Category: Irish News

Social workers warn mental health strategy lacks substance

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) has claimed that the recently-launched strategy on mental health lacks real substance. “While a refreshed mental health policy is to be welcomed, the fact that the oversight group who developed the policy did not include any core health and social care professional members of mental health multidisciplinary teams…

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Homelessness charity launch virtual pilgrimage

An Irish charity has given pilgrims the opportunity to take part in a virtual Camino to help raise money to assist those suffering from homelessness. Focus Ireland launched their virtual walk due to the coronavirus pandemic. The charity said online: “This year due to Covid-19, we may not be able to go on our annual…

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Vatican warns bishops to consult laity on reform

The Vatican has insisted that bishops must consult with parishioners when decisions are made about reorganisation of parishes. Rome also warned this week that a lack of priestly vocations or financial pressure in a diocese is not a good enough reason for a bishop to close parishes or sell churches. It comes as many dioceses…

RTÉ ‘humbled’ by feedback to broadcast Masses

Jason Osborne The head of religious programming at the national broadcaster has said he has been moved by the many people who have written to thank the station for broadcasting daily Mass while churches were closed due to Covid-19. Speaking to The Irish Catholic, Roger Childs, the Commissioning Editor of Religious Programmes at RTÉ, said:…

Matt Talbot ‘already a saint’ says priest

Dublin priest Fr Hugh O’Connell has said Ven. Matt Talbot is “already a saint” and called on Irish people to recognise his holiness. Quoting Talbot’s biographer Mary Purcell, Fr O’Donnell said “saints are saints not because of the official proclamation, but because they are holy”. “As far as I’m concerned, he is a saint,” Fr…