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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11  They shall teach the little girls of the villages while they are there. They shall strive to train local girls to replace them at this task during their absence. They shall do all this for the love of God and without any remuneration (SWLM:729 [A.54]). These words of St. Louise de Marillac resonate […]

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Vincentian Family Event at the UN to Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of our Charism

Vincentian Family event at the UN to celebrate the 400th anniversary of our Charism Triad of Grassroots Engagement, Systemic change and Advocacy in the Eradication of poverty On February 1, 2017 during the 55th commission on social development, with the theme being “eradicating poverty to achieve sustainable development for all,” the members of the Vincentian […]

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End Poverty in all its forms by 2030: Implement Social Protection Floors

The Global Community has an ambitious agenda to transform our world by 2030 – “we are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.” (Transforming our world: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable […]

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Welcoming the Stranger: Common Ground

Welcoming the stranger is not only a theme of this 400th anniversary of the Vincentian Family. It is a core value of virtually all faiths. The call to “welcome the stranger,” through protection and hospitality, and to honor the stranger or those of other faiths with respect and equality, is deeply rooted in all major […]

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The Vincentian Family is Present at the UN

As a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul team, I’d like to say a few words about our part of this important family journey. The Vincentians in NYC recently hosted our new President General, Renato Lima de Oliveira, the 16th President General of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Renato is a […]

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The Remembrance of the Holocaust

For a personal story about a Holocaust survivor, click the video below: Surely, one who might have seen movies such as Sophie’s Choice, Schindler’s List, or Life Is Beautiful would be saying to herself about the Holocaust, “Never again. The world can’t ever again allow the perpetuation of such atrocities.” The message bears amplification in our […]

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NGO Representatives Collaborate on UN Side Event

One of the most effective ways our Vincentian Family NGOs can effect change at the UN is through sponsorship of side events.   The UN is bombarded with concerns about global issues.  Far more effective than repetitive complaints are creative solutions, which can be portrayed at side events. “Side events are a way for the NGOs […]

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2016 Global Report on Trafficking: A Brief Summary

On December 21, 2016 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) presented a high-level launch of the 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. This report is published every two years and offers good data on the trends of the activity and results of increasing efforts to combat these crimes against humanity. The […]

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The United Nations and Peace

This is a season in which we long for peace. During his traditional Christmas Day blessing, a little over a week ago, Pope Francis prayed for peace in major hotspots around the world. UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on New Year’s Eve called for this international resolution: “Let us resolve to put peace first.” Amid […]

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