The “One Minute for Peace” initiative was launched by the International Forum Catholic Action (IFCA), the Argentinian Catholic Action, the Italian Catholic Action, in support of the “Invocation for Peace” meeting, promoted by Pope Francis on June 2014 with the President of Israel (Simon Peres), the President of the Palestinian Authority (Maḥmūd ʿAbbās – Abu Mazen), and the Patriarch of Constantinople (Bartholomew I).
Since 2015, every year, “One Minute for Peace” has been promoted around the world on June 8 at 1.00 pm.
We ask all visitors to our website to encourage and propose to all those who care about peace, to believers and non-believers, a minute of prayer or silence. We can pray alone or in groups, in our homes or in the places of work or study.
Support this initiative by spending one minute on 8th June at 1.00 p.m.in prayer and increase the number of MINUTES FOR PEACE worldwide.
Unum Omnes, a NGO with consultative status, was invited to participate in the Forum of Catholic Inspired Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The Forum provides opportunities for dialogue and exchange among Catholic Inspired NGOs in order to offer a strengthened Christian witness at the international level. Recently the forum has created a website www.foruminternational.org. Over the coming months, as the site is developed, more information will be added
The attempts to encourage the youth in a parish in India to care for the environment
If we are serious about protecting Mother Earth from various environmental disasters in the future, it is important to invest our resources in preparing the present generation to face the future environmental challenges. At this stage, the kids are more open to change, and easy to mould their habits affecting the environment.
On the contrary, the mindset of majority of the grown up adults is difficult to change, as it is said, “old habits die hard”. This is the one major reason why the governments are struggling with various environmental issues including waste management.
Pope Francis challenges us, “What kind of world do we want to leave for those come after us, to children now who are growing up? The questions not only concerns the environment in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal” (Laudato Si)
Change for the better doesn’t come by itself. As Mahatma Gandhi says “be the change you want to see in the world”.
For a simple and interactive awareness presentation for kids on the topic of bio-diversity click the link http://infantjesusjogeshwari.in/eco-session-2-for-kids-biodiversity/
For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on SCC ECO KIDS CLUBS click the link http://infantjesusjogeshwari.in/scc-eco-kids-club-faqs/
IFCA – A MINUTE FOR PEACE 2017
Once again we want to propose to all men and all women of good will “A MINUTE FOR PEACE” to unite our efforts and our prayer for peace, unfortunately broken or threatened in several regions of the world. It will be held on June 8, 2017 at 1.00 PM (13h) on the occasion of the second anniversary of the historical meeting between Pope Francis and the presidents of Israel and Palestine, held in the Vatican.
Our proposal is that that day at 1.00 PM (13h), each of us can stop for a moment, for a minute, praying according to one’s own tradition. We can do it alone or in groups, in our home or at work or studying, or by a celebration in a place of prayer and mercy:
We want to offer everyone the opportunity, this sign, to encourage continuous prayer and commitment for peace and mercy, with a special intention for refugees who suffer every day the consequences of violence.
A minute for peace to answer concretely, in the daily life, to Pope Francis who often reminds us that peace is a skilled work
Help us spreading this initiative and counting around the world a growing number of MINUTES for PEACE
The Romero Award of Austria´s Catholic Men Movement
Since 1981, the Catholic Men Movement of Austria has given an Award to persons in Latin America and Africa who are working under extraordinary circumstances to advance human rights. The Award includes a Euro 10,000 unrestricted cash stipend given to the winner and/or organization.
Under the winners are very important and known persons on the Human Rights field like Bishop Erwin Kräutler (also winner of the Right Livelihood Award), the Somalian model Waris Dirie for her fight against Femenine Genital Mutilation (FGM) and this year winner the Austrian Dr. Maria Schiestl who works since more than 20 years in the Loita Masaai Area managing the only health clinic in the region. The clinic was established by the Austrian Development Agency to help increase primary health care for the Maasai community. The clinic provides preventive, curative and rehabilitative outpatient services to the most vulnerable segments of the Kenyan population. The services enable individuals and communities to have power over and to enhance their health.
Dr. Maria Schiestl from Tirol Austria holding the Romero Award 2016 give to her on 25 November by Austria´s Catholic Men Movement in Innsbruck, Austria.