asian Theology Solidarity. He organized in July 2013 in Chiang Mai Thailand, a seminar on "Limitless Development and Indigenous Peoples Lives amid Ecological Crisis in Asia". One of the themes was how the indigenous spiritualities can be source of renewal for the christians.
1 . The Church should continue on the path set by the Second Vatican Council , and overcome the closed model of a church wanting to recreate a society, nostalgic of a christian ideal who hates the world.
2 To detach the Church from worldliness (speech of Benedict XVI Freiburg 9/2011) which will lead to greater credibility in its core mission, the proclamation of the Word and give up some forms that are now outdated .
Ryder said that the dignity of work is a common concern for the ILO and the Catholic Church, particularly the situation of the most vulnerable, child labourers, domestics workers and migrants. Both expressed their concern for the victims of human-trafficking. The inclusion of Decent work in the post 2015 development agenda was also discussed.
During a meeting in the Bishop conference in Paris, Ruki explains he three main objectives of his action:
1 to stop the violences which are still going on, 4 years after the end of the war
2 to make justice after a 30 years war, at least to make crimes acknowledged
3 to understand the root causes of this dreadful history.
Protest against the Hungarian Government’s new higher education strategy
Instead of solving the crisis of higher education by compensating for recent budget cuts, the Hungarian Government seems to introduce direct control of universities. OHA (University Lecturers’ Network) and HAHA (Students’ Network) say that the newly announced higher education strategy attests to antidemocratic tendencies both in its content and in the way of its introduction.
In the framework of the upcoming Warsaw Conference on Climate (11-22 November 2013), a declaration (See attachment) advocating for an unbreakable link between Climate Change and Human Rights was adopted by our Standing Committee on behalf of the Conference of INGOs.