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Joseph – master of the essential

Joseph master of the essential

At the conclusion of the Angelus on December 8, 2021, Pope Francis concluded the Jubilee Year dedicated to Saint Joseph. St. Joseph and his wife the Virgin Mary, the pontiff stressed, are “guides on the path of holiness.” He thanked all those who have brought to life these years of celebrations dedicated to Joseph and Mary—the Holy Family—in 2021. The ...

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Orange the World

Orange the World

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and is a threat to millions of girls and women online and offline. It affects women regardless of their age, background, or level of education. This violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or psychological violence, as well as ...

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Sacred People, Sacred Earth

sacred people - sacred earth

As COP26 approaches, faith organizations across the world are intensifying their calls for bold action against climate change, also in light of the COVID-19 crisis.  Ahead of the UN summit due to convene in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12, hundreds of religious leaders from the five continents have signed a “Sacred People, Sacred Heart Statement”, urging a joint ...

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My Voice, Our Equal Future

the day of the girl child

The International Day of the Girl Child (11th October 2021) focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Girls are breaking boundaries and barriers posed by stereotypes and exclusion, including those directed at children with disabilities and those living in marginalized communities. As entrepreneurs, innovators ...

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Building forward together

building forward better

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021 is 17th October.  The theme for this year is: “Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet”. International days and dates have a purpose, in that they can focus our attention and determination to inform ourselves of the reality for our ‘brothers and sisters’ across the globe ...

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Towards An Ever Wider “We”

Towards an ever wider we

The 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is on Sunday, 26th September 2021. This year’s theme is ‘Towards An Ever Wider “We”’ moving the focus from ‘Me’ to ‘We’. In the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis expressed a concern and a hope that “Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into ...

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I say ‘Peace Upon You’

I say peace to you

“For love of my brethren and friends, I say: Peace upon you!” (Ps 122:8). The first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, on Hiroshima, virtually levelling the city. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.  About 140,000 died in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki. Half the deaths in each city occurred on the day of the ...

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Together with refugees

Together with refugees

Sunday June 20, 2021 is UN World Refugee Day. As the world celebrates the progress made to advance refugee protection polices and acknowledges the contributions that refugees have made in their host countries, it is important to remember that the need to continue to advance humane policies is now more critical than ever. We often think of refugees as those ...

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Nano – Ablaze with God

Nano Ablaze with God

At a time when the role of women in shaping society was severely restricted, [Nano Nagle] lived on the razor’s edge, a woman fearless before a  tyrannical world. A woman ‘Ablaze with God’. ‘Nano Nagle, a woman ablaze with God, you daily walked the razor’s edge of life, witnessing to the divine conspiracy of love. Awaken within us the fire ...

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Ending Child Labour

Ending Child Labour

This year’s World Day Against Child Labour is the first World Day since the universal ratification of the UN’s International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour, and takes place at a time when the COVID-19 crisis threatens to reverse years of progress in tackling the problem. This Day falls each year on June 12 ...

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