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“Our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!”

By Sarah McDonald - Catholic Ireland on 23-Mar-12 22:53.

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The Synod of Bishops meets next October to discuss the relationship between young people, faith and vocation. The theme of God’s plan for men and women in every age is at the heart of Pope Francis’ message for 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

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Irish attend Vocations Conference in Rome

By Anne-Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 10-Oct-14 06:44.

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If we want to generate a culture of vocations, it is not going to happen in isolation, it is certainly not going to happen if we are not investing in youth ministry.he explained. He said that young enthusiastic “switched on” Catholics do not grow on trees. “We’ve got to be engaging with the (youth) culture.

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Vocations Ireland Researches Post-Secular Generation

By CORI Website on 06-Aug-14 10:33.

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Youth ministry is a vital factor in promoting vocations according to a recently published study. Prepared on behalf of Vocations Ireland, the study highlights the significance of producing a “spiritual literacy” that connects and reassures young people and which creates groups, weekends, and daily spaces for them.

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More than just food for thought: first World Day of the Poor this weekend

By Catholic Ireland on 21-Nov-14 09:12.

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In Dublin, parishes are asked to mark World Day of the Poor by organising support for the Crosscare Parish Food Appeal, which takes place in two weeks' time

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What is it like to be a religious brother?

By Catholic News Agency on 07-Aug-12 11:04.

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Jim Peterson is a Capuchin brother with the Capuchin Franciscans of the St. Mary Province, which encompasses New England and New York. He spoke with CNA about the vocation of a religious brother during Vocations Awareness Week.

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Formation course for the Order's Senior Executives

By OH-FBF Website on 30-Sep-14 20:19.

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The second formation module for European Senior Executives is being held in Rome, at the General Curia, on 6-9 November following the first module that was held in January, in Granada, Spain, which is considered to be the cradle of the Order.

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Laudato Si captures cry of the poor and cry of the earth: Robinson

By Catholic Ireland on 15-Mar-14 18:46.

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Former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, has paid tribute to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, saying it captures both the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth.

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Hospitality Europe General Meeting

By OH-FBF Website on 12-Dec-14 22:28.

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Dr Galasso, the General Secretary of Hospitality Europe updated the members on the main European Union issues being monitored by the Office, and in particular both the adoption of the EuropeanPillar of Human Rights and the operation of the European Solidarity Corps.

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Pope worries about Europe's fragmentation

By news.com.au on 22-Sep-13 07:07.

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Pope Francis is concerned about the "fragmentation" of Europe, the Vatican says, as Spain was dealing with a secession attempt by the region of Catalonia. Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's second-in-command, spoke at a conference in Rome organised by the association of European Catholic bishops (COMECE).

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Europe's women religious answer the call to help the growing refugee crisis

By Global Sisters' Report on 24-Dec-14 08:01.

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"While some convents are too small to offer much, some of the larger ones have offered hundreds of places to refugees after having their facilities checked," Salmaier told Global Sisters Report. "Some can provide long-term accommodation, while others have had to limit shelter to a few months only. And while many local communities were doubtful at first about having refugees in their midst, the atmosphere has quickly improved once they've seen the refugee children playing and laughing in our gardens."

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"The world needs to know that I don’t 'suffer' from Down syndrome"

By Catholic News Service on 07-Oct-15 18:05.

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In her own words, Bridget Brown is “a self-advocate, an inclusion advocate, an actress… and a young woman with Down syndrome.” She also loves her life and wants others to know that each and every person is precious.

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Majority of young Irish people feel church attendance is optional

By Catholic Ireland - Sarah McDonald on 09-Jan-13 23:02.

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“Minding your own business” is one of the moral values many Irish youth prioritise, while a majority of young Irish people feel that church attendance is optional (65%) according to a new study on Irish teenagers and young adults’ faith, worries and perceptions of Christianity.

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YOUNG PEOPLE, THE FAITH, AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT - Synod to be held in 2018

By NRVC on 27-Jun-13 21:10.

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The next general assembly of Catholic bishops will take up the theme: “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.” To prepare for this 15th Ordinary General Synod, Pope Francis has written a preparatory document and a letter to young people. There is also a special prayer written for young people. Read/download a summary of the preparatory document prepared by NRVC.

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General Commissions on Vocations Promotion and Formation

By OH-FBF Website on 24-Sep-11 22:43.

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The Brothers on the General Commission reported on the activities being carried out in the different regions in the field of vocations and formation in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. They then took stock of the work done in the regions for the Week of Prayer for Vocations, which is celebrated every year in the universal Church.

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Church can't be blind, deaf to people with special needs, Pope says

By Catholic News Service on 14-Sep-14 08:18.

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The Catholic Church must be welcoming and creative in finding ways to not let people's physical, psychological or intellectual limitations keep them from encountering God, Pope Francis said.

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