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Editorial 8

Two lighthouses to light up the journey through our year: The first lighthouse was erected by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation, the JOY of the GOSPEL, and continues to bring us a bright shining light. The second, to mark out the ocean, was planted this time by the European Union with the implementation of a “European year for development” for 2015

The first lighthouse was erected by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation, the JOY in the GOSPEL, and continues to bring us a bright shining light:

No to an economy of exclusion and social inequality!... No to the new idolatry of money!” (EG 53-55-57 etc…) In developing a “globalisation of indifference”, is it possible that we may become incapable of feeling compassion when faced with the cry of suffering from others? In a society “which overloads us with information without discernment”, could we be led to “a terrible superficiality” when dealing with the difficult moral questions put to us?

We must face this vigorous refusal and these unavoidable questions head on with humble lucidity.

And the Pope, through his evangelical insight, shows us the real reason for the current storms in our society: a major anthropological crisis, “the denial of the primacy of the human being”. (EG 55) He specifies that, as a result, “an education which teaches critical thinking and encourages the development of mature moral values, has become necessary” (EG 64.) What realism! What a comfort and a joy for all those with a vocation to teach! What an invitation to show hope-filled boldness and devotion!

Yes, let’s welcome Francis’ petition: “Let us not allow ourselves to be robbed of missionary vigour!” (EG 109)

A new academic year to get ready for the year 2015, the “European Year for Development

And here is a second lighthouse to mark out the ocean, erected this time by the European Union:
the implementation for 2015 of a “European year for Development”, voted by the members of the European parliament on 2nd April 2014.

Indeed, each year, the European Union chooses a theme to give more visibility to certain actions and to raise awareness among the European citizens. But it is the first time that a European year is devoted to a policy that goes beyond the confines of the Union. The text’s rapporteur insists on the importance placed on the dignity of each human being, a cause that does not stop at our continent’s borders. The slogan chosen “our world, our dignity, our future” aims at reflecting this firm commitment.

In this respect, the Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has declared that the European Year will provide “an unparalleled opportunity [...] to showcase our strong commitment to eradicating poverty worldwide and to inform them how every Euro of support helps to make a difference in the lives of so many, in some of the world’s poorest countries .”                      

This is perfect for confirming our orientations and renewing our energy for us, the various ODNs organisations: let’s continue to work towards contributing to the projects published on this website. They are all located in extremely poor countries, with this “extreme poverty” that leads to helplessness, invisibility and silence for the people suffering from it on a long-term basis, and even ruins their efforts to escape from it ….

Yes, let’s welcome our Pope’s beliefs again: “We Christians remain steadfast in our intention to respect others, to heal wounds, to build bridges, to strengthen relationships and to bear one another’s burdens” (EG 67).