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Vincentian Prayer Images: The Cries of the Poor Then and Now

The hardships of war emptied out the homes of the poor in Vincent’s day. How will we work for those driven from their homes today?

Being Vincentian in Aleppo

Since 2012, the rebellion has become entrenched in Aleppo, the  country’s former economic and industrial capital. The appalling humanitarian situation continues to worsen, with over 40,000 inhabitants from Aleppo province setting out on the road to the Turkish border....

Vincentian Family and “Mental Health Consequences of Conflict on Children”

In cooperation with UNICEF, Fracarita International, an international NGO for development cooperation of the Brothers of Charity founded by the Belgium St. Vincent, has organized a major international symposium “Mental Health Consequences of Conflict on Children”

World War III not far fetched – Pope Francis

“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction… How is this possible? It is so because in today’s world, behind the scenes, there are interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power, and there is the manufacture and sale of arms.”

World War III not far fetched – Pope Francis

World War III not far fetched – Pope Francis

“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction… How is this possible? It is so because in today’s world, behind the scenes, there are interests, geopolitical strategies, lust for money and power, and there is the manufacture and sale of arms.”

D-Day plus 70!

D-Day plus 70!

On this anniversary of D- Day... What have we learned? What can we do? It was supposed to be “The War to end all wars” (Woodrow Wilson), John XXIII wrote and Encyclical ""Peace on Earth". "War, Never again war” (Paul VI), John Paul II wrote over 20 messages during his...

9/11 – What we learned

9/11 – What we learned

On September 11, 2001, the unthinkable happened to those of us who live in the United States. That day and the days that followed are forever etched in our memories. During that time, we learned so many things we wish we could forget. But even in the darkest moments,...

Vincent on war and peace

Vincent on war and peace

Faced with war what would Vincent do? We actually know the answer... thanks to a wonderful study done by David Carmona, CM (Spain)  After pointing out the similarities between Vincent's times and ours he presents excerpts from Vincent that show us what he actually...

Syria: moral dilemma

Syria: moral dilemma

Syria: moral dilemma facing today’s leaders - Ethics of military action Ivor Roberts writes in the Tablet of  Britain.. After a suspected chemical weapons attack on his own people by the Assad regime in Syria, the clamour for the West to act is growing. But there is...

Vincentian perspectives on violence

Vincentian perspectives on violence

Given all the blood that is being shed today it might be easy to forget that Vincent was not no stranger to bloodshed and war. So it is legitimate to ask "What would Vincent do" (WWVD) or better yet, "What did Vincent do?" We are blessed with an article "Vincent de...

Peace is more than just words

Peace is more than just words

In "Drink Deeply My Daughter" Amanda Kern concludes a reflection on Vincent and Peace with  "Vincent teaches us that peace is not words. You won't find eloquent or flowery words from Vincent about peace. You will, however, find action, which as Vincent shows us, is...

SVDP report of conditions in Syria

"We communicated almost daily with our colleagues in Hassakeh, Aleppo and Damascus, until Monday, August 6 when we lost contact." ... "I can not describe to you the fear and anxiety which are read in the eyes of those displaced. For the most part they have not been...

Two views of the war on Christmas

Santa vs. Jesus - David Frum "We hear a lot about the war on Christmas. But the true seasonal struggle is the war within Christmas, a single holiday shared by two deeply antagonistic religions. The war on Christmas is really about what brand of “civil religion”...

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