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With you always

With you always

Pope Francis has instituted a Church-wide celebration of a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Starting this year, it will be held on the fourth Sunday of July (Sunday 25th July 2021) close to the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.  The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this inaugural commemoration is “I am ...

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Mothers to the Earth

The publication of the encyclical letter “Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home” by Pope Francis, on 24th May 2015 was truly a landmark moment –  a vital reference document of theological and spiritual impact, a rich meditation, and  a practical signpost on collaboration, as well as a call to each of us individually, and together, to acknowledge our ...

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The need for work

The need for work

May 1st is the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker.  The Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (8 December 2020) was written  by Pope Francis, for this year dedicated to St Joseph (from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021).  The Letter provides a direct inroad into the heart of this man Joseph, spouse of Mary, who was a beloved, tender, ...

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Those women at the tomb

Those women at the tomb of Jesus!  Pope Francis shared the following  powerful reflection (recorded by Vatican Radio) at the Easter Vigil on 4th April 2015. The Easter Vigil is a time for us “to enter into the Mystery which God has accomplished with His vigil of love.” That was the message of Pope Francis as he celebrated the Easter ...

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From ashes to light

ashes to light

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow February 17th.  As we start our Lenten Journey (from cross to resurrection and from ashes to light) let us do so in appreciation of the opportunity it offers to simply and hopefully reconnect to that deepest knowing of what resurrection actually means, and how it is, and can continue to express itself in every moment of ...

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Close to our sick sisters & brothers

our sick sisters & brothers

In these times we are sharing a very profound journey of prayer, care and support for those whom we know who are sick in our family, our neighbourhood and in our community. We also experience a strong sense of closeness, interconnection and fraternity with our sick sisters and brothers throughout the world. At the same time this experience is a ...

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All brothers & sisters

The WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE – February 2nd, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul declaring the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple as World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. On this day in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5.30 pm (Rome Time)  there will a  service of celebration of  Consecrated Life.  In ...

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“Come and see”

Come and see

“Come and See” (Jn 1:46). Communicating by Encountering People as They Are Every year on the Sunday before Pentecost the Church celebrates the achievements of the communications media and focuses of how it can best use them to promote gospel values.  This year, the 55th World Day of Communications takes place on the 16th May 2021 On Saturday, 23rd January ...

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Day for Consecrated Life

Consecrated life

WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE – February 2nd, 2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul declaring the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple as World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. St. John Paul II established the World Day for Consecrated Life in 1997 to be celebrated in conjunction with the feast of the ...

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Abide in my love

Abide in my love

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU 2021) is traditionally observed annually from 18 – 25 January.  However, in the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches find another time during the year to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost which is also a symbolic time for the unity of the Church.  The theme for this year ...

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