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The Messenger | September 2020


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Pulling no punches, Pope Francis says that for humans to ‘trample aggressively’ on the Earth, contaminating and destroying its biological diversity, is a sin. He urges us to champion social, climate and intergenerational justice in our world. This is even more relevant today on the fifth anniversary of his encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for our Common Home, than when he wrote it in 2015. Dermot A. Lane writes about our duty to respect the resources of the planet and offers some suggestions as to how we can all contribute. Bishop Denis Nulty, in conversation with our RE:LINK section talks about missing the presence of others in recent months; the World Day of Migrants and Refugees occurs on 27 September and Alan Hilliard reflects on the situation of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ireland and around the world. And Brian Grogan SJ writes that nothing in our ‘Blue Planet’ is more precious than water and how we must value and protect it and promote its sharing.

Our regular features include gardening, crossword, prayer and young readers pages and we continue our series on young people of faith with an article on Carlo Acutis, a young computer programmer who died at just fifteen years of age.

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.

RE:LINK returns after the Summer with an interview with Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin. He talks about what inspires and motivates him in his faith and diocesan life.