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Pope Francis was pointing out that one the most pressing challenge is to address the "globalization of indifference", the selfish and indifferent attitude towards the suffering of others that has achieved a global dimension. Some months later the Pope was announcing 2016 as the year of the mercy, that it may be considered as a response to this human indifference attitude. However, this transformation process requires commitment
This will be the theme of the Plenary Assembly of Pax Romana Icmica in Barcelona from October 28th to November 1st 2016.
Take part online to the ongoing reflections on this theme.
Mercy, Compassion, Love sounds very comfortable. As a human being everyone wants to experience these verbs. As the theme of this Year, it becomes more verbal in our daily life. While living stroll around the streets. I am curious to know whether it is the real world or the world of the fake? I saw a great shift in Humanity. Humanity being praised and being insulted. Why humanity is suffering? Humanity is dragging on the roads and humanity is being honour among the rich. The pair of shoes has more dignity and leisure’s of life as it is been displayed nicely in the shopping mall and on the other hand the child of the poor is sleeping on the road enjoying the melody traffic and taps by sun on the road.
The historic vote this week by a slim majority of the British people to leave the European Union –the so-called “Brexit” – signals a major political and economic challenge. But the Brexit also has a significant moral significance that goes beyond the UK. How we as nations understand borders, sovereignty, and other peoples speaks volumes to our deeper commitments to peace, solidarity, human rights, and the common good. Indeed, the decision to leave the European Union and the accompanying campaign vitriol against “others” signals a threat to one of the most important legacies of 20th Century Social Catholicism.
How many times, during these first months of the Jubilee, have we heard about the works of mercy! Today the Lord invites us to make a serious examination of conscience. Indeed, it is good to never forget that mercy is not an abstract word, but it is a way of life: a person can either be merciful or unmerciful; it is a lifestyle. I choose to live in a way that is merciful or I choose to live in a way that is unmerciful. It is one thing to speak of mercy, and it is another to live mercy. Paraphrasing the words of St James the Apostle (cf. 2:14-17), we could say: mercy without works is dead within itself. That’s it! What makes mercy come alive is its constant dynamism in order to go and meet those in need and the necessities of those in spiritual and material hardship. Mercy has eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to lift up again....
This material is intended to gather the thoughts of our communities on the topic of the plenary Assembly of Barcelona 2016, called "Indifference to the Mercy: What’s our commitment?"
This document is a summary of the Papal audience, and it is mentioned centrally the "mercy" and the Pope interpellate us many times to get closer to a practical concept and non-theoretical about Mercy. Therefore, we have selected it to be analyzed in the local communities of our federations in the entire world. It will be available during the meeting in Barcelona.
You would expect me to comment on the Brexit vote in the recent referendum held in the UK. I certainly cannot speak for all the members of the Newman Association who hold a wide variety of opinions, but personally I was shocked and horrified by the result.
The referendum was held for the sole purpose of trying to unite one of our political parties. Whist many of those who supported Leave were genuinely convinced that this was the right path for the UK to take; the leaders of the Leave Campaign were mainly right wing or political opportunists.
Today: Nabire, Paniai Regency, Papua Province: In 12 July 2016, at 10.00 am (Papua times), Deserius Goo a member of KNPB ( National Committee for West Papua) was arrested by police and has been detained at the police station when he printed banners about Papuan peoples support ULMWP to become full member of MSG in MTC Digital Printing, Nabire city, Paniai Regency - Papua.
There have been huge changes, people started to be volunteer in social or medical activities. It is positive but at the same time it is a challenge for the movement. People felt that prayers and meditation are not enough, they need to do something more. The movement must find another direction. Members felt the necessity to commit themselves in fields linked to their professional expertise, for example in specialized NGOs. But there is no time enough to do everything.
It is a difficult situation with the war in the East of Ukrain. It is very challenging for young people to continue the fight for freedom. It hurts a lot when you see that things don’t happen as you dreamed to. It is not easy to change. We understood that we had to change ourselves, to take responsibilities. Now it is very important to be heard by others and share experiences. Please read the full article.
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Building on its previous years of hard work, the Pax Romana United Nations Advocacy Team is now more involved in UN processes than ever before. By engaging in advocacy through entities such as the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) and the International Coordination Meeting of Youth Organizations (ICMYO) , for which the Team acts as formal Liaison to the UN, the Advocacy Team has fostered relationships within a wide range of UN processes ,
The social and historic shifts impacting our societies test something essential for the future of our humanity: transmission. Due to the extreme diversification of individual profiles and their great mobility, the usual means of transmission are helpless and the institutions that have traditionally ensured that transmission have become extremely fragile. According to Michel Foucault’s famous saying, we can say that we are going through “the shift from a society of prescription to a society of inscription.”
In the past, transmission was carried out as a form of prescription, i.e. “instructions” to be followed. Institutions as family, school, communities would prescribe individuals their rights and duties, that is to say the rules of living together. They would also give them the codes and practices, the meanings and rites concerning their growth in humanity that would help them forge a strong identity. This is no longer the case.
"From indifference to mercy". During the assembly there will be times for debates, to open up ourselves to the richness and diversity of our international movement. But they will take their full meaning through times of silence, to contemplate what is happening, enter in ourselves and experience how God reveals his presence during these days. The space and time that we dedicate to this listening is fundamental. This time will take the following forms:
As companions of Jesus sent into today´s world, a world characterized by religious pluralism, we have a special responsibility to promote interreligious dialogue. Thus keeping in mind the richness of the other faith traditions and in order to make it more practical for the young scholastics in the formation, a four day interfaith seminar was organized by Islamic Studies Association. It was held at Hyderabad in coordination with the Henry Martin Institute, International Center for Research, interfaith Relations and Reconciliation. Beside our daily Eucharist, every day the program began with interfaith prayer service conducted by our brothers and sisters of other faith. It was indeed an enriching experience to come together and pray to one God in Vedic, Islamic and Sikh faith traditions. Our spirits elevated and hearts were raised to praise God as we sat together under one roof.
Since January 2015, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe has elected a new President: Anna RURKA. This is a major and positive change in the management of the Conference. Anna’s programme is as follows:
• “…. A Conference with the courage to express opposing arguments as a token of its strength and perceptive of complexity where others see mere complication.
• A Conference aiming at political, economic and strategic efficiency based on ethical principles.
• A conference armed with proposals, heeded, understood, intelligent in its diversity and respectful towards what all the policies in the world have in common: the human being”.
Pope Paul VI visited Mumbai, India, in 1964, for the Eucharistic Congress, as he walked down a park, with Fr Eustace D'Lima and others,they kept talking to the Pope. He suddenly stopped and said, "How indifferent can you all be?" And he added, "Are you not struck by the overwhelming poverty of the people?" Massive poverty of India and other Third World countries was well known to them so much that they passed by the poor without even noticing the poor.
Indifference is what has not been achieved by Pax Romana. We encourage our members to proactively participate in socio economic discussions. We also want to change mindsets, that is why we have a High school student program. Management of resources has always been the problem of Africa. Professionals have a role to play, identifying their own areas of indifferences and moving forward. PR members must redefine themselves as stakeholders in their own affairs, indentifying their own indifference regarding internal resources.
Indifference means inequality of income between and inside countries. It leads to proverty. The poor people have no way to improve their income. They are lacking food, working places, clean water decent housing. The latest report form IMF shows that higher inequalities lead to lower growth. Indifference from powerful people means business as usual.
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The Catholic Church in Ireland is “very lacking” in people of intellect who, educated in their faith, can address the pressing issues of the day, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said.
He was “haunted” by a quote from Pope Benedict at the beatification of Cardinal Newman in 2010. “He said: ‘The service to which Blessed John Henry was called involved applying his keen intellect and his prolific pen to many of the most pressing ‘subjects of the day’,” the Archbishop recalled.
“If the place of the Church in the current social and political discussion in Ireland risks becoming increasingly marginal, this is not just due to some sort of external exclusion; it is also because the Church in Ireland is very lacking in ‘keen intellects and prolific pens addressing the pressing subjects of the day’,” said the Archbishop.