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PRESS RELEASE The International Vincentian Family signed the document calling the world to solidarity and action to protect the homeless from Covid-19

Among the one hundred signatures that call the world to solidarity and action to protect the homeless from the spread of COVID -19, we must mention the International Vincentian Family. This list, intended to continue to grow with the signatures of more institutions and individuals, can be viewed at https://covid19-protecting-screening-rehousing.com/ and includes the signatures of many beneficent associations and organizations that are active in different parts of the world.

The premise of this appeal is based on the vulnerability of the most fragile members of society at this complex moment, individuals such as those who are homeless, refugees, and those who already live in precarious conditions. The petition of these associations arose from this stated reality and it is for that reason that they request that the people included in the aforementioned categories be given priority in the COVID-19 screening test process. These men and women are at tangible risk of becoming infected with the virus, and their precarious living situation is an aggravating risk factor. Neglecting these individuals can only worsen the overall epidemiological situation. Therefore, urgent priority measures must be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the protection of the homeless.

In order to protect the homeless and vulnerable individuals in general, it is essential: to promote access to safe and appropriately hygienic housing that allows isolation … thus controlling the possible transmission of the virus (in the present common housing conditions, such quarantine is impossible); to guarantee basic needs including food and access to health care; to provide necessary equipment for the reduction of risk (masks and gowns); since so many services and shelters are closed, there is a need to provide these vulnerable individuals with access to counseling and assistance; in light of the lack of safe alternatives to public space, there is a need to protect the homeless from punitive policy measures. 

A proactive and systematic research policy is also needed. For obvious public health reasons, there is an urgent need to conduct Covid-19 tests on homeless people and refugees and to separate those who test positive and thus control the spread of the virus. At the same time there a need to test volunteers and medical personnel who are in daily contact with these vulnerable groups of people as well as to keep people sheltered. In light of the economic impact of the crisis, it is necessary to establish structural solutions for access to housing, which has become, more than ever, a public health imperative.

Elena Grazini

Press Office 

Famvin

+39 338 190 24 36

elena@elenagrazini.it

PRESS RELEASE A Delegation of the Vincentian Family Participated in the 58th Session of the Commission for Sociation Development at the United Nations

Last week, a delegation of the Vincentian Family participated in the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development (New York). There was much satisfaction with this event that began in 2017 at the time of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Vincentian charism. It was during that celebration that a decision was made to join together in the worldwide struggle against homelessness.

Following in the footsteps their founder, Saint Vincent de Paul, the Vincentian Family has identified homelessness as a very serious social “scourge”. Thus, there is am urgent pressing need to provide people not only with a roof and a floor, but to provide people with a home, a place where they can raise a family in a safe and secure environment, a place of peace and a place of belonging.

With this objective, the Vincentian Family has committed itself to become part of a working group on homeless and joined together with forty-one other organizations to bring this matter to the attention of the United Nations.

Throughout its long history of 75 years, rarely has there been any mention of “Homelessness”. The lack of a clear definition of the problem has led the member states and international organizations to ignore one the fundamental rights of humanity, the right to housing. Therefore, the working group to end homelessness has advocated in a tireless manner to include this theme on the agenda of the UN. The result of this process is seen in the fact that the 58th Session of this Commission has now placed homelessness on the agenda of the UN.

This is a revolutionary achievement that, without a doubt, should be viewed as a milestone in this journey that still needs much work and commitment. The fundamental aspect is that each country must analyze this problem, define it and quantify it so that an appropriate policy can be created to address the issue of homelessness within a country. In the last two years, the Working Group has developed a draft resolution for the Member States and has also established partnerships with the missions of the Member States at the United Nations. These two combined efforts resulted in a resolution of the United Nations that gave the following theme to this current year: “accessible housing systems and social protection systems for all, to address homelessness.”

The publication of a document shared by all and signed by all is certainly not the immediate solution to the problem of homelessness, but it is at least one way to start addressing this issue in a global manner.

It should be noted that during this session of the Commission more than sixty parallel events were organized, closely followed by NGOs from around the world. All of this allowed the participants to dialogue, deepen their understanding of the issues, get to know each other and, above all, understand that the path that has been initiated, is now a path shared by many and that this Commission for Social Development has initiated a worldwide movement.

Elena Grazini

Press Office

For the Vincentian Family

+39 338 190 24 36

elena@elenagrazini.it

PRESS RELEASE On April 19th, appointment with “The Thursday of the Leoniano” At 6:30 pm, appointment with the meditation of S.E. Mons. Rino Fisichella

Pope Francis, in the meeting with journalists a few days after his election, about the choice of his name, said “ How I would like a church that is poor and for the poor!”. With this spirit, “to walk towards a Church poor and for the poor”, in full harmony with the Vincentian Charism – of which the Worldwide Vincentian Family celebrated the 400th anniversary of its foundation –, the Leonean Apostolic College in Rome organizes “The Leonean Thursday “, A series of meetings, from January to May, open to all, promoted by the Vincentian Family.

On 11 January the cycle of meetings began with the biblical scholar, Prof. Rosanna Virgili, who spoke on the sentence taken from the First Letter of St. John the Apostle: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 Jn 3:18).

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PRESS RELEASE The message about Syria from the Vincentian International Network for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (VIN-JPIC)

Five years ago, the leaders of the United Nations’ humanitarian organizations made an urgent appeal to all those who could put an end to the conflict in Syria and asked them to enact all possible efforts to save the Syrian people. “Enough is enough,” they said, of so much suffering and bloodshed. That was five years ago. Today, the bloodshed continues. And the suffering is further aggravated by the possible international escalation of armed conflict.

From its office at the United Nations, the Vincentian International Network for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (VIN-JPIC) joins in deep solidarity with the call that Pope Francis sent out today: “While I continue to pray unceasingly for peace, and invite all people of good will to do the same, I renew my appeal to all those with political responsibilities to ensure that justice and peace prevail … nothing can justify the instruments of extermination against the population … I ask that policy makers and the military choose the other path, that of negotiation, the only one that can lead to peace and not to death and destruction.”

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PRESS RELEASE :On March 8, appointment with “The Thursday of the Leoniano”

Pope Francis, in the meeting with journalists a few days after his election, about the choice of his name, said “ How I would like a church that is poor and for the poor!”. With this spirit, “to walk towards a Church poor and for the poor”, in full harmony with the Vincentian Charism – of which the Worldwide Vincentian Family celebrated the 400th anniversary of its foundation –, the Leonean Apostolic College in Rome organizes “The Leonean Thursday “, A series of meetings, from January to May, open to all, promoted by the Vincentian Family.

On 11 January the cycle of meetings began with the biblical scholar, Prof. Rosanna Virgili, who spoke on the sentence taken from the First Letter of St. John the Apostle: “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 Jn 3:18).

In February, at the beginning of Lent, the meeting had as its theme “The vocation to follow poor Jesus” and was held by bishop Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II.

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PRESS RELEASE – Today is the 2nd meeting of “Thursdays at the Leonian”

Pope Francis, during a meeting with journalists a few days after his election, commenting on the election of his name, said the following: “How I would like a poor Church and for the poor!”. In this spirit, “walking towards a poor Church and for the poor”, in full harmony with the Vincentian Charism, the 400th of which the Vincentian Worldwide Family has just celebrated, the Leonian Apostolic College in Rome organized “Thursdays at the Leonian”, a cycle of meetings, from January to May, open to all, sponsored by the Vincentian Family.

On January 11 the cycle of meetings began with Professor Rosanna Virgili, biblicalist, who spoke about a sentence taken from the First Letter of Saint John: ” My Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth” (1 Jn 3:18).

On February 15, at the beginning of Lent, the theme of the meeting will be: “The Vocation to Follow Jesus Poor,” which will be presented by Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and Great Chancellor of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II.

The following month, on March 8, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi will comment on a phrase from Psalm 33 (34): “When the poor cry, the Lord hears it.”

At the time of Easter, Bishop Monsignor Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, to whom the Pope entrusted the pastoral care of Shrines, will offer on April 19 a meditation on the sentence of Saint John Chrysostom: “If you want to honor the body of God, do not despise him when he is naked.”

On May 3, closing the cycle of meetings, Mr. Luigino Bruni, editor of Avvenire and professor of LUMSA, will address the theme: “The Our Father: the prayer of the poor.”

The meetings will be held at 6.30 pm, at the Leonian Apostolic College, on via Pompeo Magno 21. For more information, contact:

Father Valerio, tel. 06/328021 – email: padrevaleriocm@gmail.com.

More information:

Elena Grazini
Communication
338 190 24 36
elena@elenagrazini.it

 

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