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Part of the plan

Happy International Day for Biological Diversity! Today (22 May 2024), we honour the profound interconnectedness of all life. We are a part of the plan of God for all Creation by virtue of our very existence.  Created out of Love, for Love. “Mary is mother of a love that is beautiful. She taught us, who were united with her, to ...

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Do not cast me off

Do not cast me off

“Do not cast me off in my old age” (cf. Ps 71:9): This sincere plea, taken from Psalm 71, is the theme of the Fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will take place on 28 July 2024. In his Message for the Fourth World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, Pope Francis reassured the addressees that “God never ...

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Wisdom of heart in the age of AI

In his Message for World Communications Day 2024 (Sunday 12th May) Pope Francis writes on the theme: Artificial Intelligence and the Wisdom of the Heart: Towards a Fully Human Communication.This is not the first time that Pope Francis has explored the impact of the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In his Message for  the World Day of Peace he writes ...

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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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