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September 8 all in the street for the climate

Pope Francis called for urgent collective action to repair our common house. On September 8, 2018, a week before the World Climate Action Summit, thousands of people will gather in cities and towns around the world to call on our leaders to take bold action on climate change and to commit to for a Zero Fossil world. Local action is leading the way — BE PART OF THIS MOVEMENT  that’s ending the era of fossil fuels and building 100% renewable energy for all. Bring your friends, neighbours, believers group, or worshipers to your place of worship, and join or host an event as part of RISE FOR CLIMATEFIND AN EVENT; Each meeting will help to evolve momentum for action.. Read more.

UN agrees first-ever Global Compact on migration

UN Photo/Mark Garten
special event for the approval of text for a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, at UN Headquarters in New York, 13 July 2018.

For the first time ever, United Nations Member States have agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development.

After more than a year of discussions and consultations among Member States, local officials, civil society and migrants themselves, the text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was finalized on Friday. Read more.

I thank you for coming and HEARTILY LISTEN to the increasingly much stronger desperate cry of the Earth and of the Poor… for coming to respond to the urgent call to ECOLOGICAL CONVERSION called for by the Encyclical, and take concrete steps inspired on the fact that ALL ARE INTERCONNECTED which is the heart of INTEGRAL ECOLOGY.”  This was how Pope Francis addressed  the participants of the International Conference on Climate at the Vatican the 5-6th July 2018. This shouldn’t be just another  meeting but an instance of open heartedly, listening together to the cry of God from the creation and respond with concrete actions towards ecological conversion. Read more.

CAMPAIGN: Sowing Hope for the Plantet – Everything is interconnected

 Pope Francis urged us to heed the call for an ecological conversion “to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and to discover what each of us can do about it.” (LS #19)

For this reason, the UISG  (Union of International Sisters Board have decided to promote the UISG Campaign, Sowing Hope for the Planet.  You are invited to become involved in Sowing Hope for the Planet (2018-2019). You and the members of your community are encouraged to reflect more deeply on Laudato Si and to consider ways to make Pope Francis’ message a reality, both personally and within your communities.  We will put regularly information on this website on various ways in which you can actively participate.
Documents regarding the campaign Sowing Hope for the Planet:
You can read and download the brochure.
And the presentation of the campaign Hope for the Planet. Everything is interconnected.

May 16, International Day of « Living Together in Peace »

The celebration of this day expresses the desire fro peace of persons of all religions, as well as non-believers. It is a step to see our world change. Living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen, to recognize, to respect and to appreciate others, as well as living in a peaceful and united way.

Organize a gathering, an encounter with people from other religions, other cultures, other …. , to do something together and above all to celebrate the joy of ‘Living together in peace’.

LISTEN to this songc sung by children from Jewish, Muslim, Christian relgions and those withou religion who live Mercy, what means unconditional Love. Read more. 

Sharing of the sisters – 1st Term 2018

See how the MSOLA sisters live their commitment to Justice, Peace, integrity of Creation, Encounter and Dialogue with other religions and cultures in their daily life. These are the sharings you will find from this term: Restoring wounded children; Living with different cultures and traditionsMy road with Samira; Calais: My LIFE with refugees; Sr Simone’s presence at « Episol »; Remembering « COLWOD »Lea Ackerman presents « Solwodi »Recollection « We too, we are migrants »Living JPIC-RD in the communities of GermanyInterreligious Dialogue at Lyon; 83 years old, time to start something newSession on Trafficking of persons in Burkina Faso; Attentive to girls during my internshipsInternational Women’s Day in Bukavu.

Way of the cross with the victims of human trafficking

By celebrating the Stations of the Cross, we symbolically live the passion of Jesus and his painful path to the cross.
We aregoing to walk this way of the cross meeting our brothers and sisters who, like Jesus on his way to the cross, are deprived of freedom, considered as objects and forced to do what they do not want.

Today Jesus lives his passion again in these children, these women and these men who are victims of forced migration and human trafficking.

May this Way of the Cross be for us too, a path of hope and of commitment so that these  sisters and brothers may live the resurrection of a new beginning, and that we may  consider a world without slavery, without human trafficking. Download the Way of the Cross for READING   . Download the Way of the Cross for PRINTING.

8 February 2018 Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking in persons

MIGRATION WITHOUT TRAFFICKING : say yes to Freedom and no to slavery

The theme for the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in persons 2018 highlights the situation of human trafficking among people on the move: migrants, refugees and internal displaced people.
We are invited to enkindle a light against human trafficking for these brothers and sisters of ours.  Let us enkindle our hearts and lives, so as to be a welcoming light of hope and encounter.  Find the guidelines for the preparation of the prayer vigil.      Read more.

« We cannot remain silent » says the Pope to Davos Economic Forum

Pope Francis with the homeless from France at Fratello 2016 in Rome.

“We cannot remain silent in the face of the suffering of millions of people whose dignity is wounded, nor can we continue to move forward as if the spread of poverty and injustice has no cause.” Pope Francis

Read the text .

 

 

Migrants en Tunisie et Caritas

La Caritas Tunisie fait route avec les personnes  migrantes.  Caritas présente le nouveau phénomène de la migration dans le pays,  et l’action que l’association entreprend pour accueillir et accompagner ces personnes en situation de migration, faciliter leur séjour temporaire dans le Tunisie, un pays de passage pour la plupart d’entre eux et faciliter la rencontre des deux communautés: ceux et celles qui viennent d’ailleurs et le peuple tunisien.  Voir la présentation.

Ecological Challenges for Religions

The development that is most changing Humanity’s current consciousness is “the new cosmology” of cosmic and natural sciences. For the first time, we have a scientific view of the Universe: its origins, its dimensions, its evolution, the galaxies, stars, planets, and life. This means we have a very different vision than that which we previously held.

In this new “revelatory experience,” the divine element of reality is manifesting itself to us in a new way. Religions need to feel the ecological kairos of this hour and return towards the cosmos and nature, overcoming the current divorce between science and spirituality, between religion and reality. Accepting the challenge of ecology does not mean including “the care of nature,” as one more moral imperative. It is something more: it is a complete “ecological reconversion” of religion itself. Read more. 

Meeting the other as visitation

Presentation on Meeting the other as visitation.

It is a reflection on the interreligious and intercultural encounter based on Mary’s Visitation  to Elizabeth. Look at the slides presentation inspired by Kam Sié Mathias’ in « African Tradition of Hospitality and Interreligious Dialogue: Reflection ». See the presentation. 

Ubuntu, an African Philosophy : I am because we are

“ A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed. ” Desmond Tutu 1999

The Zulu proverb « a person is a person through other persons » defines the individual in terms of their several relationships with others. Those who uphold the principle of ubuntu throughout their lives will, in death, achieve a unity with those still living. Read more. 

From « A Journey together: Building mutual respect, understanding and cooperating »

Interreligious  or interfaith dialogue, is about people of different faiths coming to a mutual understanding and respect that allows them to live and cooperate with each other in spite of their differences. Each party remains true to their own beliefs while respecting the right of the other to practise their faith freely.

Interfaith dialogue includes human interaction and relation-ships. It can take place between individuals and communi-ties and on many levels. Today often Muslims and Chris-tians live on the same streets; use the same shops, buses and schools, coming into daily contact with each other. Dialogue is part of daily life during which different cultural and religious groups interact with each other directly, and where tensions between them are the most tangible.

2017 Annual General Meeting of AEFJN

Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN), formed by forty-eight religious Congregations working for economic justice between Africa and Europe, held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 10th November, 2017 in Rome. Thirty Religious men and women from around twenty member-Congregations, among them 3 Missionnary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa, gathered together  to listen to reports from the Secretariat in Brussels and the Executive Committee, and to enhance the work of AEFJN.
The Secretariat reported some success stories. In Koudiadiène, Senegal, a mine of phosphate is destroying the environment and ignoring the socio-economic rights of the local people. For three years, research, dialogue, and advocacy work done in collaboration with the Madrid Antenna, and the civil society of Senegal have brought the promise by the mining company to provide clean water, medicines, an ambulance, and training for young people and women. We need to follow it up… Read more. 

Meaning of JPIC-ED

Meaning of Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation, Encounter and Dialogue (JPIC-ED) Justice Conscious of the weight of injustice, deprivation and insecurity that condition the lives of so many of our contemporaries, we try to « feel with the poor. » Together with … Read more 

JPIC-ED in the MSOLA Documents

You will find the spirit of Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation and Encounter and Dialogue (JPIC-ED) that animates the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa (MSOLA), through some of the main passages on JPIC-ED issus found in the documents of the MSOLA sisters, classified par date and event.