Charities fight to stop ‘anxious’ refugees being made homeless

Church-based charities are fighting to “ensure” refugees faced with homelessness in a direct provision centre in Dublin find accommodation before time runs out. Clondalkin Towers houses almost 250 people, with 70 of them having received their refugee status. Residents were told in October that the centre’s management company Fazyard Ltd would be closing the facility…

Pro-life movement gives up on Fianna Fáil

The Pro-Life Campaign has urged supporters not to vote for Fianna Fáil in the next general election to protest against the party’s refusal to back amendments to limit the scope of abortion legislation. In a hard-hitting statement as the Oireachtas Health Committee debated the proposed legislation, a spokesperson for the PLC pointed out that one…

Ruhama praises PSNI for human trafficking rescues

Irish charity Ruhama have welcomed the “success of the PSNI” after new figures revealed they rescued 36 potential trafficking victims in the first six months of the 2018/19 financial year. In total 36 victims were rescued in the 2017/18 financial year in the North of Ireland. CEO Sarah Benson told The Irish Catholic that a…

Youth synod heralds big change for Irish Church

Many Catholics would be unaware of the process of a synod, let alone the details of the recently published final document of the synod on youth – but it heralds big changes in Ireland’s Church. Irish Catholics are set to become much better acquainted with synods and synodality, and not just as a distant process…

Clogher priest conference plan to engage lay-led liturgy

The Diocese of Clogher plans to engage priests and laity in the coming months in the development of lay-led prayer. Clogher’s Annual General Priests’ Conference in Monaghan, chaired by Diocesan Administrator Msgr Joseph McGuinness, dealt with a variety of organisational matters for diocesan and parish life in the year ahead including lay-led prayer and liturgies…

Tackle anti-Semitism online after US massacre says JRCI

The Government should focus on tackling anti-Semitism online following what’s been dubbed as the deadliest rampage against the Jewish community in US history, according to the chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland. “If we look at this particular incident in Pittsburgh, unfortunately people who have these mental aberrations their feelings are given vent…

‘Many youth’ attracted to Church teaching rather than ‘angry’ politics

Bishop Donal McKeown has likened Brexit to radical nationalist movements in Germany, France and the US under Donald Trump’s administration, saying the Church’s message is more appealing to “many young people”. The Church’s message focuses “very strongly on the whole idea of reconciliation and healing, it certainly has a huge contribution to make,” he told…