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Ex DPP proposes AG as advocate for unborn

A former Director of Public Prosecutions has asserted that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 may be inconsistent with the Constitutional clause which recognises the right to life of the unborn and the equal right to life of the mother and promises to “defend and vindicate that [...]


State failed to protect Magdalens: IHRC

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has called on the State to provide a comprehensive redress scheme that provides individual compensation, restitution and rehabilitation for women who were in Magdalene Laundries.

The IHRC yesterday published its Follow-up Report on State Involvement with Magdalen Laundries saying the State failed in its obligation [...]


Irish aid agencies launch emergency appeal for Syria

Trócaire and Concern have launched emergency appeals for Syria. Trócaire warns that the situation in the region threatens to reach catastrophic levels following the dramatic deterioration in the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.

“Over eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid,” said Maurice McQuillan, Trócaire’s Head of Humanitarian [...]


SVP warns about money lenders

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has called on the Central Bank to publish baseline data to take money lending out of the shadows.

SVP members are becoming increasingly alarmed at the prevalence of money lenders in the communities they serve. Of particular concern is that vulnerable households are [...]


60 years of Caritas Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Tireless work to “contribute to the formation and development of man”: is what is carried out by Caritas Hong Kong, one of the largest diocesan Caritas in the world, with over 10 thousand volunteers and projects in India, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, China. This is what [...]


IF campaign: Archbishop Nichols on Christian vision of solidarity with poor

Millionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and a host of other well-known names are leading tens of thousands of people in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday in a campaign to help end global hunger.

The ‘Enough food for everyone IF..’ campaign is calling on leaders of [...]


Minister pays tribute to “enormous work” of Irish missionaries

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, has paid tribute to the “enormous work” done by Irish missionaries throughout the world.

Speaking to ciNews following his address to the ‘Mission, Today and Tomorrow’ conference in All Hallows in Dublin, Minister Costello said, “We feel that the work that they [...]


Pope Francis renews appeal for peace in Syria

Pope Francis met with humanitarian groups dealing with the Syrian crisis on Wednesday before his general audience. The event was organized by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”.

“In the face of ongoing and overwhelming violence, I strongly renew my appeal for peace,” said the Holy Father. He encouraged the inititatives of [...]


Nuns on the bus again

The Sisters of Mercy in America are taking their bus out on the road again this year. The second ‘Nuns on the Bus’ as their action is named, will call for fair immigration reform that puts families and basic human needs first. The Senate immigration reform bill S.744 is to [...]


Trócaire Lecture 2013 – Br Philip Pinto cfc

Watch the full 45 minute lecture – Who is my neighbour? Building a ‘civilisation of love’ in an unequal world – delivered by Brother Philip Pinto cfc on the occasion of Trócaire’s 40th anniversary.


Option for the Poor and for the Earth – Donal Dorr

Fr Donal Dorr discusses his expanded new edition of his classic study of Catholic Social Teaching – Option for the Poor.


Trócaire joins Enough Food For Everyone IF… campaign

Trócaire has joined other Irish and UK development agencies in a campaign that calls on politicians to take steps to end hunger.


Govt failing to reach EU poverty and employment targets

A Social Justice Ireland study shows that Ireland is further away from its targets on employment, poverty and social inclusion than when these targets were set two years previously.


Gifts of Change from Trócaire

Find out how you buy a gift of change from Trócaire this Christmas. Watch interview with Edesi Flyton talks about the impact the gift of a goat had on her family.


Justin Kilcullen at IEC2012

Justin Kilcullen, Director of Trocaire, discusses the Trocaire workshop at IE2012 and the on-going work of justice.


Trócaire workshop at IEC2012

The Trócaire workshop at IEC2012 featured inputs from Trócaire partners and a reflection from Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga President of Caritas Internationalis.


Community and Inclusion – Peter McVerry SJ

Fr Peter McVerry reflects on how Jesus came to bring good news to the poor and the need for the poor today to experience the God of compassion in the caring and sharing of the Christian community.


Come follow me: Recalling the dangerous memory …

Aidan Donaldson's book on the cost of Christian discipleship is based on Jesus's preaching that it is the poor, the outsider, the despised and the rejected that are special to God.


The recession and God: reading the signs of the times

This book by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ gives a view of the recession from the point of view of Catholic Social Teaching and argues for the need for a new, more socially responsible, economic paradigm.


The Church and politics

This article is a chapter from the book by Austin Ivereigh and Kathleen Griffin, Catholic Voices: Putting the case for the Church in an era of 24-hour news. It gives a good summary of the central themes of Catholic Social Teaching.


Challenging questions

Why does the Church interfere [...]


Encountering God in the margins: reflections …

Aidan Donaldson sees his book as an attempt to give voice to the voiceless as he allows them to share their life, their hopes, their fears and struggles.


The search for justice: Trócaire: a history

This book by Brian Maye an attempt to capture, for the benefit of a new generation of supporters, partners and staff, the inspiring stories of Trócaire's work over almost forty years.


Social Doctrine Compendium (2005)

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace presents a concise overview of Catholic social teaching drawing on papal document, decrees of Vatican II and the Catechism.


Concerning everyone

The social teaching of the Church is often described as its best-kept secret. Gerry O’Hanlon SJ from the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice introduces Messenger readers to this rich source of wisdom for our lives together that is to be found in the social teaching of the Church.


Collective responsibility

Forty years ago in his encyclical “Populorum Progressio”, Pope Paul VI warned that “the disparity between rich and poor nations will increase rather than diminish” and so it has happened. Eugene Quinn addresses the problem of social justice and what we must do about it.


Who is my neighbour? Deus caritas est: An encyclical for our times?

This is a book of papers delivered at a conference on the encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI Deus caritas est. And like Jesus’ reply, it pushes beyond the defences implied in asking the question ‘Who is my neighbour?’ Eoin G. Cassidy, Head of the Philosophy Department at Mater Dei is [...]


Integration in Ireland

If there are concerns about immigration or racism, they should be listened to and discussed rationally, says Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, to prevent myths and rumour spreading false ideas about immigrants.


Priest with a mission

Andy Campbell, an Irish SVD missionary, brings a little joy to Ghana’s lepers at Christmas. Here he talks about challenging the stigma attached to the disease.


Irish housing: time for new vision

Dr Michael Punch of the School of Sociology UCD analyses how as a society we got to where we are and how we might do something better.


One family journeying together

Mark Raper SJ and Amaya Valcárcel outline a Christian response to the plight of refugees. This is Chapter 6 of Raper and Valcàrcel’s book, ‘Refugees and forcibly displaced people’.

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