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The Messenger | August 2021


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The spotlight is on women in the August Messenger. We mark the Feast of the Assumption with two different reflections on the Mother of God; we take a look at the story of St Bernadette of Lourdes; and as the Ursuline Sisters celebrate 250 years in Ireland we pay tribute to their contribution to education, establishing centres of academic excellence and nurturing many pioneering women.

Elsewhere, we consider a not-for-profit model of care for the elderly in our communities who are not in need of nursing care; we read about the government’s plans to abolish direct provision centres and we reflect on the responsibilities that social media platforms bring in the context of our rights to free speech.

Our regulars include our series on the Prophets, the flowers of Ireland, Hidden Gems of art and the Gospel of Mark – and our cookery section this month will rekindle memories with a recipe for the firm favourite of many young people – butterfly buns!

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

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