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50th anniversary of World Communications Day, May 8, 2016

World Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI after the Second Vatican Council to draw attention to the “the vast and complex phenomenon of the modem means of social communication”. It is celebrated each year on the Sunday before Pentecost. This year’s theme for the special day is Communication and Mercy: a fruitful encounter. The full text of Pope Francis’ message is available here.

Communication has the power to build bridges, to enable encounter and inclusion, and thus to enrich society. Words can build bridges between individuals and within families, social groups and peoples. Communicating means sharing, and sharing demands listening and acceptance. Listening is much more than simply hearing. Listening allows us to get things right. Listening also means being able to share questions and doubts, to journey side by side, to banish all claims to absolute power and to put our abilities and gifts at the service of the common good.

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

Examining the TPP

A number of organizations under the umbrella TRADE JUSTICE PEI presented an examination of THE TRANSPACIFIC PARTNERSHIP (TPP) on April 27. Presenters included Scott Sinclair (PEI) from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives, Meaghan Sali from Open Media British Columbia and Randall Affleck, a PEI farmer and member of the National Farmers’ Union. Overall it appeared that our government should be urged not to take the next steps to put this agreement in place. It was described as a flawed, tightly controlled process with minimal public consultation having only a minimal impact on economic growth in Canada. It was further described as an agreement that will increase the power of big corporations, obstruct the transition to a fossil fuel free environment, will affect other environmental concerns such as the water supply and moratoriums on fracking. The social costs of implementing this agreement are said to be high as are its health effects, as it will regulate the availability and price of certain drugs and have a detrimental effect on such organizations as Doctors Without Borders. It goes without saying, I believe, that we should try to keep informed as this process evolves. We can find information on The Council of Canadians website:

Anne T. Gillis, CND with JPIC Core Committee

Vocation News – NAVFD

The National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors held its conference in Winnipeg last week. Both Sister Maco Cassetta and I were delighted to have had the opportunity to hear the keynote speakers, to sit in on other workshops, to meet sisters, brothers and priests from Canada. One of the priests attending is technologically savvy and videotaped the conferences. He has graciously made the videos available. The main speakers were good; their presentations hopeful and challenging. 

Sheila Sullivan, CND

In Solidarity with Honduras

Since the 2009 military coup in Honduras, JPIC has been following the increasingly violent situation in that country and the Canadian connections. We have been in communication with the Congregation of Notre Dame members of Nuestra Señora of Guadalupe Region present there and have pursued any viable opportunity to take action in solidarity with the people of Honduras and their struggle for justice and peace. Since the coup the human rights and ecological violations have increased dramatically in Honduras and the country is in a dire situation. Last month we had a terrible reminder of just how far things have gone there. We received the devastating news that world-renowned Indigenous activist, Berta Cáceres, recipient of the 2015 prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her decade-long opposition to the ruinous impacts of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on her community’s land, had been murdered in her own home. This horrible event was followed up with the news just days later of the murder of another ecological activist, Nelson Garcia.

Monica Lambton, JPIC coordinator

Movie – "The Dark Horse" is an award winning New Zealand movie based on the true story of Genesis "Gen" Potini, a Maori, who had been one of the top chess players. He suffers from bipolar disorder and is released from hospital into the care of his brother who is involved in drugs and gangs. He finds a group of disadvantaged youth to teach chess skills to which leads him to find purpose in his life. Some may find the language and drug usage offensive.

Kathy Kelly, Ottawa associate 


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