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What does living and working for social issues mean in the age of the global village? From the point of view of universal brotherhood, here is a series of contributions: from economics to sport, from politics to justice through to the communications media, and much more. Thought-provoking ideas, both great and small, to help individuals and communities to be aware of the heritage in which we are all immersed.

 

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The culture of life

“In every family is the life of the others as precious as one's own? Here is the seed of the culture of life, that should underlie every law and every social structure”.


Biological life, from conception to death, has an intrinsic dignity, which bestows upon each person a per se value. This dignity originates from the psycho-biological singularity, which is an objective scientific datum, about which everybody agrees. Indeed this uniqueness allows to understand the value that every single person has, her inner life, her thoughts, beyond any possible philosophical, religious, or ideological difference. Each person represents a unique and singular aspect of the richness of life, and she can express herself only if both the environmental and cultural contexts allow her to do it. Confronted with the ever new discoveries of science and technique, a natural need appears, namely the need to help society in promoting an integral culture of life, that can take into account every expression, phase, and condition. A unanimously shared value of life should be the base of any political and social committment.

Under this point of view, let us try and highlight what already exists:

1) Are there in your city cultural, institutional, voluntary actions, that show particular concern for the beginning and the end of life?
2) In your city are there  experiences of health operators, rearchers, citizens, which are perceived as innovative and look at the patient as a whole, at not only under a sheer bio-medical (i.e. illness, diagnosis, therapy) point of view?
3) In your city are there institutions or voluntary experiences, that give value to the solidarity attitude from citizens, and therefore give a contribution to participation to community life from sick, elder and disabled people, and their families?
4) Are there social agencies taht promoted the development of services for people with specific diseases?

Environment and Education to Health

Quite a number of the improvements occurred in the last decades in the field of health, mainly in rich countries, are due to better natural environmental conditions and to the diffusion of healthier living habits. Both aspects call for the committment of educational agencies and the choice of single citizens as well, besides specific actions by political institutions.  However, education to healthier living habits may clash with the interests of strong economic powers, such as food and tobacco industries.  It is widely proved (sometimes through legal reimbursement actions) that these economic agents spread misleading opinions, above all among vulnerable population layers, in order to promote  habits, which are profitable for the producers, but highly risky for the public health.

A healthy environment and a proper health education, aimed at fighting the obnoxious messages coming from the mass media, are a  specific responsability not only of national institutions, but also of local ones. Opinion groups and citizen associations should cooperate as well.

1. In your city do you see a proper level of attention to public health in non-sanitary areas, such as the public transportation system, schools, housings, waste treatment, parks, cycle lanes, sport facilities, etc.?
2. In your city does there exist an educational committment to a healthy life-style (nutrition, abstention from tobacco and so-called recreational drugs, abstention from an exaggerated use of alcohol, sport, free time and relax, etc.)?
3. What kind of practices are used in order to promote them? (in the families, at school, and in all other places where youth spend their time, relying on mass media and internet)?
4. In your city are there mutual help associations that work for people with unhealthy behaviours?

The shape of the city. The city that shapes (forth part)

The shape of the city
The city that shapes

Ideas and proposals to help us know better where we live
(Forth part)

 

Summary

1.    The city: does it still exist?
2.    Cityfest: focusing on the city
3.    Knowing and loving one’s city
4. Describing, exploring and imagining one’s city

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Health and Society. Let us measure the health conditions in our city

On August 28 2008 the "Commission  on Social  Determinants of Health" presented its three-year-work results to the General Director of WHO in a volume titled “Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health”.
The direct link between income and health, the so-called social gradient, was already highlighted in the past, mainly putting in evidence wrongs and inequalities as avoidable causes of illnesses, exisisting between developing countries on one side and richer ones on the other. However, what the Commission  uncovers in a candid way, is the existence of  “social gradients” even inside a single nation. The Commission puts foward a number of recommendations, and presents concrete examples of actions that can be undertaken, in order to “close the gap in a generation”.
Notwithstanding its true scientific character and its validity, this report could not collect all the experiences, that exist in our cites at all levels and with multifarious bearings. Indeed we try and bring these same experiences to light, helping us with some questions:

1. Are there in your city voluntary associations or experiences, that aim at improving the health conditions of elders, disabled people, kids, immigrants?

2. In your city does everybody have equal opportunity to access fundamental goods such as water, food, a house, electric power, a job, etc.?

3. Are there in your city voluntary associations or experiences, that aim at reducing all the inequalities that exist among classes, generations, genders in the health sector?

The shape of the city. The city that shapes (third part)

 

The shape of the city.

The city that shapes

 

Ideas and proposals to help us know better where we live

 

(Third part)

Summary
1. The city: does it still exist?
2. Cityfest: focusing on the city
3. Knowing and loving one’s city

4. Describing, exploring and imagining one’s city


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Mary and the city - Address of Benedict XVI (8 December 2009)

“The city, dear brothers and sisters, is all of us!” These are just some of the words of the act of homage Benedict XVI paid at the feet of the Immaculate Conception's statue in Piazza di Spagna in Rome, during the traditional ceremony on December 8th.
“I wish to pay tribute publicly to all those who in silence, not with words, but with deeds, make an effort to practice this evangelical law of love, which sends the world forward” said the pope in another passage of this speech. We propose below the text in its full version.

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The shape of the city. The city that shapes (second part)

The shape of the city.

The city that shapes

Ideas and proposals to help us know better where we live

(Second part)

 

Summary
1.    The city: does it still exist?
2.    Cityfest: focusing on the city
3.    Knowing and loving one’s city
4.    Describing, exploring and imagining one’s city

 

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Meeting the band ‘Nuove Tribù Zulu’

tribuzulu‘Nuove Tribù Zulu’ is a musical band based in Rome. Their music is being appreciated by an ever growing number of people throughout the world.


by Paolo Balduzzi - Rome (Italy)

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The shape of the city. The city that shapes. (First Part)

The shape of the city

The city that shapes

 

Ideas and proposals to help us know better where we live

(First part)



Summary
1.    The city: does it still exist?
2.    Cityfest: focusing on the city
3.    Knowing and loving one’s city
4.    Describing, exploring and imagining one’s city

Read more ...

Subcategories

Economy and Work

Our society is made up of people who are constantly building relationships: in the family, in places of recreation and even at their places of work where creativity, competence and commitment bring about that which is the “good” for all. Economy and work therefore represent two fields where the human and spiritual patrimony of every person can be put to the service of the community. These are privileged spaces where one can combine the needs and wants with the resources and opportunities.

Ethnicities and Cultures

One often hears of education towards awareness of being people of the same world and awareness of other cultures as a way of overcoming prejudices. Universal brotherhood takes on yet another dimension both on the theoretical level as on the level of social action: it is the appreciation of diversity as a value to be shared and “promoted” on the levels of ideas and experiences for the good of all.

Social Ethics

There is a bond between spirituality and social commitment that is summed up in ethics: the spiritual elevation of the individual guides it to responsible action in every environment. In the Gospel and in the Scared Books of the other religions there exists the so called Golden Rule, “Do to others what you wish others will do to you”: here is the proposal for a public set of ethics that is easy to translate into the ethics of history.

Health: Person, Environment

Thinking of “the common good” by thinking first of the well-being of the individual is a sure way of finding previously unimagined solutions, but also for sharing ideas and proposals to better the quality of life in our cities, even from the ecological point of view. From the global to the particular, the commitment to health and psychophysical well-being generates a good life which is part of a better society.

Social Harmony and Art

There is a profound relationship between space and society: the quality of the environment in which we work, live and relax also has a decisive influence on the kind of relationships and therefore on the quality of life of every person. Looked at from the angle of fraternity, human relationships and the inhabitants’ need of beauty can point to solutions and ideas that will have the whole person at the center and therefore ”furnish a house” that is good for all.

Education and Culture

The human and cultural formation both of the individual and of society is a fundamental richness for society. If fraternity is a way of thinking and acting seen from the pedagogical aspect, it can propel a united model of research that will bring out the direct relationship between theory and practice, between words and concrete life. This is because the idea of the common good also depends on the idea of the person who is being referred to.

 

Social Communication

It is necessary to communicate in order to live as a family. The means of social communication are instruments of a reciprocity which grows and matures every relationship between people and between cultures and favors a personal and common research into the truth and sense of the development of humanity. 

Politics and P.A.

Politics, which aims at bringing together the needs and the resources of a particular society, aims at the synthesis of the active forces, encourages the operations of the associations and brings about order in the multiple aspects of the lives of its citizens. New Humanity comes into play in order that every citizen becomes a subject of politics, recognizing the social ties that bring together the destinies of nations and people in the perspective of a more united world. It is a project that promotes fraternity as a political category where the principles, which cannot be renounced, of the dignity of the individual, of liberty, of fairness, of subsidiarity and of justice, find their realization.

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