Encounters

Loss and Damage Awareness Day September 22

Loss and Damage Awareness Day Thursday 22 Sept is Loss & Damage Action Day: a day to call on rich countries and big polluters to pay up for this loss and damage they continue to knowingly cause. An international day to stand in solidarity with those living with the worst impacts of climate breakdown, Climate...

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Celebrating Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day.

Celebrating Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day. Pakistan celebrates its 75th Independence Day today.  It is a special national day and is celebrated annually on 14th August. On this day in 1947, Pakistan became the world’s first Islamic Republic when it gained independence from British rule. Pakistan had been part of the colony of India since the...

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Lunar New Year 2022. Year of the Tiger.

      Wishing each one of you a very Happy Lunar New Year. The tiger is known to be king of all beasts and comes third in the zodiac. The qualities associated with the tiger are competitive, power, self-confident, brave, willpower and strength.  It also symbolizes majesty and righteousness.  Alongside charming and popular, the...

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Christmas 2021

Pope Francis on Christmas by Christopher Wells With the Christmas season fast approaching, Pope Francis on Wednesday took the opportunity of the weekly General Audience to reflect on the birth of Jesus – an event that “history cannot dispense with.” Recalling the familiar figures of Mary and Joseph in the stable at Bethlehem, the humble shepherds, and...

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Laudato Si Action Platform 2021

Laudato Si Action Platform 2021 On the 24th May this year the Vatican will invite the entire Catholic Church to embark on an audacious faith filled seven-year journey through the Laudato Si Action Platform. It is hoped that as many of us as possible will join this journey together and it is hoped that with...

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Easter message from Cardinal Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar.

Easter message from Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar   Dear Friends,  As we approach Easter, we Columban Sisters wish you every blessing for Easter and wish to share with you the Easter message from Cardinal Charles Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar as they struggle for resurrection in their streets daily.  May they experience the presence...

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Call to Prayer for Myanmar.

Call to Prayer for Myanmar. Dear Friends, Greetings of peace to each one of you, as we accompany the people of Myanmar at this critical time in their history.  We are consoled to know that the presence of our sisters and priests, a ‘little flock’ there in the midst of all this suffering, is a...

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Lunar New Year Greetings. Year of the Ox.

Year of the Ox   On February 12th 2021, we ring in the Year of the Ox, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and we wish all our sisters and friends a very happy Lunar New Year.  Those born in the Year of the Ox are said to be a natural leader who is bright, patient, and cheerful. The...

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World facing “catastrophic” temperature rises: UN

World facing ‘catastrophic’ temperature rises: UN                                                                   14 Jan 2021                                                   ‘Making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century. It must be the top priority’    The world is on course for a “catastrophic” temperature...

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World Day of Peace 2021

  World Day of Peace 2021. Pope Francis appealed for a “culture of care” in his message for the 2021 World Day of Peace released Thursday. “The culture of care … calls for a common, supportive and inclusive commitment to protecting and promoting the dignity and good of all, a willingness to show care and compassion, to...

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