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The courage to commit

pilgrims of hope

Pope Francis has released his message for the 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated on Sunday, 21 April, urging Christians to welcome our shared vocation to sow the seeds of hope and peace in our world.  “Our life finds fulfilment when we discover who we are, what our gifts are, where we can make them bear fruit, and ...

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Pilgrims of hope, builders of peace

“Our life finds fulfilment when we discover who we are, what our gifts are, where we can make them bear fruit, and what path we can follow in order to become signs and instruments of love, generous acceptance, beauty, and peace, wherever we find ourselves.” Pope Francis offered that summary of our Christian vocation in his message for the 61st ...

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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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It is not good to be alone

It is not good to be alone

Our lives, reflect the image of the Trinity. We are meant to attain fulfilment through a network of relationships, friendships and love, both given and received. We were created to be together, not alone. It is not good to be alone. The Message from Pope Francis, for the World Day of the Sick on Sunday,  11th February (the Feast Day ...

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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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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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Surfers of Love

The World Youth Day from the 1-6 August 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal was truly a moment of God for all of us who could connect with it in any way – there was no distance! When a lamp is put on the lampstand there is no limit to where the light can reach.  At his weekly General Audience in Rome on ...

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No more, no more!

Oh God, we didn’t see them. But you did, the hundreds and thousands of human beings Trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery. Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plough fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water. Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small ...

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WYD – go in haste!

The momentum is building as we are on Day 5 of the count down to the start of the #WYD2023 in Lisbon Portugal from 1-6 August 2023.  The energy and excitement is almost palpable on all media platforms with a very real sense of a global and local network of joy-filled young people making this pilgrimage. Let us go in ...

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