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Do not turn your face away

Do not turn your face away

On the 13th June (Memorial of St. Anthony of Padua, Patron of the Poor) Pope Francis published his Message for the 7th Annual World Day of the Poor, on Sunday 19th November, 2023.  The theme for this year’s Message is:  “Do not turn your face away from anyone who is poor” (Tob 4:7)  This Message is a reflection on the Book of ...

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Our ecological conversion

our ecological conversion

Today, all of us are rediscovering our fragility. We are rediscovering that inhabiting the Earth as a common home requires much more of us.  It requires solidarity in accessing the goods of creation as a “common good”, and solidarity in applying the fruits of research and technology to make our “Home” healthier and more liveable for all. In this, we ...

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Not doing enough fast enough

Not doing enough, fast enough

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has confirmed our worst fears. We are not doing enough and we are not doing it fast enough. We are facing warming beyond 2 degrees meaning irreversible change and mass extinction. What we know for certain is that the world’s poorest will be the hardest hit, that those who have contributed least ...

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Celebrating Pope Francis – 10 years on

Celebrating Pope Francis

Ten years have passed since 13 March 2013, the day Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the See of Peter. Pope Francis’ pontificate has been marked by a passion for evangelisation and a constant journey to reform the Church to make it more missionary. A decade during which new processes have been initiated, and the Church has been enriched in  ...

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Do not lose heart

As we open our hearts and minds to Spring, to all the possibility and to the emergence of all that light calls forth, by participation, we also open ourselves wider to all of creation that takes in both its breathtaking beauty and its abject suffering. Some time ago I read the original piece written  by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D entitled: ...

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Recognise, discover, promote, build

Wednesday, 8 February, is the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese nun, who as a child had the traumatic experience of being a victim of human trafficking. Organised by Talitha Kum , the Unions of Superiors and Superiors General of Religious Institutes together with representatives from an international group of partner organisations, are promoting a Day of Prayer and Awareness ...

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Brigid – a woman of peace

St. Brigid of Ireland

St. Brigid of Ireland, Brigid also spelled Brigit or Bridget, also called Brigid of Kildare or Bride (Irish Bríd) was born, according to tradition in Fochart, near Dundalk, County Louth. She died c. 525, in  Kildare. Her feast day is February 1.  She is remembered as virgin and abbess of Kildare, one of the patron saints of Ireland. Little is known of her life but from legend, myth, and folklore. According to these, she ...

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Speaking with the heart

Speaking with the heart

Speaking with the heart ~ “The truth in love” (Eph 4:15) After having reflected in past years on the verbs “to go and see” and “to listen” as conditions for good communication, with this Message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications (21 May 2023), the focus by Pope Francis is on “speaking with the heart”.  (See full text HERE) ...

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Restoring hope through justice

Restoring hope through justice

We reach the final day of the octave of prayer for Christian Unity (18 to 25 January 2023). The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is celebrated, as an ecumenical initiative in which Christians from all over the world belonging to different traditions and confessions, gather spiritually in prayer for the unity of the Church.  The theme of this ...

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Praying for Unity amidst Injustice

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is traditionally celebrated between January 18 and January 25 – originally the octave of St Peter and St Paul. ‘Be-Longing: Praying for Unity amidst Injustice’ is the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2023. “As we join with other Christians around the world for this year’s Week of ...

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