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XXI Plenary Assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG)

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

Rome, 6-10 May 2019 the XXI Plenary Assembly of the UISG will take place at the Ergife Hotel in Rome. The theme is “Sowers of Prophetic Hope.” Sr. Carmen Sammut, msola, in a video announcing the Assembly, said that this theme urges us to consider how women religious can be signs of hope “in a world of division and war” and “for the many women and children who suffer”.Around 850 Superiors General from 80 different countries will participate. Together they will seek responses to these questions. There are 13 official languages and around 40 invited guests which include presenters, representatives of continental Conferences of men and women religious and Vatican Dicasteries, and others who lead organizations that partner with the UISG.Reflections will touch on important themes such as interculturation, the future vision of religious life, the integrity of creation (Laudato Si’), interreligious dialogue. For the first time there will be the possibility of following the principal conferences in the original language via live streaming (some are in English and others are in Spanish), by connecting to the platform More information on the Plenary Assembly and the program is available at:
On 10 May, the Superiors General will meet with Pope France in a private audience. During that audience, the Pope will launch the “Nuns Healing Hearts” Campaign in honour of the 10th anniversary of Talitha Kum. Taking advantage of the presence of Superiors General from all over the world, the UISG will offer 7 workshops before and after the Plenary Assembly. These workshops will take place on 2, 3, 13 and 14 May in the UISG Centre for Religious Life at Regina Mundi (Lungotevere Tor di Nona, 7). The themes are: Canon Law, Protection of Minors, Communication, and New Approaches to the Provision of Care for Children.The UISG (International Union of Superiors General) is a worldwide organization of Superiors General of canonically approved Congregations of women religious. It is an international forum where Superiors General share experiences, exchange information and mutually accompany one another in carrying out their service. Currently there are 1900 members from more than 100 countries, representing more than 450,000 women religious throughout the world.
The following UISG members will meet the press accredited to the Holy See Press Office on 2 May at 1:00pm in a Meeting Point:
· Sr. Carmen Sammut, msola, Superior General of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa and UISG President (English and French)
· Sr. Anabela Carneiro, hsc, Superior General of the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
· Sr. Donatella Zoia, sps, Superior General of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood (Italian, English) This meeting point will be streamed via (by Patrizia Morgante)

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Greece: IFRC Secretary General calls for increased response to humanitarian and health needs for vulnerable migrants

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 novembre 2015

ateneMore must be done to respond to the needs of vulnerable migrants in Greece and across Europe as the scale of humanitarian needs increase, urged Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), at the end of a two-day visit to Greece.“Deteriorating health on the migratory route is a major concern. The chain of immunization for children is broken, people on the move are exposed to many health challenges. We have a double duty to respond to humanitarian needs and basic health needs,” said Mr Sy. “We need – the Red Cross and Red Crescent, governments and humanitarian partners – to maintain our efforts and respond effectively and efficiently, to save lives and protect people’s dignity.”More than 600,000 people have arrived in Greece this year, making it the primary entry point into Europe for vulnerable migrants. The Hellenic Red Cross has been responding to the needs of people since the onset of the emergency, supporting people as they arrive on islands, as they transit through Athens, and as they continue their journey north.
The Secretary General met with the leadership of the Hellenic Red Cross, and visited the Eleonas accommodation centre in Athens where the Red Cross is delivering relief items. He praised the response of the Red Cross and its volunteers.“The Red Cross volunteers and staff who I met are tremendously dedicated, and are treating people with empathy and care,” he said. “In a complex context they are demonstrating every day a commitment to our humanitarian principles. Volunteers are however overwhelmed, and we all must do more and do it faster to respond at the level which is commensurate to the magnitude of the challenges.”Dr. Avgerinos, President of the Hellenic Red Cross, said that: “The places where humanitarian needs are greatest shift on any given day. We are constantly adapting our response to evolving needs and are committed to a flexible, long-term approach. We count on the support of the IFRC and express appreciation for the help we have received from the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to enable our humanitarian response.”On 23 October, the IFRC quadrupled its Emergency Appeal for Greece, and is now seeking 12.6 million Swiss francs to support the Hellenic Red Cross in reaching 200,000 people with a range of interventions including first aid, emergency medical care, psychosocial support and search and rescue services.During his visit, Mr. Sy met with Dr. Ioannis Mouzalas, Alternate Minister for Immigration Policy; Mr. Ioannis Amanatidis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Dr. Andreas Xanthos, Minister of Health; and Minister of Labour: H.E. Mr. Yiorgos Katrougalos. They discussed the ongoing situation and the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The Hellenic Red Cross and the IFRC are working closely with the Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction, the Ministry of Health and authorities to ensure a coherent response.Across Europe, more than 25,000 Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are providing support and protection to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people on the move. The IFRC has launched six country-specific Emergency Appeals totalling over 70 million Swiss francs to aid these efforts.The Red Cross and Red Crescent has launched a call to make universal the responsibility to protect vulnerable people and respect their dignity in any place, under any circumstances, regardless of their legal status: Sign the petition at Help make the responsibility to #ProtectHumanity universal.

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General Secretaries of National Councils of Churches in Europe meet in Berlin

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 Maggio 2015

berlinoFrom 26 to 29 of May the General Secretaries of the National Councils of Churches in Europe will meet in Berlin. Apart from the “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”, proclaimed by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the 25 participants from 15 nations will visit the German Bundestag and discuss the relationship between church and state as well as the situation of persecuted Christians.From Norway to Italy, from Portugal to Poland, the General Secretaries of the National Councils of Churches of 15 European countries will come to Berlin for their annual meeting. They will reflect on concrete steps for the “Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace”. The look forward to discussing how European churches can cooperate on issues like life-affirming economies, the protection of creation, nonviolent peace-building and reconciliation and the protection of human dignity.The General Secretaries will discuss the relationship between church and state in Europe with members of the German Bundestag and the office of the representative of the Evangelical Church in Germany to the Federal Republic of Germany. They will also gather information about measures are taken by European governments to protect persecuted and oppressed Christians and religious minorities.In many countries of the world organisations have been created to provide a reliable basis for multilateral cooperation among churches. They are usually called national or ecumenical councils.The national councils of churches in Europe stay in continuous contactthrough these annual meetings held at the different locations of their General Secretaries. They focus on the sharing of experiences and on working together on a topic important to all. In 2014 the meeting took place in the Netherlands and focussed on the global financial crisis. Representatives of the WCC and the Conference of European Churches (CEC), including CEC General Secretary Guy Liagre will also take part in the meeting.

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Usa: Elena Kagan solicitor general

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 Maggio 2010

Letter to editor. Riccardo — Today, it is my great honor to nominate our Solicitor General, and my friend, Elena Kagan, to be the next justice of the United States Supreme Court. As I send my nomination to the Senate, I wanted to record a special message for you that I hope will help us launch a national discussion. Elena is widely regarded as one of the best legal minds of her generation — earning praise from across the ideological spectrum throughout her career. Above all, she is a trailblazer. She wasn’t just the first woman to serve as dean of Harvard Law School — she was one of its most beloved and successful leaders, building a reputation for openness to other viewpoints and skill in working with others to build consensus. These were some of the many reasons why I selected her to be my Solicitor General, the nation’s chief advocate — the first woman to hold that post as well. Her work as Solicitor General has allowed me to see firsthand just why Elena is particularly well-suited to the Court: She has not only a keen understanding of the law, but also one that is rooted in a deep awareness of its impact on people’s lives. Last year, she made that clear — choosing the Citizens United case as her first to argue before the Supreme Court, defending bipartisan campaign finance reform against special interests seeking to spend unlimited money to influence our elections. Now, I look forward to the prospect of Elena taking her seat alongside Justice Ginsberg and Justice Sotomayor. For the first time, our nation’s highest court would include three women, ensuring a Court that would be more inclusive, more representative, more reflective of us as a people than ever before. When Justice Stevens wrote me to announce his retirement, I knew that the Court would be losing a standard bearer. And I felt a responsibility to nominate an individual capable of being that same guiding force, a consistent voice of reason on the Court. I am certain I have made the right choice. As you learn more about Elena, I am confident you’ll see what I do — that she is a voice we need on the Supreme Court. (Barack Obama)

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