Candlelit Vigil and Symbolic Walk, Ireland
Date: 
Sam 17/11/2018

Candlelit Vigil and Symbolic Walk from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone

Custom House Quay - Dublin 1

Saturday 17 November 2018 - from 5pm to 5.45pm

In past years, All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland invited the general public and leaders of churches and spiritual communities to gather at the Famine Statues and the Human Rights and Poverty Stone for a candlelit vigil. Usually the annual event was planned on the eve of the UN End Poverty Day (17 October each year).

This year, ATD Ireland plans the event on another very significant day.

On Saturday 17 November 2018, Ireland and all other EU Member States will mark the first anniversary of the adoption of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar calls among other things, for the protection of the right to Housing, Health Services, Education and a Minimum Income.

This very day is also special in 2018 as it is the eve of the 2nd Catholic World Day of the Poor initiated by Pope Francis in 2017. While ATD is not a faith-based organization, we value the potential role of churches and spiritual movements in the challenge to achieve the 17 Goals and the Leave No One Behind promise of the 2030 Agenda.

So on this event of 17 November, we aim to remind the Irish Government  that  it made a "Social Rights Promise" at the EU Social Summit in Gothenburg on 17 November 2017.

We will also call on members of all churches and people of faith, christian or non christian, to join the global movement to End Poverty by 2030.

We invite you and citizens from Dublin to attend our symbolic candlelit walk from the Famine Statues to the Human Rights and Poverty Stone on Custom House Quay.

Church and Spiritual Movement Leaders, including the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin, will participate in the event.

During the 40-meters long symbolic walk, we will stop three times and read some short extracts of "Voices for Dignity" a book launched one month ago on the 2018 UN End Poverty Day.

A pdf version of the book is available here: http://17october.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Voices4Dignity-WebVersionFinal.pdf. Free hard copies will be available on the day.

When? Saturday, 17th November 2018 - Start 5pm - End 5.45pm

Where? Start at the Famine Statues on Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Who? The walk is prepared by All Together in Dignity Ireland (www.atdireland.ie) and other members of the Irish Committee for the UN End Poverty Day (www.17october.ie)  

  • About the Pillar of Social Rights and the platform "Stand Up For The Social Pillar":

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/deeper-and-fairer-economic-and-monetary-union/european-pillar-social-rights_en

https://europeanmovement.eu/news/press-release-stand-up-for-the-social-pillar/

http://www.cecop.coop/Stand-Up-for-the-Social-Pillar-Strong-presence-and-interest-for-the-first  

  • About the World Day of the Poor:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/poveri.index.html and https://www.romereports.com/en/2018/06/14/pope-francis-presents-new-and-improved-world-day-of-the-poor/

We hope you will be able to join us.

Nota Bene: If you would like to play a role in the walk (e.g. share a message on the EU Pillar of Social Rights, read a short extract of "Voices for Dignity" or invite people to pray or meditate whatever is your faith or church ) please let us know!

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