Ukraine, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Churches-Eu

Ukraine: a monument dedicated to Sheptitskyi A monument in honour of metropolitan Andrey Sheptitskyi whose 150th anniversary of the birth this year of the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine, will be installed in Andrey Sheptitskyi Square, in the centre of Ivano-Frankivsk (Western Ukraine). The project is the work of sculptor Stepan Fedoryn won a two-year competition and the square – Volodymyr Hidar, chief architect of Ivano-Frankivsk square told SIR Europe – was purposely rebuilt for this purpose. Some funds for the monuments’ erection were inserted in the budget of the city for an overall sum of 611thousand UAH (official currency of the Country.) Other 88 thousand will be allocated for the parliament fund, while the rest will be collected through donations. It is expected that the expense for the sculpture will amount to 700 thousand UAH, while 300thousand will fund the regional planning scheme. Slovakia: new website for Catholic singles A new website for single men and women Catholics (www.slobodnykatolik.sk) has recently been launched in Slovakia. The project is based on secular initiatives that envisage the spiritual guidance of a member of the Pallotine community, Father Adam Luba. “Some people have decided to live as singles deliberately, viewing this condition as a gift to accompany them to their eternal destiny. On the other hand, some Catholics are still seeking the right partner and intend to spend the time in between cultivating interpersonal relations and their relationship with God”, said the promoters of the project. According to their expectations the website could contribute to strengthening the coordination of pastoral activities dedicated to unmarried people” and to improve the quality of their lives. Luxembourg: meeting on social doctrine “Dignity and dependence” will be the theme of the next meeting of the cycle “Christian social doctrine in practice” organized in these months by Caritas Luxembourg and the Pastoral Centre John XXII. “The improvement of the living conditions along with medical progress have increased life expectations”, explained the organizers of the meeting of March 26. “Thus there is increased physical, psychological and social dependence. The challenge is to promote the creation of a healthcare and support system to protect human dignity also in these circumstances by managing dependence whilst encouraging autonomy”. The purpose of the seminar is to “explore the actual limits of this question” and to “develop a set of avenues aimed at improvement based on practice. After the opening remarks by Dieter Ferring, University of Luxembourg), experts in the filed of healthcare and prevention of all forms of ill-treatment will focus on a set of concrete experiences (Nicole Weis, Ethical Committee of Hëllef Doheem; Mike Schalz, Support and Protection service; Beate Kretschmer-Flemming, chairperson of the Association for Healthcare and Assistance in Berlin and Potsdam; Marco Hoffmann, coordinator of Caritas Luxembourg). The first meeting of this cycle concerned the principle of subsidiarity. The May appointment will focus on the theme of sustainability. Churches-EU: debate on radicalism and tolerance “The growth of religious radicalism and fundamentalism and the role of dialogue between religions for the promotion of tolerance and respect of human dignity” is the title of the conference that will take place March 24 in the seat of the European Parliament in Brussels. The afternoon session will feature an in-depth debate between representatives of EU institutions and leaders of faith communities in EU member Countries, in the framework of the EU-religions dialogue enshrined in Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty. The opening remarks will be delivered by Antonio Tajani, vice-President of the European Parliament, and to Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security. The first session will centre on surging radicalism with panel speeches by Elmar Brok, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament; Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, vice president of the Conference of European Churches; Riccardo Di Segni, Chief Rabbi of Rome; Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, president of the Conference of French imams; Father Patrick Daly, general secretary of COMECE. The theme of the second session, Promotion of Tolerance and Respect of Human Dignity will be addressed by: Claude Moraes, chairman of the Committee on Civil Liberties of the EU Assembly; Msgr. Theodorus C. M. Hoogenboom, auxiliary bishop of Utrecht (COMECE); Reverend Robert Innes, Anglican community; Albert Guigui, Chief Rabbi of Brussels; Hilde Kieboom, vice president of the Community of Sant’Egidio. The conclusions are entrusted to Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the EU Commission, and Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament.

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