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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.

Catholic hospice working with Muslims

St. Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, in the English/Scottish Province of the RSC’s, made the news this week with a story in The Guardian newspaper in the UK.  The hospice, founded by the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1900, is working in partnership with a local health charity to look at the most caring and compassionate ways of communicating with Muslim patients and their families during their time at the hospice. 
To read the article see The Guardian newspaper’s website.

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.