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Irish missionary tackled robbers before they shot him

Gun attack on 73-year-old Fr Gerard Desmond after priest returned from the bank to pay bills and salaries in his slum parish in Peru.

2018.05.01.

Missionary appeals to TDs over Bill to restrict travel by convicted paedophiles

If enacted, the legislation will “help to curtail child abuse sex tourism and protect children in countries like the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia where child protection laws are weak or not enforced” - Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen.

2018.04.24.

President Higgins pays tribute to OLA and SMA missionaries

“You have been wonderful ambassadors for Ireland and for your faith. By your actions you have humbled us, and by your words you now draw the attention of our country to climate justice.”

2018.03.27.

Missionary’s proposal on Irish paedophiles due before Dáil

The aim of the Sex Offenders Amendment Bill is to limit or prevent sex offenders and paedophiles with Irish passports from travelling to countries with lax or no child protection laws.

2018.01.03.

Dutch abbot pays tribute to Irish missionary’s battle against child abuse

Columban priest Fr Shay Cullen receives the 2017 Martin Buber Award in the Netherlands.

2017.11.21.

Missionary appeals to legislators over sex trafficking

Fr Shay Cullen addressed TDs and Senators in Leinster House last week and commended them for enacting the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, which criminalises the man who solicits sex.

2017.05.23.

Nominations invited for Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Award

Last year’s winner was PREDA founder and Dublin-born Columban missionary to the Philippines Fr Shay Cullen, who has led a campaign defending oppressed and exploited women and children in the Philippines for almost 50 years.

2017.04.08.

Irish missionary priest appeals over scandal of child brides

“It seems the male-dominated culture and religious mores are created by paedophiles to satisfy their sexual demands and desires. Such cultural and religious practices have to be outlawed and the laws implemented.”

2017.03.29.

Fr Shay Cullen wins 2017 German Shalom Award

Prize will be presented to Irish Columban missionary on behalf of the Preda Foundation on 4 May in the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany.

2017.02.14.

Philippine bishops assail Duterte’s “reign of terror”

“To keep silent in the face of evil is to be an accomplice” bishops warn as death toll passes 7,000 killings in just seven months.

2017.02.07.

Ireland has “a duty to reach out to” refugees with compassion

Fr Shay Cullen describes Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award as “a statement that all life is precious ... and each has invaluable dignity and every one is worth saving”.

2016.11.08.

Fr Shay Cullen wins 2016 Hugh O’Flaherty Humanitarian Award

Columban missionary has uncovered and exposed widespread child sexual abuse and human trafficking involving children as young as 9 years abused by US personnel and sex tourists including local men.

2016.08.26.

Nominations invited for Mgr Hugh O’Flaherty Award

The 2016 recipient will be announced in late August and the award will be presented on 5 November during the 9th Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Week.

2016.04.10.

Major South Korean honour for Irish missionary

Columban priest Fr Noel O’Neill from Limerick awarded the Manhae international award for his work helping people with special needs.

2015.08.23.

Trinity College chapel hosts lecture on Laudato Si

Columban missionary Fr Sean McDonagh to give lecture in TCD and lead summer school on Clare Island exploring the beauty of God's creation.

2015.06.28.

High profile environmentalists praise new encyclical

"Laudato Si is an astonishing document - there is no longer any excuse for people not knowing about this issue”: author and environmental activist Bill McKibben.

2015.06.24.
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