The Pope’s Visit

Posted on 16. Aug, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Climate Change, Feminism/Women in the Church, Humane Vitae, Pope Francis

In this piece from earlier this year, we remember some of the excitement expressed by Irish Jesuit theologian Gerry O’Hanlon that Pope Francis would travel to Ireland from 25 to 26 August this year and that he would be very welcome. The visit is timed to coincide with the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, with […]

God-Given Gift of Running

Posted on 18. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Health, Meditation, Nature

Patrick Muldoon is the Languages Editor of the online Jesuit prayer website Sacred Space. He is also a marathon runner who experiences running as a life enhancing time of prayer and gratitude which nourishes his faith. As more and more people take to running, especially as part of a New Year resolution, Patrick talks to Pat […]

Reconnecting People

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Climate Change, Community, Environment

In 2015, a global conference in Paris looked at goals needing to be taken to limit global warming to “well below” 2 C. The recently published results from the Climate Change Performance Index, issued by Germanwatch and the NewClimate Institute showed that Ireland was the lowest performing country in the European Union. Dropping 28 places […]

A Stormy warning?

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, HIV/Aids, Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ophelia was one of the worst storm to hit Ireland in fifty years.  It is part of a trend of worsening weather involving flooding and destructive winds, which are becoming more common as the climate warms. Professor John Sweeny, lecturer at Maynooth University Geography Department says that it is only the beginning and that we […]

Responding to Hurricane Irma

Posted on 14. Sep, 2017 in Church of Ireland, Climate Change, Ecology, Environment, Natural Disasters

Rector Eileen Cremin, Church of Ireland minister in Fermoy, talks about her family who are living in Antigua and the aftermath of hurricane Irma which devastated thousands of islands across the Carribean. She talks about how the neighbouring island Barbuda was completed destroyed, but how Antigua managed to escape the worst of it. When Hurricane […]

Social Innovation in the Vatican

Posted on 07. Sep, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, Economy, Nature

Founder of Social Arcade, a cutting edge gaming company, Mariano Di Murro, recently had an innovate career opportunity – he went from making computer games to working in the Vatican. Answering Pope Francis’ appeal to bring about change that would save the planet, he found himself living in the Vatican working on a project to […]

The Web of Life

Posted on 02. Aug, 2017 in Ecology, Environment

This piece from March 2005 reminds us that Fr. Sean McDonagh has been one of the first in the Church to look at the issues of climate change. Here he is talking about three major issues facing humanity over the next 20 years; Global Warming, Access to Water and Extinction of Species. He talk about […]

Spiritual Tourism

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 in Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Nature

Bernadette Flanagan PBVM is chair of the board of SpIRE, The Spirituality Institute for Research and Education which has been established to serve the spiritual seeking of people and contribute to the academic study of spirituality in higher education. For the last fifteen years they have been organising a very popular summer school from 21-25th of […]

Celebrating Holy Wells

Posted on 25. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Nature

  National Holy Well Day will take place on June 18th in celebration of the sacred nature of water. On that day, people will gather at a well near them and spend some time in prayer and reflection to reignite an ancient and deep connection with water. Early Celtic Christian had a harmonious relationship with […]

20 Million Face Starvation

Posted on 18. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Humanitarian Aid, Natural Disasters

People waiting in line for food in Lodwar Kenya. 20 million face starvation in East Africa. David O’Hare from Trocaire, who has recently returned from Kenya, says the crisis is amongst the worst he has seen in his career. The compounding effects of climate change are making it harder and harder for people to ensure food security. […]