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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.

Fear and hope as Zimbabwe’s future lies in balance

Irish Trócaire Country Director in Harare describes the mood of the country.

2017.11.18.

Sr Anne Griffin shortlisted for 2017 Dóchas Award

Irish missionary has accompanied the community of El Mozote in El Salvador in seeking justice and redress over a 1981 massacre in which 1,000 people were tortured and murdered, including 400 children, by state military forces.

2017.10.24.

Missionary pens novel to raise awareness of Philippines violations

Fr Shay Cullen’s novel ‘Ricky and Julie – a story of courage and survival in the Philippines’ is about the lives of street children targeted and hunted by the deadly Davao Death Squad.

2017.08.23.

UN Human Rights Committee once again targets Ireland’s abortion law

The United Nations Human Rights Committee “is behaving like the international wing of the Irish abortion lobby,” warns PLC spokesperson Cora Sherlock.

2017.06.14.

Coptic Pope visits Ireland

Crucial value of human rights, including the freedom of religion and the rights of prisoners, on agenda as Pope Tawadros II meets Irish President.

2017.05.19.

A.K. Shalom Award presented to Irish missionary in Germany

State-sanctioned executions of people suspected of being drug users or dealers in the Philippines have reached a high of about 8,000 since 30 June 2016.

2017.05.10.

Columban Fr Shay Cullen to receive prestigious Dutch award

2017 Martin Buber Award recognises missionary’s work, through the PREDA Foundation, helping children and women targeted by paedophiles and sex traffickers.

2017.05.02.

“Show positives of Eighth Amendment before UN Committee”: PLC

“Abortion is, by its very nature, discriminatory as it allows some human beings to be given lesser protection under the law. The practice of sex-selection abortions has also led to widespread discrimination against baby girls.”

2017.02.16.

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.

US bishops express opposition to executive order on refugees

“The world is watching as we abandon our commitments to American values. These actions ... lower our estimation in the eyes of the many peoples who want to know America as a defender of human rights and religious liberty”.

2017.02.01.

Pro Life Campaign ready to address Citizens’ Assembly if asked

Record attendance at Pro Life Campaign national conference hears from Irish-born film producer about Gosnell movie, which lifts the lid on what actually happens during an abortion.

2016.10.14.

Catholic peace groups urged to support Aleppo bombing protest

“We cannot sit on the fence any more on this issue – we must stand up to this indiscriminate killing of people whether it is Russia or America that is responsible.”

2016.08.26.

Homeless crisis hasn’t improved since death of Jonathan Corrie

Special edition of SVP Bulletin highlights how Corrie's death “sparked a national conversation about homelessness but many campaigners feel the situation has not improved since then.”

2016.07.28.

Citizens’ convention is a smokescreen: Bishop Doran

"Any government which seeks to legalise the taking of innocent human life betrays its sacred trust and is guilty of a crime against humanity.”

2016.07.22.

No right to gay marriage under European Convention

European Convention on Human Rights does not include the right to marriage for homosexual couples, neither under Article 8 nor Article 12, the right to marry and to found a family.

2016.06.11.

PLC hits back at criticism of Ireland’s abortion law

Over a ten year period from 2000, 491 babies who survived botched abortions in Canada were abandoned by medical staff and left to die alone.

2016.05.12.

COMECE welcomes Pope’s speech on Europe

Pope Francis stressed the need to move away from a “liquid economy" to create dignified and well-paying jobs.

2016.05.09.

PLC angered by Citizens’ Assembly on abortion proposal

Citizens’ Assembly proposal has always been about paving the way for removing the only remaining legal protection for the unborn child.

2016.05.06.

Irish society must be ‘people-centered’: Archbishop

If an unborn child has a life-limiting condition, it would be “inhumane to withdraw the protection of the Constitution to their right to life”.

2016.02.17.

Authorities bulldoze church and mosque in Calais

“The destruction of these places of worship is at odds with the fundamental human right to worship freely according to the beliefs and principles of all those in the jungle.”

2016.02.02.

Irish schoolgirl writes song in support of PREDA

Róisín Seoighe entered song competition after viewing ‘Kids Behind Bars’ which gives an insight into the plight of vulnerable and destitute children in the Philippines.

2016.01.18.

Churches can nurture ‘healing conversations’

2016 commemorations have the potential to stimulate much-needed reflection on where we are as a society and what we want to achieve for the future.

2016.01.01.

Welcome for landmark climate deal in Paris

Trócaire warns that deal is a road map for urgent action as opposed to a definitive solution to protect people from the impacts of climate change.

2015.12.13.

“Cherish all the children of the nation equally”

“As a society our progress should be measured against how effectively we care for the most vulnerable amongst us,” bishops state.

2015.12.03.

Primate hosts cross-border talks on climate change

Summit in Paris provides a historic opportunity to re-balance the equation towards more just and sustainable development: Archbishop Martin.

2015.11.19.

New EU guidelines on goods from illegal settlements

Trócaire has called for a complete EU ban on goods imported from illegal Israeli settlements.

2015.11.17.

Don’t abandon public square legal expert appeals

Director of the Law Centre tells Church leaders not 'demonise' people working in the human rights sector but build relationships with them.

2015.11.06.

Religion is vital contributor to national conversation

Baroness O'Loan concerned at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly Christianity, even in nations which place great emphasis on tolerance.

2015.10.31.

China to end controversial one-child policy

“Coercion is the core of the policy. Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilisation” - Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

2015.10.30.
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