2022 Assembly


Mission not Community is at the heart of our Charism


‘Mission not Community is at the heart of  our Charism.’ Imelda Poole, IBVM, President RENATE Europe.

In the first in a series that explores the extraordinary richness and diversity of ways in which women live out their vocation as members of religious institutes and communities, Sr Imelda Poole reflects on her work combatting human trafficking of women, men, girls and boys- Interview Blanche Girouard, The Tablet, 3 September 2020.

I was the tenth of 12 children in a very loving, caring and close Catholic family. My parents were models for caring for others: they counselled, in our front room, young couples who were having marital difficulties; my father took us to sing carols in the maternity hospital at Christmas; and we’d go out snow sweeping to raise money to donate on Good Shepherd Sunday.

I fell in love with God when I was studying for my A levels at the Loreto Convent in Nottingham. I was praying each day using a little book of meditations on God’s love and I suddenly experienced a love that was more intense than any other loving I had experienced before: even though I had had a boyfriend since the previous year. It was a really extraordinary experience: I felt it deep, deep, deep in my gut, drawing me in, and it stayed and got bigger and more passionate and wider so that after a school day I just wanted to drop into church and pray!

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Intro to Contre la Traite des Etres Humains Newsletter


There is a universal message in this month’s issue of Contre la Traite des Etres HUmains – ENCOURAGE FRENCH SOCIETY TO MOBILIZE AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN HUMAN BEINGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF LABOR EXPloitation.

currently recognised as an invisible and poorly recognised phenomenon in France, the content of the newsletter covers various preemptive steps towards addressing the phenomenon, such as:

1. Promoting the detection of expxloitative situations;

2. Train judicial personnel;

3. raising public awareness.

Together with excerpts from recent trials in France and information on the committee against Modern Slavery (CCEM), the newsletter is packed with information.

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World day of Creation Pope Francis’s message.


Pope’s message for the World day of Prayer for the Season of Creation, 1 September 2020.

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RENATE welcomes Pope Francis’ call for just and sustainable societies, able to take care of one another and the environment. His message is of particular relevance at this time, when we are seeing the extended reach of human traffickers and exploiters by means of the Internet and social media, capturing an increasingly younger audience, housebound during the time of COVID-19.

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for the Season of Creation, Pope Francis urges all of us to make sure the world’s poorest people are not forgotten as countries begin to rebuild, despite the ongoing presence of COVID-19.

Below is an excerpt from Pope Francis’ opening statement, followed by a link to the entire text.

Source: Vatican News

‘You will declare the fiftieth year holy and you will proclaim the liberation in the earth for all its inhabitants. It will be a jubilee for you’ (Lv 25,10)

Dear brothers and sisters,

Every year, particularly since the publication of the Encyclical Letter Laudato si ‘ ( LS , 24 May 2015), the first day of September marks the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation for the Christian family, with which the Time of Creation begins, which ends on 4 October, in memory of St Francis of Assisi. In this period, Christians throughout the world renew their faith in God the Creator and unite in a special way in prayer and action for the safeguard of the common home.

I am pleased that the theme chosen by the ecumenical family for the celebration of the Time of Creation 2020 is “Jubilee for the Earth”, precisely in the year in which the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day occurs.

In Sacred Scripture, the Jubilee is a sacred time to remember, return, rest, repair and rejoice.

1. A time to remember

We are invited to remember above all that the ultimate destiny of creation is to enter into God’s eternal Sabbath. It is a journey that takes place in time, embracing the rhythm of the seven days of the week, the cycle of seven years and the great Jubilee Year that comes to the end of seven sabbatical years.

The Jubilee is also a time of grace to commemorate the original vocation of creation to be and prosper as a community of love. We exist only through relationships: with God the creator, with brothers and sisters as members of a common family, and with all creatures who inhabit our own home. “Everything is related, and all of us human beings are united as brothers and sisters in a wonderful pilgrimage, linked by the love that God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us among us, with tender affection, to our brother sun, to sister moon, to brother river and to mother earth “( LS , 92).

The Jubilee, therefore, is a time for remembrance, where to keep the memory of our inter-relational existence. We constantly need to remember that “everything is related, and that the authentic care of our own life and of our relations with nature is inseparable from fraternity, justice and fidelity to others” ( LS , 70).

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Mission not Community is at the heart of our Charism-


                                                                  September 2020.

Across the world, education is the key to the prevention of children becoming victims of human trafficking.

While this month’s issue of STOP Trafficking focuses on human trafficking education in schools in the United States, there are findings that can apply to other jurisdictions.

Covering how the State of Florida introduced mandatory education on Child Trafficking Prevention, for students from Kindergarten to 12the grade, through to consideration of themes such as  ‘’Children at risk,’’ ‘’Social Media,’’  the Newsletter covers a variety of aspects of Human Trafficking that are essential considerations for all involved in the wider education and community fields.

Click here to download the SEPTEMBER 2020 newsletter.