giovedì 13 dicembre 2018

Le Christ, lumière qui éclaire tout homme - Message de Noel

MESSAGE DE L'ASSISTENT ECCLESIASTIQUE
DE L'UMEC-WUCT

Noël 2018
    « Le peuple qui marchait dans les ténèbres a vu se lever une grande lumière ». La lecture du prophète Isaïe proclamée  en la nuit de Noël,  renvoie à l’époque troublée du 8ème
Siècle. Relativisant les  commandements de  Dieu, le  Peuple  a  laissé se creuser l’écart entre riches et pauvres. Et face à la montée en puissance des pays voisins,  le  roi  accepta  des  alliances  avec  eux  au  détriment  du bien spirituel  et culturel de son peuple. A près de 3000 ans de distance, cette situation rejoint celle de notre société et du monde actuel avec ses tensions sociales et ses peurs face à l’avenir de la planète.
    Le  prophète  y  annonce  une  grande  lumière,  celle  de  la  fidélité  de  Dieu  à  sa création et à son projet de salut. Dieu  ne laissera  pas  l’univers qu’il a créé  par amour,  retomber dans le néant ;  bien plus, il rétablira l’alliance  avec l’humanité en prise avec le  mal et la mort pour la faire entrer dans la lumière de la vie et de la  joie éternelles.  Son  Fils  Jésus né de la  Vierge  Marie  et  mort  en  croix  a  été victorieux du mal et de la mort et a ainsi scellé l’alliance définitive entre Dieu et l’humanité. Ressuscité, il nous y maintient du début à la fin de notre vie sur terre.
     La fête de Noël veut  éveiller notre conscience à la responsabilité par rapport à toute vie, même la plus fragile et la plus pauvre.  Seul l’engagement pour la vie reçue  comme  don  de  Dieu  garantit  un  monde  plus  respectueux  des  personnes humaines et de l’ensemble de la création. Sans le service inconditionnel de la vie, il n’y a pas de véritable justice entre les hommes, ni de gestion respectueuse de la création.
     Le Christ, le Verbe fait chair, continue d’habiter parmi nous; le Christ, Lumière de  Dieu,  continue  d’éclairer les  hommes.  Sommes-nous  disposés  à l’accueillir dans  la  prière  et  les  sacrements ?  
      La  crèche  et  les  bougies  allumées  dans  nos maisons et nos églises sont une invitation à renouer avec une prière simple et confiante  en  Dieu.  Sommes-nous  prêts  à  témoigner  de  sa  présence  par  une attention  aux pauvres et aux petits ? Nous  pourrions  déjà commencer par  vivre selon l’esprit de pardon et de paix dans nos familles et nos communautés.
Saintes fêtes de Noël ! Dans la joie d’accueillir la lumière du Christ !
+ Vincent Dollmann

Archevêque de Cambrai



mercoledì 12 dicembre 2018

AUTHENTIC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: A QUESTION OF LANGUAGE?

Authentic Religious Education: A Question of Language?


School of Education, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G83 0AT, UK
Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reenvisioning Religious Education)
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Abstract

          There is much emphasis today on inclusion and diversity in educational systems. As the place of religious belief remains a significant factor in such debates, there is a need for shared understanding of the language and purpose of Religious Education in schools. Given the substantial international footprint of Catholic schools, the conceptual framework of Religious Education in Catholic schools merits serious scrutiny. The Catholic Church’s written teaching on education has a strong focus on the contemporary school as a site of intercultural dialogue. The related teaching on Religious Education in schools, however, remains underdeveloped, with strong voices debating the desirability, or otherwise, of a strong focus on ‘faith formation and practice’ as an outcome of Religious Education.                    Problematically, terms like ‘Religious Education’ have inconsistent translations in the official documents of the Catholic Church, leading to a plurality of understandings internationally of the ultimate aim of the subject. A presentation of the linguistic inconsistency between English and Italian translations of documents of the Holy See reveals the scale of the challenge. 
     This unsatisfactory arrangement needs reform. Rooted in a close critical study of Catholic teaching on education, the article presents two arguments designed to initiate the reform process: (a) the Catholic Church’s settled teaching on Religious Education must develop greater internal cohesion before it can make a meaningful contribution to intercultural dialogue, and (b) an International Directory of Religious Education, written collegially by qualified lay people and clergy, will build stronger foundations for shared understanding of the aims and scope of Religious Education among key stakeholders in Catholic schools. 
       This shift in direction will harmonise Religious Education expectations in Catholic schools, and offer firmer ground for dialogue with those who manage and teach Religious Education in so-called ‘non-denominational’ schools. View Full-Text
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lunedì 10 dicembre 2018

LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS EN EL MUNDO CONTEMPORÁNEO: CONQUISTAS, OMISIONES, NEGACIONES"

 
                                                                                                                                                                                [ 
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Papa Francisco: " ....... Me complace enviar un cordial saludo a todos vosotros, representantes de los Estados ante la Santa Sede, de las instituciones de las Naciones Unidas, del Consejo de Europa, de las Comisiones Episcopales de Justicia y Paz y de las de pastoral social, del mundo académico y de las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, reunidos en Roma para la Conferencia Internacional sobre el tema “Los derechos humanos en el mundo contemporáneo: conquistas, omisiones, negaciones”, organizada por el Dicasterio para el Servicio del Desarrollo Humano Integral y por la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana, con motivo del 70 aniversario de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos y del 25 aniversario de la Declaración y del Programa de Acción de Viena.
A través de estos dos documentos, la familia de las Naciones quería reconocer la igual dignidad de cada persona humana[1], de la cual se derivan derechos y libertades fundamentales que, por estar enraizados en la naturaleza de la persona humana —una unidad inseparable de cuerpo y alma—, son universales, indivisibles, interdependientes e interconectados[2]. Al mismo tiempo, en la Declaración de 1948 se reconoce que “toda persona tiene deberes respecto a la comunidad, puesto que solo en ella puede desarrollar libre y plenamente su personalidad”[3].
En el año en que se celebran aniversarios significativos de estos instrumentos jurídicos internacionales, resulta oportuna una reflexión profunda sobre los fundamentos y el respeto por los derechos humanos en el mundo contemporáneo, una reflexión que espero sea premisa de un compromiso renovado en favor de la defensa de la dignidad humana , con una atención especial por los miembros más vulnerables de la comunidad.
En efecto, observando con atención nuestras sociedades contemporáneas, encontramos numerosas contradicciones que nos llevan a preguntarnos si verdaderamente la igual dignidad de todos los seres humanos, proclamada solemnemente hace 70 años, sea reconocida, respetada, protegida y promovida en todas las circunstancias. En el mundo de hoy persisten numerosas formas de injusticia, nutridas por visiones antropológicas reductivas y por un modelo económico basado en las ganancias, que no duda en explotar, descartar e incluso matar al hombre[4]. Mientras una parte de la humanidad vive en opulencia, otra parte ve su propia dignidad desconocida, despreciada o pisoteada y sus derechos fundamentales ignorados o violados.
Pienso, entre otras cosas, en los niños por nacer a quienes se les niega el derecho a venir al mundo; en aquellos que no tienen acceso a los medios indispensables para una vida digna[5]; en aquellos que están excluidos de la educación adecuada; en quien está injustamente privado de trabajo o forzado a trabajar como esclavo; a quienes están detenidos en condiciones inhumanas, a quienes son sometidos a torturas o a quienes se les niega la oportunidad de redimirse[6], a las víctimas de desapariciones forzadas y sus familias.
Mis pensamientos también se dirigen a todos aquellos que viven en un clima dominado por la sospecha y el desprecio, que son objeto de actos de intolerancia, discriminación y violencia debido a su pertenencia racial, étnica, nacional o religiosa[7].
Finalmente, no puedo dejar de recordar a cuantas personas sufren violaciones múltiples de sus derechos fundamentales en el contexto trágico de los conflictos armados, mientras los mercaderes de muerte sin escrúpulos[8] se enriquecen al precio de la sangre de sus hermanos y hermanas.
Ante estos graves fenómenos, todos somos cuestionados. De hecho, cuando se violan los derechos fundamentales, o cuando se favorecen algunos en detrimento de otros, o cuando se garantizan solo a ciertos grupos, se producen graves injusticias, que a su vez alimentan los conflictos con graves consecuencias tanto dentro de las naciones como en las relaciones entre ellas.
Por lo tanto, cada uno está llamado a contribuir con coraje y determinación, en la especificidad de su papel, a respetar los derechos fundamentales de cada persona, especialmente de las “invisibles”: de los muchos que tienen hambre y sed, que están desnudos, enfermos, son extranjeros o están detenidos. (cfr Mt 25,35-36), que viven en los márgenes de la sociedad o son descartados.
Esta necesidad de justicia y solidaridad tiene un significado especial para nosotros los cristianos, porque el Evangelio mismo nos invita a dirigir la mirada a los más pequeños de nuestros hermanos y hermanas, a movernos a la compasión (cf. Mt 14,14) y a trabajar arduamente para aliviar sus sufrimientos
Deseo, en esta ocasión, dirigir un llamamiento sincero a aquellos con responsabilidades institucionales, pidiéndoles que coloquen a los derechos humanos en el centro de todas las políticas, incluidas las de cooperación para el desarrollo, incluso cuando esto signifique ir contra la corriente.
Con la esperanza de que estos días de reflexión puedan despertar la conciencia e inspirar iniciativas destinadas a proteger y promover la dignidad humana, confío a cada uno de vosotros, a vuestras familias y a vuestros pueblos, a la intercesión de María Santísima, Reina de la Paz, e invoco sobre todos la abundancia de bendiciones divinas.
En el Vaticano, 10 de diciembre de 2018.
Francisco



sabato 8 dicembre 2018

EDUCATION AU BURUNDI

 Situation géographique
                       Situé au Sud de l’équateur, le Burundi est limité au Nord par le Rwanda, à l’est et au Sud par la Tanzanie, à l’Ouest par la  République Démocratique du Congo. 
                       Le BURUNDI s’étend   sur 27 834 km avec une population 11 millions  le taux de natalité est de 43, 87% croissance démographique est de 2 ,40%
2 L’éducation au BURUNDI
                       Il n y a pas longtemps que le Ministére de l’éducation  a été scindé en deux
1) Ministère de l’éducation, de la formation technique et professionnelle
2) Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique.
                Depuis l’année scolaire 2013 – 2014  Le système éducatif burundais  a débuté une réforme : l’enseignement  fondamental qui compte 9 ans de la scolarisation et 4 cycles. Après la 4ème cycle, un concours est organisé pour les élèves pour qu'ils soient orientés dans les classes post fondamentales. Beaucoup d’écoles techniques ont étés créées  en cette occasion
                       Les écoles sont construites par la population, encouragée par le Président de la République pendant les travaux communautaires ;il leur donne le matériel de construction comme le ciment ,les tôles…
                 La scolarisation des enfants est la préoccupation de toute  personne qui veut le développement de son pays mais les problèmes qui handicapent ce pas déjà franchi ne manque pas .il y a la pauvreté en famille soit le manque du matériel scolaire, la famine qu’il y a un nombre remarquable d’abandons
                       Exemple : dans notre école les enfants de la périphéries un bon nombre d’ élèves se présente en classe sans rien manger ; Il y en a ceux qui passent 2 jours sans rien mettre sous la dent .tu les vois s’évanouir moi j’aide en achetant un Fanta et un petit pain mes collègues font de même dans leurs classes respectives si un cas pareil se présente. Les autres enfants avant de se rendre à l’école  ils circulent dans des quartiers pour mendier de quoi manger.
                       Parlons de l’enseignement supérieur : l’Université du Burundi est le seul à accueillir les étudiants de tous les coins du pays les autres sont des universités privés ;.puisque certains doivent se payer le logement et la nourriture les pauvres  abandonnent moi j’ai pris en charge 3 filles 2 ont terminé pour vous dire que les étudiants des périphéries certains regagnent la campagne pour cultiver parce que les parents ne peuvent pas payer les études
                       Un autre problème le taux de chômage s’accroit ce qui décourage certains enfants à poursuivre les études.
                     
  Le rôle de l’éducateur . Notre association : équipes enseignantes offrent aux membres un cadre de réflexion, d’échanges et d’estime mutuelle, un lieu de conversion et d’engagement, un lieu d’évaluation et de rendez-vous. La vocation d’éducateur et d’éducatrice est exigeante. Ces équipes enseignantes aident quiconque qui veut être digne à donner une éducation équilibrée ; Nous devons être lumière du monde et sel de la terre.
                       Ces enseignants viennent  d’être renforcés sur la Non-violence,  la gestion pacifique des conflits et sur la culture de la paix et de la réconciliation selon la doctrine sociale de l’Eglise. Et puis plus de 10000 jeunes élèves seront aussi sensibilisés par ces enseignants. Nous avons déjà fait 3 ateliers. Ces enseignants collaborent avec la hiérarchie ecclésiale et de l’éducation.
                        Pour clôturer, nous exprimons nos sincères  gratitudes au comité exécutif d’UMEC qui nous ont invité dans le  Conseil pour partager les expériences sur l’éducation à la périphérie du monde
                                                             
                                                                      NDAYISABA Justine.

mercoledì 5 dicembre 2018

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY - GIORNATA MONDIALE DEL VOLONTARIATO - Día Internacional de los Voluntarios - Journée internationale des Voluntaires

IVD 2018 – "Volunteers build Resilient Communities"

Papa Francesco:  La cultura della solidarietà e della gratuità qualifica il volontariato e contribuisce concretamente alla costruzione di una società fraterna, al cui centro vi è la persona umana. 
The culture of solidarity and gratuitousness qualifies volunteerism and contributes in a concrete way to the construction of a fraternal society, at the centre of which is the human person.
La cultura de la solidaridad y de la gratuidad califica al voluntariado y contribuye concretamente a la construcción de una sociedad fraterna, en cuyo centro se encuentra la persona humana. 
La culture de la solidarité et de la gratuité qualifie le volontariat et contribue concrètement à la construction d'une société fraternelle au centre de laquelle se trouve la personne humaine.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2018 recognizes volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. #IVD2018 focuses on the values of volunteerism through the appreciation of local volunteers, including the marginalized groups and women, who make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide, and their impact on building #ResilientCommunities.
This year, IVD celebrates volunteer efforts that strengthen local ownership and the resilience of the community in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. The event on 5 December 2018 will focus on how volunteers can build resilient communities.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is mandated to support and promote IVD celebrations worldwide. Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. Every year, over 6,500 UN Volunteers serve with UN entities in some of the most challenging environments across the world, and 12,000 UN Online Volunteers complete over 20,000 assignments online through the UNV Online Volunteering service.




martedì 4 dicembre 2018

ADVENT A TIME TO MAKE PEACE IN THE SOUL, FAMILY, NEIGHBOURHOOD

At his morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on Tuesday, Pope Francis spoke about how Christians can prepare for Christmas by building peace in one's soul, in the family and in the world through humility.
By Robin Gomes
Pope Francis is urging Christians to prepare themselves for Christmas this Advent season by being humble and trying to build peace in their soul, in their family and in the world. 
Delivering a homily at Mass, Friday morning at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, the Pope said that peacemaking consists in not talking evil of and harming others, a bit like imitating God, who humbled Himself.
Pointing to the pastoral scene evoked by Isaiah in the first reading, where the wolf and the lamb, and the leopard and the kid live side by side harmlessly, the Pope said the prophet speaks about the peace of Jesus that transforms life and history, which is why He is called the "Prince of Peace".
The soul
Advent, therefore, is the time to prepare ourselves for this Prince of Peace by being at peace with ourselves, our soul, that is often in anxiety, anguish and without hope.   For this, one needs to start with oneself.
The Pope said that today the Lord asks us whether our soul is at peace?  If not, then we should ask the Prince of Peace to pacify our souls, so we can meet Him.   The Pope said we are so used looking at the souls of others rather than our own.
Family
After being at peace with our soul, it is time to be at peace at home, in the family, the Pope said.  He noted much sadness in families with much struggle, “small wars” and at times disunity
He urged Christians to examine themselves whether they are at peace or at war in their families or against others, whether there are bridges or walls that separate. 
World
The Pope then spoke about making peace in the world where there is much war, disunity, hatred and exploitation.  Christians should ask themselves what they are doing about creating peace in the world by working for peace in the neighbourhood, in the school and in the workplace
The Pope urged Christians to ask themselves whether they find excuses to make war, to hate, to talk ill about others and condemn or are they meek and try to build bridges.
Children too can ask themselves whether at school they bully a companion they dislike because he is a little hateful or weak, or they make peace and forgive everything.
Peacemaking like God 
Peace, the Pope said, is never still but always moves forward.  It starts with the soul, and after making its journey of peace, returns to the soul.  Making peace is a bit like imitating God. When He wanted to make peace with us and forgave us, He sent His Son to make peace, to be the Prince of peace.
The Pope said to be a peacemaker one does not have to be wise and learned and study peace.  Peace is an attitude that Jesus speaks about in the Gospel.  Jesus glorifies God because he has hidden these things from the wise and learned and has revealed them to the little ones.
Pope Francis urged Christians to make themselves small, humble and be the servant of others.  “The Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace and will provide you the strength to make it,” the Pope assured.
Stop short of "small wars"
The Pope said that whenever there is the possibility of a “small war” at home, in the heart, at school or at work, we should stop short and try and make peace. “Never, never wound the other. Never,” he said, exhorting Christians to start by not speaking ill of others or firing the first cannon. This way, he said,  we become men and women of peace, carrying peace forward.



UNESCO - MIGRANT, REFUGEEE CHILDREN DO NOT GET EQUAL OPPURTINITIES IN EDUCATION

The 2019 GEM Report continues its assessment of progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education and its ten targets, as well as other related education targets in the SDG agenda.
Its main focus is on the theme of migration and displacement. It presents evidence on the implications of different types of migration and displacement for education systems but also the impact that reforming education curricula and approaches to pedagogy and teacher preparation can have on addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by migration and displacement. It gives voice to experiences in host and home communities.
With the help of case studies, it illustrates approaches which work and could be scaled up. In this way, it aims to be a tool for practitioners. It will make the case for investing in education of good quality in rural areas suffering from depopulation and in slum areas suffering from large population inflows; in countries with high rates of emigration and those with high rates of immigration; in short-term refugee emergencies and in protracted crises. Its analysis, conclusions and recommendations advance the aims of SDG 4 and its call to leave no one behind. 

giovedì 29 novembre 2018

THE UMEC-WUCT INTRODUCED TO ROMANIAN CATHOLIC TEACHERS


In November, from the 23rd till the 25th, at Ciofliceni, in a monastic context, 20 km away from Bucharest, there took place the national meeting of Romanian Catholic Teachers. There were representatives of various schools, be them Catholic of Latin or of Oriental rite, heads and representatives of the Catholic Bishops. The meeting was led by Bishop Aurel Percă, the Responsible for Catholic Education in Romania, on behalf of Romanian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The UMEC/WUCT referent for Romania and Eastern Europe, fr. Adrian Podar was invited to talk about the World Union of Catholic Teachers. The invitee spoke about different opportunities offered by the union. The Catholic teachers were given information about the possibility to participate at symposiums, to publish special articles, to set up partnerships in various parts of the world, to receive a membership certificate, to get financial support for professional teachers' development and last, but not least, visibility at an international level.
At the meeting, there were also participants who represented the Ministry of Education. Fr. Adrian Podar also spoke about General Assemblies that took place in London, Oradea and Rome and asked the teachers to introduce the UMEC/WUCT to their fellow teachers and to all Catholic teachers that might be interested becoming members.
UMEC/WUCT presente all’incontro nazionale degli insegnanti cattolici della Romania

Dal  23 al 25 novembre, a Ciofliceni, in un convento, a 20 km da Bucarest, si è svolto l'incontro nazionale degli insegnanti cattolici della Romania. C'erano rappresentanti di varie scuole, cattolici di rito latino e di rito orientale, vescovi o loro rappresentanti.  Erano presenti anche i rapperesentanti del Ministero dell’Educazione. L'incontro è stato guidato dal vescovo Aurel Percă, responsabile per l'educazione cattolica in Romania, a nome della Conferenza dei Vescovi Cattolici da Romania.
Il delegato dell’UMEC/WUCT, p. Adrian Podar è stato invitato a parlare dell’Unione. Ha evidenziato le diverse opportunità offerte dall'appartenenza all’Unione.  Fare parte dell’UMEC-WUCT vuol dire entrare in relazione con  insegnanti di tutto il mondo, scambiarsi esperienze, crescere insieme come educatori cattolici che testimoniano i valori del Vangelo ovunque operano. Agli insegnanti cattolici sono state fornite informazioni sulla possibilità di partecipare a convegni, pubblicare articoli speciali, collaborare in varie parti del mondo, ricevere un certificato di adesione, ottenere un sostegno finanziario per lo sviluppo professionale degli insegnanti e, ultimo ma non meno importante, visibilità a livello internazionale.
 Padre Adrian Podar ha anche parlato dei Convegni che si sono svolti in questi ultimi anni  a Londra, Oradea e Roma e ha chiesto agli insegnanti di fare conoscere l’UMEC/WUCT ai loro colleghi insegnanti e a tutti gli insegnanti cattolici che potrebbero essere interesati a diventarne membri.



lunedì 26 novembre 2018

THE PERIPHERIES, A SOURCE FOR THE FUTURE REGENERATION -Umec-Wuct Council-Conseil-Consejo-Consiglio

The Council of the World Union of Catholic Teachers 
(UMEC-WUCT) 
                                Rome from 9 to 11 November.

The UMEC-WUCT, founded in 1951, is an international Catholic organization recognized by the Holy See. It is a member of the OIC (Organizations Internationales Catholiques). As an NGO, it has a consultative role in the Council of Europe, Ecosoc, Unesco and Unicef. UMEC/WUCT interacts with various institutions, including the OIEC (International Catholic Schools Organization), with CIEC (Confederación Interamericana de Educación Católica), with the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes Foundation, with the BICE (Bureau International Catholique  de l’Enfance). Teacher Unions, universities, schools and teachers who wish to work in institutions and society in the light of the teachings of the Gospel and the Magisterium may become members of the UMEC/WUCT.
The Council is an annual event in which the journey of the Union is evaluated and redesigned; it is also a good opportunity to discuss current educational and social issues.
Representatives from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Romania and Hungary participated.
The meeting was presided over and animated by the President, Guy Bourdeahud'hui, and the Ecclesiastical Assistant, Monsignor Vincent Dollmann (Archbishop of Cambrai).
The Ecclesiastical Assistant inaugurated the work by inviting to prayer and asking for reflection on the testimony given by the Christian educator in any environment where they work.
In the welcoming speech, the President thanked those present and highlighted the progress made by the Union in recent years, a path enriched by the entry of new institutions and young members. This, he said, is a premise for a better service to the Church and society, to teachers and schools.
This year's theme referred to Pope Francis’ invitation: "Educating in the peripheries of the world. Challenges and good practices ".
The Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the Salesian Pontifical University, fr. Mario Llanos, has chosen as a title to his presentation (full of social and pedagogical reflections as well as proposals): "Educating In-From-Towards The Peripheries". It was a magisterial intervention, an invitation to love the suburbs because they are a source of future regeneration. In fact, he concluded his speech: "At the basis of a new educational perspective in these areas is the conviction that discovers the greatness of love for the peripheries and the consideration of these as a source for the future. The suburbs speak about the concrete reality of problems (unemployment, crime, remoteness of institutions...) that in other areas are discussed in abstract form. We must always remember, on the basis of the acquired conscience, continuing with the study, to understand the periphery, what are the feelings and the experience of young people in the suburbs are in order to determine effective educational interventions".
Interventions of professors from various continents followed. They illustrated the challenges and good practices of the realities in which they operate: Mary Lappin of the Glasgow University; Adrian Podar of the Greek-Catholic High School Oradea; Emmanuel Banywesize of the University of Lubumbashi - Congo; Clarita Carillo of the University of Manila; José M. Del Corral, from Buenos Aires, president of Scholas Occurrentes.
The debate was enriched by various interventions: fr. Alberto Kabuge, provincial of the Salesians of the Congo; Hector Rigaldo of Argentina, Justine Ndayisaba of Burundi, Belen Tangco of the Philippines, Gertrud Rieger of Germany, Elizabeth Boddens of Holland, John Nish of the United Kingdom and Peter Bodo from Hungary.
The annual report of the Union was presented by the Secretary-General, Giovanni Perrone, who, in illustrating the life of the Union, highlighted its characteristics: "The pillars of the UMEC-WUCT are values, skills, relationships, human and professional solidarity, at the service of the integral formation of every person and of the institutions". Regarding solidarity projects, the secretary listed the initiatives meant to support educational projects carried out in suburban environments of Argentina, Congo, Philippines, Romania, South Sudan, Hungary and Tanzania. This support was made possible thanks to the contribution of the Papal Foundation and some institutions part of the UMEC-WUCT.
Professor John Lydon, Treasurer of the UMEC-WUCT, presented the final balance and the budget.
The Council approved some amendments to the Statute (which will be sent to the Pontifical Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life for final approval).
During the meeting the Prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, intervened. His Eminence expressed appreciation for the activities and results of the UMEC-WUCT and illustrated the work of the Congregation. He also had a friendly talk with the participants in the Council.
The President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, sent a message of greeting and good wishes.
At the end of the work, the participants went to St Peter's Square to participate in the recitation of the Angelus of the Supreme Pontiff. They wholeheartedly welcomed the greeting addressed to them by Pope Francis.
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lunedì 5 novembre 2018

RD CONGO - AFC-LUBUMBASHI- CONGRES MISSIONNAIRE

" Le 28 Octobre 2018 à Lubumbashi, le Cercle Missionnaire a célébré 25 ans de la mission des jeunes par les jeunes et pour les jeunes. Ce congrès s'est tenu sous le thème de la première annonce aujourd'hui. Les jeunes ont compris qu'ils sont appelés à annoncer la Bonne Nouvelle de Jésus par leur témoignage dans le quotidien tut en suivant les recommandations de. du dicastère des mission salésiennes. Pendant la messe un nouveau comité des jeunes a été installé pour un mandat des deux ans. Que Dieu bénisse ces jeunes qui se donnent pour la mission.

giovedì 1 novembre 2018

TOUSSAINT - ALL SAINTS - TODOS LOS SANTOS - OGNISSANTI

MISÉRICORDE PUISSANCE DE  SANCTIFICATION


Tous fils d’Adam les hommes ont péché
Par tous la Loi divine est  transgressée
Plus jamais la vraie joie  n’a progressé
Le bonheur de l’Éden est empêché
C’est alors que du pécheur Dieu  se souvient
En Jésus-Christ Dieu fait miséricorde  
Toutes les nations vivent en concorde
À tous les peuples la vraie paix parvient
Désormais l’univers est sanctifié
Par le torrent jaillissant de la Croix
Prêtres prophètes et rois prient et croient
Dans l’Esprit les saints sont authentifiés.

Père  Pascal AKABASSI

Philippines. CTGP HOLDS NATIONAL CONFERENCE


Philippines. Conference des Enseignants Catholiques de Philippines ( CTGP) le 13 de Septembre, 2018, Universite de Santo Tomas, Manille.
The CTGP Conference Panel of Reactors was composed of Dean Clotilde Arcangel, Dr.Dakila Espiritu,Ms. Marietta Caballero, andRetired School Supervisor Petronila Garcia.
 The National Conference of the Catholic Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines (CTGP) was held on September 13, 2018 at the Dean Lourdes Custodio Hall, UST College of Education. 
It commenced with a Holy Mass at 9:00 am., presided over by the CTGP Ecclesiastical Moderator, Rev. Fr. Maximo Gatela, OP. He underscored the vital role of teachers in helping shape the vision and future of students through sheer sacrifice in upholding  competence, quality education, and Christ-centred compassion. 
Dr. Evelyn Songco, CTGP Vice-President, gave the Opening Remarks at the Conference proper. 
Dr. Marielyn Quintana, CTGP National Secretary, gave a slide presentation on the Catholic Teachers’ Guild of the Philippines, and introduced the Keynote Speaker. 
Dr. Pilar Romero, Dean of the College of Education, University of Santo Tomas (UST), delivered the Keynote Address on the theme, “ Challenges of the Teachers in the New Curriculum “.
The participants were teachers and professors from private and public schools. The  Dean of the UST College of Fine Arts and Design, Dr. Christie Que, as well as the Education Program Supervisor of the Schools Division of Quezon City, Ms. Marietta Caballero, graced the Conference.
Rev. Fr. Maximo Gatela, OP, awarded the Certificates of Appreciation  and Certificates of Participation to members/ participants. 
       He was assisted by Dr. Belén L. Tangco, OP, CTGP President, who delivered the Closing Address. She thanked everyone for gracious participation, especially the UST Institute of Religion for great support. She conveyed words of thanks to the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Pilar Romero, and the College of Education Regent, Rev. Fr. Winston Cabading, OP. for their generous accommodation. 
The next Conference to be held in February 2019 will be Keynoted by  Prof. Dr. Clarita Carillo, former Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, UST and currently Assistant to the Rector for Planning & Quality Management.