CCEE, Germany, Portugal

CCEE: debate on Christianity and Islam in Europe Is there a radicalization of Muslims in Europe? How is this issue addressed by Muslim communities? How is it possible to further Christian-Muslim dialogue? What are the cultural and religious vitality of Muslims in Europe? These themes will be discussed by the bishops and delegates from Europe’s Bishops’ Conferences in charge of relations with Muslims. The meeting – promoted by CCEE – will take place May 13-15 in the abbey of Saint Maurice (Switzerland) and will be attended by some forty experts in the dialogue with Muslims in Europe. The workshops – CCEE states in a note – will be coordinated by Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux and former CCEE Vice-President (2006-2011), and with the participation, of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. The reflections will enjoy the contributions of experts in Islam and by European bishops who will speak about the vision of dialogue with Muslims in their respective countries. The reflections will then be completed by a series of practical experiences of dialogue, such as that of Fr Christophe Roucou on the French experience of dialogue between priests and imams; of Helmut Wiesmann, on the German experience of co-operation in charitable work; and finally the experience of Bishop Pero Sudar in the areas of formation and education in Sarajevo (Bosnia Herzegovina). The meeting will end on the morning of Friday 15 May with an open debate about the results of a questionnaire on some sensitive aspects of the dialogue in the different countries. Germany, a new website for the German Church On May 12 the users of www.katholisch.de, the website of the German Catholic Church found a renewed website within the same basic graphic design for pastoral continuity, but with increased and more accessible multimedia content. Online since April 20014, the graphic layout of website was renewed in 2012. Now, two and a half years later, it was redesigned featuring more video content, a simpler layout, more information and more points for reflection. The greatest changes were carried out at technical level. In fact, depending on the medium used to enter the site, katholisch.de will adapt automatically to the screen size of your computer or laptop, tablet or smartphone. Special relevance has been given to content for sharing on social media with tweets from dioceses and pastoral workers, in addition to direct interconnection with the official pages also on instagram, facebook and youtube. “Our goal editorial – writes today editor-in-chief Steffen Zimmermann – is to provide all those logging on katholisch.de every day with a wide, dynamic overview of ecclesial and social events in Germany and worldwide”. Portugal: the family and quality of communication Presenting the Pope’s message for the World Day of Social Communications 2015 the President of the Portuguese Bishops’ Commission for Culture and Cultural heritage said that “the family represents the pillar of society – the primary point of reference through which the media should able to interpret and understand reality”. Mons. Pio Alves said he is aware of the difficulties to which newspapers and journalists are exposed: last minute problems, haste, the pressure of publishing, sale needs, return of investments, job insecurity and risks stemming from factors linked to entrepreneurship. However, the prelate added: “the recovery of social communication media in terms of quality and ethics is critical to the reaffirmation of human and Christian values”. In his address, the auxiliary bishop of Oporto highlighted the importance of family life, “an experience where is learned consideration for others through actions, in difference and complementariness. The ability to embrace, accompany and interpret glances and silence, laughing and crying together”. “The family can be a school of communication marked by blessing, because the realm of our affections, integrating rationality enables the human person to express his unfathomable richness entirely”. Mons. Alves concluded: “What is possible can be achieved through any simple project, but if we want to extend ourselves further, we must not refrain from seeking the impossible”.

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