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Justice for All: People and Planet

Justice  for All: People and Planet ‘Love  one another & spend yourselves for the poor’. The provincial Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission will hold a Day for Justice on November 24th, 2018 at Mount St Anne’s, Retreat and Conference Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois, exploring the theme: ‘Justice For All: People and Planet’. The keynote speaker is ...

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It’s not enough to be good

On 14th October during the Synod of Bishops on young people, the assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador, Óscar Romero will be proclaimed a saint. Romero was shot dead on March 24th 1980 as he was saying Mass in El Salvador. In his three years as archbishop, he had become an outspoken voice for the poorest people of his country, caught ...

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Feast day of St. Francis

Today October 4th, is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, patron of animals, birds, conservationists and naturalists.  He was born in 1281, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant.  As a young man he fought in the war between Perugia and Assisi. He was taken prisoner and became very ill. He returned home ...

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The sacredness of being seen

On today, the Feast day of St. Vincent De Paul (renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity), we pray for all of those who dedicate their lives to working and living alongside those made poor.   See http://www.svp.ie/feastday For a someone to feel that they ‘have been seen’ and are ‘made visible’ through the love and care they receive, makes love ...

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A Prayer for our Earth

The beautiful icon of Nano Nagle created by the artist Desmond Kyne is alive with colour and symbolism that enables us to get to know ‘…who Nano was and who she is today’.  It depicts a young and vibrant ‘Nano’ which seems to be so apt, especially in this tercentenary year of her birth (1718) when her living legacy continues ...

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How should we live?

A recent article prompted me to think outside the usual way of seeing things in relation to lifestyle choices and care of our common home.  Among many valuable thought provoking points made in the piece, I have chosen to mention those which struck a particular chord in relation to continuing to walk lightly on the Earth. There is a  need to ...

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Light in today’s wilderness..

Nano Nagle carried the light of her lantern, and the light of the Gospel into the darkness, desolation and discrimination endured by the people of God in Ireland under the Penal Laws. ‘Because the world still needs the Gospel and Nano’s lantern light, it is timely to remember Pope Francis’ challenge to go beyond the comfortable spaces, places and territories ...

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Against Human Trafficking

‘The persistent work of Catholic sisters against human trafficking continues, as the world focuses today on efforts to stop the exploitation of humans for cheap labour and sex’ – says Chris Herlinger in his article in the Global Sisters Report today.  (see full content of this article on link below). On today (30th June) UN World Day against Human Trafficking, ...

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Season of Creation

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world will unite to pray and care for creation. It is the “Season of Creation,” and it is happening from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to La Paz.  The theme for this year’s celebration is “walking together”.  There are endless ways as a community to show you are on a journey towards better ...

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Peace in Nicaragua

Violence has racked the country of Nicaragua since April 18th.  More than 360 people have died in conflict between forces of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and opposition protesters, who are calling for his resignation. President Ortega has been in power since 2007 and is on his third mandate, along with his wife Rosario Murillo, the Vice President.  Yet it has all ...

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