The Gambia’s Challenges

Posted on 11. Oct, 2018 in Christian Values, Human Trafficking, Young people

Bishop Gabriel Mendy, the first ever Gambian Bishop, was appointed to his post as Bishop of Banjul one year ago. In his first interview he talked about being Bishop and in this one he talks about some of the social issues that The Gambia is facing, in particular unemployment and emigration. He says that almost […]

Pope Francis’ visit to the Homeless

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Charity, Church Teachings, Economy, Fundraising, Pope Francis, Poverty, Refugees, Young people

When Pope Francis was in Ireland, he visited many state dignitaries and leaders. However Fr. Bryan Shortall, a parish priest and Capuchin, says that was inspires Francis most is visiting people on the margin. When he was in Ireland he came to visit the Capuchin Day Care Centre in Dublin. Fr Bryan says that their […]

Stories from the Pastoral Congress

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Alcohol, Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community

We catch up again with some of the action that took place at the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress in the RDS at the end of August. Here Pat Coyle speaks with Bernard McGuckian SJ, Mary Brady and Vera Casey about the work of the Pioneer Association and the Messenger Publications’ best-selling books. They discussed […]

A Job Worth Doing

Posted on 28. Aug, 2018 in Drugs, Homelessness, Young people

In this piece from 2005, we look back at some of the work of Fr. Peter McVerry SJ Fr Peter McVerry SJ has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for more than 30 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of these young people. He speaks about how he began working in […]

Inclusion for LGBT people

Posted on 23. Aug, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Sexuality, Young people

There was great excitement in the RDS as thousands gathered from across the globe to attend the Pastoral Congress in anticipation for the Pope’s visit.  However there have been many voices who are saying that LGBT people are being excluded from the World Meeting of Families. James Martin SJ, renowned American author and consultant to […]

Young People’s Faith

Posted on 02. Aug, 2018 in Church Teachings, Young people

In this piece from 2005, we looked at how to keep young people interested in faith and their church while living in the busy, consumer driven world of today? Martin McElroy shares his opinions on this matter and talks about what initiatives the church can take to bring young people back. He talks about his […]

Working in Cambodia Part 2

Posted on 26. Jul, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Young people

Ashley Evans SJ has spent over 30 years working in Cambodia, teaching and trying to advocate for reform. When he went out there, Cambodia was still devastated from the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime 1975-79 and the Vietnamese occupation (1979-89).  Now the economy is growing at a rate of about 7% per year causing new […]

The Quiet Revolution

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Baptism, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Young people

Irish theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ examines the work and statements of Pope Francis saying that he wants to bring about a quiet revolution within the Catholic Church. He says that he wants to go back over 1000 years to a church which was more inclusive and and driven by the laity, essentially a ‘synodal’ church. […]

Family Trees

Posted on 28. Jun, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Young people

As we approach the world meeting of Families, Dympna Mallon SMA Laity Coordinator talks about their Family Tree project. Going beyond the tradition interpretation of family, her project aims to connect us all as family, including our environment. She says the Society of African Missions have long been aware of the devastating impacts of climate change […]

A Waste of Dreams?

Posted on 21. Jun, 2018 in Addiction, Drugs

Jack Houlahan has worked as an addictions counsellor, facilitator and training consultant, as well as lecturing on addiction for the past 25 years. He wrote a book on the topic –A Ghost in Daylight: Making Sense of Substance Misuse – where he identifies the pattern behind uses of substances.  He suggests to Eileen Good that one […]