2016 Speakers


 
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Cecilia Flores

Social entrepreneur and human rights activist

 

"In my heart, truly, forgiveness does not come easy – and more so, mercy. I don’t know if I have been able to forgive those people who have made my life and girls’ lives hell on earth."


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Judy Onyango

Student, Wife and Mother

 

"Marrying early due to poverty gets to a point where love turns sour and violence is the order of the day. Respect and dignity are swept under the carpet."


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Caroline Kimeu

Student

 

To end child marriage, education must be accessible, good quality, safe and girl-friendly.


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Sabriye Tenberken & Paul Kronenberg

Co-Founders of Kanthari and Braille Without Borders

 

"A kanthari is born when Mercy, in the sense of forgiveness and reconciliation, turns into empowerment and gratefulness. Grateful for the life we have lived, the sorrows that we could transform into strength."


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Jesuit Refugee Service

International Catholic Organisation

 

The mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS launched their new campaign Mercy in Motion in 2016.


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Sister Mary Doris

Blauvelt Dominican Sister

 

"Mercy, for me, is the desire to love and serve others, fired by the Gift of Faith in God's abiding love in my life."


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Merci

Student

 

"I know something and most of all, I can give something back to the people.”


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Dr. Katarina Kruhonja

Co-founder of the Center for Peace, Nonviolence (one world) and Human Right - Osijek 

 

“The war in Croatia changed my life. First, it was my internal dialogue with the logic of a “total war”- destructive force of violence which I recognized also in my own mind and heart. "


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Dr. Carolyn Woo

President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services

 

"What we must do is find ways to give women and girls the resources, training, support and space they need to grow."


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Petra Dankova

Postulant (Sister-in-training) with the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer

 

"when we think of a culture – of peace or hospitality – every single thing matters. Every little detail can multiply into a chain-reaction of miracles."


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Geralyn Sheehan

Country Director for US Peace Corps, Colombia

 

“The impact of poverty on a person is more than their economic status, it is a diminishment of their human value and dignity. To end poverty we must address issues that diminish human dignity and freedom.”


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Gayatri Lobo Gajiwala

English teacher

 

"Finding your inner strength and the courage of your convictions goes a long way towards making your presence count in the world."


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Nicole Perone

Student of Yale University

 

I am extroverted and outgoing enough to be unafraid of raising my voice for and within the Church for women and young people."


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Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson

Producer for CBS News

 

Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, a producer for the CBS News legendary news programme, 60 Minutes, moderates the first session of the 2016 edition of Voices of Faith.


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Father Thomas H Smolich, SJ

International Director of JRS

 

"We must show mercy to those who are at the mercy of outside forces," says Fr Smolich. "We must mobilise ourselves for those who are in motion."


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Father M C George Menamparampil sdb

Salesian of Don Bosco

 

"When asked where and what they would be doing if they were not attending one of our Don Bosco schools, a lot of our students are in agreement on one thing: They would not be attending any high school at all."