The season of Lent is meant to help us to clarify our Christian vision and, above all, to bring our lives into conformity with the life of Jesus Christ.
There is a risk people can become desensitised to the depth of this crisis and we must always remember behind each single number is a child, a man or a woman who is homeless and who is suffering.
In the last year alone, a Kildare priest personally knew of three young people, one of whom had just completed his Leaving Cert, who went abroad to celebrate and never came home alive.
“Failure to recognise and respond appropriately to the complex issues which abuse presents has, at times, compounded the profound and harmful impact on the lives of many young and vulnerable persons.”
“I want to encourage lay people and Catholics generally to stay involved in social media. You could say it’s a negative environment, there’s a lot of nasty comment, a lot of rough dealings with people. But then we’d abandon that field and let the trolls have it” - Bishop Paul Tighe.
“I find it extraordinary that cinemas rule that it is inappropriate for an advert on prayer to be shown in the week before Christmas when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ."
New Secretariat for Communications will act as umbrella for nine communications offices including Pontifical Council for Social Communications and Vatican Radio.
Holy See's permanent observer to the UN says international community beginning to act but in the long run "a dialogue of reconciliation and acceptance of diversity" is needed.