"It is feared that in the worst case scenario, at the end of 2020 there will be a decrease of about one billion international tourists, with a global economic loss of about 1,200 billion dollars," – Cardinal Turkson.
Lockdown measures have increased the difficulty for trafficking victims of escaping and finding help when they are held in situations against their will, says Caritas International.
The change in the formation of the Holy See’s diplomats was announced by Pope Francis in a letter to the new president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Archbishop Joseph Marino.
“When the world comes together, united by a plan and determined to help the world’s poorest, we can see wonderful results.”
International reports on religious freedom confirm time and again that Christians are the most persecuted group, says ACN.
“Demolitions in Sur Baher serve only to undermine the human rights of Palestinians and jeopardise hopes for long-term peace and a two-state solution.”
Overseas development aid spending by the Irish government needs to increase by €115 million a year if it is to reach the UN spending target of 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income by 2030.
The summit is part of One World Week, a week of youth-led awareness-raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year.
“Much greater urgency and political leadership will be required if we are to ensure the transformative change that the SDGs envisage by 2030” – Suzanne Keatinge.
Seven bishops issue pastoral letters on Eighth Amendment over bank holiday weekend in a bid to influence more people to vote No in the upcoming referendum.
Geoff Meagher highlighted how there has been better emphasis on “quality visitation”, spending more time really understanding the needs of those served and coming up with a plan that will get them back to self sufficiency.
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.
“Being unarmed does seem to suggest that, as a matter of policy, Gardaí will seek to respond to crime in a non-violent way. By doing this, they contribute to reducing the level of violence, rather than escalating it.”
“The missionary movement is firmly enshrined as a key part of our national heritage,” former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, writes in the Foreword of ‘The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On’.
This time last year the EU said they would resettle 160,000 Syrians and to date have only resettled 4,000. "It all comes down to a lack of political will to tackle the issue," says Trócaire.
Fr Laurence Freeman OSB, who is one of the world’s leading experts on mindfulness and meditation, is the author of a number of books including Light Within and Selfless Self.
Humanitarian personnel in South Sudan operate against a backdrop of protracted conflict, chronic poverty, economic crisis, severe food shortages and weakened infrastructure.
Holy Land Coordination group will celebrate Mass in Bethlehem and visit the Christian community of Beit Jala which has suffered the loss of land and livelihood.