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Our Pax Romana Icmica website has been hacked last Sunday February 26th. Actually you can reach it with browsers like Internet Explorer but not by Mozilla Firefox. This hacking seems to be focused on websites which don’t have the last software version. One explanation is that older softwares are more vulnerable to hacking. Another one is that Google and others have decided to put pressure on websites to make them move to the last versions, who possibily give them a better control on what users are doing on the website.
Anyway we are doing our best to fix this problem, and we hope to come back soon to a normal situation.
From Aloisia Wörgetter, head of „Dialogue of Cultures” in Bundesministerium Europa Integration Äusseres. Austria
As pluralism and diversity are growing in Austria, dialogue becomes a need. Austria´s conception of dialogue with the civil society showed blind spots in cultures and religions. Dialogue is a modern method of diplomacy in contrary to negotiation. It happens on a very deep level. Dialogue opens up the space to wisdom spaces, peace building, to society and religious leaders.
Dialogue is part of prevention methodologies and is needed especially in common situations in which two or more persons have different views on a subject, here dialogue can lead to transformation. “We want to get a change of convictions peacefully, to insight, to trust building. To come to a change we need different methods to reach deeper, to learn about the others.” International dialogue helps to build social cohesion, where freedom of religion, culture and politics, rights of minorities are allowed.
Established in 1947 with the impulse of Bishop Roncalli - Saint John XXIII - to be a presence and a voice for Christian NGOs at UNESCO, the CCIC is carrying on its mission of being a center for reflection and remaining a force for proposals reflecting the field experience of its members international network.
The CCIC is sharing the concerns of international institutions, states and civil society on the state of the world.
In the preparation of its Forum, the CCIC reflection work prioritized topics related to these concerns. It led to the selection of three domains related to UNESCO’s missions : culture, science and education.
Enriched with the contributions of speakers from diverse backgrounds, the Forum aims at answering the question «What world do we wish to build together ?» through:
• Alerting the public
• Broadening our horizons
• Bringing forward proposals
• Initiating future actions
As part of its partnership with UNESCO, the CCIC is renewing its commitment to cooperate at the construction of Peace. Through this Forum, the CCIC wants to offer our contemporaries reasons for hope.
Jeudi 23 mars 2017 de 9 heures à 18h30
Maison de l’UNESCO, salle II 125, avenue de Suffren - Paris 7e
MODESTO, Calif., Feb. 18, 2017 – The Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, today delivered the following comments at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements during a panel discussion on the barriers marginalized people face in housing and work.
For the past century, from the worker movements of Catholic action in France, Belgium and Italy to Pope John XXXIII’s call to re-structure the economies of the world in “Mater et Magistra,” to the piercing missionary message of the Latin American Church at Aparecida, the words “see,” “judge” and “act” have provided a powerful pathway for those who seek to renew the temporal order in the light of the Gospel and justice.
As the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace described this pathway, it lies in “seeing clearly the situation, judging with principles that foster the integral development of people and acting in a way which implements these principles in the light of everyone’s unique situation.”
There is no greater charter for this gathering taking place here in Modesto in these days than the simple but rich architecture of these three words: “see,” “judge” and “act.” Yet these words -- which carry with them such a powerful history of social transformation around the world in service to the dignity of the human person -- must be renewed and re-examined at every age and seen against the background of those social, economic and political forces in each historical moment.
The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of raising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards. How can pluralism, freedom of expression, and fair and evidence-based public debate be safeguarded in these new conditions? How to nourish political culture which embraces a long-term perspective and resists the excesses of populism?
Meeting from January 23rd to 27th, 2017 in Strasbourg, the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe brought together some 300 INGO delegates, experts, parliamentarians and permanent representatives of Council of Europe member states who discussed several major issues of concern today :
On November 251h and 261h of this year, 2016, the Joan Maragall Foundation - a Barcelona center dedicated to the dialogue between faith and culture - and Obra Social "La Caixa" organized the International Symposium "State and religion and their relationship in today's pluralistic democracies" at the Palau Macaya. This event completed the reflection that the Joan Maragall Board of Trustees has dedicated to a topic that has lately been the object of their concern.
With this symposium, the Joan Maragall Foundation and the Palau Macaya intend to encourage debate and reflection on today's challenges for religion and the emergence of religious pluralism in democratic societies today, especially in Europe.
Two new videos presenting the World Forum for Democracy 2016 highlights and its conclusions have just been released. Aimed at our participants and the wide audience, the videos describe the challenges faced this year at the Forum and show the scope of its activities through the best highlights.
The videos are available both in a short and long version: http://www.coe.int/en/web/world-forum-democracy/wfd-2016-highlights
We are also happy to inform you that we are currently working final report.
We hope you will enjoy this unique way of recalling the Forum.
Thank you again for your participation and we look forward to seeing you all next year.
World Forum for Democracy
Council of Europe
Internet : www.world-forum-democracy.org
If I were to indicate what feeling prevails today in western societies, I'd say fear. Often unacknowledged or exorcised through displays of security and strength, fear hides in the thoughts of many people, in the decisions of entire populations, in turn back to ideologies that we thought were no longer occupy the scenario of our countries. Afraid, we try to give a name to identify an enemy to fight and to whom to attribute the faults of many social problems that we cannot solve. This enemy is identified as external to us: the Isis, monster that creates cruel children also in our well-ordered society; foreign, invading our lands and feeding new social tensions; European bureaucracy which oppresses our lives with rules made to limit our freedom.
Exorcising mercy almost a year ago, Pope Francis launched the Jubilee of Mercy, with the aim of helping us to experience mercy, both the mercy which all of us need to receive from God and the mercy we must show towards all those overwhelmed by suffering.
But there are some words which are traitorous: words that though they mean positive and good things, sound bad, at least to some people. One of these words is mercy. Is mercy a weakness? Nietzsche said, ‘I do not like the merciful who feel blessed in their pity”. And maybe modern man feels too self-sufficient.
Merry Christmas 2016 and Happy New Year 2017.
We hope that next year will be economically, socially and politically better. In Indonesia, the group of the Muslim extremists have shown an anti christian attitude. Recently there was a large demonstration opposing the major of Jakarta, who will run for the next period governor post. It was the biggest demonstration ever made in Jakarta.
Fortunately the government of Indonesia under Jokowi presidency is firmly protecting the rights of minority, which is written in the constitution. It has been found several bombs intended to be used for the churches at the Christmas nights. It was fortunate that the polices have been continuously agile and speedily acting to capture the extremist groups.
But in reality, the majority of the population are not against the Christians, but the small extremists have their network and means to act. Some of them have been trained in the Middle East, the ISIS group.
I hope that French and all European Christian countries are protected by the God's mercy.
Since June 2015, I have been a member of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the DRC. I had the privilege of having been appointed by the civil society organisations working in the civic and electoral education for a non-renewable six-year term Our main challenge, as a member of CENI, is to organise fair and transparent elections at local, provincial and national levels. In particular, I am in charge of following up the youth, persons living with disabilities and indigenous populations.
From freedom to security
The leading value put forward by politicians today is not freedom but rather security. The world, value systems, society, health, culture – all of these are portrayed as vulnerable and open to attack, and are therefore perceived as such.
This reality is concocted by the media, which have their agendas of economic and political interests, fuelled by daily rations of shock, horror, fear and vulnerability.
Yet “freedom”, not “security”, is the message that the major religions of the world are putting forward, namely their vision of “what is still possible”. This is the message that religious representatives should be proclaiming, whether or not the timing is right.
Understanding fear: moral panic
CAN –Community Action Network is a network of former Catholic Student Movement members, founded in 1993, who continue to meet as a community to live out their faith in action through engaging on human rights awareness in parishes. Since its inception, CAN has collaborated with churches and non-governmental organizations to organize activities to promote and advocate justice and peace in society.
Preparations for Elections, GE 13 – What’s at Stake?
Editorial, Michael Kuhn: Through the eyes of the poor
Read more : (Link)
The North America region of ICMCIA/MIIC is pleased to present this brief report for the Assembly. We look forward to taking the next steps to renew this region in the coming years. We hope that this Assembly will help to guide some of our questions as we move forward (see challenges).
A. Mobilizing Communities of Young Professionals
Over the past four years, we have prioritized outreach to young professionals. Our focus has been on engaging both young professionals and young lay theologians (see list of events). As a movement, we have organized or co-sponsored several events related to this effort. Kevin Ahern has visited existing communities in, Boston and Washington and has tried to establish or connect with new communities in New York, Toronto, Denver, and other cities. He has also worked on the board of several national organizations dealing with this question. These include: the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, America Media (Jesuits), Daily Theology, and the Church in the 21st Century Center of Boston College. In 2015, Kevin was asked to lead a session on young professionals in the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s conference on the 50th Anniversary of Guadium et Spes.