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Bishop of Derry expresses Brexit concerns on Vatican Radio

“Those who are leading Brexit have to recognise not just the benefits for East Sussex but the challenges for West Derry.”

2019.08.15.

Brexit is being led by English nationalism, bishop warns

“We don’t want to go back to a new hard border right behind my bishop’s residence.”

2019.08.13.

Fifty Irish at European Focolare gathering

“We believe that through sharing our stories, our cultures and our histories – getting to know each other – we can lay the foundation for a more united Europe,” say organisers of event.

2019.07.24.

Hard Brexit will damage Northern Ireland peace process, says PSNI chief

"We are worried that a hard Brexit will create a vacuum that will become a rally call and a recruiting ground for dissident republicans."

2019.07.14.

Bishops’ plea for informed voting in European elections

Given the “potentially profound and far-reaching implications” of Brexit for all citizens across the island of Ireland, participating in the European elections in an informed and conscientious way “has rarely been more important”.

2019.05.21.

Needs of homeless non-EU citizens must be addressed

Commenting on the DRHE plan, the Immigrant Council of Ireland stated: “It is so important to be careful with language – just because a family is non-EU does not mean they don’t have legal status or housing rights. Everyone has a right to shelter.”

2019.04.03.

Bishops of Europe pledge to maintain fraternity in face of Brexit crisis

“Brexit should never succeed in breaking the fraternity uniting us with our British brothers.”

2019.03.31.

As Brexit confusion continues, Britain’s bishops prepare for fallout

Failure to take advantage of the settlement scheme could leave EU citizens in Britain facing deportation from June 2021.

2019.03.25.

Archbishop outlines major challenges for the Irish Church

In Limerick address, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin questions the lack of progress in developing a new covenant between Church and State and also calls for “a radical new look at the formation of future priests”.

2019.03.20.

Primate’s St Patrick’s Day message highlights uncertainty over Brexit

Families across the island of Ireland - including those who live and work along the border and those who make their living from farming, business and haulage - have expressed anxiety about the future to Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.03.17.

Primate appeals to politicians to work together as Brexit looms

“I would ask this question: we are only seven or eight weeks from the proposed date of exit. I wonder are we really thinking enough about the impact on people on the ground?”

2019.01.29.

Bishops welcome “no fee” decision for Europeans staying in UK after Brexit

Bishop Paul McAleenan paid tribute to people from across Europe who have contributed to the Church and society in the UK and who are what he called “an integral and valued part of our parishes, schools and communities”.

2019.01.23.

Church leaders focus on Brexit concerns in New Year’s messages

Archbishop Eamon Martin warns “There can be no going back to the days of violence and death on our streets” as he appeals to politicians to “reject divisive language and actions” during 2019.

2019.01.01.

British parishes told to help EU citizens stay in UK after Brexit

“We strongly oppose the decision to charge people for securing the rights they already have. This is not only unprincipled but will also create a barrier for larger families or people facing financial difficulties."

2018.12.16.

Pray for politicians with big hearts, says bishop

Weigh your words carefully to respect the integrity of those who conscientiously differ from you, and speak with grace, warn church leaders in joint statement on Brexit.

2018.11.23.

Royal Irish Academy to host lecture on St Columbanus and the making of modern Europe

Columbanus, born c.550 on the Carlow/Wexford border, is the best known of the many Irish missionaries who re-evangelised Europe during the Middle Ages.

2018.11.12.

Churches make plans for Brexit

“There are core values and practices arising out of the Gospel that will lie at the heart of all the churches’ contributions at every level of engagement, from informing the opinions of individual members, to official contributions by the churches, to governments and institutions.”

2018.10.28.

President Higgins calls for sustainable farms and communities in the face of climate change

“For the most dangerous consequences of climate change will fall on those least able to bear them, on those areas already vulnerable to desertification and rising sea levels.” President Michael D Higgins.

2018.09.20.

Compulsory registration of EU citizens in UK will mostly hit Catholics

The Church’s concern in this matter is justified as the majority of EU citizens in the EU are Catholic, and safeguarding their rights is a priority for the Catholic Church.

2018.07.07.

Church leaders pay tribute to Good Friday Agreement in Rome

“There are no quick fixes,” but the accord “gave us the opportunity – the breathing space – to look for goodwill”: Archbishop Richard Clarke.

2018.05.23.

Bishop Treanor elected as vice president of European Bishops’ COMECE

Bishop Treanor previously served as Secretary General of COMECE from 1993 to 2008, before his ordination as Bishop of Down and Connor.

2018.03.22.

Bishops visit EU in advance of Brexit

“Essentially we must always promote the human and insist that the human is put at the centre of the European project” – Bishop Nicholas Hudson.

2017.09.28.

Investment not tax cuts for better future for all

Most people want to see reductions in healthcare waiting lists, increases in social housing provision and reliable high-speed broadband across rural Ireland. To achieve this means there should be no net tax cuts in Budget 2018 – Social Justice Ireland.

2017.06.29.

Primate concerned that hard borders accentuate differences

Archbishop Eamon Martin worried that a return to borders, checkpoints and customs could “play into the hands of those who would exploit it”.

2017.06.13.

Possible papal visit to Northern Ireland next year

Migration, the European project, climate change, poverty and the effects of globalisation on families were the focus of “cordial discussions” between Pope Francis and President Michael D. Higgins.

2017.05.23.

Devotees of Fr John Sullivan struck by relative’s uncanny resemblance to him

Church of Ireland Primate describes beatification as a “day of celebration and joy” in the context of the “unending need for reconciliation in Ireland”.

2017.05.17.

Church in England concerned about Irish in UK post Brexit

EU citizens living in the UK must not live in fear of not being allowed to stay, says spokesman for bishops of England and Wales.

2017.04.01.

The European Union celebrates 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome

The legacy of the Treaty of Rome is to continue the work begun by previous generations who courageously and prophetically sought to establish a better future for all – Bishop Noel Treanor.

2017.03.26.

Racism is increasing in Ireland

The very significant levels of fear among those who have been abused because of their race have led to mental health problems, ongoing anxiety, depression, avoidance of public places and normal life, as well as loss of confidence and work and study opportunities.

2017.03.22.

Primate “nervous” of any reconstruction of the border

“We want to say as bishops our firm ‘no’ to a harsh language and remind our politicians that their vocation is to work for the common good and exercise their leadership through the careful practice of compromise and agreement.”

2017.02.28.
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