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Europäische Solidarität – nicht zum Nulltarif

This article was posted in Guest authors, Solidarity.
Solidarity - image: Wikimedia

Solidarity - image: Wikimedia

Artikel von Friedhelm Hengsbach, Nell-Breuning Institut

Die Europäische Union steht Kopf – nicht aus voller Begeisterung, mit der die Fans des Frauenfußballs derzeit in die Stadien der Weltmeisterschaft strömen. Vielmehr aus Sorge, Unruhe und Ratlosigkeit. Zahlreiche Menschen zweifeln daran, dass der real existierende Kapitalismus Recht hat, nur weil er in der Systemkonkurrenz siegreich war, und dass die finanzwirtschaftlichen und politischen Eliten in der Lage sind, mit der Finanzkrise fertig zu werden und die Verschuldungskrise europäischer Staaten zu bewältigen. Continue reading

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De la détention à la vulnérabilité

This article was posted in European Consciousness, Solidarity.
image: JRS Belgium

image: JRS Belgium

Le JRS-Belgium vient de publier “De la détention à la vulnérabilité” (PDF).

Ce rapport présente les résultats spécifiques à la Belgique de la recherche européenne DEVAS (Detention of Vulnerable Asylum Seekers) dont l’objectif était d’identifier les facteurs qui accentuent ou atténuent la vulnérabilité des demandeurs d’asiles et migrants irréguliers dans les centres de détention. Cette recherche a eu lieu dans 21 pays de l’Union Européenne.

La spécificité de cette recherche est qu’elle a pris comme point de départ l’expérience des personnes détenues. Continue reading

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“Caritas Europa” in the World of Today

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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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Le Frère et l’Etranger

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Friend and Stranger - image: Robbert van der Steeg (cc: by-sa)

Friend and Stranger - image: Robbert van der Steeg (cc: by-sa)

Liberté, égalité fraternité. Cette devise, issue des luttes et des espoirs de la révolution de 1789, est inscrite en lettres d’or au frontispice de nos bâtiments publics. Elle indique trois exigences du vivre ensemble qui ne peuvent être disjointes. La noblesse de la tâche politique est de leur donner corps dans la grisaille du quotidien et au milieu de circonstances toujours changeantes. Nous avons la chance de jouir de libertés personnelles et constitutionnelles dans une démocratie organisée. Le “privé”, si chéri et meurtri dans nos sociétés, a besoin de la protection du “public” pour pouvoir jouir d’un espace personnel. Quand les pouvoirs publics ne protègent plus les libertés fondamentales, c’est le périmètre de l’existence personnelle et des relations mutuelles qui se rétrécit dramatiquement. De plus, une égalité – diversifiée et non pas standardisée – entre hommes et femmes, entre races différentes, entre démunis et plus fortunés, n’est jamais donnée au départ; elle déplace chacun des positions qu’il occupe car elle ne peut se construire pas à pas qu’en visant l’égalité des chances pour chacun. Continue reading

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Magis 2010 Hungary – More or Less?

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 11 / October 2010.
Magis Hungary

Magis Hungary - image: Ludger Joos

Magis 2010 Hungary – More or Less?
a young adult from Ireland

“Best experience ever”, “opened up the world to me”, “impossible to articulate the impact it has” – these were some of the descriptions given by friends who had been involved in previous Magis experiences, so as you may appreciate these led me to be somewhat curious as to what it was all about. Then I started to read a little about ‘Magis’, the ‘more’ for the greater glory of God; despite the best efforts of the various authors whose work I dipped in to, I began to associate this idea of magis with an image of a demanding God, one who is never quite satisfied. And so, when the opportunity to participate in Magis Hungary 2010 presented itself I was happy to leave aside the impressions of friends and the expertise of Ignatian spirituality writers and discover Magis for myself. 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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Un partenariat oriental

This article was posted in JEOletter Nr. 06 / July 2009.

EU neighbourhood policy - image: wikimedia

EU neighbourhood policy - image: wikimedia

Un partenariat oriental
Henri Madelin

La géostratégie s’invente de nouveaux desseins à l’est de notre continent, dans une vaste zone de contact entre l’UE et la Russie, Dans cet espace immense et peu apaisé, vient de se mettre en place  une politique de “voisinage oriental” d’un genre encore inédit. Après le lancement, au sud, de l’Union Pour la Méditerranée (UPM), une nouvelle forme d’ancrage à l’Europe actuelle, voulue spécialement par la France, prend lentement son essor,  même s’il est freiné par les rivalités entre Israël et les  pays arabes en son sein. Continue reading

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Voter turnout and citizenship education

This article was posted in European Consciousness.

Elections

Elections

For Christians, Europe must always be subject to the measure of a more universal good. The Jesuit European Office takes a positive, though often critical, view of the EU, which enables member states to transcend their national identity and interests by exercising political authority together with other states; and by establishing economic arrangements that embody a transnational care for the weaker. The EU has the powerful negative virtue of challenging the idol of absolute national sovereignty that has brutalised so much of the twentieth century. Continue reading

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Rebuilding Trust and Solidarity

This article was posted in Ignatian perspectives.
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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

This article was posted in Solidarity.

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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