Sidaction: Advocacy for youth "training" !!
Under the 2010 and Sidaction Week European Immunization 2010 region of Corsica, the Corsican CRIJ organized for the ninth year in Porto-Vecchio an afternoon of information and testing for AIDS and sexually transmitted infections and a free update immunizations.
This action was done in partnership with anonymous testing and free and the immunization of the General Council of Southern Corsica, mayor of Porto-Vecchio and the Mission's local Porto Vecchio, South Corsica.
Program: Response to Dr Sylvie Ferrara discussions with training centers in Porto-Vecchio: CFA, JSF and ID Training, documentation on sexually transmitted infections, provision of condoms, HIV testing and STI anonymous, voluntary and free Inside JBUS 2A.
On the other hand, in the framework of the European Week of vaccination will take place from April 23 to 30, upstream activities this week will be organized on the whole region to improve immunization coverage and remember that vaccination is the best way to prevent infectious diseases for which a vaccine exists.
An update of vaccines will be offered for youth training centers of the Far South on presentation of the vaccination.
This action is organized in the framework of the mission "to support social health" of the public and training of apprentices, entrusted by the local authority of Corsica CRIJ of Corsica.
Forum Participants Reflect on Meaning of Love
ROCCA DI PAPA, Italy, 29 MARCH 2010 (http://www.zenit.org/ href="http://www.zenit.org/">Zenit.org).- Love, sexuality, and the increasingly secularized society were some of the main topics addressed by participants in the 10th International Youth Forum, which ended Sunday.
The conference, organized by the youth office of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, was held in Rocca di Papa, outside Rome.
Some 300 young people gathered Wednesday from various countries to reflect on the theme, "Learn to Love."
The event included conferences, liturgies, and cultural moments, with the aim of enabling young people to reflect further on the topic of true love, which has as its source and end God himself.
In a conversation with ZENIT, Father Eric Jacquinet, director of the council's youth office, described the event as "a concentration of ecclesial experience."
"It is a drop of water that makes goodness germinate in the whole world because of the diversity in the present time," he said.
In their breaks between conferences, the young people socialized, exchanged email addresses, and planned cultural activities for free time in the evening.
They spoke in different languages, translating for each other in order to communicate about the cultural and ecclesial reality in their various countries.
ZENIT spoke with representatives of various continents to get their impressions on this event.
Rinora Gojani represented, Kosovo, the partially recognized nation that declared independence from
Serbia in February 2008.
"It's the first time I represent Kosovo as my country in an international congress," she said.
For Gojani, who works for her diocese, the experience of seeing so many Catholics "gives me much energy," as her country is of Muslim majority. She told her friends how the first cathedral of her small and young country is being built in Pristina, the capital.
She works with the Salesian community, directing workshops on values for groups of children, many of whom are Muslims.
Gojani explained: "We cannot pronounce the name 'Jesus;' we can only transmit his message without mentioning him, because otherwise there could be misunderstandings.
"We think this could convert them, because we teach the word of Jesus and his love."
Another participant, Develt O'Brien, traveled to Rome in representation of the Australian episcopal conference.
"I think it is difficult to speak and share this experience in a country that is so secularized," he said. "Because of relativism, many people do not recognize what is good and what is bad."
Nonetheless, O'Brien said that the World Youth Day held in Sydney two years ago has borne much fruit.
"It's very interesting to see changes in some parishes and youth groups," he affirmed. "Many people have continued in the same line of experiences that we lived there."
The young Australian noted that this forum "helped to deepen true love."
"It can illumine what happens in life," he added, "if one is capable of following what the Gospel says."
Gheneim Mughannam came to the forum as a representative of Palestine and the Holy Land. "For us who come from an area such as this, it is difficult to be Christians because of the culture, language and situation we have," he said.
Mughannam noted that living in the Holy Land gives him "a very strong witness of Jesus because he grew up in that land."
"The situation hasn't changed much in two thousand years," he explained, mentioning the economic and political difficulties that have always characterized this part of the earth.
Philomene Karelle Messi, representing the Archdiocese of Yaounde, Cameroon, expressed joy over being part of this event.
"I am happy to know and interact with persons of different countries with the same faith," she said.
Messi noted that this faith has been much strengthened in her country since Benedict XVI's visit last year. "We thank the Lord that the Pope chose Cameroon among all the countries of Africa and we keep his message in our heart," she said.
Carlos Sampedro was one of the delegates from Colombia. He described the forum's topic as "crucial."
"The world needs witnesses of authentic love," Sampedro said. "We are gathered to reflect on what love means, apply it in our lives, and deepen in it with our faith."
"It is difficult to summarize," he said, "but I believe that what characterizes this meeting is the joy of seeing persons in which my faith is reflected and with whom I share similar experiences of the apostolate, of concerns for the Church."
Sampedro noted: "All the interventions were very interesting: The Holy Father's greeting was the culmination, and he outlined the horizon of true love and encounter with the Lord.
"We must take this up and go to our countries to transmit this experience of formation."
In his message to the 10th International Youth Forum, Benedict XVI said,
"Man is made to love; his life is fully realized only if he lives in love."
The Pope urged the youth participating in the forum "to search with all their heart to discover their vocation to love, as persons and as baptized."
"This is the key to the whole of existence," he explained. "Thus they will be able to invest all their energies in approaching the goal day after day, sustained by the Word of God and by the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist."
AIDS religions united against stigma
40 religious leaders of the world determined to fight against the virus
ROME, Monday, 29 March 2010 (ZENIT.org) - Faced with a pandemic that killed over the past 30 years more than 25 million people, representatives of various religions have publicly committed to "exert more influence and more visible and concrete in the fight against AIDS.
It was in Den Dolder (Netherlands), where for the first time ever, 40 of the most important Christian leaders, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists gathered from March 22 to 23, to discuss HIV / AIDS.Among the topics tackled at the summit, organized by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance together "and the Catholic organization Holland Development" Cordaid, included measures of prevention and fight against the pandemic, strategies to be able eliminate stigma and discrimination but also the most appropriate ways to speak openly about the disease and social problems associated with it.
The summit also provided an opportunity for exchanges and dialogues with patients with the virus and specialists engaged in the fight against AIDS. Since Immunodeficiency Syndrome gained has been identified for the first time, thirty years ago, disparities in access to antiretroviral treatment have created inequalities
The current economic crisis threatens progress to the point that whenever two people begin their drug treatment, five more are infected. The reasons undoubtedly include also the fear of being isolated and condemned. A fear that keeps people more vulnerable to resort to prevention, control and treatment of disease. The religious commitment is that of "working together to end the silence."The initiative has benefited from support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands, the UN agency UNAIDS and the World Council of Churches. Catholics present at the meeting, attended by Archbishop John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria), who spoke with ZENIT:
ZENIT -- Archbishop Onaiyekan, what did you discuss during these two days?
Archbishop Onaiyekan: We were invited to share our experiences in hopes of finding common values on which set of actions. More importantly, we recognized that religion should be seen as an instrument of compassion and care for those who suffer, regardless of the cause of this suffering.
Ie our duty is to help these people, especially to prevent their stigmatization or discrimination. A task now possible, as most religions do not speak of AIDS as a punishment from God but rather a misfortune. Or rather a disease that particularly affects poor and innocent. And in the case of children who are born with AIDS, spouses who have done nothing outside their marital relationship, and of those, finally, working in health facilities and running of taking great risks to help strangers.
ZENIT -- What is the new strategy to consider alongside international organizations?
Archbishop Onaiyekan : For the first time, these organizations are beginning to look at what we do, our religious communities. Until they were acting on their own, completely ignoring our efforts, while today they say they want working with us. On both sides the parties try to understand how it is possible to establish this alliance.
ZENIT -- Are there already ideas on how to achieve real collaboration?
Archbishop Onaiyekan : After the summit, it will be easier to share our experiences, we keep in touch. Anyway there are international organizations working nationally. They have, for example, as is the case of UNAIDS, offices also in Nigeria. This means that coordination will be immediate and that each of these subsidiary bodies may enter more easily in connection with the local religious representatives in order to determine support targeted technical and possibly economic.
With regard to formal agreements, for cons, it is something that should be studied more carefully because it is the responsibility of the Holy See. What is certain is that most of the work will be done locally by each country and each diocese.
ZENIT -- What is the commitment of the Catholic Church on the front of the fight against AIDS? Are there, for example in Africa, "practices of choice" in this sense?
Archbishop Onaiyekan : The Catholic Church is particularly favored because it has, within the Episcopal Conferences and Dioceses organizations for this purpose, plus all the experiences in interreligious between Christians and Muslims to confront the issue virus and the disease of AIDS.
For example, in Nigeria we have a church office that coordinates the activities of prevention and treatment of disease. He is constantly in contact with the national government to discuss how to work together. In particular, in our diocese in Abuja, we have implemented programs to help people on health and all religious communities, civil, are involved in the service of "HIV, counseling and testing"Whether it happens at the clinic is positive or negative, so as to immediately put up a better distribution of medicines and providing information services on how to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child childbirth.
Of course, everything depends on the economic availability.
ZENIT -- In prevention, the approval of condom use has often been the focus of discussion. What do you think?
Archbishop Onaiyekan Personally, I agree with the Holy See on the fact that the effective response to the challenge before us, and which particularly affects young people, not condoms, but a change of lifestyle, a Better health organization, addressing the problem of poverty.
And do not forget that there are millions of people already living: distribute condoms do not help them.