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 […]

Love Surpasses Fear

Posted on 21. Jun, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Places of Conflict, Refugees

Peter Girasek SJ said he felt like he was going to a sure death when he was asked to go to refugee camps in Iraq, a country that was assaulted by the Islamic extremist group ISIS for three years displacing over three million people. He made the decision to go when he asked himself, ‘If […]

Solidarity with Persecuted Christians

Posted on 29. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

Eddie Lyle is president of Open Doors UK & Ireland. He is returning to Lebanon for his fifth visit and he looks at the Church’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. He looks at various forms of persecution around the world. He focuses in particular on Christian persecution and how the Church is one body […]

Ruling on work ban

Posted on 08. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Immigrants, Refugees

A Burmese man who spent eight years in direct provision before getting refugee status has won his Supreme Court appeal over laws preventing him working here while still an asylum seeker. The seven judge court unanimously agreed the absolute ban was “in principle” unconstitutional but postponed making any formal orders for six months to allow the […]

Bring Churches together

Posted on 09. Feb, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Refugees

The Reverend Helen Freeburn is a Presbyterian minister working at the United Methodist and Presbyterian Church near Eyre Square in Galway. The two Churches came together there in 1980. In this interview with Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications, she talks about her ministry and her multi-cultural congregation, which includes refugees and many people from […]

The search for Refuge

Posted on 28. Apr, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Poverty, Refugees

The ormer chairperson of the Working Group on the Protection Process for asylum seekers, retired Judge Bryan McMahon, expressed disappointment at the slow rate of change in direct provision. He looked at the failure to  resource key recommendations over the past 10 months. Speaking at the launch of ‘The Search for Refuge’, the May 2016 […]

Asylum seekers in Ireland

Posted on 24. Mar, 2016 in Community, Easter, Family, Gospel Values, Poverty, Refugees, Seasons of the Church Year

40% of asylum seekers living in Direct Provision have been waiting 5 years or more for a final decision to be reached on their claim for protection. JRS Ireland is working to secure durable solutions for these asylum seekers and their families. Miriam Gormally spoke with David Moriarity, policy and advocacy officer with JRS, about how […]

Working with Refugees

Posted on 21. Jan, 2016 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Family, Refugees

Bronagh Ćatibušić has just returned home from Croatia where she spent two weeks volunteering in a refugee camp in the eastern town of Slavonski Brod. This camp is a transit centre for people fleeing conflict who are making the arduous trek along the so-called ‘Balkan route’. An average of between 2,000 and 4,000 people passed […]

Persecuted and Forgotten?

Posted on 22. Oct, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Death, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Refugees, Uncategorized

Dr. John Newton with Miriam Gormally Persecuted and Forgotten? A report on Christians oppressed for their faith 2013-15 was compiled by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. The report assesses countries where there are violations of religious freedom. It concludes on the warning that if the exodus of Christians continues from Iraq and Syria that […]

Integrating Ireland

Posted on 16. Jul, 2015 in Christian Values, Community, Discrimination, Economy, Refugees

Ireland has become ones of the most globalised economies in the world. People from all over the world are coming to work and live in this country. Dr. Jean-Pierre Eyanga Ekumeloko is one such person, who arrived in Ireland in 1997. Qualified as a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, he was unable to work here, even […]