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Darkness Into Light events raise millions of euro for Pieta House

COVID-19, the lockdown and social isolation are resulting in more people calling Pieta House for help, says the charity's chief executive Elaine Austin.


Hallelujah! Going to Mass is good for you, say TCD researchers

“If religious attendance facilitates older people to maintain a larger social circle with continued social engagement, alternative ways to socialise will be necessary as we develop into a more secular society.”


Awareness of the Evil One is the first step in fighting him

Strong Ignatian influence in Pope Francis’ words about the devil in recent exhortation.


Pioneers support people giving up drink for Lent

The Movement will be bigger this century than last because of its spread abroad, Fr Bernard McGuckian SJ.


New Zealand also bans sale of alcohol on Good Friday

“Ireland’s relationship with alcohol, particularly in the context of mental health, depression and suicide, has to be examined.”


“Faith should leave you challenging yourself” – Archbishop Martin

Primate of Ireland speaks about resilience at fundraiser in aid of Aware’s services to the suicidal and depressed at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.


Archbishop Martin welcomes St Anthony’s relics to Armagh

Primate of All Ireland implores Saint to help Irish people rediscover the gifts of faith, hope and love.


Think before demolishing a house, Jesuit appeals

It makes no sense to put a family in the homeless services or inappropriate accommodation when there is a house that could be used while the new house is being developed.


Prayers to St Dymphna for Blue Monday promoted

The Mental Health Project of the Bishops' Conference of England & Wales is raising awareness of the patron saint of mental illness.


One call for help every minute to Samaritans in 2014

Dramatic increase in calls due to 'free to call' helpline supported by Irish Telecom providers.


Elber Twomey says faith has sustained her

Young Irish mother lost her husband, son and unborn child to a suicidal driver in England while on a family holiday in 2012.


Euthanasia and assisted suicide devalue life

“Laws which permit people to give suicide assistance are dangerous" warns disability campaigner and founder of Hope Ireland, Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick.


Emigrants’ pack issued for St Patrick’s Day

Some 81,900 people left Irish shores between April 2013 and April 2014 though it appears the number of people emigrating has begun to fall.


Cosmetic surgery is an aggression against women

Paper prepared for Pontifical Council for Culture’s plenary assembly on women warns plastic surgery can “amputate the expressive possibilities of the human face".


Spirit Radio is four years old

"We don't believe in miracles - we depend on them" explains Rob Clarke, CEO of Spirit Radio.


Bishops highlight conditions in Direct Provision centres

Archbishop Eamon Martin elected president of Irish Bishops Conference.


Too many young lives lost to depression: Archbishop

"Creeping despair and emptiness ... has tragically taken the lives of too many of our young people through suicide.”


Samaritans say make time and listen

Calls expected to surge over Christmas as organisations and services close.


President Higgins’ address for World Suicide Prevention Day

Hardly any community in Ireland has been spared the bewilderment and sorrow of suicide.

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