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The taste of bread

the taste of bread

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the city of Matera (Italy) on the 25th September at the conclusion of the 27th National Eucharistic Congress, reminding Christians there is no eucharistic worship without compassion for the poor. During his homily the Pope reflected on the Gospel of Luke which tells of the rich man and the poor Lazarus. Echoing the theme of ...

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Building the future

Building the future

The World Day for Migrants and Refugees is Sunday 25th September.  Every single day is often a huge  survival challenge for Migrants and Refugees.  World Days are important as they focus our attention, prayers and actions in a world where information fatigue can often interfere with our capacity to open our hearts and minds to understand what our contribution can ...

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Protect & heal God’s creation

The Season of Creation begins on September 1, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and ends on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology beloved by many Christian denominations. Throughout the month-long celebration, we come together in an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action for our common home. ...

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We journey together in communion

On August 16th,  the Irish Bishops’ Conference published the National Synthesis of the Synodal Process on www.synod.ie.  The Synodal Process has been conducted across the Church in Ireland from Autumn 2021. “The publication the National Synthesis is the fruit of a wide-ranging process of listening and consultation drawing on the syntheses produced by the 26 dioceses in Ireland, as well ...

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Day of Indigenous Peoples

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on 9 August every year.  The theme for 2022 is: “The role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge”. “The vastness of this land makes us think of the lengthy path of healing and reconciliation that we are facing together.”     During  these days, reflecting on ...

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Listen to the voice of creation

listen to the voice of creation

Yesterday, 21st July, Pope Francis released his Message for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of  Creation 2022 which opens this year’s Season of Creation 2022 on the 1st September and concludes 4th October, the Feast of St. Francis.  This is a special time for all Christians to pray and work together to care for our common home.  The very ...

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A new pact on education

There is an urgent need to humanise education, focusing on the centrality of the person and creating the necessary conditions for an integral development. Giving children and young people a proper autonomy and the necessary leadership will make it possible for each one to grow inwardly, as part of a living, interdependent, and fraternal community. In sharing a common destiny, ...

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Hearing creation’s call

living laudato si

“The effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by our decisive action, here and now.” (LS 161) Heavenly Father, creator of life and peace. In this journey of synodality, may our brothers, sisters, plants, animals and future generations experience the grace of climate justice and equality throughout all hemispheres of the Earth. Open our hearts to listen to ...

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Listening with the ears of God

listening with the ears of God

In his Message for the World Day of Communications 2022 (29th May) Pope Francis speaks about ‘Listening with the ears of God’. He quotes St. Paul: “faith comes through listening” (cf. Rom 10:17). But in fact he says the initiative is Gods. A God who wishes to communicate with us.  A God who speaks to us, and to whom we respond by ...

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Reconciliation with Creation

Reconciliation with creation

Laudato Si’ Week 2022, from May 22-29  (the 7th anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care) offers the opportunity to unite  globally in listening and responding together ‘to the cry of creation’.  It’s time for a ‘Reconciliation with Creation’.  We need to seize it  as a vital opportunity to  intensify our efforts through the dynamic Laudato Si’ Action Platform, ...

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