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The role of education is decisive for the development of relations between Muslims and Christians and in combating fundamentalist tendencies that seek to separate the two communities. Many countries accept the presence of Christian schools, others do not. The special situation of North Africa.
In 1854 the first school of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem was created. Today there are forty-five schools in Jordan, Palestine and Israel, with over twenty-thousand pupils and a staff of two-thousand people. A reality of extraordinary commitment and testimony to the dramatic situation in the region.
From Amman to Aqaba and on to Anjara, following the pathways indicated by ‘Our Lady of Peace,’ an institute for receiving and educating disabled children that has spread throughout the country. Founded by the Jordanian Catholic community, it responds to the needs of all families, without any distinction.
The heavy challenges that the Algerian school system has to face:the quality of teaching, the harmonious development of society, economic growth. On the one hand it is necessary to ‘educate the educators’ and, on the other, to generate in young people a critical spirit, a taste for questioning and a capacity to understand vital questions.
The meaning of education according to the millennial experience of the Catholic Church. Even since its origins, convinced that it has received a patrimony that must be for everyone, the Catholic Church has attended to how to transmit it. And with a care that has no equal in history.
In the current context, education displays a ‘crisis of meaning.’We receive a great deal of education in behaviour but none in freedom.Society requires skills and efficiency and in exchange guarantees every kind of right or claim. The fundamental question is our vision of man.
The former British premier presents the readers of Oasis with the programme produced by his foundation. ‘In the global life of the twenty-first century we must promote understanding between believers and project a positive image of religious identity.’ A project at work in eleven countries.
Multiculturality as an ‘idea’ (or multiculturalism) has been placed in a state of crisis by multiculturality as a ‘fact.’ The result is schools pervaded by tensions and paralysis whereas it is specifically in classrooms that the real match of open dialogue and a shared journey will be played out.
The challenge of relationships with the other, those who belong to another culture or another religion, affects the whole of the educational process which begins in schools but goes well beyond them. Italy, which does not have strong ethnic or ideological paradigms, can meet this challenge better than other countries.
In the largest Muslim country in the world the educational system as well is based upon the five principles of the Pancasila, the ideological architrave on which the state rests. The Constitution upholds the right to religious freedom and in schools religious education, as well as respect for different identities, is assured.
'It was mainly for this purpose that Christ came, to wit, that man might learn ho much God loves him; and that he might learn this, to the intent that he might be kindled to the love of Him by whom he was first loved': for St. Augustine this was the essential core of Christian education.
Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the Faithful of the Diocese and City of Rome on the Urgent Task of Educating Young People, 21 January 2008
Meeting of the Holy Father Benedict XVI with Representatives of the Muslim Community of Cameroon Apostolic Nunciature of Yaoundé, Thursday, 19 March 2009
The Muslim mystic and jurist al-Ghazâlî exalts the opposition between abstract and formal knowledge which is connected with ‘gratifying [the] ego and with worldly exploits,’ and spiritual endeavour, which, instead, generates good actions
Beirut. In a city that is reborn and at risk every day, an interview with Georges Corm. A Maronite Christian, a politician, a writer, a lecturer and a polemicist, a multi-faceted man who, like so many of his fellow countrymen, goes against the mainstream. 'His' Lebanon is different from the clichés and traditional interpretations and shines out because of its vitality intertwined with pain and drama.
Crisis or no crisis, the march of the Emirates from the desert to the ‘super metropolis’ has not stopped. And it continues to swell the ranks. Of the seven million residents, only 15% are autochthonous. Indians, Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Middle-Eastern people: the colony of workers coming from every corner of the globe is involved in a colossal building experiment destined to last another twenty years.
Articles, analyses and testimonies from different countries and on different subjects. In this edition: preparing for the next Synod of the Middle East; the vision of women in the Koran and in Muslim exegesis: finance according to Islam; a philosophy of human rights; in Iraq in the refuge of the Christians: the Lebanon...
A visit to the monastery of Al Qosh, the last refuge of displaced people from Mosul where “whoever wears a cross around their necks runs the risk of being murdered.” And yet there is the belief that the climate of terror may finish: “Despite our misfortunes the moment of mutual understanding appears to us to be nearer.”
According to the Sura of Women, God created human beings from one person or soul and the term used to define this one person or soul evokes both sexes. Amongst the ninety-nine names for God, ‘the merciful’and ‘the compassionate’ stand out. Etymologically, they refer back to the maternal womb.
In the Lebanon the Feast of the Annunciation, which by now has been celebrated for three years by Christians and Muslims through shared initiatives, has been made a national holiday by the government. In this country of eighteen confessions, devotion to the Mother of Jesus thus also becomes an opportunity for mutual understanding.
A conversation with Abdullahi Ahmed an-Na‘im, a Sudanese, a lecturer in the United States of America, a disciple of the great reformist thinker Muhammad Taha, who was executed in Khartoum in 1985. ‘Universality must be built through the idea of progressive consensus. The use of brute force must be avoided.’
A prohibition on excessive profits and usury, the obligation to give alms to the poor: these are the bases of the economic and financial life of Islam,derived directly from verses in the Koran. In them there is no condemnation of wealth or social difference which are seen to be natural and permitted by God.
Towards the assembly of bishops for the Middle East. The theme chosen points to the fundamental problem of the Church in a region that is characterised by bitter and deep conflict. On the one hand, divisions and, on the other, emigration: the very presence of Christians in their original homeland is at stake.
John Witte’s successful volume represents a significant contribution to the history of juridical thought and its relation with the phenomena of renewal or religious reform in the West. For some time now the author has been following a line of research, which has made the centre where he is the director – the Center for...
Abraham dressed like an Arab Sheik. A horse depicted in Romanic style. The robes of the saints decorated as if they were miniatures. An Ecce Homo and a Saint Joseph with Child of obvious Latin tradition. A Byzantine ascension as theme and composition of the scene. Gold assist technique to illuminate the robes of Chr...
In 2008 the Association of Friends of Louis Massignon celebrated the centenary of his conversion. It was in fact on 3 May 1908 in Iraq that, in dramatic circumstances, Massignon ‘finds Jesus Christ’ after carrying out archaeological research at al-Ukhaydir. Baghdad then became a city ‘very dear’ to him since it was the...
For a long time the Islamic school par excellence, the madrasa, was considered a relic of the past, destined to disappear upon contact with the western world. Then the ascent of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the challenge launched by the madrasas to the Pakistani government have suddenly brought them back into the n...
For years scholars have bet on the disappearance of God from the history of man. Modernisation – they maintained – involves a progressive abandoning of religious beliefs, inevitably destined to be replaced by more scientific and rational explanations of reality. There was talk of the death of God, of His eclipse, of th...
In the cinema of today (but also in that of yesterday) what still manages to surprise and move us is the crossing of two human pathways, where the real denominator common to everyone emerges: the need for love and happiness. And it is not just by chance that often a master and a disciple come to meet at that crossroads
Recently there has been a lot of talk about issues relative to the Muslim world and the many problems concerning the way in which a meeting is possible – and to be hoped for – between different standpoints which not only does not take anything away from anyone, but which are able, on the other hand, to add something. O...