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Meet A Woman for our times

On International Women’s Day 2018,  as we look to  seek out ‘mighty’ women as inspiration, encouragement and torch-bearers for those most in need today, we need look no further than Nano Nagle – a woman for our times. “Meet a woman whose love was stronger than the viciousness, greed and violence that swamped her city and nation. She was a ...

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Time Is Now – #IWD2018

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8th March 2018, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. This year, this Day comes on the heels of an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines, propelled by a rising determination for change. People around the world are mobilising ...

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Covenant with Creation

In these days, as we emerge gradually from the challenges of  extreme weather conditions we are drawn to look at the world and those around us with different eyes and with an increased awareness that this is ‘our common home’.   Often when we hear the word ‘home’ we  may only think of a physical building and its rooms. But what ...

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The SDG’s can end poverty

The SDGs can end poverty

David Donoghue co-delivered the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a historic global plan to end poverty by 2030.  Ahead of delivering the annual Trócaire Lenten Lecture on March 6th, he gives his thoughts on how to deliver this ambitious agreement. This global agreement – signed by every country in the world – outlines 17 goals and 169 targets for delivering a world ...

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Another voice may speak

It’s beginning to snow out there, and with its gentle falling, in seconds the feathered whiteness covers everything once familiar, transforming it into something light-reflecting and different.  Snow often times brings its own silence to our busy, fast-moving world.  A sudden silence and a change of  environment where all of a sudden we can become less sure-footed,  and less certain ...

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Fairtrade Fortnight – 26th Feb to 11th March

Especially in the coming weeks, as you reach for the teapot or savour your next cup of coffee give a thought as to how the leaves and coffee beans arrived to your table.  There is an alternative approach to conventional trade.  It is based on a partnership between some of the most disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world and ...

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What can I do for Peace?

“Faced with the tragic protracted situations of conflict in different parts of the world, I invite all the faithful to take part in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace on February 23rd, the Friday of the First Week of Lent”. – Pope Francis Announcing this Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace and the end to all ...

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Workers on the move: the quest for Justice

Workers on the move for justice

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants, and we advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. In 2013, migrant ...

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Turning the Tide on Plastic

Turning the tide on plastic

“Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”  ― Pope Francis, Laudato Si A recent study reported in the Irish Times confirms that plastic pollution is affecting ...

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What God will do with it

We are entering the season that begins with a smudge. That smudge is a testimony to what survives. It is a witness to what abides when everything seems lost. It is a sign that what we know and love may, for a time, be reduced to dust, but it does not disappear. We belong to the God who well knows ...

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