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Itinerary of Pope Francis for his pastoral visit

The Holy See Press Office published today (11.00 am Irish time) the itinerary of the Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral visit to the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland (WMOF) on 25 and 26 August.  Please see details of Pope Francis’ itinerary below. Apostolic journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families ...

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Hospitality of Heart

The Feast of the Sacred Heart (today) 8th June 2018, is a Feast of particular significance to Presentation Sisters and Presentation People everywhere.  The text which follows is an extract from a talk given by Sr. Raphael Consedine, PBVM   speaking at the Nano Nagle Bicentenary Seminar on 28th April 1984, in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin.  She articulates a profound ...

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An ecological conversion

It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ecological conversion, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident ...

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Act On Climate

The very conditions on which human civilization has depended for the last 12,000 years are threatened by human ideologies, actions and systems that perpetuate climate change. Today, untruth competes with truth to muddy the issue of climate change. The faith community can transcend divisions and bring together people of different perspectives to seek the truth and work for a moral revolution ...

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Pilgrim Journey

As part of the Opening Session on the first day of the Congregational Gathering (CG2018) each of the delegates were individually called forth by the Congregational Leadership Team to receive a blessing symbolised by the light from the CG2018 Candle. They made a commitment to participate fully in the Gathering. ‘This solemn moment of calling forth evoked in us a ...

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Beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency

The Sustainable Development Goals, a new global social contract among nations, offer a unique opportunity to move to an integrated, universally relevant, and potentially transformative global development agenda. Trade-offs among various SDGs are unavoidable. Following the principles of sustainable consumption and production, is the most efficient strategy to avoid trade-offs and create synergies. If we are sincere in our aspirations of ...

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Work is love made visible

“All bread is to be shared – that is revolution. We are called by Jesus, the son of Joseph, the worker, in this celebration of the Eucharist to change and to be transformed and to turn the world upside down. The first reading by Kahlil Gibran spoke of:  What it is to work with love? It is to weave the cloth ...

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Launch into the deep

Presentation Sisters first arrived at St John’s in Newfoundland from Galway, Ireland in 1833 to set up a school there.  Another journey led the Congregation of Presentation Sisters  in Newfoundland and Labrador to come together with the Union of Presentation Sisters. The Decree of Fusion of the Congregations was granted by the Vatican in November 2014 and celebrated officially in 2015. Together with ...

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Mary, Mother of the Church

Today, Monday 21st of May marks the celebration of the new feast day proclaimed by Pope Francis, the Feast  of “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church”.  This  feast will forever follow Pentecost Sunday.  In creating this feast Pope Francis wants the church to reach for a “Marian character,” or to become increasingly Mother-like. That idea of Mary interceding ...

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Walking the Walk

Throughout the almost three and a half weeks of the 2018 Presentation Sisters Congregational Gathering (CG2018) delegates were very much aware of the real reason they had all converged in Ireland, drawn from 16 countries around the world.  It was and is all because of one woman, Nano Nagle, and because in our world “people still suffer and cry out for ...

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