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Early life: Augustine was born in 354 in Taguste Africa. His mother Monica was a very virtuous woman. His father was a pagan but before death he accepted Christianity. Augustine’s family name was Aurelius. His ancestors were originally from Rome.
He was sent to school approximately 9km away from Taguste at the age of 11 years. There he was introduced with the traditions of pagans. When he uses to recall his childhood he told that the first mischief which he did along with his friends was to steal fruit from neighbor’s house. He explains his theft in his several books especially in “Confessions”. He explained that he did not steal the fruits to fill his appetite but he was restricted to do that. It is human instinct that if we stop anybody for doing wrong he will do it. Therefore Augustine’s dearth was to do wrong things. In his book “confession” he writes that I love my mistakes and that’s why I do not make mistakes unknowingly instead knowingly be I used to do Only and only he wanted to satisfy myself. He concluded this result from all these events that human nature attracts easily towards evil and every time human nature looking for God’s mercy and grace.
Joint Submission of Stake Holders Report by the coalition of 10 Myanmar NGOs, five International NGOs
– Caritas Internationalis, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers), Franciscan International
A note recently made by P. Vértesaljai László, S.J. is addressed to all of us who are affected by the fate of the immigrants massively arriving at Europe: “we should not adjudge them, based on what they do, or what they omit to do, but based on what they suffer from“ (Radio Vaticano). First we can grasp warning that we should not evaluate the deed of those who come to us in a utilitarian way. It does not matter what are the consequences of what they do, or how much they are successful. It is more momentous to realise the intention that works in their heart. We cannot admit to have moral assessment unless we correlate the deed of our fellow creature to their duties.
Christian scholars on Islam like Kenneth Cragg and Paul Jackson SJ has taught that we should listen to Muslims to understand Islam. I have the pleasant job of introducing Islam and Christian Muslim relations every year to a group of young Christians mostly religious men and women at the Vidyajyoti College of Theology (http://vidyajyoti.in/). Every year besides class room instructions and interactions, we invite Muslims to speak to us. This year the following program are organized the students of Christian theology at VJ, Delhi. Please keep these programs in your prayers.
Interaction with Muslim brothers and sisters
Session 1 Date 18 August 2015
Topic for discussion: The Impact of Sufism on the composite culture of India
I think it is time to respond to the calls of the Papal Encyclicals, namely CARITAS IN VERITATE, EVANGELII GAUDIUM, LAUDATO SI on the issue of inequality. This has been a root of the many global economic problems, ending in poverty for billions of people in the world. I would like to stress on two economic sectors, which are intertwined: Real Estate and Banking.
The InterFaith Tour is the world tour of interfaith initiatives. For 10 months, Lucie (Christian), Samir (Muslim), Ariane (atheist) and Lea (Jewish) will cross no fewer than 34 countries to meet the interfaith initiatives to understand, question and value them and to put them in network between themselves.
Council 50 is a project that gives an opportunity to all communities, groups, parishes and associations to share, on an equal footing, their vision for a 21st century Church inspired by the Gospel for the world, thereby responding to the calls of our Pope Francis.
For over a year, the Pope Francis has made repeated calls to all members of our Church to ensure that she lives according to the Gospel, and to live in the spirit of Jesus in our complex world. It is precisely these initiatives and proposals of groups, associations, communities, parishes, often fruits of the seeds sown during the Council Vatican II, that Council 50 aims to collect and compile during the worldwide gathering of delegates scheduled in Rome from November 20-22, 2015 to create the Charter of Council 50, which will be offered to the Pope during his jubilee celebration of the closing of Vatican II.
With his last book "Auslaufmodell - Where pope Francis drives the church?", Dr Paul Zulehner proposes a pastoral theology essay with a collection of papal caricatures. Some of them are available on his website homepage : www.zulehner.org
- Blast! Whenever he reads it, he always gets these ideas
- I don't like that!
- C’est à chaque fois qu’il lit ça, qu’il lui vient ces idées…
- Ouais, ça ne me plait pas !
UPR Info, together with its partners, organised a successful workshop for civil society organizations working in the area of human rights; with a special focus on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) this was a second workshop and a follow-up to a similar one that was held in March 2015 and proposed an implementation strategy and an action plan to implement UPR recommendations. Kenya Movement of Catholic Professionals (KMCP) Paxromana and its two partner organizations in Kenya in the area of UPR i.e. Edmund Rice Advocacy Network (ERAN) and Franciscans International(FI) participated in the workshop.
The Rise of a New Kind of Political and Religious Fundamentalism in Europe?
Let me begin my paper with a personal remark. In this semester I have conducted a seminar entitled “Introduction to Women’s, Men’s and Gender Studies in Theological Research” at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Vienna. With the participants – ecclesiastical students, theologians, philosophers and students majoring in Gender Studies – we have discussed what gender means and how gender equality can be achieved today in everyday life (family or work), or life in the Church.
A Pan African Call to a Conversation on Pope Francis Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’
Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si is a worldwide wake up call to help humanity understand the destruction that man is rendering to the environment and his fellow man. Although the document directly addresses itself to issues of the environment, its scope is broader in many ways as delves into many philosophical, theological, and cultural causes that threaten the relationships of man to nature as well as man to his fellow man, in many ways.
This document is unique in many ways. Like Pope Saint John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris, it departs from previous Papal documents as it is not only addressed to Catholic faithful but all people of good. In fact, the Pope states clearly this intention from the onset: “In this Encyclical, I would like to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home” (#3).
In the cooperation process between ISCAM* (International Specialized Catholic Action Movements) initiated June 17, 2014, we gathered on 22 and 23 May 2015. We were hosted by JOC France at their headquarters. We had 3 main questions:
1 - What is the current relevance of our almost centennial founding intuitions? (Starting from human realities, option for the poor, working by, for and with the people, articulate faith and life ...)
2 - How do we stand in the Church with the changes after Council Vatican II and the message of Pope Francis?
3 - How to make this common heritage fruitful for the world today?
Abstract of my book "culture of benevolence"
In relation to society there can be some structures identified as hierarchic – democratic – humanitarian. But we have to go further than that. All these structures – according to the Anima Magna culture – need to be filled with benevolence for all and magnanimous thinking for all:
"I want to live and I want, that you live. We all care that we all exist well".
Here's a little more background on the Argentinian "theology of the people" now made famous by Pope Francis from an excellent new, little book, Le pape du peuple, which is a series of interviews by Bernadette Sauvaget with the theologian Juan Carlos Scannone.
As noted previously, Scannone, who cites his participation at an important conference organised by ICMICA in Rome in 1974, is one of a trio of Argentinian theologians alongside Lucio Gera and Rafaël Tello, whose influence on Pope Francis he confirms, who were responsible for the development of the theology of the people.
Peace and greetings.
Welcome to July 2015 issue of Salaam.
Recently a Muslim friend asked me about the statutes in the Church whether Christians worship statues. In other words: Are Christians idol worshipers? We had a very helpful religious conversation around the topic. I would like to share with you...
On 3 July 2015 the Education Minister of the Maharashtra government dropped a bomb shell. He announced that Madrasas which do not teach primary subjects such as English, Maths and Science would be considered as "non-schools" and children studying in them as "out of school" kids. This decision was conveyed in a letter written by the state’s minority affairs department to the school education department. This directional order drew fierce criticism from several quarters including the opposition parties, and from many Muslims and Muslim institutions (See: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/maharashtra/madrasas-de-recognised-in-maharashtra-classified-as-non-schools/#sthash.m43zVeTW.dpuf). Reacting sharply to the government decision, the president of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen(AIMIM), Asaduddin Owaisi, questioned the rationale behind the government’s decision, since “there are many madrasas that are teaching Maths, English and science. Many madrasa students have gone ahead and cracked civil services exams,”he said (See: http://www.msn.com/en-in/news/other/muslim-leaders-oppn-criticise-move-to-call-madrasas-non-schools/ar-AAcsLQD).
According to the recent media reporting more than 700 natives of Karachi Pakistan have lost their lives due to heat wave strokes. This is the most terrible catastrophe occurred in these two to three days in Pakistan. Government is not taking serious measures on climate change whereas the other countries around the world are screaming loudly about climate justice.