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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.
"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:
Please, find hereafter a number of information and actions undertaken by the No Hate Speech Movement - Youth Department of the Council of Europe - European Youth Centre
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 remaining away from our mandate. Can we identify the areas where we have nor been able to implement the mandates? This will identify our indifference. Once we implement what we should do, then we have moved to mercy.
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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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Indifference often comes discrimination based on social economic, cultural backgrounds. Society treats you indifferently, according to your class, dividing people between powerful and powerless. Which response ? Let think ourselves just as human creatures beyond all human made boundaries. Let people experience mercy in their life, through the Justice and Peace work done by PR. We must also change our working approach, using contextualized methods. For example since 2 years we are committed in a huge coalition for Human rights advocacy.
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Others vidéos from Prakash here
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.
When we see sufferings and ignore it, that is indifference. We see but don’t want to be concerned. It is more comfortable, because there is no need to share, but it is unchristian. Being christian means to be disturbed by what is going on around you. Indifference can be individual and also collective. Movement activities must always be grounded on what is happening to those who suffer. (Click on the image for the video)
Once again we want to propose to all men and all women of good will “A MINUTE FOR PEACE” to unite our efforts and our prayer for peace, unfortunately broken or threatened in several regions of the world.
It will be held on June 8, 2016 at 1.00 PM (13h) on the occasion of the second anniversary of the historical meeting between Pope Francis and the presidents of Israel and Palestine, held in the Vatican.
Our proposal is that that day t 1.00 PM (13h), each of us can stop for a moment, for a minute, praying according to one’s own tradition.
We can do it alone or in groups, in our home or at work or studying, or by a celebration in a place of prayer.
We want to offer everyone the opportunity, this sign, to encourage continuous prayer and commitment for peace and mercy, with a special intention for refugees who suffer every day the consequences of violence.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know that Bill passed away on Saturday 28th May after a heart attack on the previous Wednesday. While he didn't regain consciousness, the family was able to spend three days of vigil and prepare for the inevitability. His passing was very peaceful, and family and friends were at his bedside for a beautiful prayer service by our Parish priest before life support was turned off. He was 82.
He had been to a function associated with the Fred Hollows Foundation ( I don't know if you know that charity), and had appeared to be enjoying himself there according to a staff member of the Charity. His heart attack occurred on his way home. He went as he had wished, actively engaged in life.
Carol Neville, Bill's wife.
A special greeting to Carol and the whole family. I join all of you in thankful prayer for the life of Bill, for his constant and faithful service to Pax Romana. Many friends scattered around the world fondly remember Bill.
Fr. Luis Maria Goicoechea, International Chaplain of ICMICA - Pax Romana
Central Executive Board of the Student Association of the Central Mountain Papua Indonesia strongly condemned the actions of the Police and Defence Forces who have breached the State's Constitution and democratic values of the country which known globally as a country upholds its democratic values.
We start reflecting from now and we wish to do it interactively, through surveys and online interviews.
To begin, we would like to know better what is your movement working on.
Here are reflections shared on my Facebook page "Face of Mercy"
I want to share with you about “Restoring Humanity”. These two powerful words I came across in the recent document of UN’s First World Humanitarian Summit, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey on 23rd May and 24th May 2016. Why we are called to restore humanity? , we restore something only when we have broken something or when we have taken it away from the place it truly belongs to. I feel we have broken the promise we made, the promise that we would love and care for our fellow human beings, that we would protect our planet. We all have forgotten the promise we had made as humans when this world was created. If human beings are so evolved than so many other species in the planet, then we must be responsible for all that we do.
STRASBOURG 4 MAY 2016
The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe denounces the signature of the agreement between the EU and Turkey and the consequent treatment of refugees hosted in Greece and Turkey and acts that are contrary to international law and that do not respect human dignity. The Conference reminds member States of the Council of Europe of their commitments under international treaties.
Anna RURKA, President of the Conference of the INGOs of the Council of Europe expressed herself during the meeting of the Committee of Ministers in Sofia on May 18th:
Speech at the 126th Session of the Committee of Ministers
Every early morning you find her there.
Day in, day out – Kiran Masih broom in hand is sweeping across Ayub Market, in F- 8 Markaz Islamabad.
The dust settles on her tired face with wrinkles and those sturdy callused hands, all while she shrugs off and brings back the dupatta to cover her hair.
Before Easter time 2015, 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. It’s about to recover the gratuity and goodness, the human link with the other human, the only way to have a fuller sense of human and divine world. However, this transformation process from the indifference to the mercy requires commitment, which one?