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NE Province Justice Day 2019

Province Justice Day ~ Tuesday, 26th November 2019 “How do we ‘carry Nano’s Lantern’ … and ‘hear the cry of the Earth and those kept poor’ ”? Today, more than ever before, we need people like Nano Nagle*.  We need people of courage who are prepared, if necessary, to ‘spend themselves’ for love of the poor and of the planet. ...

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Is chocolate worth this suffering?

The world’s chocolate companies have continually missed deadlines to uproot child labour from their cocoa supply chains in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Next year, they face another target date and, industry officials indicate, they probably will miss that, too. About two-thirds of the world’s cocoa supply comes from West Africa where, according to a 2015 U.S. Labour Department report. More ...

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Canticle of the Sun

St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day it is today (4th October) believed that everything in the natural world was a gift from God and deserved to be appreciated and valued.  Because of this, Francis in his ‘Canticle of the Sun’  refers to the sun, wind, air, and fire as his brothers, and to the moon, stars, earth, water, and death ...

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The people’s acorn

In December 2016, President Michael D. Higgins announced that sculptor Rachel Joynt had won the prestigious competition to create a 1916 themed sculpture for Áras an Uachtaráin. The winning design, was\entitled ‘Dearcán na nDaoine / People’s Acorn’ and used the symbolism of an acorn’s journey from small seed to majestic oak, to commemorate the past events of the 1916 Rising ...

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The courage for encounter

Like very many others, I have followed the daily world media reports on the recent fourteen day journey of Greta Thunberg the sixteen year old Climate Activist from Sweden as she took on the gruelling challenge of sailing to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit in September.  I have been mesmerised by someone so young courageously taking up ...

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What beauty is for …

Every time of year and season has its beauty if we have the ‘eyes’ to see. However, more often than not, that beauty beckons ‘heart to heart’, without us having to do anything at all, other than just be present to it.  This experience  can help  confirm in us a realisation of  ‘what beauty is for’.  The poet Mary Oliver ...

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World Day of Prayer for Creation

Pope Francis has established the 1st September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. The day is inspired by Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared Earth.  He calls us ...

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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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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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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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