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Celebrating our Patronal Feast

One of the very many blessings the Sisters of Charity enjoy is the fact that two of our major celebrations occur in the summer months:  22nd July, the anniversary of our Foundress, Mary Aikenhead's death and 15th August the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is the Patronal feast of the Congregation.    Understandably then, a number of the Sisters of Charity who work abroad, are likely to be ‘at home’ in Ireland for their summer holidays. 

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The Earth Charter Initiative

The Earth Charter Initiative is an extraordinarily diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions that participate in promoting and implementing the values and principles of the Earth Charter. The Initiative is a broad-based, voluntary, civil society effort. Participants include leading international institutions, national governments and their agencies, university associations, non-government organizations and community-based groups, city governments, faith groups, schools and businesses – as well as thousands of individuals.

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Developments in Dublin's Docklands

Three hundred years ago there were no houses in the Dublin Docklands area with the exception of the small fishing hamlet of Ringsend. Most of the land was underwater with the occasional watchtower, customs outpost and pilgrimage hospice along the waterfront.
Today 'The Docklands' are a very interesting place to visit!!  The following three articles have been taken from the Dublin Docklands Newsletter and may be of ineterst to anyone who planning to visit Dublin soon!

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Fruits of the Earth

For some years now our sisters in the English/Scottish Province have been trying hard to reduce the amount of the Earth’s wealth they use by recycling, cutting down on water usage and using low energy bulbs and energy efficient equipment.   They have also taken steps to reduce the amount of carbon they release into the atmosphere to limit the effects of global warming.

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Zambian Government urged to take action on US State Dept. Report

“The Zambian Government should take seriously the anti-trafficking measures recommended by US State Department Report,” says JCTR.
The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has urged Government to take seriously the anti- human trafficking measures recommended by the US State Department in its Trafficking in Person’s Report which came out on 14 June, 2010, if Zambia is to make significant improvements in  its response to human trafficking victims.

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140 years of Caring in Cork

On Thursday 17th June the Cork local paper 'The Echo' had the following heading "Mayor salutes 140-year history of Marymount". It was to this event that the Sisters of Charity were invited to honour them for their contribution to health care in Cork over the past 140 years.

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More news from Ireland - Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion continued...

The 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion (EY2010) is supporting the work of the EU and its Member States to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by vulnerable groups in society.
Those most at risk of poverty include older people, large and single-parent families, children and young people, people with disabilities, immigrants and those from ethnic minorities (including Europe’s 10 to 12 million strong Roma community). Across all of these groups, women are more exposed to poverty and social exclusion than men. 

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