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JPIC Report on World Water Day

The United Nations has designated 22 March as World Water Day to be observed worldwide. On the 2006 World Water Day, the World Water Forum, held in Mexico City, came to an end. The Forum brings together major international financial institutions, a number of multinational corporations and different governments. It receives funding from the Canadian government. Forum sponsors believe that privatizing water systems is still the best solution to the world's water dilemma.

Women Making a Difference

When Sr. Anne Marie Marrin was called to the front desk at St. Joseph’s College on March 8, she thought it was a routine matter. She was wrong. Three representatives from the radio station Flow 93.5 FM presented her with two dozen white roses. Third year student Tara Muldoon had called the station on International Women’s Day to recognize two women, Sr. Anne Marie and Sr. Conrad Lauber, who had made a difference in her life. “Since the residence will be closing, I thought it was the perfect day and the perfect time to give them flowers, ” said Tara, pictured above between Sr.

Water: Sacred and Profaned

On Feb. 9, 2006, some 35 Sisters gathered for a celebration of water, and parts of the video, named in the title above, were shown.  A couple of quotes from this wonderful video will make you want to rush to see it:

“What we are trying to do is to deepen our consciousness of water, and by  doing so, hoping to effect a different and more consequent stewardship of this element of water as a purveyor of life.  It is a sacred element.  We must find the sacred in it again.”

“Water is sacred as water, and not just for some human purpose.”

An Unusual Ministry - A Horse Show in Haiti

On Dec. 11, 2005, a wonderful event took place here in Haiti in the midst of all the violence. A horse show with a difference took place at Henfrasa Horse Club. The difference was that many of the participants were handicapped children, most of them from the large orphanage of NPF (Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs).

Working for Peace

In a Mi’kmaq village in New Brunswick, William Payne falls sick while being part of a violence-reduction team sent by Christian Peacemaker Teams. He receives an herbal remedy from the chief’s sister for his flu and recovers. When he thanks Kwegsi at the band office the next day, the chief laughs and says to the young people with him, “ We never learn. For 500 years when they get sick, we give them medicine!”

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