"Our charity provided the only human contact that clients experienced during the pandemic as they were required to self-isolate or cocoon. The grant has been invaluable," says Ruth Harkness of The Little Flower Penny Dinners.
"To have a different opinion does not mean to be an enemy. It is precisely from the contrast of opinions that the light comes," says Zimbabwe's Catholic bishops in the face of government suppresion of any form of dissent or criticism of its rulers' failings.
“Joy is a perfect word as Mary’s Meals bring so much joy to the children, their families, their teachers, their communities,” said organiser Patricia Friel.
The World Food Programme says that COVID fall-out threatens famines of ‘biblical proportions’, with an additional 265 million people possibly facing starvation by the end of 2020.
"We are grateful that the NI Executive listened to us," said Patrick Friel of the SVP, which wants the Dublin government to do the same.
“I am extremely proud of the way the team in Crosscare have responded to the crisis,” said Conor Hickey, director of Crosscare.
“Participants will have to think about and calculate every item they consume. However, this is the reality of hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland every day,” says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.
“When the world comes together, united by a plan and determined to help the world’s poorest, we can see wonderful results.”
Those interested in entering the poetry competition are encouraged to explore a local to global perspective and reflect on Ireland’s own history of hunger and migration.
The summit is part of One World Week, a week of youth-led awareness-raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year.
Globally, 124 million people are suffering from acute hunger and, in some cases, starvation – an increase from 80 million two years ago.
“This is life in Gaza. No food. No money. No health care. Living in fear. The situation is reaching crisis level and is close to becoming unliveable.” – Sr Bridget Tighe
“Last weekend’s collection will enable us to reach even more people with life-saving aid. The support of the Catholic Church in Ireland will make a significant contribution to saving lives in East Africa over the coming weeks.”
The plight of Patrick, himself a migrant, has been faced by many Irish people who have struggled to live and integrate into new cultures.
At World Humanitarian Summit, President Higgins appeals to global community to act decisively on poverty, hunger, conflict, displacement and climate change.
A ‘Mercy’ Christmas challenges us to ask whether we have done enough to make peace, to help relieve poverty, hunger, homelessness and the plight of refugees.
“The loss of such high numbers of innocent lives at sea resonates strongly with the Irish experience of the ‘coffin ships’ during the time of the Great Famine” – Bishop Crean.