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Women Humanitarians

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19th August to pay tribute to Aid Workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. The theme of the 2019 WHD is ‘Women Humanitarians’. We honour the work of women in crises throughout the world. We focus on the ...

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‘Nano Alive’ continuing to sing her song

“If we believe, that we, members of the Presentation family have been gifted in differing ways with sharing in that original divine shaft of energy which Nano received, and if we believe that we continue to sing her particular song in the Church and in the world, then certain things follow. The first is that we have a responsibility for ...

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We are not left alone

On August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary.  Although the Assumption of Mary is not recorded in Scripture, the Church has vast historical knowledge regarding this early Christian celebration. After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites there began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to ...

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres said in his message, “The world is indebted to the people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the other A-bombed city, for their courage and moral leadership in reminding us all about the human cost of nuclear war.” Hiroshima marked the 74th anniversary of its atomic bombing by the United States on Tuesday 6th August, with ...

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This beautiful humanity

The 9th August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It is celebrated around the world and marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations in 1982.  Such days are a reminder to us to look wider, and to appreciate, value and celebrate this beautiful humanity. This year’s ...

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World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

“On this, World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres Trafficking in Persons is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Every country in the world is ...

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Blue Fashion Industry

We are being asked to wake up to the environmental and human impacts of the fashion industry – one of the most polluting industries in the world – in the same way as people did when David Attenborough showed the turtle dying from too much plastic in its belly in 2017.  Blue Fashion for a Blue Planet. Here are just ...

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Resistance

This morning I was reading an article that came into my mailbox from the Global Sisters Report as part of their New Horizons column.  It was a piece written by Sr. Susan Rose Francois a member of the Congregational Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.  In it she writes about ‘Choosing to resist for the whole’. ...

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Soul questions

There is something about the silent rhythmic background that all of a sudden arrives unannounced at this time of year, as we begin to  slow down and rest a bit in the light of summer days. This particular light and stillness amidst the ongoing bustle of life, can often bring us to notice and experience the ordinary ‘happenings’ of days ...

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She loved much …

Happy Feast of Mary Magdalene! In the rhythm of the Christian year, this is the day when we especially remember and celebrate this friend,  and disciple of Jesus who, along with other women, provided support for his ministry. For proclaiming the news of Christ’s resurrection, the Magdalene became known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.” Mary Magdalene was a follower ...

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