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Bishops say refugees must be accommodated, but locals should be consulted

“The well-being of local communities and of refugees alike requires that the provision of facilities for those who have lost everything must be carefully planned.”

2019.02.17.

Remembering the Holocaust is more imperative than ever, says President Higgins

“As we remember, let us also ensure that we do not become passive observers of discrimination or inequality in our society but remain vigilant to the emergence of racism and hate speech.”

2019.01.28.

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.

UN General Assembly to endorse Global Compact on Refugees today

“The lessons we have learned in the European Union during the 2015 migration crisis should serve to remind us of the need to address migration in a cooperative and comprehensive manner. ”

2018.12.17.

Refugee shelters and prison cells at Ploughing Championships

Last year was the deadliest year on record for human rights defenders across the world: 207 activists were killed for attempting to protect their communities, their land and the environment

2018.09.24.

US cut to Palestinian humanitarian support is “reckless” says Trócaire’s CEO

"This latest move is further evidence of the disregard the US administration has for the lives of vulnerable people." – Éamonn Meehan

2018.09.02.

Tributes paid to the late Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh

Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin served under Cardinal Desmond Connell and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin between 1994 and his retirement in 2009.

2018.07.31.

Christian presence in Middle East under threat, says Pope

"A Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East."

2018.07.08.

Right to work strengthened for asylum seekers in Ireland

Asylum seekers now have the option to leave Direct Provision centres if they wish and look for their own accommodation. Up to 3,000 people will be eligible to take up temporary or permanent jobs.

2018.06.28.

Peace in South Sudan would be “the greatest gift”, says bishop heading relief effort

“The food they have in these camps is not enough. Some of them get only one meal a day.” – Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur of Khartoum

2018.06.25.

“Family is something that touches every aspect of our daily lives”

Parish community and clergy pay tribute to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for his inspirational leadership and his role in WMoF2018.

2018.04.10.

Schools’ Journalism Competition 2018 – Columban Missionaries

For the full list of winners see www.columbancompetition.com

2018.03.20.

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.

Ending asylum seekers’ work ban is welcome, but few will benefit, says Bishop of Elphin

The government's minimalist response to the Supreme Court judgement, does not reflect the equality of dignity or the compassion that is so often promoted as a core value of Irish society.

2018.02.11.

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.

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.

Share your safety and hope with others this Christmas

Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops of Armagh appeal to "seek to bring 'safety' into the lives of those around us".

2017.12.23.

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.

World Refugee Day, 20 June – The Pope Video: Countries Receiving Refugees

That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity. Pope Francis - November 2016

2017.06.27.

Galway mayor finds that SVP homework club is top of the class

“Our volunteers are very reliable, which is essential when providing this necessary service. They help build friendly relationships between children and parents living in direct provision with members of the community. Our volunteers add to the good spirit and positive attitude to learning that is created in our homework club” – Jim Walsh, SVP.

2017.06.19.

The Pope Video: Countries Receiving Refugees

The annual Global Rosary Relay for the sanctification of priests on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on 3 June 2016 circled the world in prayer once again, in this its seventh year, with more shrines than ever taking part in what is now recognised as a truly significant and powerful devotional initiative within the Catholic Church to recognise and bless the work of priests serving the faithful the world over.

2017.05.31.

You have a Christian duty to vote on 8 June, Northern Irish bishops tell Westminster electorate

A fundamental responsibility of every follower of Jesus is to transform the world with hope. Every vote in favour of a more just, peaceful and caring society is a concrete and personal expression of that hope.

2017.05.29.

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.

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.

As Christians and Americans we should welcome refugees, says Nuncio

Christians had a duty to accept refugees with compassion and acceptance, he said, citing Pope Francis, who had urged Catholics to accept refugees in their countries.

2017.02.03.

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.

Trump’s refugee ban criticised by Church leaders

The executive order to turn away refugees and to close our nation to those, particularly Muslims, fleeing violence, oppression and persecution is contrary to both Catholic and American values – Cardinal Cupich of Chicago.

2017.01.30.
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