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Ziva Voda – running for water

Slovenian Jesuit Miran Zvanut explains how his experience in Ireland inspired him and some fellow-Slovenians to raise money for Jesuit missions in Africa by running marathons. Many avoid speaking of poverty in Africa. Many Christians are losing hope regarding the situation in the Third World. Scripture challenges us with a simple question, “How does God’s love abide in anyone who ...

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Getting real: ‘Deus Caritas Est’

Cathy Molloy sees the new encyclical as a fine instance of the Church “getting real” about matters which concern ordinary people, both in their personal lives and in their response to the call for justice and charity in society. The Catholic Church is often accused of not ‘getting real’ on issues of deep concern to people today and there can ...

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Kashmir earthquake appeal – Thank you

Bill Toner recalls how the Irish Province’s appeal on behalf of earthquake victims in Kashmir was started, and he reports on the projects which have been helped by the money raised. In October 2005, Gertrude O’Connor, a retired special needs teacher living in Navan, was, like many other Irish people, shocked at the devastation caused by the earthquake in Kashmir, ...

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The origins of the Novena of Grace

by Donal Neary SJ The Novena of Grace originated in Naples, Italy in 1643, when a Jesuit, Fr Marcellus Mastrilli, was cured through the intercession of St Francis Xavier, who promised that those who made the nine days of prayer in preparation for the anniversary of his canonisation would receive many graces and favours. Thus the name: Novena of Grace. ...

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Remembering James McPolin SJ

January 26, 2006 Remembering James McPolin SJ Michael O’Sullivan’s homily at the funeral of James McPolin SJ by Michael O’Sullivan SJ About two years ago Jimmy said to me that he felt most alive and of most use during the years he was in El Salvador (1989- 96) - despite the awful suffering among the people and the deadly danger that shadowed his own life. He went there straight after his term as President of Milltown Institute (1983- 89). He did so because of his commitment to and companionship with the God whose love makes the promotion of justice an absolute requirement. Jimmy had hardly arrived in the country when six Jesuits, a woman (Elba

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Lessons in love

A Slí Eile volunteer, Karen Mooney, recalls her intense emotional responses as she worked this summer in an orphanage in Bogotá, Colombia. She reflects in awe on the character, playfulness, love and humanness of the children she met there. With a need to do something different and more meaningful in my life, I headed off with ten volunteers to Colombia ...

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Ferns: a pastoral response in a ministry to young adults

Last Sunday, Gerry Clarke presided at the Gospel Mass in Gardiner Street. He reflects here on how he approached the matter of the Ferns Report in the homily. Reading the Ferns Report is difficult and disturbing. As a pastoral minister with young adults I feel that the matters raised by the Report need to be faced head on rather than ...

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When children are forced to kill

As one project to commemorate the anniversary of St Francis Xavier, the JRS is sponsoring the making of a film about former child soldiers in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Liam Greene explains the project. To celebrate this centenary year of Saint Francis Xavier, who ‘went to the ends of the earth,’ the Irish Province, among its other celebrations, is ...

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Both sides now – the EU and Globalisation

Does the EU need more integration or less to meet the challenges posed by globalisation? Eugene Quinn, Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, reports on a lively debate in Milltown on this subject. On Monday, 24 October 2005, at Milltown Park, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (CFJ) and Studies, the Irish Jesuit quarterly, hosted a ...

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Not so long a way from Clare to here

Pat Coyle recounts her heart-lifting experience of addressing novena congregations brought together by the Pioneers in Kilrush and Shannon, Co. Clare – over 1000 people in all! The lovely west Clare seaside holiday town of Kilrush (next stop America) looks a lot bleaker on a freezing cold November night, and as we were driving to it the voice of Ralph ...

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