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The Pope Video – December 2019

The future of the very young

2019.12.06.

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.

Irish abuse commission concedes ‘seriously erroneous statistic’

The Department of Education information calculates that the number of children in Industrial Schools and Reformatories from 1930–1970 now stands at approximately 42,000—less than one-fourth of the original figure.

2019.11.30.

ACN book launch takes place this evening

Everybody will have an opportunity to have a direct encounter with witnesses — that is, people who have directly experienced violence in defending their faith — and that’s a rare opportunity for people in Ireland - Dr Michael Kinsella.

2019.11.29.

Bill aims to stop children accessing pornography

Bill comes at a time when pornography is widely available in Ireland and over half of teenage boys in Ireland see pornography before the age of 13.

2019.11.27.

Ireland discusses adult incest and age of consent

“If this was proposed even a few years ago, there would almost certainly have been a public outcry of some sort” – David Quinn, Iona Institute

2019.11.22.

SVP launches Annual Appeal for Christmas

Christmas puts serious strain on the resources of those who seek help from the SVP.

2019.11.21.

Haiti charity worker wins humanitarian award

We are people of hope, and we are very positive, and we always try to push the message that although Haiti has many problems, we can do many things and many other people like us are doing great things – Gena Heraty.

2019.11.20.

SVP appeals for books for children

Just ten minutes a day of reading with children of all ages can help create readers for life and make a crucial difference to their future.

2019.11.13.

More than 100,000 children to benefit from SVP and Sally Army joint Christmas appeal

"Last year alone more than 50,000 gifts were distributed to families in need locally," said Major Paul Kingscott, the Salvation Army’s divisional leader.

2019.11.10.

Church in England and Wales urges support for children in care

Campaign will encourage Catholic parish communities to consider those children who are vulnerable and marginalised, and specifically the critical need for children in care to find adoptive and foster parents.

2019.11.06.

Barnardos supports more children than any year on record

The organisation appeals for more government funding as the gap between the demand for services and the funding it receives from government increases.

2019.09.11.

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.

Mary McAleese wins Europe’s richest theology prize for her study of canon law

Publisher of book form of thesis says Ms McAleese’s analysis charts a distinct and worrying sea change in the attitude of the Holy See to its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

2019.08.27.

Calls for review of policy to tackle homeless crisis

“A review should look at both the successes and the things that need to change ... This includes actively building social housing, taxing those who hoard building land and better protecting the rights of tenants facing eviction” – Mike Allen.

2019.08.07.

Immigrant council calls for reform of immigration system in Ireland

“From our extensive experience it is clear the immigration system is crying out for reform,” says Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor, Immigrant Council of Ireland.

2019.05.30.

Another increase in homelessness

“The electorate want this problem solved, believes it can be solved but does not believe any party has yet put forward the solutions that are needed to solve it. It is up to the newly elected councillors to show what can be done” – Pat Dennigan, Focus Ireland.

2019.05.30.

Don’t make it too easy to “check out” of marriage says Retrouvaille

More than three million voters eligible to vote today in referendum to remove regulation of divorce from Constitution and reduce waiting times.

2019.05.24.

Divorce referendum planned for May

What concerns me about the government proposal is not even [bringing] the four years down to two years. It is that they are going to take the waiting period out of the Constitution completely and leave it up to the Oireachtas – David Quinn, Iona Institute.

2019.03.29.

Marriage offers more satisfaction and commitment than cohabiting, survey finds

“Being married seems to add an extra layer of commitment and stability to a relationship,” said Professor Patricia Casey.

2019.03.14.

Is it a good idea to hide rows from children as Pope advises?

Children will be aware of tensions between parents but "it’s better not to have rancorous and fractious conflict in front of them because they’ll be upset by it".

2019.01.20.

Homelessness hits record high, as Capuchins start distributing food parcels

“We must not tolerate the fact that nearly 4,000 children are homelessness in our society.”

2018.12.22.

Get ready for Christmas with the Society of Missionary Children

Schools and families can enjoy an Advent calendar for children, Advent teaching resources for schools and homes, and enter a Christmas-themed colouring competition.

2018.12.03.

New study highlights the struggles of low-income families

“This research highlights the risk to children’s development and quality of life when there is an ongoing shortfall in all areas of household expenditure.”

2018.09.27.

Homelessness caused by poor policy choices – Focus Ireland

There were 9,891 people living in hotels, bed and breakfasts and family hubs in July, up from 9,872 people in June, with 43 more children homeless in July than in June.

2018.09.06.

Former Artane boy calls for compassion for those affected by abuse

“While we can all agree that justice must prevail, and the truth must come out, maybe everyone needs a little compassion. This is a human problem, not a clerical one.”

2018.08.22.

Statistics released for WMOF

The statistics reveal that the number of families in Ireland is up but the number of Catholics is down.

2018.08.16.

Parents bear brunt of increasing school costs

The survey showed that 11 per cent of primary school parents and 21 per cent of secondary school parents are forced to borrow money to cover school costs. Other parents either delay payment of other bills or take money out of savings.

2018.08.02.

SVP publish pre-budget submission

Almost 10,000 people are currently homeless, and nearly 86,000 households are on the social housing waiting list.

2018.06.13.

Greater funding needed for children and schools

Research shows that two thirds of the higher costs for older children go towards food, clothing, personal care and social inclusion costs. Some €9.50 of the extra costs goes on second level education expenses.

2018.04.25.
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