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World Day of the Poor message 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 novembre 2020

By Msgr Pierre Cibambo, Caritas Internationalis ecclesiastical advisor. The message this year is: “Stretch forth your hand to the poor” (Sir 7:32).” This is an appropriate call for all of us in a year when many of us have closed ourselves away from the world to protect ourselves from the coronavirus pandemic. In spite of the enormous global challenges of 2020, Caritas has shown that love does not go on lockdown and close itself away from the poor and vulnerable at their time of great need. The mission of Caritas to listen and accompany is powered forward by our many volunteers and staff who give themselves selflessly to building a better world. Our Popes have reminded us that “Caritas is at the heart of the Church” and the World Day of the Poor is a moment to remember and deepen our dedication to placing the poor at the centre, to raising them up and to ensuring their voices are heard. Our mission is to “ensure that people living in poverty are active participants in building an inclusive and equitable society, a transformative Caritas and a welcoming Church.” But what does this mean for each and every one of us as part of the Caritas family? The answers are not always easy, but require an attitude which embodies humble listening and solidarity. Let us not forget that this special day in honour of our brothers and sisters in need is named “World Day OF the Poor” and not “World Day FOR the Poor”. We are not only sharing part of our wealth with the poor, we are also receiving something from them. In a true Christian community, there are no members who are just giving, and others who are just receiving. There are only neighbours who share because in Christ we are all one. The hand we outstretch to the poor, is not only a hand that distributes but also a hand in need. We need the poor as much as they need us. They challenge us to become increasingly truer witnesses of Christ. When we encounter the poor, listen to them and accompany them, it is they who evangelise us. The poor invite us to open our hearts and to transform our narrow, worldly view to see Christ in their presence here on earth.“We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.” Evangelii Gaudium. Caritas Internationalis president, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has said, “The big lesson of my life as a pastor has been to go towards the poor, not bearing words, but with a heart ready to listen to and learn from them. Before saying even one single word, it’s important to understand the person who is in front of you. By respectfully listening to the poor, you affirm their dignity.” As the World Day of the Poor approaches, wherever possible and appropriate, we invite you all to take action to prepare for the celebration of this day.We encourage you, friends around the world, to reflect on what we have learnt from the poor on a personal and community level and ensure they are at the centre of our thoughts and actions on that day.A hand held out is a sign; a sign that immediately speaks of closeness, solidarity and love. On the World Day of the Poor, together, we will reach out our hands as one human family in global solidarity to build inclusive and equitable societies and a transformative and welcoming Church.

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Message by Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 marzo 2020

Peace be with you! We are experiencing days of great concern and growing anxiety, days when human fragility and the vulnerability of supposed security in technology are undermined worldwide by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), to which all the most significant activities, such as the economy, business, work, travel, tourism, sport and even worship, are bowing, and whose contagion also significantly limits the freedom of space and movement. The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development wishes to unite itself with the voice of the Holy Father, thus reiterating the closeness of the Church, in the animation of the pastoral care of health, to all those who suffer from the contagion of COVID-19, to the victims and their families, as well as to all health care workers, engaged on the front line, committing all their energies to caring for those affected and bringing them relief.Thinking particularly of the countries most affected by the contagion, remembering them in our prayers, we unite with the work of the civil authorities, volunteers and those who are committed to stopping the contagion and averting the risk to public health and the growing fear that this rampant epidemic is generating. We also encourage lay and Catholic, national and international health structures and organisations, both national and international, to continue to offer in a synergistic way the necessary assistance to people and populations, as well as to implement all efforts indispensable to finding a solution to the new epidemic, following the indications of the WHO and the national and local political authorities.On this occasion, both the Holy Father and several Heads of State have expressed their solidarity with the countries most affected, donating medical products and financial aid. We hope that everyone will be able to continue this work of support, because in the face of such an emergency many nations, especially those with weaker health systems, will find themselves overwhelmed by the effects of the virus, and may not be able to cope with the demands for care and proximity to their nations. This moment of great need may, we hope, be a good time to strengthen solidarity and closeness between States and friendship between people. This is the time to promote international solidarity in sharing tools and resources.Of course, this incidence of the virus, like any emergency situation, highlights the serious inequalities that characterise our socio-economic systems. They are inequalities in economic resources and in use of health services, as well as in qualified personnel and scientific research. Faced with this range of inequalities, the human family is required to feel and to live truly as an interconnected and interdependent family. The incidence of the Coronavirus has demonstrated this global significance, having initially affected only one country and then spread to every part of the globe.For every person, believer or non-believer, this is a good time to understand the value of brotherhood, of being inseparably linked to each other; a time in which, from the perspective of faith, the value of solidarity, which springs from the love that is sacrificed for others, “helps us to see the ‘other’ – whether a person, people, or nation – not just as some kind of instrument […], but as our ‘neighbour’, a ‘helper’ (cf. Gen 2: 18, 20), to be made a sharer, on a par with ourselves, in the banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God” (SRS 39.5). The value of solidarity also needs to be incarnated. Let us think of our neighbour, the office colleague, the school friend, but above all of the doctors and nurses who risk contamination and infection to save those who are infected. These workers live and show us the meaning of the Paschal mystery: donation and service.Already Pope Francis, in his Message for Lent 2020, exhorts us to contemplate with a renewed heart the mystery of Easter, the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and to welcome freely and generously His self-giving: His suffering unto death as a gift of love for humanity. The embrace of Jesus’ suffering, Pope Francis tells us, becomes the embrace of all the suffering people of our world, including all those affected by COVID-19. They are today the expression of Christ Who suffers, and in the same way as the evil happened in the parable of the Good Samaritan, they need concrete gestures of closeness from humanity. People who suffer, whether through contagion or otherwise, constitute a “laboratory of mercy”, for the multifaceted nature of suffering requires various forms of mercy and care.At the beginning of this Lenten itinerary, for many who are deprived of some community liturgical signs such as the celebration of the Eucharist, we are called to an even more deeply rooted journey on what sustains the spiritual life: prayer, fasting and charity. May the efforts made to contain the spread of the Coronavirus be accompanied by the commitment of each individual faithful for the greater good: the reconquest of life, the defeat of fear, the triumph of hope. To the communities most affected, we recommend not living everything as a form of deprivation. If we cannot gather in our assemblies to live our faith together, as we usually do, God offers us the opportunity to enrich ourselves, to discover new paradigms, and to rediscover our personal relationship with Him. Jesus reminds us: “When you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to the Father Who is in that secret place, and your Father Who sees all that is done in secret will reward you” (Mt 6: 6). How many times Pope Francis has invited us to keep the Scriptures at hand! Prayer is our strength, prayer is our resource. Here, then, is an opportune moment to rediscover God’s fatherhood and our nature as His children: “In the name of Christ we appeal to you to be reconciled with God” (2 Cor 5: 20) says Saint Paul, and this is the Lenten Message of this year which Pope Francis gave us as a gift. What providence!
Let us pray then that God the Father will increase our faith, help the sick in healing and support health care workers in their mission. Let us strive to avoid the stigmatisation of those who are affected: the disease knows no boundaries or skin colour; instead, it speaks one language. Let us cultivate the “Wisdom of the Heart”, an “attitude infused with the Holy Spirit” in those who know how to open themselves to the suffering of their brothers and sisters and recognise in them the image of God. Thus, we can affirm, like Job, “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame” (Jb 29: 15). In this way we will be able to serve those who suffer, to accompany them in the best way and to be in solidarity with those in need without judging them.We ask the political and economic authorities not to neglect social justice and support for the economy and research, now that the virus is unfortunately creating a new “economic crisis”. We will continue in every way to support the efforts of health workers and medical facilities in various parts of the world, especially in the most remote and those most in difficulty, relying also on the active solidarity of everyone.We ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten the efforts of scientists, health workers and governors, and we entrust all the populations affected by the contagion to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Mother of humanity. (font: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

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53rd Message for the World Day of Peace by Pope Francis

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 17 dicembre 2019

Will be celebrated on January the 1st, 2020. As every year, The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development encourages all Episcopal Conferences, Dioceses, Religious Institutes, Ecclesial Associations and Movements, and all people of good will to organise a prayer meeting in particular Churches to celebrate the World Day of Peace 2020. Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family. As a human attitude, our hope for peace is marked by an existential tension that makes it possible for the present, with all its difficulties, to be “lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey”. Hope is thus the virtue that inspires us and keeps us moving forward, even when obstacles seem insurmountable.
As I observed during my recent Apostolic Journey to Japan, our world is paradoxically marked by “a perverse dichotomy that tries to defend and ensure stability and peace through a false sense of security sustained by a mentality of fear and mistrust, one that ends up poisoning relationships between peoples and obstructing any form of dialogue. Peace and international stability are incompatible with attempts to build upon the fear of mutual destruction or the threat of total annihilation. They can be achieved only on the basis of a global ethic of solidarity and cooperation in the service of a future shaped by interdependence and shared responsibility in the whole human family of today and tomorrow”.
We cannot claim to maintain stability in the world through the fear of annihilation, in a volatile situation, suspended on the brink of a nuclear abyss and enclosed behind walls of indifference. As a result, social and economic decisions are being made that lead to tragic situations where human beings and creation itself are discarded rather than protected and preserved. How, then, do we undertake a journey of peace and mutual respect? How do we break the unhealthy mentality of threats and fear? How do we break the current dynamic of distrust?
The Hibakusha, the survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are among those who currently keep alive the flame of collective conscience, bearing witness to succeeding generations to the horror of what happened in August 1945 and the unspeakable sufferings that have continued to the present time. Their testimony awakens and preserves the memory of the victims, so that the conscience of humanity may rise up in the face of every desire for dominance and destruction. “We cannot allow present and future generations to lose the memory of what happened here. It is a memory that ensures and encourages the building of a more fair and fraternal future”.
The world does not need empty words but convinced witnesses, peacemakers who are open to a dialogue that rejects exclusion or manipulation. In fact, we cannot truly achieve peace without a convinced dialogue between men and women who seek the truth beyond ideologies and differing opinions. Peace “must be built up continually”; it is a journey made together in constant pursuit of the common good, truthfulness and respect for law. Listening to one another can lead to mutual understanding and esteem, and even to seeing in an enemy the face of a brother or sister.As Saint Paul VI pointed out, these “two aspirations, to equality and to participation, seek to promote a democratic society… This calls for an education to social life, involving not only the knowledge of each person’s rights, but also its necessary correlative: the recognition of his or her duties with regard to others. The sense and practice of duty are themselves conditioned by the capacity for self-mastery and by the acceptance of responsibility and of the limits placed upon the freedom of individuals or the groups”.Divisions within a society, the increase of social inequalities and the refusal to employ the means of ensuring integral human development endanger the pursuit of the common good. Yet patient efforts based on the power of the word and of truth can help foster a greater capacity for compassion and creative solidarity.In our Christian experience, we constantly remember Christ, who gave his life to reconcile us to one another (cf. Rom 5:6-11). The Church shares fully in the search for a just social order; she continues to serve the common good and to nourish the hope for peace by transmitting Christian values and moral teaching, and by her social and educational works.The Bible, especially in the words of the Prophets, reminds individuals and peoples of God’s covenant with humanity, which entails renouncing our desire to dominate others and learning to see one another as persons, sons and daughters of God, brothers and sisters. We should never encapsulate others in what they may have said or done, but value them for the promise that they embody. Only by choosing the path of respect can we break the spiral of vengeance and set out on the journey of hope.Faced with the consequences of our hostility towards others, our lack of respect for our common home or our abusive exploitation of natural resources – seen only as a source of immediate profit, regardless of local communities, the common good and nature itself – we are in need of an ecological conversion. The recent Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region moves us to make a pressing renewed call for a peaceful relationship between communities and the land, between present and past, between experience and hope.
This journey of reconciliation also calls for listening and contemplation of the world that God has given us as a gift to make our common home. Indeed, natural resources, the many forms of life and the earth itself have been entrusted to us “to till and keep” (Gen 1:15), also for future generations, through the responsible and active participation of everyone. We need to change the way we think and see things, and to become more open to encountering others and accepting the gift of creation, which reflects the beauty and wisdom of its Creator.The journey of reconciliation calls for patience and trust. Peace will not be obtained unless it is hoped for.In the first place, this means believing in the possibility of peace, believing that others need peace just as much as we do. Here we can find inspiration in the love that God has for each of us: a love that is liberating, limitless, gratuitous and tireless.The grace of God our Father is bestowed as unconditional love. Having received his forgiveness in Christ, we can set out to offer that peace to the men and women of our time. Day by day, the Holy Spirit prompts in us ways of thinking and speaking that can make us artisans of justice and peace.May the God of peace bless us and come to our aid.May Mary, Mother of the Prince of Peace and Mother of all the peoples of the earth, accompany and sustain us at every step of our journey of reconciliation.And may all men and women who come into this world experience a life of peace and develop fully the promise of life and love dwelling in their heart. (abstract)

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Message from the conference on “Churches contribution to a sustainable society”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 3 giugno 2019

Brussels. The conference, organised jointly by the Church of Norway and European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN), gathered representatives from churches and ecumenical organisations from eleven countries across Europe.The challenges we face are overwhelming. Climate change, accelerating decline of biodiversity, pollution of water sources and overconsumption of the resources on earth are destructive to life itself. Our present lifestyle is a threat to millions of people today and for generations to come. There is an urgent need to turn away from our current path and seek to follow a new one together.
As the Green Capital of Europe 2019, Oslo is providing a good example of how to create a sustainable lifestyle in a healthy environment. But this is not enough. Other cities should follow, and governments and countries alike.We hear the call from those who suffers from environmental destruction and climate change. We hear the call from children and youth for urgent action. God, the creator calls us to take responsibility, and care for creation and our neighbours.We have benefitted during the conference from sharing experience of a number of activities that churches all over Europe involved to take care of creation, advocating for climate justice, and demonstrating their need and aspiration for a sustainable lifestyle.In order to be relevant to the challenges of this world, we must do more. We must repent our inaction in the past and react to the current state of emergency. The responsibility is greater for those who are able to do more.
We encourage the Church of Norway to step up its efforts to call the Norwegian government and oil-extracting industry to take appropriate action as advocated in the report Norway’s fair share. This report also aligns with the demands of the children and young people, who demonstrated worldwide in March and May.We call upon the churches in Europe for further urgent action, speaking out against injustice, choosing the side of the poor, oppressed and the young generation calling for a sustainable future. This action may include:
Participating actively in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
Questioning the ideology of unlimited economic growth.Providing leadership in transforming our lifestyles to sustainable ones.Actively contributing to the discussion in the public demanding urgent and concrete action to combat climate change and ecological destruction.
Cooperating in these efforts with other churches and other faith communities.
Reducing the ecological footprints of churches.Divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting in sustainable alternative solutions.We call upon churches in particular this time of climate emergency to work prayerfully towards these goals.

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From Conflict to Communion: CEC message on the occasion of historic Lund meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 novembre 2016

pope francisToday a historic meeting takes place between Catholic and Lutheran leaders to mark the one year countdown to the 500th anniversary of the reformation. In Lund and Malmö (Sweden) Pope Francis of the Catholic Church will join Bishop Munib Younan and Rev. Dr Martin Junge, who represent the 145 churches of the Lutheran World Federation, at a service of common prayer at the Lund Cathedral. Decades of dialogue have led to this historic meeting, the first of its kind in history.On this occasion, CEC President Rt Rev. Christopher Hill KCVO, DD and CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen have sent the following message:The Conference of European Churches, with a membership of Anglicans, Old Catholics, Protestant, and Orthodox churches knows within itself the historic divisions of the Reformation period. It also knows the God-given gift of reconciliation, which has transformed the configuration of the Churches in Europe from conflict towards communion. We therefore send greetings of the Conference on the historic celebration of the Catholic-Lutheran dialogue personified by the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the ancient university and cathedral of Lund. As we join our Lutheran and other Protestant brothers and sisters in this year of celebrating the Reformation, it is good to remember the original will and inspiration of Martin Luther to reform the Catholic Church from the inside. Today, we can recognise together the urgency and intention of this refomatory inspiration, and identify with it, thanks to the ecumenical pilgrimage of reconciliation which enables us to appreciate the different traditions we are coming from and which takes us from conflict to communion. The Lutheran World Federation has prepared a website for today’s events, including a live stream of the common prayer, which takes place at 14:30 CET. You may also wish to follow social media posts using the togetherinhope hashtag.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 gennaio 2014

porto antico genovaTo mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2014), the Presidency of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), meeting in Genoa (Italy), has addressed an appeal to European Christians to work for a common witness in the various sectors of society.“Is Christ Divided?” is the theme chosen this year by the inter-denominational organising committee for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2014).Is Christ divided is an invitation not to use Christ to justify our misunderstandings and our divisions. Christ is not owned by anyone, but gives himself. The search for and acceptance of the Christian message can only lead to a common witness, to the recognition and welcome of the gifts which the Lord has desired to give to each of his faithful as gifts of the whole Church.Is Christ divided is a challenge to deliver the proclamation of salvation for humanity in all its integrity. It is a challenge not to close the figure of the God made man in representations, which do not affect or justify our conveniences.
Is Christ divided is a stimulus for our evermore multi-denominational societies in Europe, for a common testimony to God’s closeness to contemporary humanity.Is Christ divided is an appeal to European people not to separate out the religious dimension of their faith into the public and private spheres, and not to disdain the gift of life, by deciding alone which lives are worth living and which are not, and not allowing themselves to be guided by false delusions, but to make room for hope.Finally, that Christ cannot be divided is a certainty that nothing can ever divide the love God has for humanity.
The CCEE Presidency looks carefully at the situation in Syria, especially the one of the Christian communities, and joins the Holy Father in prayer for peace.

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Usa: the President’s message

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 aprile 2010

It has now been well over a year since the near collapse of our entire financial system that cost the nation more than 8 million jobs. To this day, hard-working families struggle to make ends meet. We’ve made strides — businesses are starting to hire, Americans are finding jobs, and neighbors who had given up looking are returning to the job market with new hope. But the flaws in our financial system that led to this crisis remain unresolved. Wall Street titans still recklessly speculate with borrowed money. Big banks and credit card companies stack the deck to earn millions while far too many middle-class families, who have done everything right, can barely pay their bills or save for a better future. We cannot delay action any longer. It is time to hold the big banks accountable to the people they serve, establish the strongest consumer protections in our nation’s history — and ensure that taxpayers will never again be forced to bail out big banks because they are “too big to fail.” That is what Wall Street reform will achieve, why I am so committed to making it happen, and why I’m asking for your help today. We know that without enforceable, commonsense rules to check abuse and protect families, markets are not truly free. Wall Street reform will foster a strong and vibrant financial sector so that businesses can get loans; families can afford mortgages; entrepreneurs can find the capital to start a new company, sell a new product, or offer a new service. Consumer financial protections are currently spread across seven different government agencies. Wall Street reform will create one single Consumer Financial Protection Agency — tasked with preventing predatory practices and making sure you get the clear information, not fine print, needed to avoid ballooning mortgage payments or credit card rate hikes. Reform will provide crucial new oversight, give shareholders a say on salaries and bonuses, and create new tools to break up failing financial firms so that taxpayers aren’t forced into another unfair bailout. And reform will keep our economy secure by ensuring that no single firm can bring down the whole financial system. With so much at stake, it is not surprising that allies of the big banks and Wall Street lenders have already launched a multi-million-dollar ad campaign to fight these changes. Arm-twisting lobbyists are already storming Capitol Hill, seeking to undermine the strong bipartisan foundation of reform with loopholes and exemptions for the most egregious abusers of consumers. I won’t accept anything short of the full protection that our citizens deserve and our economy needs. It’s a fight worth having, and it is a fight we can win — if we stand up and speak out together. (President Barack Obama)

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European Information Society Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 aprile 2010

Bilbao, 20-22 May  400 experts and politicians from all over Europe will be gathering in Bilbao in May to address issues connected to e-governance and the information society in the municipalities and regions of Europe. The 8th European Information Society Conference (EISCO) will focus on the challenges that public authorities will have to deal with over the next decade. High-speed broadband is a service that should be accessible to everyone in view of the objective of “Europe 2020” to provide access to broadband to all households by 2013. When markets fail to meet this objective, the public sector should be allowed to take over: this was the message given on March 4 by Jean-François Istasse (BE / PES), Member of Parliament of the French Belgium Community and author of a report of the Committee of Regions on the issue. This report will be adopted at the CoR plenary session on 14-15 April. On 20 and 22 May, the Association of Basque Municipalities (EUDEL) and the ELANET network with the support of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) will host EISCO 2010. The conference will bring together politicians and experts from local and regional administrations across Europe to discuss strategies, evaluate achievements, exchange experience and learn from each other.  Since 2005, the guiding theme of this annual conference series is the implementation of the so-called “Digital Local Agenda”, a strategic plan for good governance and development of the information society in European municipalities, cities and regions. This year’s conference will assess the progress made so far in implementing this strategy, and discuss the new challenges that public administrations must face in the coming decade. The conference will also showcase pilot projects, demonstrating how Europe’s regions and cities have modernised their administrations and serve their citizens better by using technology-enabled solutions.

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Message to G8 Leaders From CBC Africa Business Forum

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 luglio 2009

Almost 400 representatives from business and government have attended the Forum and last night’s CBC African Business Awards – a demonstration of the continuing strong interest of business in Africa. We were privileged to be addressed by HE Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, to receive a message from HE Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.  Ministers from Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, the UK and Zimbabwe addressed us as well as more than 40 business leaders from Africa, the US and Europe. Reshaping the global economy is a shared task, and meeting the serious short and medium term challenges in Africa resulting from the global downturn can only be successful if tackled together.  Thus one of the purposes of this Forum is to contribute to international actions which promote sustainable growth at a global level, and encourage actions by the G8 and others to enable Africa to meet its own development needs and play its rightful part in the global economy.
The Africa Business Forum was established in 2005 to engage the private sector in supporting the G8 commitments made at Gleneagles.  I am writing to you and through you to your G8 colleagues, to set out the principal recommendations emerging from the 2009 Forum held in London 6-7 July, which was attended by 400 African and international business leaders.Africa has made huge strides in economic performance and good governance.  Growth has been steady around 5%, and many more economic actors, especially from Asia have become engaged.  There are 80 million more middle class Africans than in the 1990s.This progress is under threat. The collapse of international capital markets and the recession in major economies have halved growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Combined with falling national income from commodity prices and remittances, and the increasing cost of food and energy,  this will seriously retard progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), pushing tens of millions more Africans below the poverty line. We believe that entrepreneurship and the private sector are the only sustainable drivers of growth in Africa and emerging markets.  To continue to harness this energy, however, the G8 and other major economies must take a lead in tackling the immediate effects of the crisis, stabilizing financial flows and regenerating trade.  As business leaders from developed and developing countries, we call on the G8 to actively promote enterprise by supporting African governments to create the best possible conditions for business and investment – improving infrastructure, building human capacity and tackling deadly diseases and undernutrition that sap productivity.  For this aid remains critical and we call on the G8 to live up to its Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitments in order to reduce global poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals.   An important objective is to fully engage African and emerging market companies in the Call to Action, and make the MDG process more inclusive.  20 companies joined the Call to Action at this Forum and we call on other companies from Africa, Asia and the Americas to join.  A good opportunity to promote this will be the forthcoming Commonwealth and the Americas Business Forum in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Trinidad & Tobago in November this year.  In conclusion, I should like on behalf of CBC to thank the speakers, you the participants, and the Forum sponsors: BHP Billiton, Diamond Bank, Rio Tinto, UBA, as well as the UK Department for International Development (DFID).  The support of the many speakers in planning and convening these sessions was indispensible, and I thank you all. Finally, I would like to make a special mention of our media partner, African Business with whom we organised the CBC Africa Business Awards last night.  In November, CBC will be holding its biannual Commonwealth Business Forum with heads of Government in Port of Spain Trinidad.  There are many opportunities for doing business between Africa and the Americas and I hope that as many of you as can will join us at that Forum. (abstract)

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Radical right in the European Parliament

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 giugno 2009

The results of the European elections show a strengthening of Eurosceptic and radical right-wing parties which want to block a European policy. The General Secretary of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), Bishop Michael Bünker (Vienna), commented: “The European Parliament must not become a showplace for extremist forces. The radical right will harm people in Europe.”  Bünker explained: “Even if a few of these parties have presented themselves as defenders of the Christian West during the election campaign, the content of their policies is diametrically opposed to the Christian message. The Christian faith requires love of neighbour and respect for others, solidarity and responsibility for a peaceful life together. That does not go with xenophobic and racist slogans.”  The Protestant churches in Europe see in the EU, despite its defects, an important project of European unification. Even before the vote they called for democracy in Europe to be strengthened.  Bünker: “Particularly in times of crisis in which close collaboration beyond frontiers is indispensable, we cannot afford to allow the common effort for a peaceful and unified Europe to be threatened.”

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Condemnation of North Korea Launch

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 aprile 2009

The White House. The President Obama welcomes today’s clear and united message by the United Nations Security Council condemning North Korea’s recent launch of a Taepo-dong 2 Missile, confirming that it violates international law and would result in real consequences for North Korea.  The international community is united in demanding that North Korea abandon its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, and that it refrain from further provocations.  The United States will continue working with our allies and partners in the Six-Party Talks to achieve the verifiable elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and the reduction of tensions on the Korean Peninsula

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