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Development and Peace: Ash Wednesday

Dorena Hall, JPIC

On Ash Wednesday, Development and Peace will be launching its Share Lent campaign focusing on the theme Create a Climate for Change inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. For almost 50 years Development and Peace has accomplished outstanding development work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. In fact, the 50th anniversary is next year, 2017, with celebrations beginning this year. The Share Lent campaign is designated as our annual fundraiser. As well, people may help financially by sharing year-round through our monthly donations program.

In closing, it seems to me that our faith challenges us all to be grateful for the abundance of gifts that is ours and for the call to be Gospel, to be Eucharist. Pope Francis writes "... Jesus wants us to touch human misery, to touch the suffering flesh of others." Let us all be generous in prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this holy season.

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