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No option to ‘opt out’

No option to opt out

“ … true social justice is impossible if the human person is not the centre of concern.  God asks us believers to be God’s people, not ‘God’s elite.’” (Pope Francis – Dec 2020). Today is not a comfortable day! There is  no options to ‘opt out’! Today,  is UN World Day of Social Justice (20th February 2024).  As Presentation people ...

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Dare to build a different world

At the end of the last year, almost buried in the momentum of preparation for Christmas, Pope Francis sent his greetings, and a very powerful message to the young people present at the 46th European Meeting organised by the Taizé Community [28 December 2023 – 1st January 2024] on the theme “Walking together”.  Here are a few of the many ...

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Laudate Deum! In the light of faith

Laudate Deum! In the light of faith

Pope Francis has been very forthright in his language and content in his recently published an Apostolic Exhortation ‘Laudate Deum’ (‘Praise God’) building on his 2015 Laudato Si’ encyclical. Laudato Si’ (‘Praise be to you’) was written to engage the scientific, political, and religious communities – addressed really to “every living person on this planet”, to summon us all to ...

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We are not doing enough!

We are not doing enough

On the 4th October, the close of the Season of Creation and the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi,  Pope Francis has published an Apostolic Exhortation ‘Laudate Deum’ (‘Praise God’) building on his 2015 Laudato Si’ encyclical. We are not doing enough, he says, we’re close to breaking point. He criticises climate change deniers, saying that the human origin ...

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The reality of forced migration

The reality of forced migration

Pope Francis’s encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, published in 2020, set the universal context as to how our response should be to migrants and refugees. It expresses the need to “acknowledge, appreciate and love each person, regardless of physical proximity, regardless of where he or she was born or lives.”  In today’s context, this concept is increasingly under threat from nationalist or ...

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Free to Choose to Stay or Go

Free to choose to stay or go

The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914 as an opportunity to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.  Every year the WDMR is the last Sunday of September; in 2023 it will ...

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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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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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Be the Heart of my heart

Be the Heart of my heart

Spirituality grounds us and informs our daily experience of acting and reacting in relation to people, circumstances and things. For spirituality pervades the whole of life, affecting all life’s stages of development, and so is to be regarded rather as an inner energy than as a set of formalised practices.  Nor can true spirituality be imposed from without.  Rather it ...

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Nano left no stone unturned

Nano left no stone unturned

Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 is the 239th anniversary of Nano Nagle’s death (1784).  Each year it is a landmark moment for our lives as Presentation people, when we take time out to give thanks for Nano’s life and for her inspiration, as a determined and committed advocate for social change alongside compassionate care, with a resolute conviction that she was ...

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