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When the Tanzanian Makutano Group met in June it was proposed that, in addition to areas of the Global Vision that everyone had worked on, International Relations and Terrorism should now be included.

In November the Scottish and Tanzanian Core groups met separately and came to the same conclusion.  At the same time the Paris Attacks happened. Their meeting was the morning afterwards. And we know what has happened since. There is an ongoing anxiety everywhere. ‘Peace on Earth’ seems an impossible dream.

And then the Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis had announced began. His message is for all people: By its very nature mercy indicates something concrete: intentions, attitudes, and behaviours that are shown in daily living … so we are called to be merciful to each other. I trust that this Jubilee year celebrating the mercy of God will foster an encounter with Islam and Judaism and with other noble religious traditions.” 

The beginning of a New Year offers hope and the possibility of new beginnings for everyone. Hence the theme for 2016:  ‘Peace on Earth …A Year of Mercy’

Throughout the year there will be celebrations, workshops and opportunities to develop and communicate our vision in creative ways.