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Annual Wexford fast raises €51,000 for local charities

The annual fast began twenty-eight years ago and has since raised an estimated €750,000 for worthy causes.

2019.12.28.

Unwanted presents can be given to Crosscare at Pro Cathedral in Dublin

Crosscare will give unwanted items to people living with very little, as well as the homeless.

2019.12.28.

Syrian family move home for Christmas after 8 years of flight

“For me, returning home is like being reborn. I can’t even begin to describe the joy I am feeling," - Elias Ghattas.

2019.12.27.

Christmas parcels go to 19,000 children in Syria this year

For the eighth year running, ACN is providing Christmas parcels for displaced children, including warm clothes, shoes, toys, devotional items and other essentials.

2019.12.20.

African bishop criticises West’s sales ethics, government and media

“Evidently, many of the Western powers have an interest in seeing the violence continue, and their profits are more important than our lives” – Bishop Kientega.

2019.12.06.

Christmas Elves and Angels wanted by SVP

“Like a Christmas Angel, your gift of hope could bring little miracles to those who need it most this winter,” says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2019.12.02.

More families and children homeless in July

There has been a failure to stem the flow of families and individuals into homelessness every month, says Focus Ireland CEO, Pat Dennigan.

2019.09.10.

SVP introduces cashless collection boxes

Irish society is becoming increasingly cashless, and the way charities are collecting donations is changing to reflect this.

2019.08.11.

Muddied waters at Trevi Fountain as mayor takes coins from Caritas Italia

Tourists throw about €4,000 into the Trevi Fountain’s pools and cascades every day, which until now has been used to fund Caritas Italia's projects to help Rome's poor.

2019.01.14.

SVP expect no slow down in calls for help in its 175th anniversary year

In Ireland, the Society of St Vincent de Paul receives more than 130,000 calls for assistance a year – about 11 percent more than it did five years ago.

2019.01.07.

Prayer for parishes is this month’s Pope’s intention

Let us pray for our parishes, that they may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

2017.09.10.

Homeless figures reach record levels

This must be seen as a “line in the sand” for the government. “They must see this cannot continue,” says Focus Ireland in week where homeless families were directed to Garda stations for shelter.

2017.05.27.

Look what has started on The Late Late Show

Charity album will raise thousands of euro for SVP.

2016.11.14.

Irish nun among Gazan Catholics greeted by Cardinal Nichols

President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales praises “witness and strength” of small Catholic community of 170 people out of a total population of 1.8 million.

2016.11.09.

John McAreavey to speak on forgiveness in Knock

Former footballer to give personal testimony about his faith journey following the tragic death of his wife, Michaela.

2016.02.21.

Poor health, no money and loneliness top concerns

ALONE research shows respondents were most concerned about being able to maintain independence on the state pension and finding themselves lonely.

2016.02.20.

Charities to receive Black Santa sit out proceeds

€41,400, the largest amount in the Dublin appeal’s 15 year history, collected in the days running up to Christmas.

2016.02.07.

‘Mad Hair Day’ to raise funds for cemetery children

"Almost 2,000 people, who have nothing, live in the cemetery in Manila; they are born, live and die there”: Jackie Pallas of the Society of Missionary Children.

2015.11.25.

Walk of Light brings Advent message to the capital

“As Christmas approaches with glitter, jingles and lights in shops and streets, we set out and declare publicly and together that Christ is the light that has come into the world."

2015.11.24.

McVerry Trust expects client numbers to double

According to CEO Pat Doyle this year’s client numbers will break all records.

2015.11.19.

Cold Weather Initiative criticised by McVerry Trust

“While families are flooding into homelessness, Ministers are bickering, arguing with one another and disagreeing with one another" - Fr McVerry.

2015.11.05.

Housing not shelter is the answer to homelessness

Inadequate response to crisis makes McVerry Trust question "whether this Government are committed to helping people in homelessness".

2015.10.02.

Pope appeals to laity for more active engagement

Pontiff to celebrate outdoor Mass for over a million pilgrims at World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

2015.09.27.

Irish-born comedian awarded papal knighthood

Comic Jimmy Cricket announced by tweet that the Pope had made him a papal knight for services to charity.

2015.09.21.

Minister gives back car to SVP after draw win

Skoda Fabia which Minister Kevin Humphreys won in an SVP raffle is worth €18,000.

2015.09.11.

Bishop urges families to pray grace at mealtimes

“It can be very difficult for parents to provide for the material needs of their children" and there are children who live and sleep in very inadequate situations.

2015.08.17.

Tributes paid to Irish missionary killed in Liberia

24-year-old Director of the Liberia Mission of the Franciscan Works charity arrived in West African country in February 2013.

2015.07.19.

Emigration has left older people ALONE

This St Patrick’s Day, ALONE are asking emigrants to remember older people left at home who may be feeling isolated.

2015.03.14.

Planning granted for Nano Nagle centre in Cork

Presentation Sisters want historic 244-year-old South Presentation Centre to be a place that preserves the ethos and philosophy of founder, Venerable Nano Nagle.

2015.03.05.

New cardinals inducted at consistory service

Pope outlines nature of ecclesial service to twenty new prelates.

2015.02.15.
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