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“Caritas Europa” in the World of Today

This article was posted in European Consciousness, Solidarity.

Caritas Europa - image: Caritas Europa

Caritas Europa - image: Caritas Europa

A talk by Frank Turner at the Caritas Europa meeting

I am honoured to be invited to join you today. To introduce myself: throughout my years as a Jesuit priest, I’ve worked in the area of faith and justice. I was a university teacher of ‘political theology’ – that discipline that takes politics, not only as the object of theological reflection, but as a source of theological reflection. But for the last thirteen years I have worked mainly in international affairs. I know Caritas Europa and CIDSE through my work here in Brussels, where the Jesuit European Office works on political affairs of the EU. I have also been on the Board of Trustees for CAFOD since 1998: and one Africa-related advocacy project of our office receives funding from CAFOD and SCIAF – and soon, we hope, from Misereor. So Caritas is important to me! Continue reading

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Conflicts of Memory and Reconciliation

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Berlin wall - image: The National Security Archive

Berlin wall - image: The National Security Archive

by Henryk Woźniakowski

We have been going through a massive resurgence of memory in Europe for the last twenty years. This resurgence is bound up with demographic and political factors. On the one hand, witnesses and participants of two massive 20th century upheavals – World War I and World War II –  are passing away. This generation shift involves the need to decode historic signs and meanings anew. That is the inexorable demographic factor. On the other hand we have several political factors underlying the most important reason for this resurgence – 1989, the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the enlargement of the European Union towards Eastern and Central Europe, the dismantling of  the Soviet Union and the regaining of independence by the Baltic states, Ukraine, Georgia and others. Continue reading

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La fièvre islamophobe gagne les EU

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Mosque

Mosque - image: Kıvanç Niş (cc: by)

Jusqu’ici les Etats-Unis semblaient immunisés face aux poussées islamophobes qui se manifestent périodiquement dans les pays d’Europe occidentale. Cela tient en partie au fait que le poids numérique et le profil des fidèles de l’islam sont différents de part et d’autre de l’Atlantique. Sur le territoire américain les musulmans sont dispersés sur le territoire; ils ne représentent que 2,5 millions personnes, soit 0,8% de la population. La société dans laquelle ils vivent ne porte pas les stigmates de l’oppression coloniale, à la différence des univers européens liés à cette longue histoire. En outre, en raison de la politique suivie en matière d’immigration, l’Amérique attire principalement des musulmans issus des classes dominantes et aptes à s’investir dans des parcours universitaires. Généralement, ils travaillent dans des secteurs à haute valeur ajoutée comme la santé, la recherche scientifique et l’informatique. Continue reading

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Pas de faux procès contre Benoît XVI

This article was posted in Miscellaneous.

Benedict XVI - image (by-sa): Kwj2772

Benedict XVI - image (by-sa): Kwj2772

On ne peut qu’être pour le moins surpris par le débat ouvert par Alain Minc quant aux positions prises par le pape Benoit XVI sur la politique française à l’égard des Roms disant: “On peut discuter (de) ce que l’on veut sur l’affaire des Roms, mais pas un pape allemand.” Ce n’est pas du bien-fondé de cette politique qu’il s’agit ici, mais du droit pour chacun à pouvoir dire ce qu’il en pense.
Reprocher au pape le droit de s’exprimer à ce sujet parce qu’allemand est stupéfiant, de la part d’un intellectuel français rompu à la mondialisation des relations de toutes sortes, européen déclaré de surcroît. Et pourquoi ce pape, parce qu’il est allemand, n’aurait-il pas gardé une mémoire vive d’un passé national douloureux? Continue reading

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50 years ago

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 09 / April 2010.

50 years ago

50 years ago

La relance de l’Europe dans l’opinion publique, Lettre de l’OCIPE, 3, avril-mai 1960, pp. 4-6
Claude Debbichi

“L’Europe des bureaux et l’Europe des affaires ont besoin de l’assentiment et de l’appui de l’opinion publique. A aucun moment de sa course, un navire ne peut se passer de l’eau. L’opinion publique est sans doute aussi fluide que l’eau ; c’est pourtant elle qui, véritablement, portera l’Europe. Continue reading

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From Madrid to Brussels

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 08 / January 2010.

From Madrid to Brussels

From Madrid to Brussels

Dear Brussels,

The Spanish presidency of the European Union has not attracted much interest from ordinary Spanish citizens, nor from the media. It is not yet clear what the Presidency will mean for Spain, except that it is the occasion for hosting a multitude of meetings: the estimate is of more than a hundred high-level meetings (Heads of State and Governments, Ministers, senior officials) during the six months. Continue reading

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Editorial

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 03 / October 2008.

Editorial

Editorial

National and European Identities

In the ideal democracy the political authorities enjoy the support of the citizens because of a cost-benefit calculus: the government demands some efforts but rewards them by greater benefits. This is how the EU authorities try to get the compliance of the Europeans: by pointing out the quality of their policies. Continue reading

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Editorial

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 01 / April 2008.

Editorial

Editorial

Welcome to this first JEOletter from the Jesuit European Office (OCIPE)!

OCIPE was founded in 1956 mainly to reflect on European questions and provide information to Church organisation and the general public. Over the years the information took different forms, generally through printed journals and sometimes more extensive publications. The internet allows us now to spread information by new means, in our case this free JEOletter. Continue reading

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