Sustainable Development Goals

Posted on 28. Sep, 2017 in Uncategorized

Monday 25th September marked the second anniversary of the historic signing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) provide a universal framework, with 17 goals and 169 targets, aimed at fundamentally changing the way all countries work towards ending extreme poverty, hunger and tackling climate change. Suzanne Keatinge, CEO of Dóchas […]

Refugees at Christmas

Posted on 22. Dec, 2016 in Uncategorized

The original story of Christmas was one of refugees fleeing danger and being turned away from every door. A story which unfortunately continues today. John Guiney, director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and former Jesuit Refugee Services Regional Director for East Africa, has spent years working with refugees around the world. He […]

Ireland Shed a Tear?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2016 in Community, Death, Discrimination, Family, Uncategorized

Ireland Shed a Tear is a play by Michael Collins looking at the fallout of the tragedy of Carrickmines. He said that initially the outpouring of grief and support suggested that there would be a real public examination of how travellers are treated in society. But he now observes that things quickly went back to […]

Broadcasting for the Soul

Posted on 20. Oct, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Radharc awards were presented on November 20th in Stillorgan. The awards are presented every two years to the producers of television documentaries of outstanding quality, that address national or international topics of social justice, history, morality and faith. There is an additional award for similar short documentaries produced for digital media. Over 40 entries […]

Creating new Communities

Posted on 22. Sep, 2016 in Uncategorized

Margaret Wheatley is an American writer and management consultant who studies organisational behaviour. She was thrown into the public spotlight in 1992 with the publication of Leadership and the New Science, a groundbreaking look at how new discoveries in quantum physics, chaos theory, and biology challenge our standard ways of thinking in organisations. It showed how our reliance […]

Sr Stan on St Teresa

Posted on 15. Sep, 2016 in Uncategorized

On Sept 4th, Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping India’s poor, was declared a saint in a canonisation Mass held by Pope Francis in the Vatican. Long before her canonisation, many people already saw her as a saint and she was affectionately known as the “saint of the gutters”. Sr […]

Jesus Outside of the Lines

Posted on 31. Dec, 2015 in Uncategorized

In many cultures religious beliefs can create divisive opinion which drive people apart. In previous times it was issues around money or the differing teachings around communion and sainthood that drove communities apart. In todays world the divisive issues are largely around sexual morality. Miriam Gormally met Donal Casey, an atheist turned Christian, who has […]

Christmas Day Dinner

Posted on 31. Dec, 2015 in Uncategorized

More than 350 volunteers helped serve Christmas dinners and deliver food to those in need for the 91st Annual Knights of St Columbanus Christmas Day dinner in Dublin in the RDS. They provided a place for the many poor and homeless people who are left with no resources and no where to go. More than 450 […]

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 […]

Annulments made easier

Posted on 17. Sep, 2015 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Married Couples, Sexuality, Uncategorized

Pope Francis has authorised the most far-reaching reform of the Church’s marriage annulment process in three centuries. The Pope has not changed the criteria under which the Church grants annulments, but has streamlined the process to make it faster, easier and less expensive. Francis’ reforms remove the need for all judgments to be reviewed automatically, getting rid […]