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60th International Meeting ROME July 23rd – 28th/29th, 2015
The attitude of so many young people to work makes evident their condition of uncertainty, their lack of confidence and a generalized weakness, which induce us to reflect on the responsibilities of the institutions and persons who are in charge of the education and formation of adolescents and youngsters.
Moreover, it often happens that institutions, the school, the family, do not seem capable of providing the instruments for facing the difficulties, nor of generating confidence, nor of offering adequate answers.
Europeinfos : #178- janvier 2015
The agenda for the climate change discussions is taking shape in the midst of important developments. The next COP 21 will be a crucial moment for courageous political decisions.
The myth or reality (?) of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Committee on Enforce Disappearance (CED) brought civil society organizations, human rights defenders, advocates and conflict victims together to express their gross concern over controversial provisions in TRC-Act in a UPR consultation meeting at Capital Kathmandu.
The Act was passed in parliament by the support from major political party’s whip to favor in April 2014 that provides power to grant amnesty even to those who are involved in crime under international law. Act also prohibits legal action in mediated cases, do not recognize the rights of reparation and promote reconciliation on serious human rights violations. Despite the appeal from common platform of victims, president approved the Act in May 2014.
RNDr. Igor Túnyi, DSc., President of the Federation of the Slovak Christian Intellectuals and the President of the Slovak Physical Society passed away after long and heavy disease at the age of 65.
Igor Túnyi was born on 13 November 1949 in Kokava nad Rimavicou, Slovakia. He graduated at the Charles university in Prague, obtained his PhD. from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) and later on also the degree of Doctor of Sciences (DSc.), the highest scientific degree in Slovakia. He spent nearly all his carrier – with the exception of four years – at the Geophysical Institute of SAS, and served as its director for two terms. In the years 2005-2011 he was a member of the Presidium of SAS.
For many years, he has been a member of the Presidium of the Federation of the Slovak Christian Intellectuals (ÚSKI), and he has been elected the President of ÚSKI in April 2011. Dr. Túnyi coped with these new duties successfully, even though handicapped by his illness since summer 2013.
He has been active in science; his main opus, monograph on influence of magnetic field on creation and development of compact objects including our Earth, is just in press. He also received several medals for scientific results.
The International Catholic Movement for Intellectual and Cultural Affairs (ICMICA), composed of professionals is a powerful preaching toll of the church. Living in the world by the witness of the gospel is the goal of each member of the ICMICA. The report of the activities we are presenting takes into account the activities handed for the training of its members (spiritual activities, trainings and service meetings) on one hand, and trainings given by the ICMICA to some of the groups which request the expertise of its members on the second hand.
II- REPORT OF THE ACTIVITIES
A consultative meeting was organized by coalition of more than twenty national level civil societies NGOs funded by Pax Romana.
Around forty religious leaders from (Hindu, Christian and Bahai), media person, educators and organizational leaders have expressed their concerns about policy and legal provision regarding religious freedom in Nepal.Rights to freedom of practice of religious minority are challenged due to the wider cultural practice based on religious majority.
‘Art and cultural practices are constraining religious rights’ said Mr. Lok Mani Dhakal; a member of Constitutional Assembly. “Republic system itself is not in favour of minority because of two third voting provisions”- he added.
Mr. Raju Pradhan, a Nepali Christian professional made a paper presentation about the religious issues and constitutional/legal provision for freedom of belief and practice.
10 Jan, 2015| Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepali youth marched in the Capital, demanding promulgation of human rights friendly new constitution. Street discussion is being organized in front of Constitution Assembly hall.
Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland will join the Unity Rally for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attack and for freedom of expression in Paris by invitation of President Hollande and the French government (Place de la République, 15h).
The Secretary General accepted the invitation as the chief representative of the European Convention on Human Rights which protects fundamental freedoms in Europe. Article 10 of the convention guarantees freedom of expression including media freedom.
The next session of the Conference of the International Non Governmental Organizations of the Council of Europe will be held in Strasbourg from 26th to 29th of January, 2015 : Draft Order of Business.
Venue: Holy Rosary Church, Tejgaon, Dhaka. 16 dec 2014
1. Reading from Holy Bible : The meeting was started at 4:30pm by reading from the bible (Matthew 5:13-16) by Mr. Joven Richard Moreno followed by a open discussion session on that.
2. Welcome Speech and Introduction : Before going to the main discussion a opening speech was delivered by Ms. Sylvie Joytee Gomes (A founder member of FWM). On her speech she welcomed everybody and also gave a short briefing about the mission and vision of FWM.
Sahiwal: Active Youth Group, Centre for Human Rights Education and ICMICA Pakistan celebrated the International Human Rights day in Pakistan by the Support of Farrukh Saif Foundation. Pakistan is a state which is battling with terrorism. Pakistan is a state of 200 Million people where it is the sixth population of the world after Brazil. Muslims poplulation is 95 percent and 5 percent are minorities including Christian, Sikh, Hindu, Bahai, Parsi and other religion. In Pakistan, Human Rights awareness is increasing and civil society of Pakistan is promoting here Human Rights.
ALIGARH December 23: The national seminar on “Commonalities among Religions” organized by the Department of Sunni Theology, Aligarh Muslim University drew a resolution inviting people of all faith to unite and work for strengthening the pluralistic society.
The resolution stated that if peace is to be restored in today’s troubled world, then the Indian subcontinent, which is home to almost all religious faiths in the world, “would have to take the lead in ensuring justice to all sections of their respective populations”.
The seminar also made a strong call “for protecting the Indian constitution under which every individual has the right to propagate his or her religion and also follow the religion of their choice”.
We thirteen Jesuits (five from JCAP and eight from JCSA) gathered at Nav Jivan Renewal Center, Delhi, from 19 to 21 December 2014 to share our experiences and concerns for the Jesuit mission among Muslims in Asia [JAMIA]. Fr Heru Prakosa SJ, one of the members of the expert committee that helps Fr General on the Society’s relations with diverse religions convened the meeting. The gathering had the blessings of both presidents of the Jesuit assistancies/conferences. Fr George Pattery SJ (POSA) presided over the concluding Eucharist affirmed that this meeting is significant since the two Assistancies meet in collaborative ministry.
On the first day we spent time in sharing with one another our work among Muslims. It is encouraging to note our work touch upon every important dimension of dialogue: theological reflection on Christian Muslim relations, initiatives in political dimension of dialogue to restore peace and harmony, working with youth to inculcate in respect for diverse faith and inspire in them a commitment to protect diversity, and keen interest in spiritual dimension of dialogue with Muslims.
Six major challenges emerged in our discussion.
I will speak of the history and current plight of a number of Christian churches which originated, grew, and flourished in what we call the Middle East almost two thousand years ago. In addition to the great Apostolic cradles of Christianity in the Mediterranean, in particular Alexandria, Antioch and Rome, it should be said that there were already Christians in the Holy Land, in Syria and Egypt by thebeginning of the second century; there was a Bible translated into Syriac1; and there was a flourishing Greek and Coptic church in Egypt.
I will speak of a dramatic situation of suffering, persecution, destruction and death. A situation which for a considerable period of time has involved the suffering and death of many people, not only that of journalists seen in powerful internet images, but of men, women and children. A situation which is bringing about the systematic destruction of 2,000 years of literary, artistic and cultural heritage.
P. Manuel Nin
The UNESCO Climate Change Initiative, launched by the Director-General in Copenhaguen, federates UNESCO’s work and joins it with that of other UN bodies and aims to help Member States to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to educate for sustainable development in the context of climate change, to assess the risks of natural disasters due to climate change, and to monitor the effects of climate change on UNESCO Sites (e.g. World Heritage sites and biosphere reserves). The initiative uses these sites for promoting low carbon economies, for instance through the sustainable use of renewable energy sources.
Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda – A collaboration between NGOs and UNESCO
The 2014 International Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) will be held from 15 to 17 December 2014 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and will focus on the theme “Re-enchanting the World with the Post-2015 Development Agenda”.
The Conference will provide a welcome opportunity to examine collective NGO action carried out in 2013 and 2014, and will adopt the main lines of collective cooperation for 2015-2016. It will be organized around four subthemes: “The Involvement of NGOs for the Promotion of Quality Education in the Post-2015 Agenda”; “Water and Sustainable Development: From Awareness-Raising to Decision-Making”; “Enhancing Cultural Heritage and Fostering the Diversity of Cultural Expression”; and “Climate Change: Acting Now”.
- It is a new time in the Church, we need to express our support to the pope and review our priorities as movement.
- Promote pope's address to the EU parliament and Evangelii Gaudium at the national level, but also implement propositions of the pope.
- Sustain a living democracy.
- Not comply with neoliberal vision but be innovative in economics, find ways to reduce inequalities, economic growth is not the only criterium for human life.
On 13 December 2014, 23 youth from diverse faith traditions (13 Muslims, 7 Hindus and three Christians) participated in an interfaith youth weekend jointly organized by Interfaith Coalition for Peace, Zakat Foundation, Henry Martyn Institute: An International Center for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation and Islamic Studies Associationat Navinta, the Delhi Archdiocesan Retreat Centre. Ms Marina D’ Costa and Mr Deepak Raj from Mumbai and Chennai respectively conducted the program. Prof Deepali Bhanot and Victor Edwin SJ worked with the core team in organizing the program.
After Lampedusa and Evangelii Gaudium, this address is very important because it gives a new perspective to the European process, he invites to reflect on who we are, and confirms the basis of the EU : peace, subsidiarity, solidarity, humanism.
This visit has been specially prepared, by an internal report on the revolution of the catholic church and a visit of the President of the EU parliament to Rome. The EU parliament has received Pope Francis with expectations regarding future orientations for the EU. He answered by proposing an anthropological change, an EU non built around economy but around human person open to transcendence.
But this address was dedicated to elites and the understanding can be different for countries who have experienced communism. Precisely this trauma can be healed by giving people the sense of their life.