Nigerian girls are being forced to work as prostitutes in Mali "slave camps", say officials in Nigeria. The girls, many of them under age, have often been promised jobs in Europe but ended up in brothels, said the government's anti-trafficking agency. The brothels are run by older Nigerian women who prevent them from leaving and take all their earnings.
The Intra-Congregational Vocation Formation Team Meeting took place in Nigeria September 13-17, 2010. Sisters of Charity from Nigeria, Zambia, Ireland, England/Scotland, California/Venezuela and Australia gathered at the Abbe Louis Bautain Retreat Center, Ijebu-Itele, Ogun State. See the video of some of the participants on the Videos page.
The member states of the UN are meeting this month to review the progress that has been made towards achieving the Millenium Development Goals. At this meeting they will agree on what actions still need to be taken in order to achieve the MDGs fully. It is our belief that we need to show our political will more than ever by delivering on our part of the global partnership for development see ActNow 2015.
Churches together in Britain and Ireland (CBTI) are inviting all churches to mark “Creation Time” from 1st September to 4th October this year. This year’s theme, in keeping with the UN International Year of Biodiversity, is: Creation Flourishing - A Time for Celebration and Care.
In the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and the terrible floods in Pakistan CTBI also hopes that Christians will consider the impact of human activity on the environment.
Following on a proposal by the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the General Assembly of the UN has decided to convene a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit on 20-22 September, 2010, with the primary objective to accelerate progress towards all the MDGs by 2015. The summit will take into account the progress made towards the internationally agreed development goals.
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.
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.
At a time when Vatican officials are conducting two investigations into the lives of Catholic sisters, approximately 750 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) met in assembly where discussion of their identity and role in the Catholic church headed the agenda.
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!
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.
The 22nd July is a significant day for the Sisters of Charity because it was on this day in 1858 that our foundress Mary Aikenhead died in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. The room where she lived the last years of her life and where she died is preserved in the Congregation’s Heritage Centre.
This year the day was marked by two special events – a Prayer Service and a Mass.
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