‘We are very excited. We hope it will be a moment of grace for us here in the North and for all of Ireland as well’ – Manuel McGivern, spokesperson for Focolare.
“We believe that through sharing our stories, our cultures and our histories – getting to know each other – we can lay the foundation for a more united Europe,” say organisers of event.
New legislation for Vatican State brings in mandatory reporting of abuse charges for minors and vulnerable adults, backed up with fines and / or imprisonment for not reporting.
Our dream is to have an event which underlines the beauty of the European continent in all its diversity, where the richness of every culture emerges in the splendid tapestry that is Europe – Peter Forst, Focolare.
Irish experience of reconciliation in focus at Swedish ecumenical conference addressed by Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops.
“In our two communities or in our various communities we are happy enough the way we are and we couldn’t be bothered,” says Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe.
Christians are rediscovering a monk who was a Catholic, a reformer, a figure around whom much unity in faith is being re-forged, comments Bishop of Down and Connor, Noel Treanor.
in the history of 500 years there are many wounds, and that Churches have lived separately with different mentalities. However in the last 50 years there has been good dialogue.
19 new seminarians have begun their formation for Irish dioceses, eight of whom have begun a propaedeutic year in locations in Ireland and abroad.
Rev Ken Newell encouraged the more than 300 participants at the Focolare Mariapolis to forge links between their own churches and those of other denominations in their local area.
Ecumenism is not just doctrinal dialogue, but “a dynamic reality” including all dimensions of our witness to the world, “since we are becoming one while together on the way” – Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches.
A significant moment for Factor One as a young band was representing Ireland at the Genfest youth rally in front of an audience of 20,000 at the Palaeur football stadium in Rome.
“I think the days of a big big seminary are over. I think if anything good comes from this it is an examination of a better way” - Fr Brendan Purcell.
Against background of Brexit, Together for Europe gathering in Munich is a prophetic sign. "We need to keep the ideals of the founders of the EU alive."
In the current climate of mistrust, Focolare's message of dialogue and unity has a vital role to play in forging "bonds of understanding" between people says Focolare Co-director.
“I think it is profoundly unfortunate that the voice of the bishops is not heard in this book and I know that voice was sought" - Baroness Nuala O'Loan.
The problem is that people love God but in a way that is not right." Some have a "possessive love for God: 'That is my God, not your God': Dr Mohammed Ali Shomali.
Large Irish contingent travel to joint Ireland / UK hosted summer gathering of Focolare in Liverpool. "Here we are almost at the 100th anniversary of 1916, signing up with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in a moment of unity, of reconciliation, of prayer. It is a poignant moment," remarks Bishop Brendan Leahy.