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Asking for trouble!

Andrew Bates, a former Belvedere student, is taking a 1990 Toyota Starlet across 10,000 miles of every kind of terrain, as he and his team make their way to Mongolia. They hope to raise €5,000 for a number of charities. In December of 1995 I found myself hanging out the open door of a crowded train as it made its ...

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Solemn greetings from Virginia Tech

Mia Ortega, a JVC volunteer some years ago, wrote from Virginia Tech just after the horrendous shootings which took 32 lives. A good friend of hers was killed after he came to the aid of another of the victims. Hello everyone, First of all, I’d like to thank you for the continued messages of concern, hope, and prayers. I am ...

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Taking a page out of the Jesuits’ book

Chris Lowney, renowned author of a book on how the Jesuit understanding of leadership holds valuable lessons for commercial companies, spoke at a number of venues in Ireland last month. Here are some excerpts from one of his entertaining and thought-provoking talks. In my talk I now plan to set out a leadership style based on the example of the ...

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Is it still relevant to have devotion to saints?

Spirit Moves is a topical discussion programme on RTE which explores ethical issues that arise from current news events. Presenter, Susan McReynolds, and guests also explore questions of life and death that affect us all

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The female face of AIDS

March 28, 2007 The female face of AIDS Women and HIV/AIDS in Africa by Michael Kelly SJ Excerpts from ’The Female Face of HIV and AIDS’, Annual Trócaire Lecture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in March 2007, by Michael Kelly SJ. Gender-Based Violence Violence against women is a major human rights problem that has special significance for HIV and AIDS. Violence in sexual encounters greatly increases the possibility of HIV transmission, both at the time of the assault and in subsequent life. This is the situation with numerous women and several children. Fear of subsequent violence also inhibits women from seeking HIV treatment and thereby leads to

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Reflections on the Sobrino Notification

March 28, 2007 Reflections on the Sobrino Notification by Michael O’Sullivan SJ Michael O’Sullivan has taught liberation theology at third level and with community groups for over 20 years and has lived and worked with the economically poor in El Salvador and elsewhere for almost as many years. He was the co-organiser and the chairperson of the first conference in Ireland on Liberation theology in 1976, and the editor of the conference proceedings entitled The Liberation of Theology: Theology of Liberation and the Irish Context (Dublin: Student Christian Movement, 1978). The Latin American Catholic bishops met for only the second time at Medellín, Colombia, in 1968. (1) They met, three

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The Vatican and Jon Sobrino

March 26, 2007 The Vatican and Jon Sobrino Notes on the Vatican Notification of March 2007 by Gerard O’Hanlon SJ Readers of AMDG may have noted the recent Notification from the Vatican Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith concerning the writings of Basque Jesuit theologian Jon Sobrino. The Notification was approved by Pope Benedict last November and published this March, with an accompanying letter asking Episcopal conferences and local ordinaries to adopt ‘measures necessary’ to implement it. Sobrino, 69, has spent most of his Jesuit life in El Salvador, was a close friend of Archbishop Oscar Romero, and is a leading exponent of Liberation Theology. The Notification maintains that

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Democracy and madness at Croke Park

Edmond Grace’s Dialogue on Democracy project continues apace. A recent seminar in Croke Park conference centre was a great success. A group of about fifty people gathered in Croke Park last Wednesday and, apart from the occasional peep, they were not there to watch the Irish soccer team preparing for their match against Wales. This particular group had gathered from ...

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