Riace Italy: win-win with migrants

It was a special day in Riace, a small village in Calabria, in southern Italy, as residents recently celebrated Saints Cosmas and Damian — doctors of the poor, patrons of Riace and of gypsies.

There was also a special guest joining the mayor to open the ceremony: 9-year-old Even, who had arrived from Ethiopia just three days before.

“Saint Cosmas and Saint Damian came from Syria. Today Syria is in many ways at the centre of the world’s problems; there’s an exodus that’s unprecedented in the history of mankind. Today, in Riace, we have a child as a symbol of hope, of a new life, to which all humans are entitled,” Domenico Lucano, Mayor of Riace, said during the celebrations.

Suffering is a matter of sociable persons

            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. 


The Phenomenon of Migration as a Special Female Matter

A Responsibility for all European Citizens

The first symposium took place in Celje / Sloveniain January 2008 and assembled 35
participants from 14 European countries. The themeconsidered and debated was “The
Struggle for Gender Equality in Europe – a Story of Success and Ignorance”.
Sincemigration has become a crucial question for all European countries, no matter
whether they favour or fight this fact, whether they call it a blessing or a curse, or regard it as
something normal, every citizen gets confronted with it and is involved in some way. This is
why all federations and friends all over Europe were invited to take part in this second
symposium organized in Cluj / Romania in July 2010

Cluj 2-4 July 2010  Click here to download the .pdf file

Members thematic contributions

Considerations about debts
Monday, 02 July 2012 Spitaler Wolfgang
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Economic and Social peripheries: an interpretation on the approach of Evangelii Gaudium
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No to an Economy of Exclusion and Inequality
Saturday, 19 December 2015 Theo Quendler
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Out of the downward spiral
Sunday, 07 July 2013 Triaille Etienne sj
A deep crisis The so-called "developed" world, particularly Europe, badly supports financial crises that extend into recession. There is disagreement...
Overcome the crisis
Friday, 02 November 2012 Barbara Mayrhofer
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Reflections on crisis
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Global governance and financial reform By Kevin Ahern      
Resistance, vision, experimentation
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Climate Change Conundrum: Lifestyle Options are Key
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Catholic organisations’ initiatives to face up to climate change
Sunday, 03 May 2015 Philippe Grolleau
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Climate change : Adaptation or the needed resilience
Friday, 24 April 2015 Philippe Grolleau
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Climate Change and Health
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 Philippe Grolleau
Impacts of climate change on human rights Climate change is and will undermine the enjoyment of some basic human rights. The enjoyment of the highest...
Climate Change and Human Rights
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 Philippe Grolleau
The Workgroup " Climate Change and Human Rights " The directorate IV of the Council of Europe took the initiative to gather all the constituents of...
Climate change and human rights
Saturday, 27 September 2014 Philippe Grolleau
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Climate Change: a critical time
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Europeinfos : #178- janvier 2015 The agenda for the climate change discussions is taking shape in the midst of important developments. The next COP...
Climate Change: a matter of Solidarity and Global Justice
Thursday, 07 November 2013 Philippe Grolleau
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Climate change: online course
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Comece contribution on climate change
Monday, 21 May 2012 Michael Kuhn
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Energy efficiency in the EU: moving in the right direction
Monday, 10 November 2014 Philippe Grolleau
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Environment: Climate change, a threat to human rights
Thursday, 26 April 2012 Philippe Grolleau
Climate change is the most serious environmental problem that the world faces today, having a major impact on the basic elements of human life. This...
Europe's demand for resources reaching far beyond its borders
Thursday, 07 June 2012 Philippe Grolleau
Demand for materials is so intense that between 20 and 30 % of the resources we use in Europe are now imported. With the boom in international trade,...
Europe's future depends on cities resilient to climate change
Monday, 21 May 2012 Philippe Grolleau
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European Environment Agency
Monday, 21 May 2012 Philippe Grolleau
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Francis encountering curial opposition
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 Joshua J. McElwee
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Is Pope Francis the next Mandela?
Friday, 13 December 2013 Fredrick Wamalwa
This month the world lost one of its greatest leaders – Nelson Mandela.  On Tuesday, hundreds of world leaders, including those from the most...
News from white paper on Curia reform
Monday, 09 December 2013 Kevin Ahern
Our first experiment with the White Papers has been relatively positive.   It was picked up by several news and information services:  - National...
Role of the laity in shaping a dynamic East Asia
Thursday, 25 July 2013 Félix Wilfred sj
     In the face of the challenges today, the pastoral duty of the laity towards society has become a central responsibility of Christian faith....
Where the Pope must go a step ahead
Friday, 13 December 2013 Barbara Mayrhofer
 (Dr. Christine Haiden in "Oberösterreichische Nachrichten", www.ooen.at, 12.12.2013)  Sometimes you simply have to imagine a matter from the...
White paper on Curia reform
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This White Paper argues for increased attention to lay participation and co-responsibility throughout the life church. In hopes of adding some points...
Clashing Values: Brexit, Drumpf and the Dreams of Pope Francis
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     The historic vote this week by a slim majority of the British people to leave the European Union –the so-called “Brexit” – signals a...
Moving into a new Europe
Friday, 29 June 2012 Philippe Ledouble
A Pax Romana – Newman conference marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. High Leigh Conference center Hoddesdon. 13th to 15th...
Pax Romana Europe at the crossroads
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 Michael Kuhn
     The decision taken by a majority of British voters just two days ago once more shows us the complex and difficult situation of Europe’s...
The role of christians in today’s Europe
Tuesday, 22 March 2016 Philippe Ledouble
     The European Union was created as value-based. It was not in the first place an economic project. It was our answer to the cruelty and...
Global governance through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching
Thursday, 19 July 2012 Kevin Ahern
This document, written by Kevin Ahern/IMCS for the CIDSE Working Group on Global Governance, summarizes the reflections of the CIDSE–Caritas...
Now for the long term : a report of the Oxford Martin Commission for future generations.
Sunday, 08 December 2013 Sondag
A relevant report written by a panel of people with int. experience in various fields...downloaded by more than half a million people. Insights about...
A positive approach to Islam
Sunday, 10 August 2014 Victor Edwin sj
A. Amrita Anandi, Dept. of Biotechnology, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata “I am a Christian, You are a Muslim.” This was my attitude before...
A Prayer of a Jesuit in Christian Muslim Relations
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 Victor Edwin sj
Loving Father! Give me your grace to gain a profound knowledge of Islam Show me the way to deepen my love for Muslims Empower me to present the...
A sincere conversation can open up new possibilities
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 Victor Edwin sj
 Our dear friend Ghulam Rasool, a Delhi based writer is a graduate from a Sufi Islamic seminary. He works at Madrasa Hazarat Nizamudin Auliya as...
Building Communities of Peace: Muslim-Christian Relations in Asia
Sunday, 16 February 2014 Victor Edwin sj
 Recently a number of organisations including Francis Xavier Movement (Italy), Henry Martyn Institute (Hyderabad), Interfaith Coalition for Peace...
Can a Muslim and a Christian pray together?
Saturday, 21 December 2013 Victor Edwin sj
This is an important question one has to deal with in his/her mission of Christian Muslim relations. In the pluralistic world one cannot completely...
Charter of Medina and Human Rights Universal Declaration
Monday, 07 March 2016 Victor Edwin sj
     More than one hundred Muslim scholars and intellectuals from over 120 countries, along with leaders from diverse religious groups and...
Cherishing the Spirituality of a Muslim Saint
Thursday, 14 August 2014 Victor Edwin sj
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Christians deliver Cardinal’s Ramadan Message to Muslim scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
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      Father Thomas V Kunnunkal SJ, President of Islamic Studies Association (Delhi), along with Father T. K. John Professor Emeritus, Fr P.R....
Dialogue with muslim students
Monday, 03 March 2014 Victor Edwin sj
Interview of Leo D. Lefebure, S.J., Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. 1.  Q:    This is your third trip to Delhi. You have...
Dialogue: Giving Witness to one’s Faith
Sunday, 12 July 2015 Victor Edwin sj
      Recently a Muslim friend asked me about the statutes in the Church whether Christians worship statues. In other words: Are Christians idol...
Experience of Muslims
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 Victor Edwin sj
     Christian scholars on Islam like Kenneth Cragg and Paul Jackson SJ has taught that we should listen to Muslims to understand Islam. I have...
Eyes to be opened and hearts to be ignited
Friday, 08 August 2014 Victor Edwin sj
 Reflections on an Iftar Party (1)  Bro Bibin Mattathil         Eye openers in life happen very rarely and this rarity demands that one has...
Fulfilling the will of God – way to peace in Christianity and in Islam
Thursday, 14 August 2014 Victor Edwin sj
     Our world earnestly seeks peace. But war and violence continue to destroy any fragile hope for a peaceful future. Prejudice and disunity...
Iftar at Indialogue Foundation
Friday, 08 August 2014 Victor Edwin sj
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Indian Muslims Condemn the Brutal Atrocities by ISIS against Minorities in Iraq and Syria
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 Victor Edwin sj
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Introduction to Catholic Social Ethics
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Kevin Ahern
Often referred to as the church's “best kept secret,” the Catholic social tradition offers instructive principles to engage the world through the...
Sustainability and catholic social teaching
Thursday, 04 April 2013 Kevin Ahern
Sustainable Development is a Moral Issue. Conference given on the 14th march 2013 during the Pax Romana UN Team training session
65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference Declaration
Saturday, 30 August 2014 Christopher Dekki
SECTION I - VISION The participants of the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around...
Children and youth Thematic Proposals for the Post-2015
Monday, 02 December 2013 Christopher Dekki
A. Promote Gender Equality and Participation (follow-up for MDGs) B. Decrease Youth Unemployment worldwide through the promotion of decent work and...
Post 2015 declarations
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 Adrian Pereira
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Youth in the post 2015 development agenda
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         The era of the MDGs is almost over and the world is now in the process of preparing the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  As a result,...
A critical look at the challenges of Latin America
Saturday, 06 July 2013 Elisabeth Muller
     The politico-cultural and ecclesial context make for us difficult today to publicly assume the social conflict as a starting point for...
Building a theologically thinking and feeling community
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SOUTH ASIAN JESUIT THEOLOGIANS’ COLLOQUIUM, DELHI South Asian Jesuit Theologians’ colloquium was convened by Fr Michel Amaladoss SJ, one of the...
Conference on Latin American Theology
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Contemporary asian theologies
Saturday, 27 July 2013 Félix Wilfred sj
     In a presentation he made at the first World Forum on Theology and Liberation, held Jan. 21-25 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Father Wilfred...
Contextualized missiology
Thursday, 25 July 2013 Jojo Fung sj
     The call for more effective approaches to the evangelizing mission of the church in Asia has been a perennial challenge and concern of the...
Jesuits Discuss Christology in Bangalore
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    Twenty-seven South Asian Jesuit theologians met at Ashirvad, Bangalore for the First Seminar of the South Asian Jesuit Theologians’ Forum...
Liberation theology rooted in the Bible
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Negative eschatology and inter-religious dialogue
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Other documents CM 2013
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Protection of the Family and Its Members
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Activits beyond borders
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Human Rights news from Asia
Friday, 03 January 2014 Adrian Pereira
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ICMICA Movement Building in India
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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted 2014 - Thailand
Monday, 10 November 2014 Shamiel Saleem
A multicultural and multifaith group of forty people gathered in Bangkok on November 8, 2014 to mark the International Day of Prayer for the...
Urgent call for contributions on Human rights and environment
Monday, 11 August 2014 Kwark
These are contributions to the next Report of Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, John Knox on ‘good practices” about...
World day of prayer for Human rights defenders
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Global Commitment for Decent Work for all
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 Martinot-Lagarde sj
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Immigration - result of unsustainable distribution of jobs and salary.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 Spitaler Wolfgang
1)  Why so many people try to enter Europe and other western countries?  + To escape war and political persecution, + to escape hunger, caused by...
South - South cooperation for decent work
Saturday, 21 December 2013 Martinot-Lagarde sj
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Educate young people to the human dimension of work
Saturday, 24 January 2015 Wolfgang Rank
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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 Weinzettl
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Suffering is a matter of sociable persons
Friday, 14 August 2015 Daniel Deak
            A note recently made by P. Vértesaljai László, S.J. is addressed to all of us who are affected by the fate of the...
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