Remembering Martin McGuinness

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 in Achievement, Art, Community, Conflict

Martin McGuinness was a complex and remarkable man who went from being a former IRA leader to deputy first minister of Northern Ireland. Eve Parnell, the artist, remembers him as the man who opened her “Souls of the Slain” exhibition in The Long Gallery in Stormont. It was a collection of eight drawings inspired by Irish […]

Prayer against Human Trafficking

Posted on 26. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Young people

Feb 8th is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese-born former slave who became a nun. It is also the international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. St Bakhita’s experience of being enslaved and sold continues today with human trafficking still being one of the largest illegal industries. Ruth Kilcullen from MECPATHS […]

The Volunteer

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Community, Conflict, Places of Conflict

Shane O’Doherty joined the IRA at 15 years of age and was very quickly graduated from minor acts of insurgence to running a campaign of letter bombs in London. Here he gives his account of what it was like to be a IRA volunteer, explaining to Pat Coyle that he was usually too busy running from the […]

The Volunteer Part 2

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Christian Values, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Prison

This second part of The Volunteer continues by looking at how Shane O’Doherty was arrested and his subsequent life in prison. It explores how he turned from a bomber to someone who publically and privately called for an end to all violence. He talks about the power of prayer and how it sustains him through life […]

This is Palestine

Posted on 13. Oct, 2016 in Charity, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

“This is Palestine” is a photography exhibition by multi-award-winning producer and director John McColgan, founder of River Dance. He recently travelled to the West Bank and Gaza with Trócaire to document the lives of people trying to live as normally as possible in the midst of military occupation and economic blockade. Miriam Gormally met with […]

Communicating Forgiveness

Posted on 06. Oct, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Education

Mercy Sr. Camille D’Arienzo has worked as an educator, reporter and writer. She is most famously known as the religious commentator for 1010 WINS radio, an all news radio station based in New York that has been on air for 50 years, with a listenership of half a million. D’Arienzo lives in the Diocese of […]

Women’s Peace Tables

Posted on 01. Sep, 2016 in Community, Conflict

On September 10th, over lunch in the Westin Hotel Dublin there will be a launch of an important global awareness campaign for women and peace, “Women’s Peace Tables Worldwide”. Dublin has been chosen as the location for the launch that will be the first of over a hundred peace table gatherings taking place in more […]

Aid to the Church in Need

Posted on 28. Jul, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Aid To the Church In Need (ACN) is a registered charity running directly under the Holy See which is dedicated to support the suffering and persecuted Church throughout the world. Founded in 1947 by Fr Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity”, the organisation is now at work […]

What is Love?

Posted on 07. Jul, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

“What is love?” is one of the most asked questions says Peter Perrin, course director of the Nazareth Family Institute.  They runs course on marriage preparation and communication between couples and Peter says that conceptions around love can be very confusing in the modern world. Romantic feelings of desire and happiness are often mistaken for being […]

Helping Syria

Posted on 09. Jun, 2016 in Charity, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death, Grief, War / Civil Unrest

Michael Zammit SJ, the Middle East Director of Jesuit Refugee Service visited Aleppo, Syria shortly after the air strikes on the city hospital. He condemns what he sees as a deliberate targeting of hospitals to drive people out of the city. However he added that despite the bombings life in Aleppo was continuing in a […]