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The UN HLPForum 2019 (New York)

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF 2019) is taking place at the UN Building in New York in these days. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. It is a particularly strategic time for such a Forum which provides a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ...

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Emblems of exclusion

In the past days I have been reading and listening to a great many articles in relation to World Refugee Day 2019 (Thursday, June 20th 2019).  And while these days have their focus and purpose, they are also a very profound reminder that no-one is a refugee for a day – it is a life journey that brings with it ...

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Climate game change?

Reading a recent article by Naomi Klein in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) the author argues that tackling environmental and economic problems must coincide when addressing climate breakdown.  This particular quote grabbed my attention: “… I feel more optimistic about our chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. For the first time, I see a clear and ...

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It is not just about migrants

For the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is commemorated on Sunday, September 29, 2019 Pope Francis has released a special message on the theme: “It is not just about migrants”. These lines in italics below appear  in the main text of the document and seemed somehow to naturally form a litany and a prayer. It is not ...

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Sowing Hope for the Planet

May 24th marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Encyclical Letter by Pope Francis ‘Laudato Sí – On Care of Our Common Home’, in May 2015. “When we speak of the ‘environment’ what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it.” (LS#139) Through all of the media at our disposal we ...

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Nature can

At this time of year one only has to look around at what has been bare ground and dormant trees to see new life emerging, as green shoots push up and buds of every kind start to emerge.  This resurrected life can be relied on to burst forth in countryside or city street (both equally triumphant) emerging from a crack ...

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We Are the Ark

It’s wonderful to have the chance to share something at once very beautiful and proactive.  Both a visual appreciation of the gift that biodiversity is and a passionate expression of our inter-connectedness with all created things, to the point that we want the way we live to enable life to flourish.  Here is the background and some material from this wonderful ...

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Living Lent

Lent begins on Wednesday, March 6th.   There are many wonderful resources available that can help us complete this Paschal Journey, individually and together.  Here are just a few resources that have come my way in recent days that may help us to make this a ‘Living Lent’. Poem for Lent The cosmos dreams in me while I wait in stillness, ready ...

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An extinction crisis

On Thursday 21 February 2019, President Michael D. Higgins spoke at the National Biodiversity Conference in Dublin Castle, he opened his address by saying: “As President of Ireland, it is my role to represent the citizens of this country, including their imagined futures, and I would like to tell you – the conservation community, its friends and allies – I ...

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Social Justice

The 20th February is the UN World Day of Social Justice.  The UN’s 2019 theme for this day is: “if you want peace and development, work for social justice”. Our contribution to the realisation of a ‘just world’ is not confined to just one day,  It is a life time commitment.  It is enough to follow the details we know ...

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