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The crib in St. Peter’s Square 2016

This year the crib comes from the neighbouring country of Malta. It shows a typical landscape of Malta. On the left of the crib there is a boat, symbolizing the torrential influx of refugees this year from the violence-ridden countries. To the right of the crib there are stones on the floor and a cross. They are from St. Benedict’s Basilica in Norcia, which was destroyed by the earthquake this year. Many villages around also were completely erased by this devastating earthquake. People who come to see the crib are asked to give a donation to help the reconstruction work in this area. 
The crib at Christmas proclaim the values, fraternity, sharing, welcome and solidarity. The hope, which Pope Francis repeatedly expresses, is that these values be rediscovered. (text and photos/eka)
 
 

This news item expired on 15/02/2017.



Great International Meeting of RENATE in Rome

RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking against Trafficking and Exploitation) has welcomed 130 members from 27 countries to Rome for their second European Assembly from 6th until 12th  November 2016 where they were reflecting, learning, dialoguing and sharing what are the best practices in their work to combat  human trafficking and exploitation. Among those attending the RENATE Assembly were two CJ and three IBVM sisters: Sr. Adina Balan CJ from Romania and Sr. Bohdana Bezakova CJ from Slovakia, Sr. Imelda Poole IBVM from Albania, Sr. Pilar Gonzalez Cano IBVM from Spain and Sr. Margo Mulvey IBVM from Ireland. ‘Ending Trafficking begins with us' - that's the message from the network of religious against trafficking. The highlight of day one of the RENATE Assembly was the private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Imelda Poole IBVM, the President of RENATE thanked Pope Francis on behalf of the organization, citing specific ways in which he has raised awareness of human trafficking. Revealing his understanding of the complexity of issues related to human trafficking Francis mentioned the ‘distinctive contribution made by women in accompanying other women and children on a deeply personal journey of healing and reintegration.’ Pope Francis concluded his address by commending each one of the group ‘to the loving intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,’ after which he gave his papal blessing.  (text and photos: Sr. Bohdana Bezakova CJ, Slovakia)
 
 

This news item expired on 12/02/2017.



Great International Meeting of RENATE in Rome

RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking against Trafficking and Exploitation) has welcomed 130 members from 27 countries to Rome for their second European Assembly from 6th until 12th  November 2016 where they were reflecting, learning, dialoguing and sharing what are the best practices in their work to combat  human trafficking and exploitation. Among those attending the RENATE Assembly were two CJ and three IBVM sister: Sr. Adina Balan CJ from Romania and Sr. Bohdana Bezakova CJ from Slovakia, Sr. Imelda Poole IBVM from Albania, Sr. Pilar Gonzalez Cano IBVM from Spain and Sr. Margo Mulvey IBVM from Ireland. ‘Ending Trafficking begins with us' - that's the message from the network of religious against trafficking. The highlight of day one of the RENATE Assembly was the private audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican. Imelda Poole IBVM, the President of RENATE thanked Pope Francis on behalf of the Organization, citing specific ways in which he has raised awareness of human trafficking.
Revealing his understanding of the complexity of issues related to human trafficking Francis mentioned the ‘distinctive contribution made by women in accompanying other women and children on a deeply personal journey of healing and reintegration.’ Pope Francis concluded his address by commending each one of the group ‘to the loving intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,’ after which he gave his papal blessing.  (text and photos: Sr. Bohdana Bezakova CJ, Slovakia)
 
 

This news item expired on 01/12/2016.