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State Street Joins Global Leaders to Address Climate Change Risk at Vatican Gathering

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 giugno 2019

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), (State Street), today announced that it has signed Participant Statements on Climate Risk Disclosures and Carbon Pricing following the “Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home” summit hosted by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the University of Notre Dame.During the Vatican’s second climate change gathering of this kind, State Street’s president and chief executive officer, Ron O’Hanley, joined leaders from the investment and oil and gas sectors to discuss effective action to keep global warming below the two degrees centigrade threshold.“We applaud the Vatican and the University of Notre Dame for bringing together this diverse group to explore constructive ways to transition more quickly and effectively to a cleaner energy world,” said O’Hanley. “We endorse the energy companies’ call for a market-based carbon pricing mechanism and will work with the companies in which we invest to improve climate-related risk disclosures.” This is aligned with the efforts of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which State Street joined in 2017.State Street has long believed that corporate boards have a responsibility to effectively oversee the assessment of material risk to long-term strategy posed by climate change, including the implications of transitioning to a low carbon economy. In 2017, State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street, called on oil and gas companies to improve the reporting and disclosures related to climate change risk assessment.www.statestreet.com.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes Pope Francis’ decision to open Vatican’s WWII archives

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 marzo 2019

NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has thanked Pope Francis for his “principled decision” to fully open the Vatican’s archives on Pope Pius XII.
In a letter to the Pope, Lauder wrote: “The World Jewish Congress has long urged the Vatican to make such a vitally important move, in order to clarify the many questions and concerns that have prevailed for decades regarding what the Holy See did and did not do during World War II. It is critical, for the sake of history, that historians have full access to these essential documents.“Your agreement to make public potentially sensitive information relating to Pope Pius’ legacy is a true demonstration of your dedication to the remembrance of the Shoah, and a testament to your commitment to strong and open relations between Catholics and Jews.“I am truly grateful that under your papacy, the ties fostered between the Catholic Church and Jews over the past few decades have continued to flourish and thrive and appreciate that you are always a willing partner for dialogue with the global Jewish community.

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Ministry of Communications of the Vatican Selects Accenture to Help Design and Deliver its New Communications System: Vatican News

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 dicembre 2017

VaticanAccenture (NYSE:ACN) announced that the Ministry of Communications of the Vatican has appointed Accenture Interactive to help design and deliver its new communications system called Vatican News. The move is part of the Vatican reform aimed at finding new ways to communicate with and engage all people in today’s digital world.The Ministry, called Secretariat for the Communication, has selected Accenture Interactive as its global experience agency to define a digital communications strategy that increases the consistency and clarity of its communications, and unifies the current array of independent communication channels under a single new portal, Vatican News. The transformation will enable the Vatican media team to have a defined online identity, one voice, and a richer, digital source of multi-media content to reach people all over the world.The objectives include the design of the Vatican News, which will help people find and interact with desired information more easily; the creation of one multi-language editorial team able to work with a multimedia, multi-device and multi-cultural approach; and a content strategy that allows for efficient content management and distribution.Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications said, “We are launching the last part of the reform sought by Pope Francis. Each reform does not originate from a mistaken past but from a present that calls for a change: in this case, today’s cultural and digital convergence require the adoption of production processes that are different from traditional ones. Today, in fact, information production and dissemination happens through agnostic software, in multiple media formats. The collaboration with Accenture Interactive, thanks to their solid global experience, has allowed us to develop an extensive strategy capable of uniting various working groups, the diversification of formats and the strengthening of brand identity — all while maximizing the value of our talented in-house professionals working in the Holy See media.”Accenture Interactive is also responsible for designing new logos and other brand elements of the various Vatican communication channels: Vatican News, Vatican Media and Radio Vaticana Italiana, thus ensuring consistency between the new visual identity used for the portal and its social media properties.“This project strikes at the core of what we do at Accenture Interactive: building human-centered experiences for today’s digital world,” said Anatoly Roytman, head of Accenture Interactive for Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. “We’re honored to partner with such a venerable institution to reinvent the way it communicates. Accenture Interactive was chosen by the Ministry for our ability to bring a broad range of digital capabilities across user experience, design, content, branding, analytics, search, and social, as well our ability to help large institutions with the change management required for digital transformation to be successful.” (photo: vatican)

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The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with The Holy Land

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 dicembre 2015

children of abrahamVatican City, Ambassadors from 20 nations joined Rome’s Chief Rabbi, Cardinal Kurt Koch, academics and students at Vatican City’s Pontifical Urbaniana University for the launch of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s historical exhibition, People. Book. Land. The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with The Holy Land.The exhibition, which was authored by the late Professor Robert Wistrich, is the first to have the formal endorsement of a UN agency–UNESCO. Its initial opening at UNESCO headquarters in January 2014 was blocked after the formal protest of 22 Arab states. Six months later, it was opened at UNESCO world headquarters in Paris by Its Director General Irina Bokova. It has subsequently been presented at UN headquarters in New York, U.S. Congress, and last week, at Israel’s Knesset in Jerusalem.The Vatican event was held in conjunction with the University’s program commemorating the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, the historic Church document that changed the course of Catholic – Jewish relations. In his remarks at the opening, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center Associate Dean and the exhibition’s project director said, “Such an exhibition at the Vatican would have been unthinkable before Nostra Aetate, before Pope John XXIII, before Pope John Paul II, before Pope Francis. We are thrilled that so many students and clergy will have an opportunity to learn about the Jewish People, its values and its land”. Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Wiesenthal Center’s Director of International Relations added, “This exhibition at the Vatican highlights the ethical values and fundamental rights contributed to humanity throughout Jewish history. It serves as a pedagogical instrument in the struggle against resurgent anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe. Will hope this pivotal event will reinforce true Interfaith cooperation in the spirit of Nostra Aetate.”Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO’s Assistant Director General for Culture told the gathering that historic truth was a key for peace. The exhibition will continue be on display for the next two weeks. (foto: children of abraham)

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WOW detained at Vatican at close of Synod on Family

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

WomenRome. Miriam Duignan and Kate McElwee Women’s Ordination Worldwide As the bishops were ushered out of the synod hall, Kate McElwee and Miriam Duignan from Women’s Ordination Worldwide were surrounded by police and briefly detained in St. Peter’s Square. Italian police informed WOW they were instructed to block our path toward the Vatican gate.
During three weeks of observing the synod, we saw initial glimmers of hope when Archbishop Durocher dared to suggest that the diaconate for women can and should be restored. Yet the lack of wider support for his proposal amongst Synod participants reminds us once again that the call to treat women as equal disciples is not a priority within Vatican walls. The ongoing practice to exclude women from discussing and forming Church policy has a devastating impact on Catholic women and families around the world, just as Archbishop Durocher mentioned in his appeal for inclusion.Women’s Ordination Worldwide joins the many voices crying out for an end to the obsession with doctrine that blinds so many of our Bishops to the reality of life for families. We need the Church to use it’s power, influence, and teaching platform to dismantle systems of oppression and institutionalized discrimination, to condemn violence against women and children, and to recognize women’s moral agency.To achieve these goals, the question of extending ordained ministries to women must urgently be discussed. As Sister Maureen Kelleher observed, women are condescended to and treated as inferior by many senior Church leaders participating in this Synod. We do not tolerate this kind of treatment and exclusion in our society, and it cannot be tolerated here. Recognizing women as equals participants in Church governance would help bring credibility to the Synodal process and would have an immediate positive impact on the Church’s ability to support Catholic families.

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Pope Francis plans for radical change in encyclical on caring for our common home

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 giugno 2015

climate_change“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” asks Pope Francis in his first encyclical, as he offers a positive plan to tackle climate change, inequality, poverty and exclusion. “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years,” writes Pope Francis in the encyclical Laudato Si’, on ‘Caring for our Common Home’. However, he writes, “All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start”.Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines said, “I visit communities where people are living on trash heaps. Children are born in trash, grow up and die there. Three generations know nothing but the rubbish tip. They feel like trash. This is not God’s creation, this is manmade.“Pope Francis is inviting everyone to reflect on this reality. He is calling on us to ‘aim for a new lifestyle’, to change the economic and social systems that have caused so much harm and regain our responsibility for others and the world. Laudato Si’ is above all a message of hope and of action.”The papal letter looks at “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet”. It touches on key aspects of Caritas’ work around the world such as the environment, labour exploitation, agriculture and social inequality. “The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation,” writes the pope.On climate change, the pope says that it’s “one of the principal challenges facing humanity” where the “huge consumption on the part of some rich countries has repercussions on the poorest areas of the world”.“Recent World Summits on the environment have failed” writes the pope. With a key UN summit due to take place at the end of 2015 in Paris, he calls for “the establishment of a legal framework” to “ensure the protection of ecosystems”.Caritas says the Paris summit must agree on reducing emissions from now until 2020, with developed countries reducing by a range of 25–40 percent to give a 50-50 chance of global average temperatures staying below a 2°C temperature increase.The pope writes that climate change affects us all. “There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalisation of indifference.”The encyclical says climate change is a symptom of a wider sickness. “Every ecological approach needs to incorporate a social perspective which takes into account the fundamental rights of the poor and the underprivileged,” writes the pope. ““By itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion”.Individually, the pope writes, we have a responsibility to live more frugal lives where we end the cycle of wanting more as it means less for the poor and less for the planet. He is inviting everyone to play a role, highlighting that other faith are already leading the way. He says that Christians must realise that their “duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith’”.Caritas Internationalis chose “One Human Family, Caring for Creation” as its global vision as a result of Pope Francis’ calls for a “poor church, for the poor‘ and to end a “throwaway culture”.

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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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Caritas: families driven from homes by Boko Haram need urgent help

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 2015

caritasVatican City, In the past year, more than a million Nigerians have fled fanatically violent attacks by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. Spilling over into neighbouring countries, these displaced families have relied on Catholic Church and other aid groups for basic necessities like shelter, food and medicine. On 26 and 27 March, Caritas representative from the region will meet in Rome to create a humanitarian action plan for displaced families, refugees, and those returning to their destroyed villages.“The terror and suffering that the people of Nigeria have experienced is extreme,” said Caritas Nigeria Executive Director Father Evaristus Bassey, who will attend the Rome meeting. “We at Caritas, along with other people of goodwill, are doing our best to provide food, health care and sometimes shelter to the families who had to flee their homes. But the needs are staggering.’In Nigeria and surrounding countries like Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, Caritas and Catholic dioceses are helping the displaced. More than 2500 people are staying at a camp at Saint Theresa Cathedral in Yola, Nigeria, with thousands more sheltering in church buildings around the country. Recently, Catholic bishops in Cameroon appealed to Nigeria’s bishops for help responding to the needs of tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees who fled to their country. The Rome meeting will include Caritas representatives from Cameroon, Niger, and Chad. While Caritas has focused immediate needs like food and medicine, a coming challenge is reintegration in areas recaptured by Nigeria’s government. “With people going back to their homes, there are real issues about rebuilding and recovery,” says Fr Bassey. “So much has been destroyed–most people have no homes, nothing.”The Rome meeting will also focus on the plight of families in the Central African Republic, where communal violence has flared up and driven more than 800,000 people from their homes. In both cases, Caritas and other aid groups are overwhelmed. The meeting will focus on ways Caritas members from the region, and around the world, can address the crisis.“The attention of the world has not been turned to this problem,” said Fr Bassey. “Nigerians are rising to the occasion, but the needs are so many.”

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Sexism is the Original Sin: WOW Statement on The Pontifical Council for Culture’s Plenary Assembly About Women’s Cultures

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 febbraio 2015

Piazza san pietroThe Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture’s Plenary Assembly about Women’s Cultures has released its Working Document for the Assembly set to begin on February 4, 2015. The document yet again shows that the Vatican refuses to read the signs of the times to an unacceptable degree. The international umbrella network, Women’s Ordination Worldwide (founded in 1996 at the First European Women’s Synod), observes several glaring aspects about the document:The document claims that there will be no discussion on women’s ordination because “according to statistics, [ordination] is not something that women want.” This undeniable falsehood and the Vatican’s refusal to open dialogue shows contempt for the faithful and demonstrates that as a leadership, the male hierarchy is out of touch with the people it is called to serve. Many qualified women, with the support of their communities, discern vocations to priesthood, and yet the hierarchy is comfortable in rejecting the obvious: God does not discriminate. The document divides humanity into socially-constructed stereotypes and attempts to say they are “natural,” with corresponding gender-defined roles. This thinking and language have been challenged and rejected in scholarship for decades, and are wildly culturally and spiritually unacceptable. Human beings exist on multiple continuums, with intersectional identities: without including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, this document denies the full humanity of God’s people. Sexism is the original sin of Church leadership. It is long past due for the Church to rid itself of this sin and to welcome women as equal partners in all realms of ministry and leadership. The Church’s stance on female inequality in decision-making within our Church (which is so influential in our world) works to legitimize other unjust treatment of women to the point of violence across the world.
From 18-20 September, 2015, Women’s Ordination Worldwide will host it’s third international conference, “Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice,” set to take place in Philadelphia on the Eve of the Vatican’s World Meeting of Families (also in Philadelphia). We invite the Pontifical Council for Culture and all those who believe “Women’s Culture” is a culture of equality, to join advocates for women’s ordination from around the world to celebrate and support our movement. Keynote speakers include: Benedictine Sister Teresa Forcades of Spain; Sister Mary John Manazan of the Philippines; Kristina Keneally from Australia; Mary Hunt, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, and Sr. Theresa Kane of the U.S; and Tina Beattie of the U.K.

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