sabato 30 novembre 2013


The Holy Father has confirmed the Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski  in his role as Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Msgr. Angelo Vincenzo Zani in that of Secretary.

El Santo Padre a confirmado el Cardenal Zenon Grocholewski como Prefecto de la Congregación para la Educación Católica, y Monseñor. Angelo Vincenzo Zani en el de Secretario.

Le Saint-Pére a confirmé le Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski dans son rôle de préfet de la Congrégation pour l'éducation catholique, et Mgr. Angelo Vincenzo Zani dans celui de secrétaire.

Papa Francesco ha confermato il cardinale Zenon Grocholewski nell'incarico di Prefetto della Congregazione per l'Educazione cattolica e mons. Angelo Vincenzo Zani in quello di Segretario.
 Ha poi nominato membri del Dicastero i cardinali: Béchara Boutros Raï, patriarca di Antiochia dei Maroniti; Odilo Pedro Scherer, arcivescovo di São Paulo; John Njue, arcivescovo di Nairobi; Timothy Michael Dolan, arcivescovo di New York; John Tong Hon, vescovo di Hong Kong; Luis Antonio G. Tagle, arcivescovo di Manila; Kurt Koch, presidente del Pontificio Consiglio per la Promozione dell'Unità dei Cristiani. Nominati anche i monsignori: Beniamino Stella, prefetto della Congregazione per il Clero; Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, arcivescovo di Santiago de Chile; Marek Jędraszewski, arcivescovo di Łódź; Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, segretario per i Seminari della Congregazione per il Clero.
Il Santo Padre ha poi confermato nel medesimo incarico di membri del Dicastero i cardinali: Antonio María Rouco Varela, Christoph Schönborn, Audrys Juozas Bačkis, Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, José da Cruz Policarpo, Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Josip Bozanić, Péter Erdő, Marc Ouellet, Jean Pierre Ricard, Oswald Gracias, Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Reinhard Marx, Thomas Christopher Collins, Willem Jacobus Eijk, Leonardo Sandri, Gianfranco Ravasi, Fernando Filoni, João Braz de Aviz, Edwin Frederick O'Brien; e i monsignori: Alfredo Horacio Zecca, Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Charles Morerod.


mercoledì 27 novembre 2013

Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

Here is the link of Pope Francis' First Apostolic Exhortation 
Evangelii Gaudium, which was released by the Holy 



martedì 19 novembre 2013

Universal Children's Day - 20 November

Universal Children's Day - 20 November

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Officially established on 20 November 1989, Universal Children’s Day marks the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is an international treaty that addresses the rights of children and youth under the age of 18.
The Convention’ s 54 articles recognizes the basic human rights of children and gives them additional rights to protect them from harm.
Universal Children’s Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly as a day of celebration of the state of welfare of children.
The aim of Universal Children’s Day is to put public initiatives and campaigns in place to rasie awareness of children’s rights worldwide, awareness of their situation in life, problems, wishes, needs and longings as well as to enable exchanges and meetings between them.
Those in positions of political responsibility should, in particular, be reminded that it is very much up to them to act in the interests of children. It is up to them to act in family and social politics with laws that explicitly protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse of all kinds, in educational politics, in measures for ensuring the safety of children in wad and conflict situation, etc.

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lunedì 11 novembre 2013


Dear friends of the Philippines,

We hear about the disastrous situation in the Philippines and we saw some terrible scenes at television: smashed buildings and completely defoliated and fallen trees. The worst images showed us even dead bodies …
We only can sincerely share in the great sorrow that –once again- your so beautiful country is damaged, this time by the typhoon Haiyan.
With a very heavy heart, I must tell you that our UMEC-WUCT financial situation doesn’t allow at all some financial aid or contributions, so I  only can  send our feelings of very sincere sympathy.  On the other hand, you can be sure that our UMEC-WUCT members will participate individually as much as they can  in some local financial solidarity actions for the Philippines.
 In the name of the UMEC-WUCT Executive and Council,
Guy Bourdeaud’hui  
Dear President Guy and WUCT-UMEC,
Thanks a lot for your letter of sympathy/ empathy for the Filipino people. Your words of consolation and concern suffice. Our WUCT members have been helping out the victims in the central Philippines in respective ways. More than money, our organization thrives in love and mutual concern. Just as UMEC shows concern. 
May The Lord continue bestowing upon you and your loved ones the choicest of blessings. 

Belen L. Tangco

sabato 9 novembre 2013

About the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

‌The Survey of Adult Skills is an international survey conducted in 33 countries as part of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).
 It measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper. The first results from the Survey were released on 8th October 2013.

The evidence from this Survey will help countries better understand how education and training systems can nurture these skills. Educators, policy makers and labour economists will use this information to develop economic, education and social policies that will continue to enhance the skills of adults.‌
L'évaluation des compétences des adultes est une étude internationale menée dans 33 pays dans le cadre du Programme pour l'évaluation internationale des compétences des adultes (PIAAC). Elle mesure les facultés cognitives et les compétences dans le monde du travail qui sont estimées nécessaires afin que les individus évoluent avec succès dans la société et sont essentielles à la prospérité de l'économie. Les premiers résultats de l'évaluation des compétences des adultes ont été publiés le 8 octobre 2013.

Les résultats de cette évaluation aideront les pays à mieux comprendre comment les systèmes d'éducation et de formation permettent à ces compétences de se développer. Les éducateurs, les décideurs et les économistes du travail utiliseront ces informations pour élaborer des politiques économiques, éducatives et sociales destinées à promouvoir l’amélioration des compétences des adultes.