All public Masses in Kildare, Laois and Offaly suspended
“I know this is very difficult news particularly for the 38 parishes of Kildare & Leighlin affected by this two-week shutdown” - Bishop Denis Nulty.
Trócaire responding to Beirut disaster - but your support is desperately needed
“I don’t know how I came out of it basically unscathed. It feels like a miracle. I’m lucky to be alive," says Trócaire head of operations in the Lebanon.
Mary’s Meals Walking Novena to Knock starts today
“Joy is a perfect word as Mary’s Meals bring so much joy to the children, their families, their teachers, their communities,” said organiser Patricia Friel.
Focus Ireland fears surge in homelessness under new legislation
Homeless figures had passed 10,000 in January 2020 but in June they were down to 8,699, which is 177 less than in May. Of the 8,699 people accessing emergency accommodation in June, 6,046 were adults and 2,653 dependents. There were 1,159 families in emergency accommodation.
Pope pays tribute to John Hume's "untiring efforts to promote dialogue"
"Make no mistake about it – there are people alive today who would not be alive had it not been for John’s vision and his work” - Fr Paul Farren at the Funeral Mass of the former leader of the SDLP.
Leaders condemn nuclear weapons on anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Pope stated that the cost of nuclear weapons should be measured not only in the lives destroyed through their use, but also the suffering of the poorest and most vulnerable people, who could have benefited were such vast sums of public money invested in the common good of society instead.
Archbishop of Dublin expresses solidarity with people of Beirut
“All of us are aware of the fragility of human life, its survival and its integrity. My prayer is for all the people of Beirut that they will find comfort at this time" - Archbishop Michael Jackson.
John Hume hailed as NI's "architect of reconciliation and peace"
“Today we are remembering a paragon of peace, a giant of a statesman whose legacy of unstinting service to the Common Good is internationally acclaimed, even though it is still perhaps only unfolding” - Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Three Irish aid agencies combat COVID-19 in Sierra Leone
Ambassador of Ireland, Lesley Ní Bhriain, said: “Concern, Trócaire and GOAL are well placed to implement this essential response work in Sierra Leone, which will help around 400,000 people.”
Human trafficking to feature in BAFTA film festival and European competition
It is “a festival of films about trafficking and the moves to combat what Pope Francis has described as a ‘crime against humanity’,” stated RENATE, which is inviting people to submit short four-minute films.
Do you want a read with that? McDonald’s donates 2,000 children’s books to SVP
“This generous donation of 2,000 books will greatly benefit so many children and families across the country,” said SVP national president Kieran Stafford.
Barnardos school survey highlights COVID-19 worries
Sixty per cent of young people surveyed said that they are worried about Covid-19 when they think of returning to school.