Friday, September 30, 2011

My message at the Ukrainian Prayer Breakfast

Your Excellencies, 
Your Eminences, 
Distinguished participants, 
Dear friends,

It is wonderful to see how we all, from different backgrounds and in different languages, are praying the Lord’s Prayer together:  the prayer that unites all Christians from all different denominations and from all different countries and cultures all over the world. It is thus not a coincidence that the prayer starts with the expression “Our Father”. However, the word “our” is at first surprising, as I would expect the Lord’s prayer to start with the expression “My Father”, since I am used to pray for my health, my work etc.  Nevertheless, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ taught us to pray using the words “give US our daily bread”, “lead US not into temptation” and so on. I think this has to do with the fact that Jesus wanted to teach us to look not only to the Father, but also to those around us! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Stop torture of Dzmitry Dashkevich!

On 27 September 2011 the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party together with theYoung Front” and theYoung Belarus” issued a joint statement demanding to end torture of the Dzmirty Dashkevich, the “Young Front” leader and member of the BCD. This statement is signed by the co-chairmen of the Belarusian Christian Democrats, deputy chairman "Young Front" and the chairman of the "Young Belarus" movement

Stop torture of Dzmitry Dashkevich!
The leader of the "Young Front", Dzmitry Dashkevich, is kept in inhumane conditions in prison. The pressure, which was exerted on him since the illegal arrest of 18 December 2010, has now turned to open torture. He is deprived of sleep and food and experiences constant psychological assault.

The health and life of the young political leader and sincere Christian is in serious danger.

We demand to end to torture of Dzmitry Dashkevich! We demand the immediate release of all political prisoners and their full rehabilitation!


Thursday, September 15, 2011

ECPM publication online: Freedom of Faith & Conscience

Dear friends,

I am happy to inform you that you can now find the ECPM publication: Freedom of faith and conscience online. You can turn the pages by clicking on it. This publication was made based on the results of the ECPM annual congress held in the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, 23-25 June 2011. The congress was organized by the ECPM in collaboration with the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate and the Ecumenical Prayer Group of the Romanian Parliament. After the conference I collected articles from 15 authors from all over Europe, to highlight different views of this primordial topic.

The online publication is in eBook format. You can just click on the publication and when the second window opens you can turn the pages by clicking on the arrow.