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Province Justice Day 2019

“How do we ‘carry Nano’s Lantern’ … and ‘hear the cry of the Earth and those kept poor’ ”? Today, more than ever before, we need people like Nano Nagle*.  We need people of courage who are prepared, if necessary, to ‘spend themselves’ for love of the poor and of the planet. This is what it means to carry ‘Nano’s ...

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    Is chocolate worth this suffering?

    The world’s chocolate companies have continually missed deadlines to uproot child labour from their cocoa supply chains in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Next year, they face another target date and, industry officials indicate, they probably will miss that, too. About two-thirds of the world’s cocoa supply comes from West Africa where, according to a 2015 U.S. Labour Department report. More ...

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      Canticle of the Sun

      St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day it is today (4th October) believed that everything in the natural world was a gift from God and deserved to be appreciated and valued.  Because of this, Francis in his ‘Canticle of the Sun’  refers to the sun, wind, air, and fire as his brothers, and to the moon, stars, earth, water, and death ...

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        A radical new way

        On Friday 27th September the Mayor of Kilkenny, Cllr. Martin Brett in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council hosted a civic reception to honour Sr. Magdalene Fogarty, pbvm as founding president of Clann Credo. Twenty three years ago a radical new concept began to percolate through Ireland’s community and voluntary sector, one that has challenged the conventional way of thinking ever since.  ...

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          Love made visible

          As the National  Ploughing Championships begin in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow in these days we are reminded of the vitality of  our daily relationship with nature and of the inter-relatedness of all life; whether ‘walking lightly on the Earth’ or working in and for this ‘Our Common Home’.  Through this  experience we have the opportunity to ‘keep pace’ with the ...

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            World Day of Prayer for Creation

            Pope Francis has established the 1st September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home. The day is inspired by Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical Laudato Si, which calls on “every person living on this planet” to care for our shared Earth.  He calls us ...

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              Women Humanitarians

              World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19th August to pay tribute to Aid Workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. The theme of the 2019 WHD is ‘Women Humanitarians’. We honour the work of women in crises throughout the world. We focus on the ...

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                World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

                “On this, World Day against Trafficking in Persons, let us reaffirm our commitment to stop criminals from ruthlessly exploiting people for profit and to help victims rebuild their lives.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres Trafficking in Persons is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. Every country in the world is ...

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                  Blue Fashion Industry

                  We are being asked to wake up to the environmental and human impacts of the fashion industry – one of the most polluting industries in the world – in the same way as people did when David Attenborough showed the turtle dying from too much plastic in its belly in 2017.  Blue Fashion for a Blue Planet. Here are just ...

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                    Resistance

                    This morning I was reading an article that came into my mailbox from the Global Sisters Report as part of their New Horizons column.  It was a piece written by Sr. Susan Rose Francois a member of the Congregational Leadership Team for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace.  In it she writes about ‘Choosing to resist for the whole’. ...

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