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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.
SOUTH ASIAN JESUIT THEOLOGIANS’ COLLOQUIUM, DELHI
South Asian Jesuit Theologians’ colloquium was convened by Fr Michel Amaladoss SJ, one of the eminent Asian theologians and the secretary of the Jesuits in Religious Studies (JERES) from 19-21, October 2014 at Nav Jivan Retreat Center in Delhi. Thirty two theologians who attended the conference deliberated upon the challenges that the Jesuit theologians face in building a theologically thinking and feeling community in the South Asian region that is sensitive to glocal concerns.
“Let us build ourselves … Let us know each other” was the theme for the first day of the conference.
For their Excellencies the Ambassadors of the UNESCO Member States
• Concerned by the international news and its implications for the future of peace,
• And building on the Founding Declaration of UNESCO’s Member States “that since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace must be erected”,
A protest march organized by the Inter University Students’ Federation was held yesterday. The students went on a demonstration demanding the government to,
Cooperation with ILO
Since several years SIIAEC has been working together with the International Labour Organization (ILO, www.ilo.org) and taking part in the Annual International Labour Conference in Geneva as observer.
ILO is the oldest international organization among the United Nations and its main principle is „the Tripartite Dialogue“ between governments, employers and workers.
The actual main topic of ILO since 2000 has been „Decent Work“ comprising Basic Social Protection, Youth Employment and Sustainability. SIIAEC works together with other International Christian NGOs.
Minutes and documentation of the SIIAEC conference which took place in Tirana (Albania) from 27.09.2013 - 29.09.2013
The topic was
“Social Security in the View of Economic Crisis,
Demographic Change and Ethical Principles”
Dear young people of F.U.C.I.! (Italian Catholic Federation of University students)
I was pleased to know that your federation is preparing to celebrate an Extraordinary National Congress in Arezzo to rediscover the prophetic figure of my venerable predecessor Pope Paul VI, who was your Assistant Central from 1925 to 1933, and whom I will have the joy of proclaiming Blessed 19 October 2014. By addressing to the participants and all members my affectionate greetings, I wish to assure you of my spiritual closeness and accompany the work that you carry out, with three words that can help you in your efforts.
1 The first word that I give you is “studium”. The essential part of university life lies in the study, hard and patient work of thinking that reveals a tension of human being towards the truth, goodness and beauty. Be aware to receive in the study, a fruitful opportunity to recognize and give voice to the deepest desires kept in your heart, and the ability to make them mature.
Paul VI is now blessed, the liturgical memorial of the new Blessed is scheduled for the day of his birth, September 26.
In St. Peter's Square Pax Romana was present through the delegates at the XII assembly of Meic and hundreds of members from all over Italy. Meic is the Pax Romana Icmica member in Italy as Fuci is the Pax Romana Imcs. A dutiful presence, as explained by Carlo Cirotto president of MEIC, to the Italian catholic newspaper "Avvenire": "Meic received from to Paul VI its very foundation and defining their fundamental characteristics, namely the communication of the experience of faith through the exercise of reason.
On 14th October 2014, Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS), Mumbai animators Fr. Glenford and Fr. Cleophas, along with Ms. Marina the Social Political Co-ordinator of DBYS and Ms. Divya, Resource Person and member of DBYS had a skype meet with the Catholic Human Rights Activist from Malaysia belonging to the SALT (School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly and Treading Humbly with God) Movement to understand the Human Rights Issue in Malaysia and also to learn the methodology to train youngsters for social justice work. The speakers were Erlinda Joseph and Amanda Leonie. The discussion began with introduction of the participants and by introducing SALT movement and the SYM (Salesian Youth Movement). Erlinda shared her university experience and the challenges she faced when joining the SALT work for Human Rights. Belonging to the Orang Asli indigenous community, she has worked towards the rights of her people, also motivating her village members to join for social justice work. Likewise, Amanda belonging to the Dusan indigenous community shared her experience for the same. She shared her struggle to fight the Bakun dam along with other Human Rights activist. The other ideas covered in the conversation were challenges from home and the church, challenges in attracting youth for Human Rights programme, application of theology (the church’s teaching) in social justice work, importance of leadership and ideas on movement building. The discussion was fruitful in understanding the challenges of Human Rights, inspiring the DBYS team to work towards social issues in India. The meet also helped in working out a methodology to involve youth in social political sphere for awareness and action oriented activities. Towards the end of the meeting both the groups decided to be in solidarity with each other and share resources to work towards building awareness on Human Rights.
Growing up in a Christian environment, I never came across the Qur’an in my childhood. But this changed when I went to a Muslim country as a young adult to teach English. Having moved into a Muslim environment, I began to hear the regular call to prayer and to hear the sound of the Qur’an being chanted in the mosques. I became curious to know more about its message. Whenever I read the Qur’an in English, however, I wondered how this complex text was able to touch the hearts of so many people.
We the Pax Romana family would like to extend our solidarity to all the brave protesters of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. In the protest of recent days which led from the build up in the past weeks, we are inspired to see peoples of different classes and even nationality gather as a sign of protest against the anti democratic policies as imposed by the China government. Being inspired by the students and intellectual movement ourselves, we are particularly inspired by the student movements of Hong Kong who bravely took part in the protest despite knowing the risks of violent reprisals from the authorities.
This document reflects the opinions of the members of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development in Vienna on the most pressing challenges the world is facing. The nexus between urgent issues to be solved and suggestions for strategies to secure progress towards achieving the objectives are briefly touched upon. Those objectives need to be defined in terms of concrete targets in the new sustainable development goals (SDGs). For the most important strategic fields, targets should be set that take into account their potential for realisation, and the social multiplier effects should be identified. Over the long term education is considered to be key to achieving a better world. All the other important strategies hinge critically on the ability and willingness of the international community to introduce the necessary reforms; this implies designing and implementing intelligent measures. Every effort will have to be made to overcome numerous obstacles and address many challenges. The strategies to be followed are interlinked and their mutual influences have to be taken into account before designing concrete measures in order to avoid possible counter-productive effects. Among the most important strategies are institutional and legal reforms, technical and social innovation, the introduction of effective incentive systems and the protection and enhancement of our common resource base so as to secure fair access for all. Basic tenet: The primary objective is the attainment of human rights and a better life for all, with sustainable development as the strategic means for achieving that goal.
Let me give you information in brief of what are the topics I have dealt with in the recent month that concern the social responsibility of Catholic intellectuals. A summary of some papers of mine is to indicate that I am prepared to follow structured discussion on these, and related subjects. These pieces of publication are in Hungarian. I shall still be glad to switch over the English if there is an opportunity to take part in discussion at the international fora of Pax Romana.
The cornerstones of this paper are the strong statements of the pope made in Evangelii gaudium. They are: “.. desidero una Chiesa povera per i poveri.”,
Hungarian universities and Hungarian civil society have been currently in a special case, suffocating under the pressure of arbitrary government intervention and centralisation of political power. About the reaction of Hungarian churches to our problems, I can tell you, that we cannot experience any sympathy or understanding from them as institutions.
In extending to you the Holy See’s congratulations on your election to the presidency of the sixty-ninth Session of the General Assembly, I wish to convey the cordial greetings of His Holiness Pope Francis to you and to all the participating delegations. He assures you of his closeness and prayers for the work of this session of the General Assembly, with the hope that it will be carried out in an atmosphere of productive collaboration, working for a more fraternal and united world by identifying ways to resolve the serious problems which beset the whole human family today.
In continuity with his predecessors, Pope Francis recently reiterated the Holy See’s esteem and appreciation for the United Nations as an indispensable means of building an authentic family of peoples.