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The Messenger | April 2020


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APRIL 2020

In the month where Pope Francis asks us to pray for those in addiction, Peter McVerry SJ writes about the need for substantial government investment in treatment programmes; we continue our series on dementia care with an article of very practical advice for families caring for those with different types of dementia; Laudato Si’ declares that to be protectors of God’s handiwork is an essential aspect of our faith and not an optional aspect of our Christian experience. Ciara Murphy of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice calls for community effort in turning the tide on the threat to biodiversity in our communities and countries. Our RE:LINK supplement focuses on the RE Journal Work booklet for Junior Certificate.

We continue our series on young people of faith, masterpieces of Christian Art and on places of worship and introduce our new cooking columnist with a delicious recipe that can be prepared with (and enjoyed by!) young children. Along with all our regular features.

A pull-out supplement for teenagers and younger readers that addresses the subject and concerns of Catholicism today. RE:LINK supports the Junior Cert curriculum and is an educational resource for all teachers of Religion Studies.

This month, RE:LINK focuses on the RE Journal Work booklet for Junior Certificate, with a breakdown of and suggested approaches to the questions. Current second year students, for examination in Junior Certificate Religious Education will be sitting their exam in 2021. These are the final year group who will be completing a Religious Education Journal Work booklet.