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Green theme for Catholic Schools Week 2020

“The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures,” says Fr Paul Connell.

2020.01.23.

New director of vocations for Cork and Ross

As the number of priests in the diocese grows smaller, Bishop Gavin said: “We need to actively go out of our way to encourage, foster, nourish and promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.”

2020.01.23.

Churches express concern over ‘relentless’ rise in homelessness

“We restate our call for increased investment in state-provided housing; measures to limit rent increases, improve security of tenure, and protect families who face eviction from their home; and proposals to convert unused buildings into social housing.”

2020.01.22.

Oxfam publishes world billionaires report ahead of Davos

‘Time to Care’ highlights global inequality with the world’s 2,153 billionaires owning more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 per cent of the planet’s population. Ireland has one of the highest levels of wealth inequality in the EU, according to Oxfam.

2020.01.22.

Bishop of Kerry highlights key challenges ahead of election

“There is a need to appreciate that our democracy has served us well in the past decade, when you take into account both recovery from the collapse of the Celtic Tiger and Britain’s decision to leave the EU."

2020.01.21.

617 million children worldwide lack basic maths and literacy skills

Ahead of International Day of Education on 24th January, World Vision Ireland has highlighted that if every girl worldwide received 12 years’ quality education, lifetime earnings for women would increase by US$15 to US$30 trillion globally.

2020.01.21.

Dublin gears up to celebrate world’s first Word of God Sunday next week

“You may be surprised at the power you find in the Bible,” says Fr Pádraig McCarthy.

2020.01.20.

Two bishops plea for an end to Drogheda violence

The situation is Drogheda “is a consequence of policy failures over many years and it is going to take a major effort to turn that around and provide the healing that is necessary” - Bishop Michael Router.

2020.01.20.

Tackling child poverty must be an election 2020 priority, SVP tells voters and politicians

"In our experience, the biggest driver of poverty in recent years is housing costs," says SVP president Kieran Stafford, calling on voters to exercise their electoral power to make politicans reduce the misery of poverty in Ireland today.

2020.01.19.

Pope praises those clearing sea of plastic, but Irish researchers find pollution is rife

Local civil society can and must contribute to tackling issues of global importance, says Pope praising Fishing for Plastic initiative.

2020.01.19.

International group of bishops reports back after trip to Holy Land

“We were welcomed by families whose focus is now day-to-day survival and whose aspirations have been reduced to bare essentials such as electricity and clean water.”

2020.01.18.

Progress on Tipperary’s mental health services welcomed

A new unit will be operational in Thurles in the coming months, campaigner Fr Michael Toomey has revealed, and hubs will be opened in Clonmel and Nenagh once the Thurles unit is up and running.

2020.01.18.

Man left with “life-changing injuries” after vehicle hoisted his tent

Fr Peter McVerry said it is because of their safety and comradeship that so many people who are homeless elect to live in tents.

2020.01.17.

Bishop Router calls out culture and government over teenager’s murder

“The reprehensible sub-culture in our society which views all human life as expendable, including the lives of children, must be defeated” – Bishop Michael Router.

2020.01.17.

Four seminarians abducted in Nigeria have been identified 

Abductions in the state have become “a big business” though some kidnappings are for religious reasons, – Rev John Joseph Hayab.

2020.01.17.

Bishop Treanor speaks of Gaza visit on Vatican Radio

Bishop Treanor said that while he was always wary of drawing over simplified conclusions, religions and churches had a role in promoting peace and understanding in Northern Ireland in the recent past and in particular during the past year when the political institutions were not functioning there.

2020.01.16.

Fr Brian D’Arcy awarded OBE

Prince William honoured Fr D’Arcy for services to cross-community relations in Northern Ireland at the ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 14th January 2020. The New Year Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of people in the world of the arts and show business, sports, business and charitable, public service and community work across the United Kingdom.

2020.01.16.

Funeral of Irish nun honoured for her work in Africa

Sr Hilary Lyons received an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2016 in recognition of her work as a physician, paediatrician, surgeon and obstetrician in Sierra Leone for 42 years.

2020.01.15.

Government plan to tackle poverty needs firmer commitments

“Over the coming years, we will continue to advocate to ensure that measures to tackle poverty are a key priority” – SVP.

2020.01.15.

Stolen tabernacle recovered after Co Kildare church ransacked

Two separate churches vandalised in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin over the weekend.

2020.01.14.

Shock at Pope Emeritus’ intervention on celibacy

Commenting on the retired pope’s new book, Dr Austin Ivereigh, Vatican expert and biographer of Pope Francis said, “It’s a totally imprudent and ill thought-out intervention which has the effect of undermining Francis’s authority.”

2020.01.14.

Derry says goodbye to Bishop Jim Mehaffey RIP

“Why are you here? In the short gift of a lifespan you must grasp every opportunity to do things for the good of all,” said Archbishop Robin Eames, remembering his colleague.

2020.01.13.

Name part of Carlow bypass after priest, say Laois county councillors

“Fr John Fingleton did an awful lot of work. To me he is a saint,” said Independent Cllr Ben Brennan, who first proposed the road renaming.

2020.01.13.

Spain’s bishops launch two-year marriage preparation course to combat ‘El Divorcio’

"To be a priest, you need to spend seven years in the seminary, so what about being a husband, a wife, a mother or a father? Just twenty hours?” commented the Bishop of Bilbao.

2020.01.12.

Australian bishop appeals for donations and prayer in face of bush fire disaster

"Expressions of solidarity are important, but they are not enough," says Archbishop of Brisbane in the face of unprecedented disaster.

2020.01.12.

Irish and international delegation of bishops promotes peace in the Holy Land

The bishops are determined to go to Gaza to help remind the small Christian community that they are not forgotten as Christians.

2020.01.11.

Church leaders welcome deal that means Stormont is back in business today

Today provides an opportunity for a new start for Northern Ireland’s political institutions and one that can also offer fresh hope, say the leaders of Ireland’s four main Churches.

2020.01.11.

Diocese of Limerick hiring a “Pastoral Outreach and Formation Worker”

Essential requirements for the role(s) available include relevant qualification or experience in catechetics, religious education, theology, leadership, pastoral care or youth ministry.

2020.01.10.

Bishop calls out Nigerian and Western governments for allowing attacks on Christians

“Western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than the ordinary people," Bishop Kukah.

2020.01.10.

Funeral Mass celebrated for murdered man from homeless community in Cork

“The next homeless person we meet, we might treat them with a little more sympathy and kindness. For whatever we do to the least of our sisters and brothers, we do it to Jesus” – Fr Howard.

2020.01.10.
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