sabato 4 novembre 2017



                                                                                  EPISCOPIA GRECO-CATOLICĂ DE ORADEA


                                                                   FRYDAY 10th NOVEMBER  - Grek-Catholic High School

10.00   Welcome - Bun venit - UMEC-WUCT Council of Presidents Meeting
Visit of the School/Vizita școlii - Visit City Fortress and Cathedral/Reception in Bishop’s Palace
17.30   Festive opening - Artistic moment - Speeches: Country School Inspectorate
Delegate/Delegat dinpartea Inspectoratului Școlar Județean Bihor - Local Authority Delegate/Delegat al autorității locale

   SATURDAY 11th NOVEMBER - Aula Magna Oradea’s Seminary 

S.E. Vincent Dollmann, Ecclesiastical Assistent UMEC-WUCT, A. Bishop, Strasbourg
Guy Bourdeaud’hui, President UMEC-WUCT
            S.E. Virgil Bercea, Greek-Catholic Bishop, Oradea/Episcopul Greco-Catolic de Oradea
            S.ELászló BöcskeiLatin Bishop, Oradea/Episcopul Romano-Catolic de Oradea
            Emmanuel Banywesize, University “Gouvenance Economique et Politique », Congo RD
            Italo FiorinDirector of the International Post-Graduate School EIS (Educare all'Incontro e alla Solidarietà) , Roma
            John LydonSt.Marys’ University, London
            Ionuț PopescuHead of Oradea’s Greek-Catholic Faculty of Theology
             Belen TangcoSt. Thomas’ University, Philippines
            Adrian PodarLiceul Greco-Catolic, Oradea

            Holy Mass  Latin rite (12.30 h)

                                                                                                                     SUNDAY 20th - Oradea’s Seminary

09.00   Holy Mass, Oriental rite - Church of the Seminary -
10,30   UMEC-WUCT Council of Presidents Meeting
12.30   Conclusions

RECLAIMING THE PIAZZA II - Catholic Education and the New Evangelisation

Since  the  day of  Pentecost  the Church  has  never  ceased responding  to  the  Lord’s  command to proclaim the Gospel to all people.
The  content  of  this  proclamation – the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God – has never changed.
What  is  ‘new’  and  continues  to develop is  the form  by which that same  Gospel  is  proclaimed  with fresh enthusiasm, in a contemporary and comprehensible language, with methodologies  capable  of transmitting  the  deepest sense of God’s unchanging Word.
In  the  last  decades,  as the cacophonies  of  secularism, relativism, individualism,  materialism,  and  indifference  have continued to  blare, many have become deaf to the Word of God and live without ever noticing the absence of God as a real absence in their lives.
Yet, it is within this cultural context that Catholic schools and universities have the extraordinary opportunity to ‘make the deaf hear’ ….
We  must  understand  better  how  these  privileged  places  for  the development  of  human  thought  and  personal  formation  will  become communities where critical thinking is encouraged, to allow each student to contribute meaningfully to the common good through the witness of his or her personal faith.
The  theoretical  and practical contributions  made  by  the  authors  of  this book will serve as a helpful roadmap for this critical reflection.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Leonardo Franchi, Reclaiming the Piazza II , Publication October 2017, 978 085244 899 1    200 pages £12.99

venerdì 3 novembre 2017

UNESCO - Commission on Education - General Conference 2017

Prof Belen Tango, WUCT-UMEC Counsuelor, ,  with Dr. Margarita Consolacion C. Ballesteros, Director IV, International Cooperation Office, Department of Education, Republic of the Philippines; and Dr. Lucio Sia  (member of the International Committee for Teacher Education), charge of UNESCO Centres worldwide. 

The three of us used to work for the OER (Open Educational Resources) project of UNESCO and the Commission on Higher Education, Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines, with the Collaboration of the SEAMEO- Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Office. 

giovedì 2 novembre 2017

UNESCO Opens 39th Session de la Conference General

Paris, 2017, October 31 –November 15

Some 150 countries were represented by their respective Presidents/Vice-Presidents at the Plenary Session of October 31, 2017, held at Hall 1 of the UNESCO building, Paris.
The Prof. Belen Tangco is a representative of UMEC-WUCT

The President of the General Conference, delivered the Welcome Words citing the essential role of UNESCO in procuring security of journalists, promotion and security of technology, and  address of the concerns in Climate Change. She underscored the need for understanding and confidence in accomplishing UNESCO 'S tasks.
Director-General Irina Bokova traced the historical journey of UNESCO. She shared that UNESCO was born in 1945 for healing and building foundations beyond government; peace and dialogue were worked out.
           Cultural dialogues were needed as part of inevitable reforms. She thanked everyone for being present, as presence speaks of commitment to peace and reform. The Director- General was given acclamation and testimonial celebration as she bids adieu at the end of her successful term.

President Hery Rajaona Rimampianina of Madagascar calls for Professional Development and Quality Education, development of the youth,socio-cultural development, and preservation of world patrimony such as UNESCO's.
President Bakir Izetbegovic of  Bosnia & Herzegovina expresses joy over an existing strong relation between Bosnia and UNESCO. He is happy about the inclusion of the Cultural Heritage of Bosnia in the International Peace Agreement. He stresses the need for resilience of spirit in order to rebuild heritage.
Vice- President Mohammad Sarwar Danes of Afghanistan speaks of a bitter historical journey. Now, with democracy and will of the people, a progressive Constitution is in place. In the last three years, much has been accomplished: access to education; improvement of technology; provision of justice and human rights, judicial reforms, women empowerment and strengthening of accountability in all branches of government.
Several Commissions have. been at work. The Commission on the Budget did not have an easy task. Proposals have been under debate and revisions were made.. The Commission on Education has been scheduled to present Proposals, looking forward to Education 2030. As it has been described by the Director-General, " bold and ambitious."

Prof. Belen L. Tangco, OP,   PhD, PhD. - UMEC-WUCT Counselor - 

domenica 29 ottobre 2017

Re)Thinking Europe – a Christian Contribution to the Future of the European Project

                                         DE  - EN  - ES  - FR  - IT

  I am pleased to join you at the conclusion of your Dialogue on the theme (Re)Thinking Europe – a Christian Contribution to the Future of the European Project, sponsored by the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE).  In a particular way I greet the President of the Commission, His Eminence Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and the Honourable Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and I thank them for their kind words.  To each of you I express my deep appreciation for your active contribution to this important discussion. Thank you!
           In these days, your Dialogue has allowed for wide-ranging reflection on the future of Europe from a variety of viewpoints, thanks to the presence of leading figures from the ecclesial, political and academic sectors, and from civil society as a whole.  The young have been able to present their expectations and hopes, and to share them with their elders, while these in turn have drawn on their own reflections and experiences.  It is significant that this meeting was intended above all to be a dialogue, pursued in a spirit of openness and freedom, for the sake of mutual enrichment.  It has sought to shed light on the future path of Europe, the road that all of us are called to travel in surmounting present crises and facing challenges yet to come.
To speak of a Christian contribution to the future of the continent means, before all else, to consider our task, as Christians today, in these lands which have been so richly shaped by the faith down the centuries.  What is our responsibility at a time when the face of Europe is increasingly distinguished by a plurality of cultures and religions, while for many people Christianity is regarded as a thing of the past, both alien and irrelevant?
Person and community
           In the twilight of the ancient world, as the glories of Rome fell into the ruins that still amaze us, and new peoples flooded across the borders of the Empire, one young man echoed anew the words of the Psalmist: “Who is the man that longs for life and desires to see good days?”[1]  By asking this question in the Prologue of his Rule, Saint Benedict pointed the people of his time, and ours as well, to a view of man radically different from that of classical Greco-Roman culture, and even more from the violent outlook typical of the invading barbarians.  Man is no longer simply a civis, a citizen endowed with privileges to be enjoyed at leisure; no longer a miles, a soldier serving the powers of the time; and above all, no longer a servus, a commodity bereft of freedom and destined solely for hard labour. 
         Saint Benedict was not concerned about social status, riches or power.  He appealed to the nature common to every human being, who, whatever his or her condition, longs for life and desires to see good days.  For Benedict, the important thing was not functions but persons, not adjectives but nouns rather.  This was one of the foundational values brought by Christianity: the sense of the person created in the image of God.  This principle led to the building of the monasteries, which in time would become the cradle of the human, cultural, religious and economic rebirth of the continent.
         The first and perhaps the greatest contribution that Christians can make to today’s Europe is to remind her that she is not a mass of statistics or institutions, but is made up of people.  Sadly, we see how frequently issues get reduced to discussions about numbers. There are no citizens, only votes.  There are no migrants, only quotas.  There are no workers, only economic markers.  There are no poor, only thresholds of poverty.  The concrete reality of the human person is thus reduced to an abstract – and thus more comfortable and reassuring – principle.  The reason for this is clear: people have faces; they force us to assume a responsibility that is real, personal and effective.  Statistics, however useful and important, are about arguments; they are soulless.  They offer an alibi for not getting involved, because they never touch us in the flesh.
          To acknowledge that others are persons means to value what unites us to them.  To be a person connects us with others; it makes us a community.  The second contribution that Christians can make to the future of Europe, then, is to help recover the sense of belonging to a community.  It is not by chance that the founders of the European project chose that very word to identify the new political subject coming into being.  Community is the greatest antidote to the forms of individualism typical of our times, to that widespread tendency in the West to see oneself and one’s life in isolation from others.  The concept of freedom is misunderstood and seen as if it were a right to be left alone, free from all bonds.  As a result, a deracinated society has grown up, lacking a sense of belonging and of its own past. And for me this is serious.......


DE  - EN  - ES  - FR  - IT

venerdì 27 ottobre 2017


« Il est urgent d’apporter une réponse mondiale 
aux millions d’enfants privés d’école »
Pour Alice Albright, directrice du Partenariat mondial pour l’éducation, la création d’un fonds mondial pour l’éducation s’inspirant de ceux existant pour lutter contre les pandémies est nécessaire.
Plus de 260 millions d’enfants et d’adolescents ne sont pas scolarisés dans le monde et 93 millions d’entre eux vivent en Afrique subsaharienne, selon les chiffres des Nations unies.

L’éducation n’est pourtant plus une priorité de l’aide internationale, dont la part consacrée à ce secteur, environ 16 milliards de dollars (13,5 milliards d’euros) par an, stagne depuis 2010. Elle recule même dans les pays les plus pauvres. En 2016, le rapport sur le financement de l’éducation dans le monde confié à l’ancien ministre britannique Gordon Brown, puis, il y a quelques semaines, le rapport annuel de la Banque mondiale sur le développement, pour la première fois consacré à l’éducation, ont mesuré les risques de voir une partie non négligeable des futures générations privée d’accès à l’école. La directrice générale du Partenariat mondial pour l’éducation (PME), Alice Albright, appelle à une « réponse urgente et massive », à la mesure des initiatives prises au début des années 2000 pour faire face aux grandes pandémies. Selon elle, le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme ou l’Alliance mondiale pour les vaccins et la vaccination (GAVI), dont elle a été la directrice financière de 2001 à 2009, sont des exemples dont il faut s’inspirer pour s’attaquer à « la crise de l’éducation ».

mercoledì 25 ottobre 2017


When the sky above la Manche is clear, the UK coast can be spotted from the northern coast of France. Thirty-four kilometres separate the white cliff of Dungeness from continental Europe; a distance that after the vote on Brexit, weighs like a rock in the thoughts of those who believe in the European dream.
However, a referendum vote does not erase the historical and cultural link between the UK and the continent. If London has decided to leave the EU, it does not leave Europe. Put another way, geography cannot be erased by a referendum vote.
               This is not simply rhetorical. Even after a Brexit, people will remain European on both sides of the Channel. They will continue to be sons and daughters of principles that have fought against particular interests, hate and blind ideologies that have overshadowed Europe for centuries.
               In the UK, as in any other European country, from the largest metropolis to the most rural village, people will continue to desire peace and democracy, pluralism and equality, rule of law and human rights; and the image they will have in mind will be the yellow stars on the blue background of the European Union flag.
               Weakened by Brexit and a general Euroscepticism, the European project remains the only peace guarantee for the continent. That is why it is necessary to nourish and renew it with individual and collective efforts to put the dignity of the human person and the common good at the centre of European policies.
               The European Church and its bishops, key players in European society, are committed to this effort and intend to make their contribution - a Christian contribution based on the Church's Social Doctrine - to the future of the European project. In this context, one of the main initiatives is the organization of (Re)thinking Europe, an international and multidisciplinary forum of dialogue between Church and political leaders that will take place in the Vatican from 27 to 29 October.
               Marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, which first embodied the idea of ​​the European Union, (Re)thinking Europe is organized in the form of a dialogue, thus emphasizing a free and respectful exchange of ideas, different experiences and opinions. Instead of a congressional approach or division of roles, (Re)thinking Europe will consist of a discussion between men and women, political actors and representatives of the Church. Indeed dialogue will be the tool to (re)think Europe, the European Union - the peace project for the continent.

Mgr Gianni Ambrosio
COMECE vice-president

giovedì 19 ottobre 2017


         Grand fête pour l’OIEC 
 (Office international de l’Enseignement Catholique)

        Un nouveau bureau à Rome.

Le secrétaire général de l’OIEC , M. Philippe Richard à accueilli les participants à la cérémonie inaugurale des nouveaux locaux (situé in Via Aurélia, dans les bâtiments de la Congrégation des Frères Christians) : S.E. le Secrétaire de la Congrégation Catholique, Mgr. Vincenzo Zani,  et des représentants des écoles catholiques dans diverses régions du monde et des associations catholiques.
Mgr Zani a mis en évidence le grand travail que les écoles catholiques jouent dans le monde et son rôle en tant que lieu de rencontre et  l’OIEC comme « atelier pédagogique » pour assurer aux écoles catholiques de haute qualité.
L'UMEC-WUCT était représentée par le Secrétaire général qui a souhaité « bonne route » à nom du Comité exécutif de l'Union.
Sur la photo: Mme Rosa Musto, représentante du Ministère italien de l'Éducation, M. Giovanni Perrone, secrétaire général de l'UMEC-WUCT, Mgr. Vincenzo Zani, secrétaire de la Congrégation pour l'éducation catholique, M. Philippe Richard, secrétaire général de l'OIEC, M. Oscar Perez Sayago, secrétaire général de la Confédération Interaméricaine de l’Education Catholique (CIEC).