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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.

Relive the Los Angeles RE Congress

Pope Benedict XVI recently stated that Catholics should use technology to evangelize today's "digital continent." His message highlights how the Web has evolved into a continent of people. This year The RE Congress were thrilled to be able to share a little of the Congress experience with the "digital continent" from the live Congress webcast! There were a total of 4,014 viewers for this first-ever online event.
But don't worry that you've missed it. You can still watch the posted events on the RECongress channel on YouTube.

Learning about 'Mindfulness for Self Care'

‘Mindfulness for Self Care’ – a workshop held in the Irish Province on the 6th March, in St. Mary’s Day Centre Donnybrook.  It was attended by Sisters of Charity, co-workers, colleagues and friends.  A total of 64 participants were present for the workshop.  What was particularly good about the day was that there was a cross section of participants from our various ministries. They had yet another opportunity to meet each other and to share experiences.

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Los Angeles RE Congress goes 'LIVE'

It is with great enthusiasm that you are invited to share in the experience of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2010.  A new and exciting opportunity to experience the Congress from your home or office from anywhere in the world!! 
Not everyone can make it to this annual event of over 40,000 Catholics, so the organisers are hoping to bring the event to you this year.  

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News from the English/Scottish Province

The English/Scottish Province website has two new stories this month.  One story has news of Haiti and a local minister who is returning to his home on the island for the first time since the devastating earthquake.  There is also news of the recent ordination of the new Bishop in the Diocese of Shrewsbury.  One of the sisters in the Province shares her reflections on being present at the ordination ceremony.  To read these stories visit the English/Scottish Province website ‘News Page’.

A Family-Run Prostitution Business

The case of the Carlow man, his South African partner, and his daughter, who have been convicted of running a prostitution ring, received prominent coverage in all the Irish daily newspapers on 5 February when they were sentenced.  The publicity has done much to highlight the darker aspects of this crime - the deception and violence involved, the profits to be made and the methods employed by those managing the prostitution business, and the important role of modern technology in facilitating it.

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Changing lives through music

A recent series on RTÉ TV station in Ireland called ‘Music Changes Lives' showed how a school like St Agnes’s in Crumlin can bring music tuition to communities with few resources. Since the series was shown, School Principals from around the Ireland have contacted St Agnes’ Principal, Sr. Bernadette Sweeney RSC to find out how to create their own orchestras.  Sr. Bernadette recently featured in an education profile in the Irish Times newspaper.  Read the full article on the Irish Times website.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Each year the 8th March is International Women's Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. The first IWD was run in 1911, so next year will be the IWD Global Centenary 1911-2011. The 2010 theme is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all” read more about this at the International Women's Day website.

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