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CALL Network: Second General Assembly in Bucharest

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CALL network - image: KEK

CALL network - image: KEK

From 11th to 13th May 2011, the ecumenical CALL Network (Church Action on Labour and Life) held its second General Assembly in Bucharest under the hospitality of AIDRom, the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, which focuses on social and economic issues, serving those in need in Romanian society. It was an opportunity to take stock of the work carried out by the network since last year, to visit three social works where AIDRom is involved, to hear representatives from the churches, the State and from civil society give us their vision of the state of the Romanian society today, and to attend a workshop on “empowering people”. The General Assembly finished by issuing a Communiqué encouraging Churches to engage more actively in promoting solidarity in Europe. Continue reading

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JEOupdate – Conflict in the Arab World

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JEOupdate

JEOupdate

versión en español (PDF) – version française (PDF)

The young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi could not have imagined that setting himself on fire on 17th December, after being dragged from his market stall by police at Sidi Bouzid, that his act would set in train events leading to the biggest political change in Tunisia since its independence in 1957: still less what followed – the crisis threatening several other Arab regimes. Continue reading

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The Poverty Reduction target

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

EU2020 and Poverty Reduction target: The ‘European Platform against Poverty’
Hervé Pierre Guillot

Concluding a series of articles written in relation to the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (EY2010), JEO focuses in this last quarterly newsletter of 2010 on the ‘European Platform against Poverty’, one of the seven ‘flagship initiatives’ provided for in the new ten-year European Strategy known as EU2020 (for more information on the framework of EU2020, see JEOletter No. 9, April 2010, Birth pangs of a new strategy).
In order to reach a ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’ by year 2020, five ‘headline targets’ have been singled out, dealing with employment, Research and Development (R&D), environment, education and poverty. The last, dealing more precisely with a European-wide poverty reduction target, saw bitter wrangling between the Commission and the Council in Spring 2010. Continue reading

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European Year 2010 – 4

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 10 / July 2010.

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

In three months, poverty has increased in the EU by 35 million!
Hervé Pierre Guillot

At the Spring European Council in March this year in Brussels, EU Heads of State and Government were supposed to focus on the new EU2020 European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to take over from the Lisbon strategy. The Greek crisis overshadowed the Spring Council and the new strategy could only be briefly discussed. Continue reading

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The Crisis and Poverty

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Financial crisis - image (by): alles-schlumpf

For this reflection I draw on two international reflection seminars among Jesuits and our colleagues, organised by the Jesuit European Office in Brussels, as well as certain external resources that were prominent in our minds as we met, such as Pope Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate. I have no competence to discuss the specific situation of Luxembourg, and my remarks will be general. The attempt to reflect on the crisis in relation to poverty entails a clear approach and perspective, for example relating this crisis – however briefly – to that of climate change (which threatens first and foremost the world’s poor) and to the ethical evaluation of the world economic order as such. Continue reading

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European Year 2010 – 3

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

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

The role of a Christian NGO in implementing the European Year 2010: Focus on CARITAS Europa – 3
Hervé Pierre Guillot

Amongst the various actors the EU has called upon to reach the main aim of the European Year 2010 for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (EY2010), i.e. “to work for change in mentalities and behaviour” amongst EU citizens with respect to poverty and social exclusion, NGOs are key partners. Continue reading

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European Year 2010 – 2

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

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

European Year 2010 - image: European Commission

2010: A European year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion – 2
Hervé Pierre Guillot

Year 2010 has been designated as the “European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion” by the EU. When asked how they perceive poverty, 73 % of EU citizens consider it to be widespread in their home countries and 84% of them consider it to be on the increase over the last three years. Even in terms of popular perception, therefore, as well as of morality, poverty can therefore not be ignored in the EU. Continue reading

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European Year 2010 – 1

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 07 / October 2009.

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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Rebuilding Trust and Solidarity

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Rebuilding trust

Rebuilding Trust and Solidarity – Jesuit reflections on the Financial Crisis

An international group of Jesuits gathered recently in Brussels, hosted by OCIPE, to reflect on the interlocking crisis of the world’s financial systems, its economies and its governance: all of which together could comprise, or at least provoke, a profound social crisis. We were conscious of the complexity of the multi-faceted topic we were tackling, and of our own pluralism – of experience, competence and analysis – but were no less conscious of the limits of that pluralism. Though several of us had lived far beyond Europe, we were all Europeans: all Jesuits, all therefore male, all educationally privileged, all (relevantly enough) rather safe from unemployment or enforced poverty. Continue reading

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World Social Forum – Belém, Brazil

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World Social Forum

World Social Forum

The program for the World Social Forum can be found on the website:
http://www.fsm2009amazonia.org.br

The blog of the Jesuits at the WSF is:
http://preforumfenamazonia.wordpress.com

The Indian Jesuits from JESA have a blog, too:
www.jesaonline.org

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