Category Archives: JEOletter Nr. 07 / October 2009

Editorial

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Editorial

Editorial

Since the last issue of JEOletter major events have taken place in Europe. We comment on some of them in order of occurrence.
First the re-election of Mr. Barroso as President of the European Commission. There was general agreement on the low profile of Barroso’s presidency, and criticism were frequently made of an alleged lack of leadership, a tendency to want to please everyone, a failure either to anticipate the financial crisis or to mobilise an effective response to it. Continue reading

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Muslim Populations in European Societies

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EuroJess 2009 - image: Elaine Rudolphi

EuroJess 2009 - image: Elaine Rudolphi

Muslim Populations in European Societies – Eurojess 2009
Frank Turner

In late August, the bi-annual conference of ‘Eurojess’ (Jesuits and their colleagues working in social ministries and social sciences) met for three days to consider the above topic, in the ideal location of Granada. We sought to integrate demographic and cultural analysis, some personal testimony from Muslims and from Christians working with them, and general reflection. Continue reading

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The European elections: a postscript

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European elections

European elections

The European elections: a postscript
Guido Dierickx

Why did so many individuals fail to participate in the recent elections for the European parliament: 57 %, up from 54,5 % in the previous ballot? This turnout has been subjected to all kinds of interpretations. It has been welcomed by eurosceptics and deplored by European federalists. The trouble with these interpretations is that they require an insight in the motivations of the (non-) voters, an insight notoriously difficult to acquire. Continue reading

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Africa and the Renewal of the Church

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World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae - image: Frank Turner

World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae - image: Frank Turner

Africa and the Renewal of the Church
Frank Turner

Europeans often subliminally expect that renewal of the Church will be animated primarily by Europe, rather as we easily assume that the European Union offers a political model to ‘developing countries’. Evidently, both visible and invisible Christian structures have emerged predominantly within Europe, whether they be hierarchical systems, religious orders, theological institutes, or new ecclesial movements. Continue reading

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European Year 2010 – 1

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European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

2010: A European year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion
Hervé Pierre Guillot

The year 2010 has been designated by the European Union (EU) as the “European Year for combating poverty and social exclusion”. Each year since 1983 in the EU has adopted a specific motto. For instance, Year 2008 was the “European Year for intercultural dialogue” and Year 2009 was the “European Year of creativity and innovation”. Continue reading

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From Malta to Brussels

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From Malta to Brussels

From Malta to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

It was 2003, one year before Malta joined the European Union, that Regulation No 343/2003 known as Dublin II came into force. This regulation was established in view of establishing a common European Asylum system. Meanwhile, ensuring protection of third country nationals according to the principle of non-refoulment would prevent the possibility of forum shopping or multiple applications in different states for Asylum status. Continue reading

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50 years ago

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50 years ago

50 years ago

Extrait de : “Pourquoi cette Lettre ?”, éditorial de la première Lettre de l’OCIPE, décembre 1959
Claude Debbichi

“[...] L’Europe n’est pas un impératif absolu de la foi, de l’espérance et de la charité des chrétiens. Elle n’est pas de la mission de l’Eglise, ni la condition de sa survie. L’Eglise, mère et maîtresse de tous les hommes et de tous les peuples, catholique en ce sens surtout qu’elle s’ouvre sur le monde entier pour accueillir toutes les races et vivifier toutes les civilisations et cultures, ne sort pas de son rôle et ne limite pas son universelle sollicitude, quand elle s’intéresse même au destin temporel de ce canton du monde où elle est implantée depuis ses origines. Continue reading

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