Inspired by all the inputs and motivated by the vision and mission of VIVAT International to seek justice, promote peace, and preserve the integrity of creation, we renew our commitment to upholding human rights by working towards the eradication of poverty, restoring the rights of indigenous peoples, preserving creation, upholding sustainable development and working for structural and political change. [read…]
On September 24–29, 2012 VIVAT International held a workshop for its members in Indonesia and Timor Leste at the Retreat House of Siloam in Kuwu, West Flores – Indonesia. The workshop was attended by 80 [read…]
It is with this conviction that I pass on the presidency of VIVAT International to Sr. Ma. Theresia Hörnemann. And as I do so, I would like to thank the out-going officials and members of the Board for their selfless service – Sr. Judith Vallimont, SSpS (outgoing Board member), Fr. Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD (outgoing Board secretary), Sr. Zelia Cordeiro dos Santos, SSpS (outgoing ET Chairperson). My thanks also go to the many confreres and sisters in the field who have collaborated and continue to do so with the Executive Team in New York, our representative in Geneva, and the Board of Directors in Rome. [read…]
All the Provinces reported on their JPIC activities. Included in their reports were the following topics: HIV /AIDS treatment, prevention and rehabilitation; Street Children; Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Land alienation and tribal lands; Children; Women; Domestic/Migrant Workers; People affected by leprosy; the Physically and mentally challenged individuals; and Rag Pickers. Additional reports were given on initiatives for income generation, vocational training and the conflicts in the Middle East (Palestinian Rights), Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The reports stressed the importance of networking both with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the governments for the rights of the people. [read…]
We, members of VIVAT INTERNATIONAL, a Non-Governmental Organization of missionary Congregations, network for the respect of human life and the safekeeping of the environment through lobbying, sharing of information and advocating with the instances where decisions are made, nationally as well as internationally. [read…]
VIVAT was established as an NGO in the year 2000 by the Divine Word Missionaries and the Missionary Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit. In his letter to the SVD and SSpS, Antonio Pernia,SVD said “We anticipate that this will give us the opportunity to witness at what Pope John Paul II has called ‘the new Areopagus’. … [read…]
VIVAT International had the opportunity, alongside the Working Group on Mining, to meet with Mario Sepulveda. He was one of the Chilean miners who endured the 69-day ordeal of being trapped underground. Beyond his joking nature, Mario surfaced from the mine as one of the leaders of the group who helped carry the 33 miners to survival through his humor and strong spirituality.
En América Latina y el Caribe, observamos que la mayoría de nuestros pueblos viven realidades que impiden que las personas se desarrollen de una manera plena como seres humanos creados a imagen y semejanza de Dios. Existen alianzas entre los gobiernos con empresas transnacionales que buscan su propio lucro en contra del bien común y la integridad de la creación. Observamos que existe una “mafia de redes perversas” en la trata de personas, de armas y de tráfico de drogas, que promueven guerrillas, violencia, inseguridad, muerte, desplazamiento y destrucción sistemática de la naturaleza. [read…]
Los religiosos y religiosas de los diferentes Institutos: Misioneros Combonianos del Corazón de Jesús, Hermanas Misioneras Combonianas, Sociedad del Verbo Divino, Misioneras Siervas del Espíritu Santo, Misioneros Oblatos de María Inmaculada, Hermanitas de la Asunción, Religiosas de la Asunción, provenientes de México, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Cuba, miembros de ” VIVAT Internacional”, Organización No Gubernamental con Estatus Consultivo con el Consejo Económico y Social de las Naciones Unidas (ECOSOC) y Asociado al Departamento de Información Pública (DIP) de las Naciones Unidas, nos hemos reunido en Quito – Ecuador con la finalidad de conocer la visión, objetivos y propósitos de VIVAT International y compartir nuestras experiencias pastorales y otras actividades enfocadas en Justicia, Paz e Integridad de la Creación.
On April 15-17, nine congregations gathered together for a Vivat North America workshop in Washington, DC. These congregations included: Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, Divine Word Missionaries, Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Adorers of the Blood of [read…]