Thus, the national program has drawn up a handout containing the results obtained, with the intention of being a useful resource for planning within the instances that serve as an impetus for pastoral activity at the national level. Among the preponderant elements that were collected during the Catholic Social Observatory, there is the need for a country guided by a healthy democracy, which takes the social doctrine of the Church as a foundation for social renewal and the formation of young people in all areas. of society, starting from the assumption that young people are builders of the Civilization of Love. (RB)
August 28 – VATICAN Review of the Treaty on the state of human rights. Monsignor Jurkovič: yes to efficiency, transparency and harmonization
Informal consultations are underway in Geneva within the process of revising the Treaty on the state of human rights, also in the light of the measures adopted in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution 68/268. The work was attended by Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, who in a statement invites the parties to improve their efforts in the direction of ever greater “efficiency, transparency, effectiveness and harmonization of methods of work”. The archbishop is particularly committed to examining possible measures to further strengthen support for the organs of the treaty. Therefore, the revision does not concern the “role and functioning” of the human rights treaty bodies, whose particular competences of each must be fully respected. The Holy See also suggests caution in efforts to enhance the role of presidents as it notes that there is no legal basis for such an increased role and, at the same time, caution regarding the “strengthening of” synergies “between the various human rights bodies, as their nature and legal basis are very different. The recent practice, according to which the General Comments are co-author of two or more organs of the treaty is also a matter of concern, particularly for those States which ratified all relevant treaties. In this regard it is recalled, in fact, that the legal obligation of States is very different, since each of them has ratified a different number of treaties in the field of human rights. The Delegation of the Holy See, moreover, thanks the Permanent Representative of Switzerland, Mr. Pascale Baeriswyl, and the Permanent Representative of Morocco, Omar Hilale, promoters of the meeting held or day In conclusion, the Holy See, recognizing its obligations as a state, recognizes the valuable contribution of each of the organs of the human rights treaty in assisting contracting states in fulfilling their obligations in this matter. (RB)
August 28 – ITALY “From our hearts to the heart of Lebanon”: the Vincentian Family fundraiser for the Lebanese people
After the terrible explosion on 4 August in the port of Beirut, the Vincentian Family has decided to take the field and start a fundraiser in favor of the Lebanese people and those affected by the tragedy. The initiative, called “From our hearts to the heart of Lebanon” was born to support the work of the Vincentians in Beirut: the Lebanese Vincentian Family, in fact, immediately intervened by giving shelter to the homeless, caring for the poor, caring for the wounded and feeding the needy. “My work has just begun towards families and people in need and towards the Vincentian Institutions seriously affected – is the testimony of Ribel Elias, president of the Vincentian Lay Missionaries (Misevi International) – many branches of the Lebanese Vincentian Family are working as a ‘only entity to overcome these difficult days ”. Father Tomaž Mavrič, president of the Executive Committee of the Vincentian Family, explains the objectives of the initiative undertaken: “As each of us begins to activate our own channels of solidarity, I would like to propose to respond to this disaster in a concerted way, as a Family. Have you seen Pope Francis immediately send a fund of 250 thousand euros to help the Church in Lebanon.