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Sisters combatting human trafficking

Sisters combatting human trafficking

July 30th was the World Day Against Trafficking of Persons. Across the world, a further opportunity to raise awareness of disturbing developments and trends while profoundly aware of all those committed to a life of action, education and advocacy beyond this ‘one-day’ focal point.  This news piece is an opportunity to give a flavour of the responses shared by Global Sisters ...

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Still places …

Mount St. Anne’s Retreat & Conference Centre is once again offering its annual full-time Sabbatical Programme from 1st to 28th October 2023.  There are still some places available – however, you would be advised to contact immediately as to availability and additional information if you are interested in participating.  See Brochure for Sabbatical Programme October 2023, with general information as ...

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90th anniversary celebrations

90th anniversary celebrations

Mount St. Anne’s Retreat & Conference Centre nestles in the very beautiful pastoral landscape of the midlands with distant views of the Wicklow/Dublin mountains to the east and the gentle slope of the Slieve Blooms to the south, combined with rolling parkland and stately trees to create an atmosphere of serenity.  One has the strong sense that the very walls and ...

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WYD – go in haste!

The momentum is building as we are on Day 5 of the count down to the start of the #WYD2023 in Lisbon Portugal from 1-6 August 2023.  The energy and excitement is almost palpable on all media platforms with a very real sense of a global and local network of joy-filled young people making this pilgrimage. Let us go in ...

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Another moment of truth

On 10th July the UN issued The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2023: Special Edition which provides a powerful call to action, presenting a candid assessment of the SDGs based on the latest data and estimates.  While on 17th July a group of economists and leaders in the fight against extreme inequalities from around the world sent an open letter to ...

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From age to age

As the Third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly approaches on Sunday, 23 July the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life renews its invitation for Christians to celebrate the event by attending Mass or visiting those who are alone. Sunday, 23 July, marks the Third World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The theme chosen for this year is  ...

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Plant dreams, awaken hope

Planting dreams, awakening hope

The extraordinary synodal journey is not one that the Catholic Church is embarking on alone. The recently published Instrumentum Laboris – working document – for the forthcoming October assembly in Rome devotes a whole section to Christian unity and how the Catholic Church can learn from other traditions.  Pope Francis has emphasised, the synod is not about producing documents but ...

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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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A love without measure

A love without measure

The image of a heart has a resonance with everyone – young and old alike.  Poetically, and cross-culturally in the contemporary world of today the heart is a symbol of the human centre — our emotions, loves, passions, desires, a source and engine for life-giving actions. The heart has the capacity and potential to open us to care for all ...

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Loving our neighbour in a digital world

Loving our neighbour in a digital world

How do we, as individuals and as an ecclesial community, live in the digital world  “loving our neighbour”, genuinely present and attentive to each other on our common journey along the “digital highways”? “Towards Full Presence” is the title of a document released by the Dicastery for Communication that offers a pastoral reflection on people’s engagement in the digital world. ...

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