Development and Peace Share Lent: Women at the Heart of Change

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Share Lent Launch, Diocese of St. Catharines
February 18th: St. Julia Parish – 251 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines, ON.
Join us for Mass with Bishop Bergie at 9am

For Lent 2017, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada has chosen to put women at the forefront to highlight their role and their very special importance in every aspect of development, whether it be social, environmental or economic.

Women at the Heart of Change conjures up more than just the desire to reiterate the centrality of women as an engine of change. It is also to open people’s hearts dur­ ing this season of Lent to the su erings, injustices and obstacles faced, every single day, by millions of women and girls all over the world.

It is to acknowledge the hard road that has been covered, often with great di culty, by the women who have preceded us, and the courageous struggles they have led. It is also to recognize and question the deep roots of certain inequalities that persist in all spheres of our societies.

It is to pay tribute to the extraordinary resilience of these women and girls, who carry within them the ideal of a just and inclusive world, and who, each in her own way, is working to make this ideal a reality.

It is to pray, as Pope Francis invited us to do in May 2016, “that in all countries of the world, women may be honoured, respected and valued for their essential contribution to society.”
Above all else, it is to act in solidarity with and walk along­ side those women and men who advocate for an equal and inclusive society, one in which women can participate hand­in­hand with men in building the world of tomorrow. Be at the heart of change!

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