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World Environment Day - 5th June

World Environment Day (WED) 2010 is aimed to be the biggest, most widely celebrated, global day for positive, environmental action.
Commemorated on 5 June since 1972, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.

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UK - Medaille Trust Human Trafficking Prayer Cards

The TRAC Group (the campaigning arm of the Medaille Trust) has produced some prayer cards around human trafficking.  They are asking people to undertake to pray on a regular basis for trafficked people and for those who exploit them.  They would welcome anyone joining them in this campaign of prayer.  Click here for a PDF of the prayer cards.

Zambia takes a stance on Human Trafficking and the World Cup

We are only less than 35 days away from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which begins on June 11. The thought of the World Cup in Africa arouses great excitement and pride in most Africans.  But there is also great anxiety because this big event brings with it the terrible possibility of increased human trafficking.  This is especially true because South Africa is already a popular destination for this cruel crime. 

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Golden Jubilee celebration in Nigeria

On the evening and night of 9th April 2010, there was a storm and torrential rain in Okpara.  However, the morning of 10th dawned bright and dry and soon everywhere was fresh and even a little cool!  The canopies were soon set up for the outdoor celebration of Sr. Patricia Somer’s Golden Jubilee.  Decorations were put in place and all looked very well.

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New RSC foundation in Bomadi, Nigeria

The Religious Sisters of Charity recently opened a new foundation in Nigeria.  Here Sr. Micheline O'Donnell tells us about the new foundation and the two events which marked its beginning:
"On Friday 5th March, the three sisters who were to form the new community,  Srs.  Micheline O'Donnell, Laeticia Amadi and Augustina Alozie set out for Bomadi in the Niger Delta, accompanied by Sr. Imelda O'Brien, the Regional Leader. 

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Placing Human Trafficking at the Heart of the General Election

As the preparation for the General Election gets well underway in the UK, TRAC, the awareness-raising and campaigning arm of the Medaille Trust has produced a set of questions and expectations regarding human trafficking to be presented to candidates and canvassers coming to homes prior to the General Election.
The RSC English/Scottish website has listed the questions and invites people living in the UK to ask candidates and canvassers the questions and engage them in discussion.  They also suggest that the candidates and canvassers be given a copy of the questions and expectations for reference.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Each year the Church celebrates the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  Pope Paul VI instituted this celebration for Vocations on the 11th April 1964. This year it will take place on Sunday, April 25th, the fourth Sunday of Easter. Pope Benedict XVI's message on the theme of 'Witness Awakens Vocations' is now available to be downloaded from the Vatican website.