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Different Pasts, Shared Future

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on the 20th June.  This year the week runs from 18-24th June 2018.  The theme for this year’s Week is ‘Different Pasts, Shared Future’. The 2018 event marks Refugee Week’s twentieth anniversary. Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the ...

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A food kitchen arrives

Ten days ago when Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on June 3, villages, coffee farms and a golf resort downslope were consumed in just minutes by a pyroclastic flow — a fast-moving mixture of hot gas and volcanic rock that happens when an eruption releases mixtures that are denser than air, it forms a toxic landslide, careering downhill at speeds of ...

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A new partnership announced

Presentation Sisters  and DCU’s Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education have announced a three-year partnership to enable research into community-based adult religious education and faith development in Ireland today. Over three years from September 2018, a postdoctoral researcher based at the Centre will provide a broad picture of current provision in adult religious education in Ireland, conduct quantitative and qualitative research ...

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Itinerary of Pope Francis for his pastoral visit

The Holy See Press Office published today (11.00 am Irish time) the itinerary of the Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral visit to the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland (WMOF) on 25 and 26 August.  Please see details of Pope Francis’ itinerary below. Apostolic journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families ...

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Hospitality of Heart

The Feast of the Sacred Heart (today) 8th June 2018, is a Feast of particular significance to Presentation Sisters and Presentation People everywhere.  The text which follows is an extract from a talk given by Sr. Raphael Consedine, PBVM   speaking at the Nano Nagle Bicentenary Seminar on 28th April 1984, in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin.  She articulates a profound ...

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An ecological conversion

It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ecological conversion, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident ...

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Act On Climate

The very conditions on which human civilization has depended for the last 12,000 years are threatened by human ideologies, actions and systems that perpetuate climate change. Today, untruth competes with truth to muddy the issue of climate change. The faith community can transcend divisions and bring together people of different perspectives to seek the truth and work for a moral revolution ...

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Pilgrim Journey

As part of the Opening Session on the first day of the Congregational Gathering (CG2018) each of the delegates were individually called forth by the Congregational Leadership Team to receive a blessing symbolised by the light from the CG2018 Candle. They made a commitment to participate fully in the Gathering. ‘This solemn moment of calling forth evoked in us a ...

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Beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency

The Sustainable Development Goals, a new global social contract among nations, offer a unique opportunity to move to an integrated, universally relevant, and potentially transformative global development agenda. Trade-offs among various SDGs are unavoidable. Following the principles of sustainable consumption and production, is the most efficient strategy to avoid trade-offs and create synergies. If we are sincere in our aspirations of ...

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Work is love made visible

“All bread is to be shared – that is revolution. We are called by Jesus, the son of Joseph, the worker, in this celebration of the Eucharist to change and to be transformed and to turn the world upside down. The first reading by Kahlil Gibran spoke of:  What it is to work with love? It is to weave the cloth ...

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