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Panchomania is not enough. A New Spirituality for a New Humanity

Pope Francis I (Papa Pancho by his hispanophone nickname) has made an attempt to soften up the stance of the Catholic Church with respect to homosexuality. At no point did he propose a change in the doctrine of marriage being between a man and a woman, and he certainly did not condone homosexual acts per se, but rather attempted to show compassion and the possibility of gay people approaching the Church for ...

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Notes about the ‘look’ of Pressenza

Peace is the absence of war, it is coexistence without conflict, but we can’t just limit nonviolence to the absence of violence.  Even if it is an end that we want to achieve, nonviolence is, above all, a resistance to all forms of violence.  Therefore, translated to the field of journalism, nonviolence positions the journalist as an activist against violence. Something that might sound banal, subtle or a m ...

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Syria — Life Through a Lens: Photography Workshop Helps Young Refugees See Their World with Fresh Eyes

  Human Wrongs Watch In Syria, they witnessed humanity at its worst. Now, through photography, young refugees look at their world with fresh eyes. Written by Charlie Dunmore, Friday 17 October 2014 (UNHCR)*  More than half of the 3 million people driven into exile by the conflict in Syria are children. Haunted by violence and loss, they have also been deprived of a voice. At Za’atari refugee camp in Jo ...

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Tomás Hirsch speech in “Peace Paths for the Israel/Palestine conflict”

Words of Tomas Hirsch at the Providencia Forum in Santiago de Chile, seeking peaceful ways to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict "Good afternoon to everyone. To begin, I want to clarify where I am coming from: I am speaking from the point of view of Universalist Humanism. Its main points are: 1. Placing the human being as the central value and concern, so that there is nothing above the human being an ...

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Call on Pope Francis to Reopen Vatican for Changes in the Church

  Human Wrongs Watch By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, 6 October 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service — On October 4th we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. When HH the Pope took the name of St. Francis he declared his desire that we be a church of the poor and a church for the poor.   He spoke with passion, calling for justice for the poor, for peace, and an end to violence ...

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The End of the World is… avoidable

“The End of the World is Nigh” is a slogan that has been repeated ever since human beings could formulate the concept.  Prehistoric cavemen found meteorites, volcanos, unusual weather patterns, changes in animal behaviour, and other such omens to be portents of doom and imminent destruction. In more recent times the end of the world has been predicted through interpretations of religious texts and the appro ...

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When Quantum Physics Meets Daoism in Hong Kong and raises another umbrella over the whole…

writes.....   As the protest movement began to burgeon last Friday, September 26th, in the famous commercial areas of Hong Kong and people began to pour on to the streets around the government headquarters in Central,  in Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and Wanchai,  I joined a small band of  25 other residents of the pulsating, consumerist driven metropolis and followed a beacon of light and understan ...

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A Public Presentation in New York by Dario Ergas on his Third Book

The Meaning and Project of the Human Being. Thalia Spanish Theatre, Queens, New York, 9/16/2014 Translated from Spanish by Alejandro Suarez and Patricia Rios Farell Dear friends, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be here with you this September 16th,  2014, in this city of New York,  commemorating the fourth anniversary of Silo’s death, together with friends of Universal Humanism, and with al ...

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Fields of Blood – book by Karen Armstrong

Comparative religions expert Armstrong (Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, 2010, etc.) provides a comprehensive and erudite study of the history of violence in relation to religion. Kirkus Review The author’s global perspective is epic in scale and begins with the very dawn of human history. She begins the book by asserting, “[m]odern society has made a scapegoat of faith,” and she ends by noting that th ...

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Interview to Georgina Hassan, Argentinean singer and songwriter who has joined the campaign for October 2 #diadelanoviolencia #nonviolenceday

Buenos Aires, September 8, 2014 1. Georgina, we know you're working on a new album / book called Calculus. Can you tell us a little about how did this third album of your career came about? Tornasol began brewing when I was pregnant with my daughter Violet. It was a very beautiful and inspiring time. I found the need to move away from my familiar places. In this way songs in Spanish and some in Portuguese w ...

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