Saturday 24. February 2018
Intercultural Dialogue

The European Year of Cultural Heritage and the church

Martin Maier sj

The European Commission has made 2018 a “European Year of Cultural Heritage”. This recalls the statement attributed to Jean Monnet: “If I were to do it again from scratch, I would start with culture.”

Europe: peace is first and foremost a struggle

European Union

For Bernard Phillippe, there is an urgent need to challenge religious traditions, to illicit from them what they might bring to the service of conflict resolution and the building of more active coalitions which serve peace.

The religious landscape in Europe

Religions

Yasemin El-Menouar of the Bertelsmann Foundation examines the topic of religion across Europe.

Is multiculturalism in Azerbaijan a valuable model ?

Azerbaijan

Could the Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism - consisting of strong state policies which intend to engage civil society - teach Europe about ways to protect minorities without compromising the values of the majority of the population?

November EU-Africa Summit: A Zambian Perspective

EU Commission

Ahead of November’s EU-Africa Summit, a Zambian Jesuit economist surveys problems with existing EU-Africa trade relations.

Interreligious dialogue and integration

EU Member States

Welcoming migrants is only a first step; offering spaces and activities that support integration and interreligious dialogue is the next one. Elena Dini shares a concrete experience of dialogue in Rome.

A dynamic and multicultural European identity

Eglise Catholique

It is Pope Francis, a non-European, who bluntly states that there is a clear European identity. This is an affirmation that will surprise more than one European!  At a time when Europe is looking for a new lease of life, it may be worthwhile to be inspired by what an outsider detects in our own history.

European Pillar of Social Rights – Juncker seeks consensus on new direction for EU social policy

European Commission

The European Pillar of Social Rights aims to address the growing social and economic divergence in the EU. The European Commission presented its recommendations at the end of April and is now hoping for support at the highest political level.

Brits Abroad: Young Catholics experience the European side of Brexit

Church in Europe

The Faith in Politics interns of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales reflect on a visit to Brussels, how Brexit influences their work and the church in the UK.

Lessons learned, the future and what religion can offer

European Union

Manfred Prisching, Professor of Sociology at the University of Graz, looks for ways out of Europe’s political, economic and social crisis.

Compassion in times of moral panic

European Union

On 24 October 2016, the European Commission held its annual dialogue seminar with the Christian churches, entitled “Migration: Mapping and addressing fear”. The Hungarian sociologist of religion, András Máté-Tóth of the University of Szeged, gave one of the two keynote speeches. We set out here an abridged, slightly redacted text of his address.

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