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Irish exorcist makes Late Late Show appearance

“Some people who will have persistent thoughts of committing suicide could be oppressed by an evil spirit.”

2019.02.18.

Acknowledge rather than defend errors of the past: Bishop McKeown

Bishop of Derry tells pilgrims at National Padre Pio Pilgrimage in Knock, “It is a dangerous form of Christianity that believes we have to be a strong and influential organisation giving the lying impression of being pure and perfect.”

2018.09.18.

Pope’s car will be used by Foyle Search and Rescue in Derry

“From my time as a priest in Derry, I know how Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers work selflessly to help those who are vulnerable and in need” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.08.31.

GAA star Joe Canning to visit Aleppo with UNICEF

“When I was there last year I met this family where the nine-year-old son, who has four sisters and a mother, is the man of the house because the husband got killed in the war.”

2017.11.07.

Suicide support day at Lough Derg

“Suicide touches everybody regardless of whether you have faith or not. It is no respecter of age, gender, background, class or religious denomination,” said Fr Deery.

2017.09.13.

“Let’s get to work together” urges censured priest

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next year is an opportunity for members of the Irish hierarchy to reach out to those who think differently – Fr Tony Flannery.

2017.07.05.

Ethnic recognition for Travellers is a milestone on a long road to equality

“I have 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren – I hope they grow up in a world where they won't face discrimination,” said Missy Collins of Pavee Point.

2017.03.12.

New Zealand also bans sale of alcohol on Good Friday

“Ireland’s relationship with alcohol, particularly in the context of mental health, depression and suicide, has to be examined.”

2017.03.07.

Jesuit explores suffering and pain in new book

Fr Brian Grogan SJ highlights how as human beings none of us will escape pain or suffering or the effects of evil in the world. The question is - what we do with the pain.

2016.07.28.

Think before demolishing a house, Jesuit appeals

It makes no sense to put a family in the homeless services or inappropriate accommodation when there is a house that could be used while the new house is being developed.

2016.05.14.

Confide in a ‘soul friend’ suicidal priests advised

The suicide of priests is usually more to do with personal rather than vocational causes.

2016.05.06.

Tribute paid on 10th anniversary to Pieta House

Church in Ireland and farther afield contributed greatly to the level of taboo which surrounded suicide, acknowledges Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2016.01.18.

One call for help every minute to Samaritans in 2014

Dramatic increase in calls due to 'free to call' helpline supported by Irish Telecom providers.

2015.12.19.

Learning to fail is important lesson for young  people

Ireland has highest rate in EU for young female suicide and second highest for young males. Psychotherapist points out danger to mental health of instant gratification.

2015.10.31.

Leading priest sociologist dies in Kerry house fire

Tributes paid following tragic death of 82-year-old retired lecturer and local historian Fr Gearoid O'Donnchada.

2015.10.13.

Pope defends Church’s teaching on marriage

God’s dream for his creation is to see it fulfilled “in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self”.

2015.10.05.

Oppose assisted suicide bill Cardinal Nichols urges

“Helping someone to commit suicide compromises the fundamental human dignity of both parties involved. Assisted suicide is assisted killing.”

2015.09.04.

“Right to die will quickly become duty to die”

Bishop of Shrewsbury expresses serious concerns over new private members' bill on assisted dying due to be introduced into British parliament in September.

2015.08.03.

Primate meets with pro-gay faith groups

Archbishop of Armagh hears that a lack of affirmation of gay persons by the Churches has contributed to the raised rate of suicide, particularly among gay men.

2015.07.29.

Primate affirms role and message of Pioneers

Alcohol is a factor in half of the suicides in Ireland and more people die each day from alcohol-related problems than on our roads.

2015.07.20.

Elber Twomey says faith has sustained her

Young Irish mother lost her husband, son and unborn child to a suicidal driver in England while on a family holiday in 2012.

2015.07.11.

26 terminations under new abortion law in 2014

Three of the twenty-six terminations were carried out the basis of a risk to the life of the mother from suicide.

2015.06.30.

PLC dispute latest abortion poll findings

"Opinion polls which omit key information produce distorted results," says Cora Sherlock of PLC.

2015.04.17.

Emigrants’ pack issued for St Patrick’s Day

Some 81,900 people left Irish shores between April 2013 and April 2014 though it appears the number of people emigrating has begun to fall.

2015.03.17.

Spirit Radio is four years old

"We don't believe in miracles - we depend on them" explains Rob Clarke, CEO of Spirit Radio.

2015.01.01.

Relief as Childline secures funds to continue service

45,000 calls would have gone unanswered, forcing "some children into silence".

2014.12.24.

Psychologist draws lessons from actor’s death

Self acceptance is key to mental health. Love, admiration and money are "not enough".

2014.08.16.

Too many young lives lost to depression: Archbishop

"Creeping despair and emptiness ... has tragically taken the lives of too many of our young people through suicide.”

2014.02.21.

Samaritans say make time and listen

Calls expected to surge over Christmas as organisations and services close.

2013.12.20.

Abortion law goes “against spirit of the Constitution”

Fr Kevin Doran says he resigned from Mater over abortion law.

2013.12.03.
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