Author: José Luis Gutiérrez Aranda

Lenten Meditations: I believe in the one, holy, Catholic Church 2018 – Week 1

A Sign of God’s Kingdom in the World  “The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the good news.” (Gospel, 1. Sunday of Lent, Mk 1:12-15) In the person of Jesus of Nazareth the kingdom of God has entered human history and the life of every person. In him something of the boundless love and mercy of God has become visible. In him we begin to understand our own dignity and beauty as human beings when we are, like Jesus, guided by the Spirit of God. What Jesus lived and taught,...

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PRESS STATEMENT   THE SUTUATION IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Africa Europe Faith and Justice Network (AEFJN) is an advocacy network of Catholic Church Religious Congregations in Europe and Africa. We note, with painful hearts, the present charged and unhelpful political climate in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The tension began as a result of President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to organise elections at the end of his mandate in 2016. He has set aside an agreement that was reached and signed on December 31, 2016 under the auspices of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) at Saint-Sylvester to give him an opportunity to organise elections in 2017. As...

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PRESS RELEASE “EU TRADE MUST BE MORE DEMOCRATIC”

EU TRADE MUST BE MORE DEMOCRATIC, SAY 162 ORGANISATIONS Brussels, February 1 – 162 organisations from across Europe have today called for European trade policy to be made more democratic. Their statement was handed over to European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at the first meeting of a newly established expert group on EU trade agreements. The organisations representing civil society, trade unions and farmer groups argue that a profound change in the EU’s approach to trade negotiations is necessary to restore trust and establish democratic accountability. The signatories propose steps that should be taken to establish democratic scrutiny over the negotiation and...

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NOW IS THE TIME: THE BATTLE AGAINST LAND GRABBING CARRIED TO THE ARENA OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF CENTRAL AFRICA

Sr Elianna Baldi is a Comboni Missionary and the Coordinator of the AEFJN antenna in the Republic of Central Africa. She participated in the land grabbing conference in Côte d’Ivoire in November 2017. At the end of the conference, she took the battle against land grabbing to the Central African Episcopal Conference. She shares her experience and the outcome of her intervention with us (see below).  What is certain from her story is that while the Church is involved in reconciliation programs to heal the wounds of the past, it is less proactive on the prevention of future conflicts;...

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