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“The missionary dimension should characterise all Church structures, even the Roman Curia”. The Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, today met the Secretariat of the Catholic Action International Forum and expressed his appreciation for the objectives for international ecclesial cooperation which characterise the IFCA ’Ac ensalida’ (Outgoing CA) programme.
The IFCA Secreteriat held its meeting in Rome during these last few days to fine tune the agenda of the commitments which will be undertaken during the coming two years. The meeting was attended by 30 national leaders and priest assistants from the 5 Countries which make up the IFCA coordinating organism – Argentina, Italy, Romania, Spain and Burundi and Rwanda. There were unitary working sessions as well as working sessions focused on different age-groups.
International Catholic movements are currently strengthening their cooperation regarding the presence in international institutions, thematic reflections, speaking out .... These movements have a long history associated with specialized Catholic Action, and had a strong influence in the society as well as in the Church. They are now living in a very different context compared to their origin. Are they still relevant today? What is their charism compared to lay movements born after the council? We will address this issue at our meeting on 22 and 23 May 2015.
In this paper I would like to reflect on his dialogical method in the light of his course on Islam for the students of Regional theology Centre at Danapur and later in Khaspur. Jackson conducted this particular course for 26 years from 1983.
I propose to illustrate that totally present to the other is at the heart of the dialogical legacy of Paul Jackson. Jackson discovered this in his pilgrimage into the writings of Sufi Saint Sharafuddin Maneri, and into the lives of many theologically thinking and spiritually vibrant Muslim friends. He endeavoured to create an ambiance for his students to learn something similar to what he has learnt from the context of Muslims of Bihar.
Statement by H. E. Mr. Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden, at the ECOSOC Integration Segment
I am honoured to be here today, together with all of you, for a segment with an impressive list of both topics and participants. I certainly look forward to our discussion. Let me start by stepping back in time. Reshma, a seamstress in a garment factory, saw the light of day again, after 17 days. Helped by rescue workers, she emerged from the rubble, having survived on dried goods and water. But more than 1 100 of her colleagues died in that factory in Dhaka, when it collapsed in April 2013.
This tragedy was not a unique event. Two million people die at work every year.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan on Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue
Yoginder Sikand and Victor Edwin
In a conversation with a group of Christians who are members of Islamic Studies Association (ISA), Delhi Maulana Wahiduddin Khan's tells about his understanding of Islam, Peace, Justice and Dialogue. ISA aims to work for communal harmony and national integration in India. The Constitution of ISA notes; “In the name of God and His ever greater service, to promote national integration of all Indian cultural, social and religious groups and support Government programs for this purpose”, and to “work towards harmonious relations among Muslims, Christians, Hindu and other religious and social communities in India”. This broad desire is focused on the first specific step: “to promote study, research and teaching regarding the history, religion, culture, socio-economic conditions and other aspects of Islam”.
Friends, now the 70% life is back to normal the rest 30 % will be after Easter holidays hopefully. The markets in here are half open because of the fear of getting arrested. There are more than 100 boys and young boys and men arrested by the CIA . They are kept in the cells and given no food there and no washroom facilitilies. This is what I heard, I haven't seen.
Nowadays we are constantly in a great trouble. We need your prayers at this time of agony.
+ we are being threatened by near by area people .
+ people have again moved to their save places. ( a very few number is here).
+ 3% students were in the schools today.
+ the very update from here is that an man named gulam rasol had been caught yesterday evening, how was just roaming around in here. He told the police in investigation that he was involved in the blast he was the one who helped them to carry the details from here.
+ many christians have been arrested
I am grateful to you all for being with us at this critical time. We, in Youhanabad are going through many temptations so certainly we need your moral and spiritual support to rise again in faith and love of God.
Now a few updates from Youhanabad is as below:
+ the rangers are outside the Youhanabad and the police is in all the streets and corners.
+till 10 am the shops are open .
+ morning Holy Mass in being celebrated.
I am presently at Youhanabad since 2 years, I am working in St John's Boys school Youhanabad. Catholic Church is situated on the same road of my school. Fortunately or unfortunately the blast just happened outside the gate in both the churches. The local security guards of the both churches were brave enough that they didn't allow suicide boomers to let in the church .
Since his release last year, Ruki has travelled several times outside the country (Sri Lanka). In the beginning, he needed the court permission as his case is not yet drop. However, we now need to get another signature campaign, as the Sri Lanka Attorney General Department indicates that his travel restriction is still in place.
We need your signature support for our friend Ruki Fernando gag’s order and travel restriction. This message will be very important to be sent to the new Government of Sri Lanka, to lift the travel restriction of Ruki.
JAMBI-INDONESIA: A farmer and environmental defenders activist murdered by Security Force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of APP (Asia Pulp and Paper – Sinar Mas Group).
Indonesian Forum for Environment (WALHI) – Friends of the Earth Indonesia hereby inform you that an activist of Tebo Farmers Union (SPT) in Jambi province, Indonesia, named Indra Pelani (male, 22 years-old) has been inhumanely persecuted and murdered by the security force of PT. WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), on February 27, 2015.
Pax Romana ICMICA condemns the unfair trial of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso - a marginalized woman from Philippines which led to capital punishment in Indonesia. We acknowledge that Mary Jane is one of the eleven inmates which predicted to be executed in the next batch of execution most likely in March 2015.
Common elements draw Christians and Muslims to fellowship
When Muslims greet others, they say: 'As sallamu aleikum'. Their greeting is a beautiful prayer. They wish in their greeting 'May you come ever more fully and completely into the state of Islam by submitting your will to God (Qur'an 33:44). A Christian offers to all whom he meets Peace of Christ, because Christ is our peace (Eph. 2:14). These greetings indicate something common: God and God's will for humanity, albeit they both recognize God and His will in different ways. What they recognize in common draw them to fellowship (NA 1).
Sacred Heart Catholic Church had called an emergency meeting of the religious leadership of all churches in the city on Sunday evening. Thus, All Churches Council Sahiwal was formed which organized a protest rally to show solidarity with the victims of Brutal Terrorist attack on two churches in Youhandabad, Lahore. The initial meeting was attended by about 75 religious leaders, social and political activists.
Two bomb blasts have killed at least 14 people near two churches in a Christian neighborhood of the Pakistani city of Lahore, local officials say.
More than 70 people were hurt in the explosions, which targeted worshippers attending Sunday mass at the churches in the Youhanabad area. Violent protests erupted after the blasts, with a mob killing two men accused of involvement in the attacks.
Pakistan's Christian community has often been targeted by militants. An offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, calling itself Jamatul Ahrar, has said it carried out the attack.
THE FINAL STATEMENT SCHOOL OF ACTING JUSTLY, LOVING TENDERLY AND TREADING HUMBLY WITH GOD SALT V 2015
“Youth for Ecological Justice in Baram : Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples as Stewards of Creation”
Tanjung Tepalit Lepo’ Gah , Ulu Baram, Sarawak, Malaysi
24th January – 7th February 2015
We, the 14 tertiary Catholic students from the various tertiary institutions of Malaysia, gathered at the Tanjung Tepalit Lepo’ Gah’, Ulu Baram, Sarawak from the 24th January – 7th February 2015 to participate in the “School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly and Treading humbly with God (SALT) 2015 organised by the SALT Movement in partnership with Save Sarawak Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers). This is the fifth SALT organized since 2008. Besides focused learning related to the theme, “Youth for Ecological Justice in Baram: Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples as Stewards of Creation”, SALT V is a school with safe and critical space for effective networking, fostering a sense of teamwork, partnership and camaraderie among the participants. It is a process of mutual enrichment through information sharing, training on Native Customary Rights (NCR), the Federal Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) through interactive learning especially by experiencing the reality of the Orang Ulu communities in Long Liam, Long Apu and Long Anap situated in the area to be affected in the future by the proposed construction of the Baram Dam in Ulu Baram, Sarawak. Below are the aims and objectives of the program which inspired us to participate actively.
A group photo of IMCS 2009
It’s a privilege to share my feelings with the global Pax Romana family. Since 2009, Pax Romana has played a huge role in my development in so many ways. Both IMCS and ICMICA have contributed to the polishing and sharpening of my skills at all levels especially in the field of human rights and social justice. From jointly seeking complex answers to complex questions to writing skype meeting minutes, I have indeed come a long way with the Pax Romana family. The ICMICA family has always guided and journeyed with me consistently. Even though we were not able to meet physically often as a big family, skype meetings were organized to bring us together and share about various local and global issues, and this being faithful to the mission and vision of ICMICA.
ICMICA also journeyed with me during the very difficult times in my life especially when I was terminated unjustly from my position as a Project Coordinator at Catholic Women Organization in 2014.
The 2013-2014 year was certainly an intense but productive one for the UN Advocacy Team. From New York to Sri Lanka to Azerbaijan to Sweden and beyond, the UN Advocacy Team was able to take the message of Pax Romana and its millions of members to political negotiations, UN meetings, NGO trainings, and other important events throughout the year. Today, the hard work and efforts of the members of the UN Advocacy Team means that young people are moving closer to creating a youth-led and youth-based advocacy infrastructure in New York that can serve IMCS, ICMICA, ICMYO, the MGCY, and all other civil society partners for years to come. The UN Advocacy Team is laying the bedrock by acting as the first official ICMYO Liaison to the UN, and taking a leading and primary role in the MGCY. It is with great pride that the UN Advocacy Team presents this report and hopes the International Teams of the Pax Romana movement will accept and share it with all regional coordinators and national movements.
The UN Advocacy Team did not participate fully in the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) because of the fact that Chris was living in Sri Lanka at the time and the team was more focused on SDG and post-2015 matters. Nevertheless, the team did conduct an online consultation with the movement in preparation for Pax Romana’s policy submission for CSW and Chris Malano, the former Secretary General of IMCS, was in New York liaising with ICMYO partners, namely the YWCA and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), and helping other youth with their advocacy. As mentioned previously in this report, the team is focusing much less on ECOSOC commissions like the CSW and putting much more energy into post-2015 and related processes. For further reading, the agreed conclusions of the CSW are available online.