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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.

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.

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.

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.

Delays hamper asylum seekers’ integration into Irish society, says UNHCR

The introduction of a more general right to work from June, for those who can avail of it, should ease some of the stress people experience while waiting. Ultimately, however, they need certainty about their fate to move forward with their lives – Enda O’Neill, Head of Office with UNHCR Ireland.

2018.04.26.

Pope lends solidarity to those persecuted for their faith

Meeting between Pontiff and the husband and daughter of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, as well as Nigerian Rebecca Bitrus, who escaped from Boko Haram after two years in captivity.

2018.02.27.

President attends Social Justice Ireland conference

“There has been a period when the state has retreated, or been ideologically pushed to retreat, or redefine its role, the citizen’s social opportunity to fully participate or flourish, as many social philosophers would put it, has been diminished.” President Higgins

2017.11.23.

Bishop laments “tragic situation of enormous proportions” in Myanmar

Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop William Crean, says the development agency is working on the ground in Myanmar and “committed money immediately to the situation”.

2017.09.27.

UK bishops urge Christians to fully participate in elections

Election “will determine how we can heal divisions in our society, care for the vulnerable, how our public services are run and whether we can remain a united kingdom” – Catholic Bishops of England and Wales.

2017.05.17.

Historic church on Rathlin Island reopened by Bishop Treanor

“Today Rathlin is part of a world and of a society which, for all the achievements of modernity, is now searching for, indeed sometimes screaming for, ultimate meaning, purpose and hope.”

2017.03.28.

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.

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.

Brexit? God help us! Prayers for politicians coping with Brexit

“It is our united prayer that our political leaders in Belfast, Dublin and London will have wisdom, grace and patience during this process that will have implications for the whole of Ireland” – joint message of church leaders.

2017.01.02.

“Uncertainty reigns in Ireland” over Brexit, European bishops told

Bishop Noel Treanor addresses autumn plenary assembly of the 27 bishops’ conferences of COMECE in Brussels on the possible impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

2016.11.01.

Polish bishops admit “great fears exist” towards immigrants

The phenomenon of immigration is “new, different, and strange to the average Polish person”.

2016.07.26.

‘Nothing to be proud about in Ireland’s derogation on emissions’

'Get out' clause on agriculture is ‘an abdication of responsibility, not a diplomatic triumph,’ says Trócaire.

2016.07.22.

Irish charities already feeling effects of Brexit

“With the adverse effect on trade, people’s income and ability to donate could be negatively impacted, which raises concerns for fundraisers.”

2016.07.08.

“Time has come for Europe to look ahead”: Cardinal Marx

COMECE president says the decision of the British electorate confronts the European Union and its Member States with questions about their goals and their tasks.

2016.06.28.

Pope & Church leaders respond to Brexit vote

“Many people in Ireland fear the impact that this momentous decision will have on their lives in ways that are still incalculable and unknown" - Archbishop Jackson.

2016.06.25.

CofI to undergo major review ahead of 2019

Church of Ireland must look beyond its own self-interest and its own survival to the future to which God is calling it: Archbishop Richard Clarke.

2016.05.13.

Lack of European patriotism is threat to EU

Europe has become more integrated legally in the last ten years and more divided politically and spiritually and emotionally, says former Taoiseach.

2016.01.29.

Catholic primary schools welcome refugee children

"The majority of schools have space to enrol children and would be happy to do so' - Catholic Primary Schools Management Association.

2015.09.23.

‘I hope people will find Ireland a welcoming place’

Archbishop of Dublin calls for a generous response to those caught up in the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

2015.09.04.

Church leaders seek to end migrants’ exploitation

Under a plan to be published on Wednesday, the EU is expected to impose migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the Union.

2015.05.12.

Thousands more migrants rescued at sea

Ireland has the ninth lowest number of asylum applications in the EU, with just 6,560 people having sought asylum over the last five years.

2015.05.05.

Calls for EU-wide response to migrant drownings

“I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated" - Pope Francis.

2015.04.20.

Immigrant Council of Ireland appoints new CEO

Assurances will be sought from all parties and independent candidates in the general election that they will address the concerns of migrants and their families.

2015.03.02.

Bishops hold WWI commemoration in Verdun

"We remember the fallen and are still numbed by recollection of the scale of the human loss the conflict engendered: almost 1 million soldiers died in the Battle of Verdun."

2014.11.12.
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