Famine is forcing rural children into the slums

When there is tragedy anywhere in the world, it is usually children who suffer the most. Although the Catholic Church and Trócaire are helping to keep children in Kenya from disease, starvation and abuse, it is a problem that has deteriorated due to severe drought. The Diocese of Lodwar was established in Turkana County, Northern…

Pro-life groups welcome NI abortion ruling

A decision that Northern Ireland’s abortion laws are best decided by Stormont has been described as “very welcome” by Pro-Life groups. Three judges in the Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that the current abortion laws are not incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), and that legislators should be tasked with dealing with…

Priest warns of water dangers as man drowns

A priest who is a volunteer coastguard has been warning parishioners of the many hazards related to water he sees each summer as temperatures rise. With the recent hot weather, Wexford priest Fr Tom Dalton highlighted issues such as cold water shock and the dangers of inflatable toys. With many children jumping into water in…

Bishops call for action on Africa’s ignored famine

‘Generating awareness a real challenge’ Irish bishops are beseeching parishes to take action as millions of people face famine in East Africa on a scale described as “absolutely frightening”. Bishops north and south of the border are appealing for aid to be supplied and awareness to be spread of the growing crisis, after prolonged droughts…

Hospitals unequipped to deal with suicidal teens

There are “gravely insufficient” supports and services for Irish teens at risk of suicide, according to a Mater Hospital psychiatrist. This comes as a Unicef report found that Ireland has the fourth highest suicide rate among teenagers in the EU. Prof. Patricia Casey, a UCD and Mater hospital psychiatrist, has said the emergency services are…