Fr Brian Grogan SJ highlights how as human beings none of us will escape pain or suffering or the effects of evil in the world. The question is - what we do with the pain.
"For these young people this is an adventure but there is also obviously a real commitment – they could be going elsewhere but they have decided to give one week to this.”
The Society of Missionary Children is governed by World Missions Ireland which supports missionaries and mission projects in up to 80 countries.
It began in 2014 as an effort to tap into the ecumenical collaboration of IEC2012. The different traditions would read, pray and celebrate the Bible together over one week.
Sr Clare's "life and death have posed questions for many of her contemporaries – what is worthwhile doing in life, what makes a beautiful person, who we want as our idols?”
Students hear personal testimonies from WYD participant seriously injured in traffic accident and from Richard Moore who was blinded by a plastic bullet as a child.
The conference brings together leaders from the media, education, politics, the arts, business, social sector and the Churches to learn from one another.
“A century later and the journey goes on, we are still writing our story, still trying to make real the promise and the dream of 1916" - Bishop Denis Brennan.
“They had courage in abundance to follow their patriotic convictions. But they also drew courage from their faith to know how to live life and face death” - Bishop Leahy.
“The destruction of these places of worship is at odds with the fundamental human right to worship freely according to the beliefs and principles of all those in the jungle.”
The problem is that people love God but in a way that is not right." Some have a "possessive love for God: 'That is my God, not your God': Dr Mohammed Ali Shomali.