Garden sought to “shine a light" on people being evicted from lands in Central America, extractive industries polluting natural resources like water in Zimbabwe, and the work of human rights defenders in Israel/Palestine.”
Two dozen writers from around the world were invited to visit the West Bank and Gaza and to share what they saw with the world. The resulting book is a collection of testimonies of the human consequences of an occupation.
A very impressive tree nursery, set up by villagers with the help of Caritas and Trócaire, is responsible for thousands of environmentally important and economically beneficial trees in southern Rwanda.
At the time of his appointment as Executive Director in 2013 Éamonn Meehan saw the overseas work of Trócaire as being at the heart of tackling worldwide challenges of poverty, inequality and injustice.
“The poor are suffering greatly from the climate crisis and fossil fuels are among the main drivers of this injustice,” says Cardinal Luis Tagle of Caritas Internationalis.
Exploring global justice through art forms such as poetry, performance, music and painting, is a fun and creative way to engage young people in complex issues.
Families are trying to stay alive in dark, ill-equipped shelters in Eastern Ghouta. The shelters are not supplied with enough water or food, and children have not seen sunshine for weeks.
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.
The Geneva Convention prohibits states from moving population into areas occupied as a result of war, but since 1967, Israel has transferred over 600,000 of its citizens onto Palestinian land.
The quality of Ireland’s aid is internationally renowned for its strong poverty reduction focus, and Ireland’s ODA budget is responsible for life-changing and life-saving interventions in some of the world’s most difficult environments.
“2016 saw the scale of humanitarian need in the world reach record levels with over 130 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Ireland is committed to providing humanitarian assistance to ease the plight of civilians caught up in conflicts and natural disasters,” - Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D.
Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop William Crean, says the development agency is working on the ground in Myanmar and “committed money immediately to the situation”.
“It is an occasion where hundreds of thousands of people gather. Wherever people gather is the place to be and it is what Pope Francis wants us to do – to get out and be out among the people,” says Bishop Fintan Monahan.
“It is essential that we not only strengthen our commitment to improving diplomatic relations but we must also demand greater accountability for human rights violations and attacks against civil society,” says Justin Waagensen, Trócaire.
Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch release joint message for World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Public invited to attend internet seminar on Church divestment from fossil fuels.
Child of Prague statue is out and “Hail, rain, snow or sunshine the picnic is on this Sunday, and it’s going to be great,” says Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty.
“Last weekend’s collection will enable us to reach even more people with life-saving aid. The support of the Catholic Church in Ireland will make a significant contribution to saving lives in East Africa over the coming weeks.”
Over 24 million people currently rely on food aid in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya due to a combination of drought and conflict.
Since June 1967, the Israeli military has demolished more than 48,000 Palestinian homes and other structures such as schools, water purification facilities and electricity infrastructure. At the same time, Israel continues to allow illegal settlement construction on land on which Palestinians are forbidden from building.
The bishops offered prayers for those who have died, for the injured and for the emergency services who responded to the scene of the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London.
“As the world continues to urbanise, therefore, and as cities continue to grow into mega cities, it is clear that much of the drive towards reversing the consequences of climate change must come from cities, as well as the sustainability which must permeate farming and agriculture” – President Michael D. Higgins.
President Trump should travel to east Africa and see for himself the devastating impact of climate change. Trócaire sees those impacts every day – Éamonn Meehan, Executive Director of Trócaire.
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.