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Philippines: the Church and the global community to work together on the root causes of climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2020

The director of Caritas Philippines (NASSA) says a global response is needed to tackle the root causes of climate change and prevent increasingly powerful typhoons which batter the country every year. Speaking one month after four deadly typhoons lashed the Philippines and on the occasion of the anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, Fr Tony Labiao says, “Our vision must reach beyond emergency response.” “When we talk about preventing climate change, we can’t just do this alone in the Philippines, we need the help of the global community. It’s only by working together that we make sure future generations are safe.” Typhoni Goni, the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines in twenty years, forced over 350,000 people from their homes and affected nearly five million people at the end of October. In Catanduanes, the island where it made landfall, over 90 percent of infrastructure was reportedly destroyed. In the twelve days following Typhoon Goni, the Philippines was hit by Tropical Storms Atsani and Etau and Typhoon Vamco, which affected over 4 million people. “We need to address the real cause of these calamities – climate change, the degradation of our mountains, illegal logging, quarrying and unsustainable farming practices,” says Fr Labiao. “This is not just the work of government, but of the Church and of everyone.” Caritas Philippines has adopted a multi-faceted approach to protect communities in the face of increasingly aggressive climate events. Advocating for change regarding mining, quarrying and illegal logging is a key part of their work to reduce the impact of extreme weather on their country. “All of these issues have a confluence and are provoking more and more deforestation,” says Fr Labiao. “We have to make our voices louder to ensure that people understand how our actions are impacting the environment and impacting the poor.”Caritas Philippines works with communities before typhoons hit through emergency preparedness programmes which create early warning systems and ensure communities are coordinated and react quickly to potential disasters. Following the recent climate events, Caritas teams on the ground Caritas have been providing over 76,000 people with food baskets, hygiene kits, solar lamps, kitchen materials, sleeping kits, and water. In the long-term Caritas will construct permanent shelters, offer livelihood support and capacity building activities. To support the work of Caritas in the Philippines, please visit

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Toshiba Digital Signage Boosts Community Engagement at Florida Church

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 ottobre 2019

Interactive digital signage from Toshiba America Business Solutions is enabling Naples, Fla.-based Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church to engage, educate and inspire its members in new ways.Toshiba’s Virtuoso interactive kiosks update the more than 10,000-member congregation and outlying Naples community about the church’s better than 5,000 annual events. The Toshiba interactive kiosks convey details about upcoming classes, events and concerts on Saint John’s 27-acre campus – which includes the Pulte Family Life Center and Claussen Center, as well as the church itself. The unit’s wayfinding capabilities help visitors arrive on time by pinpointing the exact location of a given event while providing the current location as a reference point.
Beyond providing directional guidance and informing visitors about the latest goings-on at Saint John’s, Toshiba Virtuoso displays provide visitors with dining options by listing menu items and featured dishes at the Pulte Family Life Center café. Diners may also stay abreast of news and weather updates via Toshiba’s 65-inch digital signage. Virtuoso displays additionally provide visitors with a visual account of the church’s rebuilding after it was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.Copy Concepts, Inc., a 36-year Toshiba reseller partner, was instrumental in every element of the Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church installation. The Fort Myers, Fla. company facilitated the agreement, oversees the technology integration and provides customer support. Toshiba’s digital signage installation at Saint John’s is nearing completion and is expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2019.

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“Church, Disability and Society”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 aprile 2019

The Pan-Hellenic Conference with an international participation was successfully held in Volos on the general theme: “Church, Disability and Society.” The conference was organized by the Volos Academy for Theological Studies in cooperation with the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias, the charitable company “Health Path” and the Association of People with Disabilities in Magnesia, “Ippokampos”. The topic in question attracted the interest of teachers, scientists, students, people with disabilities and citizens who are aware of and active on this issue.
The conference presentations addressed a variety of themes: a) “Psycho-social dimension of disability,” b) “Practices of integration and accessibility of persons with disabilities in the liturgical texts and the body of the Church,” c) “Orthodox theology and disability.” In the first session Dr. Galini Sapountzaki (Sign Language Linguist, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Department of Special Education, University of Thessaly) spoke on the topic “Self-identification and self-image of people with hearing impaired problems”; Dr. Ioulia Nissiotou (Paediatrist, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Thessaly) presented the topic “The Doctor as a companion of the disabled child and his/her parents;” while Ioanna Georgiadou (Social Clinic Psychologist MSc, Systemic Psychotherapist, PhD Candidate of the University of Thessaly) spoke on “Self-assistance and empowerment of people with mobility disabilities.”
During the second session the first speaker, Rev. Anargyros Sigalas (Parish Priest, Agioi Pantes Church Kallithea, Athens) presented a paper on “Deaf hearings…meaningful: the example of the parish of deaf people, while Rev. Dr. Konstantinos Papanikolaou (Former Director of IEA, Member of the EASPD Standing Committee on Employment) spoke on the topic “OLYMPIAS, Facilitating the access of people with disabilities to the Church and work through the Internet.” A round table discussion also took place during the conference on the topic “Church and Disability: Obstacles and Bridges” with the participation of Petros Bellos (President of the Association of People with Disabilities in Magnesia, “Ippokampos”), Ioanna Georgiadou (Social Psychologist, Msc, Systemic Psychotherapist), Rev. Georgios Giannos (Parish Priest, The Dormition of the Mother of God church, Metropolis of Demetrias, Member of the writers team of the book manual, “The Religious Lesson in Special Education”), and Dr. Christiana Lappa (Post-doctoral Researcher in Special Education, University of Thessaly, Lecturer at the Hellenic Open University). During the conference all the papers were presented in the sign language while the closing of the conference took place in the morning of Sunday, March 31, with the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Evangelistria in Nea Ionia, Volos, which was also presented in the sign language.

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Church Mutual Named Top Wisconsin 75 Company Three Years Running

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 ottobre 2018

Church Mutual Insurance Company has been named a Wisconsin 75 company for the third consecutive year by Deloitte US.The annual Wisconsin 75 ranking and recognition program showcases the economic contributions of the state’s largest privately held companies. Serving as an engine for growth and innovation in Wisconsin is extremely important, but it reveals just one aspect of the big picture for Church Mutual.“This award continues to showcase the dedication our employees have to our policyholders,” said Rich Poirier, president and CEO. “We believe in the higher order of what our customers are doing and our employees are committed to providing excellent service to those who serve others.”As a large employer in central Wisconsin, Church Mutual is committed to furthering the economic environment locally as well as statewide.
“Establishing Church Mutual as an employer of choice in central Wisconsin, developing our own employees and championing diversity increases our impact,” said Kevin Root, executive vice president operations. “We are very committed to this community and our involvement not only strengthens the region, but the entire state.” Nominees for each year’s Wisconsin 75 awards must be headquartered in Wisconsin, be privately or closely held and produce a minimum of $50 million in annual sales.

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Christ in Risen! Le Christ Ressuscité! Christos Anesti! Hristos Voskrese! Hristos a înviat!

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 aprile 2018

In the light of the Paschal representatives from the Orthodox Churches from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Church of Cyprus, the Church of Greece, the Polish Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox Church in Finland met at the Metropolis of France of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Paris. The consultation covered briefing and exchange in the run up of the CEC upcoming General Assembly, taking place from 31 of May to 7 of June, 2018 in Novi Sad, Serbia. The Assembly will be hosted by the Serbian Orthodox Church and other Protestant minority churches in Serbia. The introduction to the overall theme of the CEC Assembly in Novi Sad “You shall be my witness” was made by His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, Vice President of the Conference of the European Churches and Ms. Catharine Tsavdaridou, one of the Orthodox members of the Assembly Planning Committee. Orthodox Church representatives went through the existing program devoted to justice, witness and hospitality. The central theme of the Assembly is the debate on the Future of Europe, which will contribute to the definition of the political aims and objectives of the work of the organization in the upcoming 5 years. They were informed about expected legal changes of the existing CEC constitution, which needs to be harmonized with the Belgian law on international non-profit associations (ASBL). The Orthodox representatives noted, the importance for the united Orthodox voice to be heard at the CEC Assembly, as the Orthodox Churches constitute 25% of the CEC membership. The thematic issues, which were brought at the table and discussed, were refugees and migration, ecology and climate change, social issues, religious freedom or belief, bioethicsect.
The care for the human person, human dignity and protection of human rights for refugees and migrants remains the central issue for the Orthodox Churches, as well as the work done in integration process. Metropolitan Gabriel from the Church of Greece stressed the need of helping the migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, to find their role in the new realities, and the important role from the Orthodox Theological perspectiveas a basic context towards human personality.The Churches are providing the society with a tremendous ministry, in order to decrease racism and xenophobia, as they provide legal and practical assistance to the people and children in need. Representatives stressed the importance of the ecumenical work to continue on political and legal advocacy for the protection of human dignity vis-à-vis the European institutions. The support for the continuation of the ongoing theological dialogue and ecclesiology were expressed. The local coordinator of the CEC Assembly, Mr. Danilo Mihajlovic, from the Diocese of Backa, of the Serbian Orthodox Church, gave the update about local matters and Rev. Fr. Miodrag Andric, local Orthodox member of the Worship Committee, gave a report regarding the work done so far in reference to the worship activities foreseen during the days of the CEC Assembly and Bible studies. The representatives expressed their gratitude to His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and to the Ecumenical Patriarchate for convening this meeting and their appreciation to the Serbian Orthodox Church for hosting the upcoming General Assembly.

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Catholic Organizations to Witness at U.S. Bishops’ Conference Urging Them to Create a Church for Our Daughters

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 giugno 2016

conferencePacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 12 noon A Church for Our Daughters is a grassroots campaign of 30 Catholic-rooted and justice organizations (see full list below) We are women and men, sisters and brothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, mothers and fathers, godparents — members of the Catholic community who are deeply committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and who believe the Body of Christ must include all genders equally. We are calling on our Church leaders to work with us to build a Church that strikes down every oppressive practice, teaching, and law that assigns women and girls to a subordinate status. We call on our leaders to create a Church that is truly inclusive and alive with the gifts, spirit, and potential of all its members.
Catholics from across the country will gather for a landmark witness and procession for equality in our Church. They will speak out and pray for a Church for our daughters, a Church that is truly inclusive and fully alive with the gifts and spirit of all its members. The group will publicly proclaim “A Declaration for Our Daughters” and deliver a petition by the same name with thousands of Catholic signatures to the bishops. Carrying pink carnations and paper invitations, the group will personally invite our bishops to follow Pope Francis’ call to “dialogue fearlessly,” so that together we can build a church community where girls, women, and all who seek equality and justice are welcome. Participants will be wearing pink.(photo: conference)

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X Professional Seminar On Communication Offices for the Church Participation and Sharing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 aprile 2016

Rome the seminar will take place April 26-28, 2016, 8,30 a.m. università santa crocePiazza di Sant’Apollinare, 49 Managing Church Communications in a Digital Era”. This is the theme of the next Professional Seminar on Communication Offices for the Church, organized by the Communications Faculty at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Now in its 10ª edition, expecting the participation of 350 professionals from 30 countries, the majority of which are communications directors for Bishop Conferences, dioceses, or other ecclesial institutions. The title of this 10ª edition makes reference to the new context in which communications finds itself: “technological development over the last years, and particularly social media’s universalization,” – explains the organizing committee – “has created a context for communications in which relations are multiplying, the time of diffusion accelerates, and the time of reflection and response shorten.”This year’s edition seeks to find responses for the purpose of aiding Church communicators exploit the positive aspects and mitigate the risks connected to the new context of public communications. Some of the questions that will be considered: “how to manage communications which flows in several directions, alongside all the actors that partake in this new setting? What are the most adequate tools for listening to the public conversation? What experiences are there in the formation of voices which participate in this increasingly open conversation in need of quality content and human testimonies? How can we promote a creative public dialogue that is simultaneously faithful to the message of the Gospel?” In addition to updates about new tendencies and modes of operation within communications offices for the Church, the Seminar stands as an opportunity for professionals to share experiences from different parts of the world and various cultures. The program has scheduled, besides the main speakers, 5 panels and 5 workshops planned during the course of three work days, as well as presentations, such as papers or experiences, by participants. Finally, there are also different debates among the speakers scheduled to take place. Expected speakers: Charles Marsh, professor from the University of Kansas (United States), who will discuss “The New Role of Communicators: From Disseminators of Content to Drivers of Culture”; Antonio Maria Sicari, a Carmelite theologian, who will speak on “The Communicative Force of Mercy”; and Daniele Chieffi, Head of Media Relations at ENI, who will address “Social Media Policies: Principles and Tendencies”.The panels, on the other hand, address: “Church and Communications: Learning From Christians in Difficult Situations”, with Anthony Fallah Borwah, Bishop of Gbarnga (Liberia), Philippe Jourdan (Estonia), and Basilio Yaldo, Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad (Iraq); and “Big Data and Institutional Communications”, with Alessandro Chessa (IMT, Lucca) and Marc Argemí (Sibilare, Barcelona). There will also be some testimonies regarding digital identity management, as well as a round table of journalists responsible for religious news coverage. The workshops, instead, will focus on personal experiences of different spokespersons and communication directors for Bishops Conferences. Among these individuals there will be: Ivan Maffeis (Italy), Rafael Medeiros (Brazil), Margaret Doherty (United Kingdom) and Marion Mulhall (Ireland); on communications for religious events in a digital era, such as the recent beatification of Oscar Romero; on experiences that regard communications for papal trips; and on how to create an authoritative voice on social networks, with Eduardo Arriagada (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) and Daniele Bellasio (Editor in Chief of Il Sole 24 Ore). The program also includes a workshop geared toward those responsible for Catholic TV.
Wednesday, April 27, a meeting is also scheduled with the new Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, Mons. Dario E. Viganò, who will consider the new communicative challenges for the Church.

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The Vatican’s outlook on Europe: from firm encouragement to exacting support

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 giugno 2015

vaticanoThe overwhelming “yes” voiced during the referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland, a country with a strong Catholic tradition, is viewed within the Church as a defeat. The Vatican in particular finds itself swimming against a growing current that has overtaken its historic western strongholds.This Policy paper by Sébastien Maillard states that relations are changing between a largely secularised Europe and a less Euro-centric Catholic Church under the pontificate of the first pope from the Southern Hemisphere. The Holy See’s expectations remain nonetheless high with regard to a continent called on to serve, to use the expression of Pope Francis in Strasbourg, as a “precious point of reference for all humanity”. Yet the long-standing favoured relationship with Europe is giving way to a more distant attachment to Brussels, subject to real vigilance.Vatican diplomacy was, however, a loyal supporter of European construction. It backed the first treaties under Pius XII (ECSC, EDC, Treaties of Rome) and anticipated its enlargement under John Paul II. Its constant concern – on which it was insistent during the negotiations of the Constitutional Treaty – was to assert the Christian basis without which Europe is not viable, according to the Church. Today, the Church intends to foster its dialogue with European institutions and become a facilitator so that all Europeans of the continent may live together, beyond the EU.Highlighting the value of peaceful coexistence between different peoples and religions forms the basis of Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Sarajevo on June 6. This trip to a city ravaged by history will mark his second in the Balkans, after Tirana (Albania) in September 2014. He sends a new message against the rise of extremisms in the rest of Europe as well as a reminder to draw from the lessons of the past – especially those which form the basis of the European project.(photo vatican)

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Habemus Papam: the greetings of the European Bishops

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 marzo 2013

CCEE Presidency has addressed today a letter to the new-elected Pope Francis in which it states “The European bishops see in your election a sign of hope and encouragement, a stimulus for us not to be concerned just about the specific problems of the Old Continent, but to measure the tasks of the Churches entrusted to our pastoral care in the perspective of the universal Church”. The letter proceed stressing the roles of the Church in Europe in the light of the vocation of the whole Church, especially facing in the old continent secularisation, the demographic and migratory situation, the dialogue with Islam and Judaism, the need of promoting the Christian unity especially through the cooperation over moral issues, social doctrine, environment with the orthodox Churches. The letter concludes with a point on new evangelisation. The letter is signed by Card. Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and CCEE President, by the two Vice-President, Card. Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and Archbishop Józef Michalik of Przemyśl and by Mgr Duarte da Cunha, CCEE General Secretary Here is the full letter
“Holy Father,
We welcome the news of your election as successor of Saint Peter with immense joy. The European bishops see in your election a sign of hope and encouragement, a stimulus for us not to be concerned just about the specific problems of the Old Continent, but to measure the tasks of the Churches entrusted to our pastoral care in the perspective of the universal Church. In the light of the vocation of the whole Church, we are thus able to see more concretely our roles, too, dictated, for example, by a specific form of secularisation present in public structures, as well as in daily life; tasks which equally emerge from the demographic and migratory situation, which constitutes a challenge for families and invites us to practical dialogue with Islam and Judaism.
Besides the continual urgency to proclaim the Lord Jesus, in our continent we feel the pressing need to promote the unity of Christians, particularly collaboration over moral issues and social doctrine, in safeguarding creation and global responsibility for the environment with the continent’s Orthodox Churches. The variety of languages and national cultures in Europe underlines our commitment to reconciliation among peoples, and the need for pastoral collaboration for the new evangelisation. We implore the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the pontificate of Your Holiness and we support your apostolic ministry with our prayers. With filial devotion,”

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Pope Benedict’s decision

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2013

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Washington, D.C. – “The Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) respects Pope Benedict’s decision to resign from leadership. We are saddened to hear of the deteriorating health of the pontiff and hold him in prayer. During his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI used his power to take significant steps backwards for women. A staunch opponent of women’s leadership, during Pope Benedict’s tenure he declared women’s ordination the gravest crime against the Church, excommunicated all Roman Catholic Womenpriests, and personally had Fr. Roy Bourgeois dismissed from his Maryknoll community for supporting women priests. As Roman Catholics worldwide prepare for the conclave, we are reminded that the current system remains an ‘old boys club’ and does not allow for women’s voices to participate in the decision of the next leader of our Church. WOC members plan to host vigils and raise “pink smoke” during the conclave as a prayerful reminder of the voices of the Church that go unheard.The people of the Church are desperate for a leader who will be open to dialogue, and will have the courage to create systems that will address the sexism, exclusion, and abuse in our Church. The Catholic Church needs to be a voice for justice in the world. We pray for a leader who can truly minister to all of the people of God

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Church, Charity and Business Leaders Call for Community Energy Revolution

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 febbraio 2012

Swindon, England, (PRNewswire)The National Trust, along with a coalition of civil society leaders from UK organisations with over twelve million members, has called for community energy to play a substantial role in meeting the country’s climate change targets.Leading figures from The Co-operative; the National Trust; The National Federation of Women’s Institutes; the Church of England and Campaign to Protect Rural England will today meet Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to launch their joint ‘vision for community energy’, which supports dramatically scaling up the number of community owned renewable energy projects across the country, and to discuss how the Government can best assist.The National Trust has been working on its low carbon villages (LCV) project which aims to tackle the disillusionment and helplessness that many people feel about climate change in two Trust owned villages, Coleshill in Oxfordshire, and Cambo on the Trust’s estate at Wallington, Northumberland. Through a process of engagement over a three-year period, LCV aimed to develop positive and practical solutions that could set villagers on a journey to low-carbon living. The energy projects the charity has undertaken across all of its places as part of its commitment to generating half of the UK’s energy from renewable energy sources by 2020 can be seen on the National Trust energy map, found on the charity’s site.Patrick Begg, Director of Rural Enterprise at The National Trust, commented: “Many other European countries are way ahead of the UK, as we found out when visiting German communities last year. Germany produces over 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, with communities generating about a quarter of this. In the UK, less than 1 per cent is generated by our communities, a figure this coalition wants to dramatically increase by 2020. We are asking the Government to support us in this.”At the same time, local energy schemes will receive another boost today as The Co-operative launches its Community Energy Challenge, a competition which will result in six communities across the UK receiving support to set up their own energy projects. The Co-operative is setting aside £1 million in 2012 to support community energy. This will involve everything from mentoring for start-ups through to the underwriting of co-operative share offers in local co-operatives.Paul Monaghan, Head of Social Goals at The Co-operative, said: “We want nothing less than a clean energy revolution, with communities controlling and benefiting from their own renewable energy. Talk of a new dash for gas shales, which could see up to 3,000 wells installed across the UK, highlights the choices we face – more and dirtier sources of fossil fuels or clean energy owned and controlled by communities.”In the coming months and years, the coalition, who were brought together by The Co-operative and its partners, sustainable development organisations Forum for the Future and Carbon Leapfrog, collectively plan to meet at regular intervals to make practical steps to drive the shared vision forwards and champion community energy among their members. Late last year coalition representatives visited Germany to see examples of other successful community schemes.
The National Trust cares for over 300 of England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s greatest historic houses and gardens, 1,000 km of coastline and vast swathes of our most beautiful countryside. People of all ages – individuals, schools and communities – get involved each year with our projects, events and working holidays and over 60,000 volunteers help to bring the properties alive for the Trust’s 4 million members and many more million visitors. Those interested in volunteering in the UK can find out more at:

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Churches and Economic Policies

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 gennaio 2010

The European Union is at the moment revising it’s long-term strategy for the next decade. The process has been started with a public consultation of the European Commission on the new “EU 2020” strategy. The objective of this strategy is to develop EU’s economy into “a new sustainable social market economy”.  In its response to the Consultation, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) is stressing the need to strengthen the ethical dimension of EU’s policies: “The European Churches have been disappointed to see that the value basis of the European Union, as laid out in the Treaty of Lisbon, has hardly been taken up in the Working Document of the European Commission on the future ‘EU 2020’ strategy.” The Church and Society Commission of CEC asks the European Union and its Member States to make the implementation of fundamental rights and values a key priority in its “EU 2020” strategy. Rüdiger Noll, Director of the Church and Society Commission, explains: “The economic crisis has revealed that a socially, ecologically, and globally committed market economy is morally far more demanding than is generally realised. In order to endure, market structures must be embedded in a system of values supported by all relevant stakeholders. It is an ethical task to balance self-interest with economic, social and ecological responsibility.”  The contribution gives a number of examples for the implementation of ethical principles in the areas of education, science and technology, employment, social inclusion and democratic participation.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.The Church and Society Commission (CSC) is one of the commissions of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The CSC links CEC’s some 120 member churches from all over Europe and its associated organisations with the European Union’s institutions, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO and the UN (on European matters). Its task is to help the churches study church and society questions from a theological social-ethical perspective, especially those with a European dimension, and to represent common positions of the member churches in their relations with political institutions working in Europe.

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Building bridges to the Holy Land

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 gennaio 2010

2010 will see the annual visit (10-14 January) to the Christian peoples and Churches in the Holy Land by a 26-strong delegation of bishops and representatives from Bishops’ Conferences and church bodies from Europe and North American countries. The annual visit is organised by the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land (Holy Land Co-ordination) and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops in the Holy Land. This year, at the explicit mandate of the Presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences members of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), which met in Plenary session in Paris from 1-4 October 2009, the CCEE General Secretary, Fr Duarte da Cunha, will be part of the delegation.The delegation will begin its journey meeting the Christian communities in Gaza and parishes in the West Bank. Subsequently, there are scheduled meetings with the local populations, young priests and seminarians, a visit to the University of Bethlehem and Beit Safa Seminary. Particularly important will be the meetings, on Wednesday 13 January, with President Shimon Peres and President Mahmud Abbas. The visit will end on Thursday 14 January in Jerusalem with a celebation at the Holy Sepulchre and a News Conference.

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Death of Serbian Patriarch Pavle

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 novembre 2009

The General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) has sent a message of condolences to the Serbian Orthodox Church on the occasion of the death of its Patriarch, Pavle, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. “It was with profound sadness that I learnt yesterday of the death of Patriarch Pavle”, said the General Secretary of CEC. “Patriarch Pavle had served the Serbian Orthodox Church as Patriarch for a considerable number of years. During those years, his humble, modest demeanour had endeared him to all the faithful, who have been so constant in upholding him in prayer during these years of illness. His prayerful leadership of the Church was deeply appreciated”. “Patriarch Pavle”, Williams added, “lived out among us the call of St. Paul that we should ‘in humility regard others as better than yourselves’ (Philippians 2,3) so following with great faithfulness the example given us by Our Lord Jesus Christ. Not least for this reason, Patriarch Pavle’s passing from us will be deeply felt. At CEC, we are conscious too that Patriarch Pavle was called by God to lead the Serbian Orthodox Church through times of great political change and uncertainty. In a period of conflict and violence, he was humble but determined in his call for peace and reconciliation, a witness which was widely valued by the people of Serbia”.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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