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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Posts Tagged ‘tragedy’

The Tragedy of Afghanistan

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 agosto 2021

“The survival of the EU depends on its ability to adapt to external changes. In this respect, the tragedy in Afghanistan is a litmus test also for us”, says Sandro GOZI, President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and MEP for Renew Europe. “As Europeans”, continues GOZI, ” we have a duty to shoulder our responsibilities. We can choose whether to manage or suffer the migratory flows from Afghanistan, which in any case exist and will exist. If we choose to suffer them, without an effective policy to manage them, it will be a political and moral disaster. This is why we cannot afford to wait until all the countries agree to accept the refugees; we would only waste time, there will always be a few governments against. The time has come to take responsibility for deciding by majority vote, involving a group of countries and using EU funds. If we decide together it will be easy to manage the phenomenon, there will be no invasion. If we wait for unanimity we will remain prisoners of our impotence”. “In this moment the EU”, continues GOZI, “is committed to the process of the Conference on the future of Europe, to discuss without taboos the changes needed to adapt Europe’s capacity to act to the challenges of the present day. It is clear that what is happening in Afghanistan should also make us reflect. The United States has been criticised, but NATO’s indecision and improvisation are also blatant. This means that we Europeans must become autonomous and acquire the ability to fight to protect our values and interests. The goal we must set ourselves is to build a European sovereignty, through a federal political union, proceeding with the states that believe in this project. Concretely, this means to share at European level some key competences in the economic and political fields, to create a federal budget, to build a real common foreign policy – starting from the ever-closer cooperation to prepare also in this field the federal transition – and to create an army of the European Union, to achieve a proper strategic autonomy in defence and security.” “The Conference on the future of Europe”, GOZI concludes, “is an opportunity that we cannot risk missing, all the more so when a tragedy like this one of the Afghan people shows us the urgency to change in order to act and take control of the political processes. Our political future and our very civilisation are really at stake”. By Anna Echterhoff, UEF Secretary General

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Tragedy in France: CEC grieves death of Fr Jacques Hamel

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 luglio 2016

With shock and great distress, the Conference of European Churches has received news of the attack in the church of St-Etienne-du-Rouvray (France). The violent attack resulted in the death of Fr Jacques Hamel and two other persons. Several members of the congregation were also wounded, one critically. Fr. Jacques gave his life while officiating the Holy Eucharist. He was known as a man of reconciliation and dialogue with people of all faiths and none. “He exemplifies the Christian understanding of martyrdom,” reflected CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen. “Of the victory over the dark powers of violence and death and the eternal perspective created by love and experienced through the eucharistic gathering.”The Conference of European Churches joins with the “cry to God” by the Catholic archbishop of Rouen, Mgr Dominique Lebrun. With him we invite all people of goodwill, of all faiths and none to be strengthened in prayer and community. CEC shall continue its mission according to the Gospel, by welcoming all people in trust and with open arms. “This is the only way we can face the root causes of terror, fear, and enmity,” continued Fr Heikki. “We are called to build an atmosphere of encounter, dialogue and respect towards all identities that make up our European reality.”

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CEC Condemns Paris Shootings

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 gennaio 2015

Guy LiagreBruxelles. The Conference of European Churches condemns today’s deadly attacks on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The shootings have left a reported 12 people dead and another four seriously injured.The Conference of European Churches is dismayed by this atrocious act of violence and loss of human life. Our heartfelt prayers are with the victims of this tragedy, the survivors, and all their loved ones.Reacting to today’s events, CEC General Secretary Guy Liagre expressed his sorrow and hopes for peace in the aftermath. “We grieve for the victims and their families in the wake of irreparable loss,” Liagre said, “The churches of Europe join with all people of good will in a profound hope for justice and peace in the coming days.” The Conference of European Churches also rejects religious explanations for the violence and urges the European community to respond peacefully.

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National D.A.R.E. day, 2009

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 aprile 2009

The White House Drugs, gangs, and violence threaten our children and communities every day. Today we commemorate Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), a program that has worked to educate children and protect them from these problems. National D.A.R.E. Day provides the opportunity to reflect upon the dangers of drugs, gangs, and violence and to emphasize efforts to combat these threats.  From inner cities to suburbs and rural communities, gangs and drug dealers prey upon youth across the United States. Unaware of the dangers of drug abuse and violence, many youth surrender the promise of a bright future. Every child lost in this battle represents a tragedy for our Nation, and we must do more to stop it. Education efforts to help children avoid drugs and violence must begin in the home. Parents must be positive role models and take the lead in advising their children on the effects of drugs on their health and well-being. The D.A.R.E. program has worked to educate students about drugs, gangs, and violence for more than 25 years. Placing law-enforcement personnel in the classroom, D.A.R.E. provides students with important lessons from experts and seeks to prepare them for the difficult encounters and choices they may face. Today we honor D.A.R.E. for its important work. The efforts of D.A.R.E.’s instructors and supporters benefit our Nation’s children and are deserving of praise and appreciation. D.A.R.E.’s renewed efforts to implement science-based programs and to strengthen partnerships among law enforcement, families, and their communities are particularly worthy of commendation. Through effective teaching methods and broad participation, D.A.R.E. can help ensure that every child in America enjoys the opportunities he or she deserves. (Barack Obama)

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