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UN Secretary-General calls on leaders to attend Millennium Development Goals summit next September

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit next September to boost efforts to achieve the MDGs. Coming amid mixed progress toward the Goals and new crises that threaten the global effort to halve extreme poverty, “the summit will be a crucially important opportunity to redouble our efforts to meet the Goals,” he said, referring to the targets adopted at the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, aimed at slashing poverty, hunger, disease, maternal and child deaths and other ills by a 2015 deadline.  Read this story at the UN website.

Sisters Walk to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking

Los Angeles, CA – On Saturday February 6th 2010 a group of Sisters of Charity from Los Angeles walked 27 blocks, or 3 miles, with umbrellas bearing signs “Stop Human Trafficking” to raise awareness about human trafficking.  They also wore white face masks symbolizing the forced silence of those enslaved.  Sisters Marsha Moon, Francis Maria, Kathleen Newell and Kathleen Bryant all participated in making signs and walking the route with several other religious congregations and their associate members. 

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Sister honored at Intergrity Awards

Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC was honored on Saturday February. 6, 2010 at the First Bi-Annual Concern America Integrity Award Ceremony named in memory of John O’Donohue
One of John’s fond quotes,  “The duty of privilege is absolute integrity”  was borne out of his reflection of the apparent disparity in our world today and our duty to make a difference in the lives of the poor.

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The Elders speak boldly and freely.

The Elders (see the ‘Featured video’ below) are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.

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A large Wave hits the UK

This wave was special though, it was created by people attempting to draw attention to Climate Change prior to the Copenhagen meeting. 50,000 campaigners from over 100 different organisations marched as part of The Wave on 5 December. It was the biggest ever UK climate change march.
To read more about it go to the RSC English/Scottish Province website.

Religious Life as Prophetic Life Form

The National Catholic Reporter has published a five-part essay by Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sandra Schneiders, Professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.   The essay, titled “Religious Life as Prophetic Life Form” explores the meaning of religious life today and comes during a controversial three-year Vatican study of U.S. women religious congregations.

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Feeding those who are truly hungry on Thanksgiving Day.

Like most Americans, our sisters in California celebrated the traditional feast of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26th with turkey, pumpkin pies, squashes and endless dishes shared with family and friends. 
However, in these times of global recession it is wonderful to see some Americans celebrating Thanksgiving by feeding those who are truly hungry.  

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Irish Bishops’call for new measures to protect women from the violence of trafficking

The United Nations has declared today, 25 November 2009, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Gender-based violence is devastating the lives of millions of women at home and throughout the world, as their rights and dignity are denied and violated in horrific ways that include rape and sexual violence, domestic violence and the denial of their freedom and right to participate in society.  

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