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Irish missionary’s work in South Sudan featured by Vatican Radio

Loreto Rumbek, which was founded by Irish nuns to address the lack of educational opportunities for girls in South Sudan, opened in 2008 with just 35 students and now has over 291 students, 90% of whom go on to university.

2019.11.08.

Irish missionaries help more than a million people globally

Thousands of life-changing projects have been implemented with one common thread: Misean Cara members working in solidarity with a community to address a real and immediate need.

2019.07.03.

Extraordinary peace gesture by Pope in plea to Sudanese political rivals

"I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward."

2019.04.13.

US ambassador hails Irish priest Mgr Hugh O’Flaherty

"The story of this devout Irish priest from Killarney, and skilled Vatican diplomat, is incredible to behold.”

2019.04.07.

Irish nun honoured with prestigious courage award

“With every contract signed, every meal provided and every diploma granted, Sr Orla Treacy advances the status of women and the cause of peace in South Sudan.”

2019.03.09.

Five years of war in Sudan has brought “shame and pain” says Primate

President of the Sudanese Catholic Bishops’ Conference is cautiously optimistic over peace agreement but appeals for prayers and support for “salvation of South Sudan”.

2018.12.30.

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.

Pray especially for Peace this Sunday

Pope Francis invites us all to ask ourselves 'What can I do for peace?'

2018.02.25.

Plight of children highlighted in Trócaire Lent appeal

A seven-year-old in Syria has never known peace; a seven-year-old in Gaza has survived two separate wars; a seven-year-old in South Sudan has experienced both famine and civil war in their short life.

2018.02.15.

Killarney students to present bursary at Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Awards

Killarney students are to present a €1000 bursary to the principal of a girls’ secondary school in South Sudan this evening.

2017.11.04.

MSC and Loreto collaborate in South Sudan

One of the world’s poorest countries before the conflict erupted in 2013, South Sudan is now facing violence, illness and extreme poverty, which are destroying the lives of millions.

2017.08.15.

Irish priest’s peace building and conflict resolution programme expands in Africa

In 2009 Fr Patrick Devine SMA founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. It has now trained over 9,600 community leaders and village elders as peacemakers.

2017.07.28.

National Church collection in aid of 25m facing famine in East Africa

In the Turkana region in the north of Kenya, around 30 per cent of people are severely malnourished, warns Trócaire.

2017.07.11.

Irish missionaries continue to be relevant

"Our true success is reflected in the lives that are changed for the better in places that face extraordinary challenges, such as South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, and parts of Kenya and India. It is inspiring to see a life transformed due the active care and belief of a missionary.”

2017.07.05.

Bishop Crean chides the world for ignoring East Africa crisis

Over 24 million people currently rely on food aid in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya due to a combination of drought and conflict.

2017.06.21.

Trócaire says Irish generosity has lifted millions out of poverty

Aid has delivered so many success stories. Unfortunately, the spread of conflicts and the worsening impacts of climate change are increasingly out-pacing those efforts.

2017.03.11.

An ecumenical first as Pope visits Anglican church in Rome

Francis used the occasion to speak of a possible joint pastoral visit with the Archbishop of Canterbury to South Sudan.

2017.02.27.

Famine in South Sudan

Pope Francis urged people to “commit not to stop at making statements, but also to provide concrete food aid and to allow it to reach suffering populations.”

2017.02.23.

World Humanitarian Day marked globally today

Humanitarian personnel in South Sudan operate against a backdrop of protracted conflict, chronic poverty, economic crisis, severe food shortages and weakened infrastructure.

2016.08.19.

First-ever refugee Olympic Team arrives in Rio

“We are running for all refugees” - Paulo Lokoro who is a 24-year-old 800-metre runner.

2016.08.02.

Sisters remain in South Sudan

Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa and some Irish Loreto sisters brave hostilities to continue work.

2016.07.20.

Fifth anniversary of South Sudan marred by violence

"There is a risk of genocide in South Sudan. Write it in large letters, so that someone from the international community intervenes before it is too late," is appeal from local Church.

2016.07.12.

From South Sudanese refugee to Olympic sprinter

Mangar Makur Chuot will be a member of South Sudan's first-ever Olympic team in Rio.

2016.05.26.

Slovakian nun killed in gun attack in South Sudan

Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters ask for prayers for Sr Veronika Rackova “that her blood and death will be like a seed sown for greater peace.”

2016.05.22.

Irish Ambassador pays tribute to Irish missionaries

In the tradition of Mgr Hugh O'Flaherty they are “not walking away from conflict, but stepping towards it, to help the most vulnerable, at the time of their greatest need.”

2016.05.14.

Documentary on Irish nun’s mission in South Sudan

Sr Orla Treacy IBVM from Bray is principal of the Loreto Secondary School in Rumbek which has grown from 35 students to 183 since it opened in 2008.

2016.03.13.

Trócaire staff withdrawn from South Sudan district

Hasty evacuation of three local staff from Melut to Juba following heavy fighting.

2015.06.01.

Caritas adopts Oscar Romero as a patron

Caritas Internationalis’ General Assembly closed with member organisations agreeing to adopt a vision of 'One Human Family, Caring for Creation'.

2015.05.19.

President Higgins makes Ebola plea in Ethiopia

On behalf of the Irish people, President pays tribute to the “courageous” health workers, doctors and nurses, battling to contain the virus.

2014.11.06.

All Ireland hero pays tribute to Irish missionaries

"Missionaries continue to work in some of the most volatile, disadvantaged and challenging countries in the world and they do so selflessly and tirelessly" - Anthony Maher.

2014.10.12.
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