Margaret Cotter, former YCW Nat.President passes away

Margaret Cotter, former National President of YCW-India (Girls) and a member of CCI passed away on 13 December 2009 after a brief ailment in Sydney, Australia.
 
Margaret was instrumental along with others to merge both boys and girls movement into one Movement in the year 1979. She initiated a mass action against 'iron ore dust pollution' from the port affecting the neighbourhood community in Royapuram, Chennai, India. It is only now that many organisations talk about 'environment' but the YCW and Margaret initiated actions to protect the environment more than three decades ago. In Sydney she was working for the Council and was organising her co-workers to discuss problems in the community.
 
Days before her death she told her family that she was going to ask God 'Why did you bring me to you so soon when I have still things to do back on earth?'
 
That is a reminder to hasten our initiative to build a new world. May her sould rest in peace.

Cardijn Conference in Australia

posted 19 Oct 2009, 22:23 by CCI Media   [ updated 19 Oct 2009, 22:44 ]

The Conference on the theme 'Rediscovering Joseph Cardijn for the New Millennium' was successfully organied by CCI-Australia at Cardijn College, Adelaide from the 9th to 11th October 2009. According to reports received there were a little over 60 delegates comprising YCS and YCW leaders, former YCSrs and YCWrs and staff members and students of Cardijn College.

Group discussions followed after presentations on the following 5 topics: Formationfor Living, Lay Vocation, The Dignity of Work, Creating Systemic Inquiries for Adults and Cardijn's Gift to the Church as an Institution. The delegates assured to follow various possibilities in the future including promoting YCS in secondary schools around the country with the collaboration of the Bishops' Conference of Australia.

The Conference ended with a mass in the Cathedral by Archbishop Philip Wilson who spoke glowingly about the Cardijn mission and he said that he had big plans for the CCI for future.

The Planning Committee is meeting on Saturday 12th December 2009 at Holy Eucharist Prish in St. Albans for the whole day to have a review and to concretise plans for the future.

Stefan Gigacz, International Coordinator represented the International Coordination of CCI.

We congratulate the organising team for the successful organisation of a National Conference in just a year after the founding of CCI in Australia.

 

posted 2 Oct 2009, 01:37 by CCI Media   [ updated 16 Mar 2010, 03:04 ]

 

Charles Santiago, M. P. in International Coordination

posted 18 Aug 2009, 23:35 by CCI Media

Charles Santiago, former national leader in Malaysian Y.C.W. and currently Member of Parliament in Malaysia is the new Resource Person to the CCI International Coordination.
 
While welcoming Charles to the International Coordination we wish him all success in his endeavours in the political arena in his country. We are confident that with his guidance and experience, the International Coordination will go forward in fulfilling the vision of the network.
 
Charles Santiago, M. P.

New and dynamic Asia-Pacific Coordination

posted 18 Aug 2009, 03:17 by CCI Media

The following are the members of the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination elected at the 2 day CCI- General Assembly in Malaysia on the 9th August 2009.

1.       Paul Sinnappan (Malaysia)

2.       Rungrote Surakit (Thailand)

3.       Ms Glynis Joseph (India)

4.       Ms Paulina James (Malaysia)

5.       Francis Mane (Singapore)

We wish the team all success in their endeavours.

 

New members in the International Coordination

Owing to the exit of one of the members elected at the last General Assembly in Chennai, India in February 2008, 2 new members were elected as members of the CCI International Coordination. They are:

1.       Ruki Fernando (Sri Lanka)

2.       Ms Rebecca Sinnappan (Malaysia)

We welcome the new International Coordination members and wish them all the best.

 

CCI Launched in South East Asia

posted 18 Aug 2009, 03:06 by CCI Media   [ updated 19 Aug 2009, 07:58 ]

The 2 day CCI-SE Asia Meet (which in fact turned out to be an Asia-Pacific Meet) was inaugurated by the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Most Rev. Murphy Pakiam on the 8th August 2009.

35 delegates from Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the 2 day meet. Representatives from local NGOs and social activists from Malaysia were also present for the Symposium on ‘Peace Education for Sustainable Development’. Jerald Joseph from Pusat Komas, Malaysia who took the session led the group into a dynamic interactive method to understand the need for peace education.

At the end of the day, the participants adopted a resolution calling all heads of governments, United Nations Organization,  civil society organisations, NGOs, worker movements, youth movements ,  religious and secular bodies to give priority in their agenda for ‘Task of Peace Education’ which is an urgent need.

At the end of the day, the participants adopted a resolution calling all heads of governments, United Nations Organization,  civil society organisations, NGOs, worker movements, youth movements ,  religious and secular bodies to give priority in their agenda for ‘Task of Peace Education’ which is an urgent need.

The study sesson on the second day on ‘My Community’ was an eye opener to many which led to the discovery of the socio,economic, cultural and political scenario in their community and in the society at large.

The importance of SEE-JUDGE-ACT method in our day to day life and review was stressed by all the leaders who gave testimonies of their experiences.

Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament in Malaysia; Paul Sinnappan, Office for Human Development, Malaysia; Ruki Fernando, Sri Lanka; Susairaj, India;  Fr. Niphote, Thailand; Rungrote Surakit, Thailand presented testimonies.

A new team for Asia-Pacific was elected at the end of the meet. 2 new team members were also inducted into the International Coordination.

 

      A section of the participants with Archbishop Murphy Pakiam               Inaugural Session - Archbishop with International Coordinators

International Coordinators meet Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur

posted 21 May 2009, 07:37 by Ruben Joseph   [ updated 31 Aug 2009, 01:30 by CCI Media ]

    M. J. Ruben and Stefan Gigacz, CCI International Coordinators met  Archbishop Murphy Packiam on May 21, 2009 and invited him to inaugurate the CCI-SE Asia Meet at Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 8, 2009. While willingly consenting to come, the Archbishop showed keen interest to listen to the experiences of the lay leaders and the efforts of CCI in promoting Cardijn's spirituality, vision and methodology. He also reminisced his association with the YCW and its leaders at various levels and felt that there is a need to revive participation of the people in local communities
 
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Sri Lankan human rights activist receives Korean Church award

posted 24 Apr 2009, 18:56 by Stefan Gigacz

CCI Sri Lanka member, Ruki Fernando, has won the 2009 Tji Hak-soon Justice and Peace Award for his service to victims of ethnic conflict in his country, UCAN News reports.
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Marius Rukshan Fernando

"I am very happy and honored to receive the award," said Marius Rukshan Fernando during the award presentation on April 21 in Seoul. "At the same time I feel sad because many people are still being killed."

Fernando was speaking to about 150 people from human rights and Church groups at the annual ceremony, the 12th since the award, honoring the late Bishop Daniel Tji of Wonju, was launched in 1997. The award includes a US$10,000 cash prize.

Korean Bishop Tji was jailed in 1974 for his involvement with dissident student activists. He was a leading senior spokesperson for the Korean Catholic Church against former military rulers in South Korea until he died on March 12, 1993, at the age of 72. The award honors those who carry on his spirit.

Fernando has worked as coordinator for the Law and Society Trust in Sri Lanka since 2007 in which he has committed himself to investigating and revealing the truth to the United Nations of those arrested or murdered by the Sinhalese-led government.

He was Asian coordinator for the International Young Christian Students and chief coordinator of the peace desk of the Social and Economic Development Center (Caritas-SEDEC), the Sri Lankan Catholic bishops' social service agency. He also worked at the Bangkok-based Forum-Asia where he ran a program supporting and protecting human rights activists.

The Sinhalese-Catholic pointed out that while only 16 percent of Sri Lanka's population is Tamil, most victims of Sri Lank's ongoing civil war are Tamils. "It is why I have to side with Tamils," he said in an interview.

Tamil rebels under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group have been waging a war of independence against the Sinhalese-led government since 1983. The conflict has since claimed close to 80,000 lives.

Fernando stressed that "even if the government wins the war, the problem will remain because discrimination against Tamils is older than the war against the LTTE." He noted that the LTTE has also killed people.

Fernando also pointed out that some ethnic Tamil Catholic priests, active in protecting the human rights of Tamil people, were also killed.

Church media have reported that Father Nicholas Pillai Pakiaranjith, 40, was killed on Sept. 26, 2007 in a blast from a claymore mine while he was driving food and supplies to displaced people near Kilinochchi, in an area under the control of Tamil rebels.

Father Mariampillai Xavier Karunaratnam, a Jaffna diocese priest was killed on April 20, 2008 by a mine explosion in the jungle area of Vanni, then under LTTE control, while on his way back to his church after celebrating Sunday Mass in a parish sub-station.

Another priest, Father Thiruchelvam Nihal Jim Brown, 34, disappeared on Aug. 20, 2006, in Jaffna diocese's Allaipiddy parish, near Jaffna town.

Polycarp Choe Jae-seon, chairperson of the award's selection committee, said during the award presentation that Fernando had visited the Jaffna area, in Sri Lanka's northern tip where many Tamils were killed or had disappeared, tens of times. He had risked his life to investigate the reality there and reveal it to the world.

Fernando also officially raised the case of the three Catholic priests with the United Nations, said Choe.

CCI Convenor MJ Ruben offered his congratulations to Ruki Fernando on behalf of the movement.

SOURCE: Sri Lankan human rights activist receives Korean Church award

CCI Australia plans conference

posted 15 Feb 2009, 01:31 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 31 Aug 2009, 01:48 by CCI Media ]

 
 CCI-Australia held a planning meeting in Adelaide on February 13, 2009. Convenor Kevin Vaughan reports that people came from Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane with apologies from Port Pirie and Bendigo.
 
"We are especially pleased that Ann Norman from Brisbane and Geraldine Crane from Canberra, author of the book, Ordinary Young Women Doing Extraordinary Things, the story of the Girls movement in Brisbane 1945-1970, were able to attend and make their contributions.
 
 




The meeting confirmed that the CCI Australia National Conference will take place on the  9,10,11 October 2009 at Cardijn College Adelaide.

"Every effort will be made to attract as many people as possible who have had an association with and or who are interested in the Cardijn mission and method," Kevin Vaughan said.

"We plan to meet again in June to finalise our arrangements for the conference
," Kevin said.

CCI backs new appeal to Sri Lankan president

posted 6 Feb 2009, 18:05 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 2 Apr 2010, 02:07 ]


People for Harmony

People's Network to Promote Sustainable Social Harmony

58, Chinna Kulandai Main Street, Maduma Nagar, Perambur, Chennai-600 011, India

Media Statement

 

Passionate plea to Rajapakse works, at least momentarily

 

While political parties vie with one another in condemning the Sri Lanka government in strongest terms, a non political people’s forum has made a passionate plea to President Rajapakse to end hostilities and to protect the Tamils in the island nation.

 

In a message addressed to the President of Sri Lanka on February 3, People for Harmonyforum stated “we are disturbed and distressed to hear news reports that hospitals and civilian areas are being shelled by the security forces resulting in loss of lives of medical staff and civilians”.

 

“Through this appeal, we request the President of Sri Lanka to take all necessary steps to protect civilians at all costs, wherever they are. We need not emphasize the fact that it is the responsibility of the government to protect its people. After all the Tamil population is also the citizens of the country”.

 

Referring to shelling hospitals and civilian areas, the message said only terrorists resort to such inhuman acts and that they hope these reports are not true.

 

“Even if they had taken place, we assume that these calamities take place without the active consent and knowledge of the President of Sri Lanka and do hope and pray that he will issue immediate orders ensuring the safety of the innocent people of his own country”.

 

Stating that in a normal situation the citizens will try to save their life by going to the Safety Zone but if they are not, it could be only due to reasons beyond their control, the Forum claimed. “We therefore appeal to the President of Sri Lanka to protect the lives of his own people at all cost. We make this appeal since it is a humanitarian problem needing immediate attention”.

 

As if responding to this appeal, in a surprise melt down move, during his nationally televised address on the country's 61st Independence Day on February 4, President Rajapakse broke into Tamil, assuring the people of the community in the embattled north and other parts of the country of their well-being and equality in status. 

”We all were born to the same mother”, he said indicating that everyone, including Tamils were Sri Lankans first” 

"It is my responsibility as the head of the state to take care of all sections of people," he said.

 

People for Harmony forum has also appealed for UN intervention in its message sent to the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

 

Though the President’s speech is encouraging, reports and images of civilian casualties, particularly women, children and the aged are distressing and does not reflect the assurance of the President to ‘take care of all sections of people’, according to M. J. Ruben, Convenor of People for Harmony forum. In solidarity with all the Indians, the forum wishes for peace and harmony to return in Sri Lanka.

 

People for Harmony forum was formed in the wake of atrocities against Christians in Orissa (India) in August 2008 by a few social activists including Cardijn Community International.

 

M. J. Ruben

Convenor

February 6, 2009

People for Harmony

posted 5 Feb 2009, 21:43 by Stefan Gigacz   [ updated 31 Aug 2009, 01:51 by CCI Media ]

CCI-India is a founder member of the People's Network for Sustainable Social Harmony (People for Harmony).

People for Harmony's appeal to the President of Sri Lanka is reproduced below.





People for Harmony

People's Network to Promote Sustainable Social Harmony

58, Chinna Kulandai Main Street, Maduma Nagar, Perambur, Chennai-600 011, India

February 3, 2009

 
Respected President of Sri Lanka
Colombo. 

 

Appeal to the President of Sri Lanka to protect civilians at all costs

 

On behalf of all peace loving citizens of India, we appreciate the statement issued by the government of Sri Lanka guaranteeing protection to all its civilians in the Safety Zone. However, we are disturbed and distressed to hear news reports that hospitals and civilian areas are being shelled by the security forces resulting in loss of lives of medical staff and civilians.

 

Through this appeal, we request the President of Sri Lanka to take all necessary steps to protect civilians at all costs, wherever they are. We need not emphasize the fact that it is the responsibility of the government to protect its people. After all the Tamil population are also the citizens of the country.

 

No civilized society can accept targeting civilian areas who have no say or control of the conflict between warring factions and more so, it is unethical to target hospitals where the injured and afflicted are being treated. Only terrorists resort to such inhuman acts. We hope these reports are not true. Even if they had taken place, we assume that these calamities take place without the active consent and knowledge of the President of Sri Lanka and do hope and pray that he will issue immediate orders ensuring the safety of the innocent people of his own country.

 

In a normal situation the citizens will try to save their life by going to the Safety Zone but if they are not able to go, it could be only due to reasons beyond their control. We therefore appeal to the President of Sri Lanka to protect the lives of his own people at all cost. We make this appeal since it is a humanitarian problem needing immediate attention.

 

We hope that peace will return to Sri Lanka soon. We appeal to all concerned to approach the issue on the basis of humanism and find amicable solution to restore harmony in the country between all sections of the people. We appeal to the President to initiate steps to end hostilities and avoid loss of precious lives.

 

Yours in Harmony,
All the members and organisations

affiliated to People for Harmony.


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