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Seeds of democracy and vision sown in 1916 needed today says Bishop Farrell

“The great challenge, now as it was then, is to create a society which will enable all of its citizens to flourish in equality in a country with an identifiably distinctive voice in Europe and in the world, an Irish republic, a sovereign independent state to use the words of the Proclamation.”

2019.05.09.

Rome and Rabat unite in effort to preserve freedom of worship in Jerusalem

Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI of Morocco called for the special character of Jerusalem to be recognised, and for “full freedom of access to the faithful and the right of each to exercise their own worship”.

2019.03.31.

Vatican publishes resource to aid the battle against human trafficking

“Despite the formal abolition of the slave trade, the exploitation of some human beings by others has not ended and now takes place in terrible new forms on a significantly large scale.”

2019.01.21.

Remains of 34 Christians found in Libyan mass grave, three years after ISIS massacre

The victims were Ethiopians migrants attempting to escape poverty in their home country by making their way via Libya to Europe.

2019.01.06.

Pope’s peace message highlights importance of political office

In the 52nd World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis admonishes those whose political addresses blame every evil on migrants as “unacceptable”.

2018.12.19.

Lack of interpreter services causing hardship for migrants

Crosscare Report highlights how government’s own policies are not being implemented at Intreo offices.

2018.12.14.

Schools journalism competition on climate change

“It is very clear that good journalism really does matter. Social media has opened the doors to so-called ‘fake news’, widespread anonymous comment, and a scarcity of thoroughly researched news stories.”

2018.10.16.

Student whose parents fled war-torn Kosovo wins journalism prize

As part of the Columban Centenary (1918-2018) celebrations, students aged between 15-18 were invited to write an article or make a video on the theme ‘Migrants are our Neighbours’.

2018.03.20.

Missionary congregations discuss future challenges

As part of its centenary celebrations, the Missionary Society of St Columban held an international colloquium in Dalgan Park last week aimed at mapping out the future direction of mission in the Church.

2018.02.13.

Bishops call for action on Calais young migrants

The Government and the Civil Service must be held to account, especially in applying the Dublin III Regulations which will allow children to be reunited with their families in the UK.

2018.01.24.

Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees

Pope Francis puts forward an action plan in order to welcome and appreciate migrants and refugees

2018.01.14.

Ireland’s oldest Catholic mission magazine celebrates 100 years

The Far East magazine is holding a competition for young journalists which invites students (aged 15-18 inclusive) to write an article or make a video report on the topic: ‘Migrants Are Our Neighbours’.

2018.01.09.

Bishop highlights asylum seekers’ “dire circumstances”

Addressing the congregation at Raheen parish in Limerick in his New Year’s ‘World Day of Peace’ homily, Bishop Brendan Leahy warned the faithful to be particularly vigilant to avoid exploitation of women and children.

2018.01.02.

Migrants and refugees are at the heart of Pope’s World Day of Peace message

All indicators available suggest that global migration will continue for the future. Some consider this a threat. For my part, I ask you to view it as an opportunity to build peace

2018.01.01.

Church leaders express concern for homeless and migrants

“Courageous and decisive plans and sufficient funding to overcome the suffering and the deprivation of those who live on the precarious margins of society” is needed, Archbishop stresses.

2017.12.26.

Schools journalism competition focuses on plight of migrants

The objective of the competition is to encourage students to use their writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

2017.10.11.

Archbishop of Cashel & Emly calls for more to be done for African famine and refugee crisis

“At a time when a record number of people around the world are displaced by violence, the international community needs to stand behind international law to ensure safety for people who have been forced to flee as a result of famine or civil unrest.”

2017.08.05.

Supreme Court decision on asylum seekers welcomed by Bishop McAreavey

“I am grateful to the Supreme Court for reminding us, during these unsettled and cynical times, of what we must be about as a culture, namely, a society that both protects the person and allows his or her talents to flourish.”

2017.06.06.

Call for action as more migrants die

It is reported that among the 20 feared dead, some were crushed by other people in the boat, while others drowned at sea. The victims include a child, women and some men – mostly from Nigeria, the Ivory Coast and reportedly from Bangladesh.

2017.05.18.

Mental health issues for migrant children in Greece

Many of these children have escaped war and conflict only to end up in camps many of them call ‘hell’, where they say they are made to feel more like animals than humans.

2017.03.30.

Pope apologises for role Catholics played in Rwandan genocide

God’s forgiveness is sought for the sins and failings of the Church and its members, including priests and nuns who “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own evangelical mission”.

2017.03.21.

Honour St Patrick by welcoming migrants and feeding the hungry, says bishops’ message

The plight of Patrick, himself a migrant, has been faced by many Irish people who have struggled to live and integrate into new cultures.

2017.03.10.

Do more than welcome refugees

We need, in the words of Pope Francis, to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family – Bishop John McAreavey.

2017.01.16.

Refugees are “a blessing to our way of life”: Archbishop Welby

Pope Francis has focused on the theme of ‘Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless’ in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees which is marked this weekend on Sunday 15 January 2017.

2017.01.11.

European response to refugee crisis is ‘appalling’

This time last year the EU said they would resettle 160,000 Syrians and to date have only resettled 4,000. "It all comes down to a lack of political will to tackle the issue," says Trócaire.

2016.09.24.

The world is at war because it has lost sight of peace: Pope

All religions “desire peace. Other people want war,” Pope tells journalists en route to WYD in Krakow.

2016.07.28.

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.

Bishops restate solidarity with refugees & persecuted Christians

“Today our witness to the distress of refugees should be a call to action.”

2016.06.21.

Call for Europe to act on its “founding values” for refugees

“Europe has the power to save and protect people. It’s a just question of political will to provide safe ways for people to enter Europe without risking their lives.”

2016.06.09.

Thousands attend OLA-SMA Knock pilgrimage

“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger and exploitation, much like our forefathers at the time of the famine."

2016.06.01.
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