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 […]

The Spirituality of Virginia Woolf

Posted on 10. Mar, 2016 in Art, Book Reviews, Christian Values, Spirituality, War / Civil Unrest

Well-known author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) may have been an atheist, but she nonetheless had a rich and deep spirituality, according to Professor Stephanie Paulsell of the Harvard Divinity School. She spoke in Milltown Park on March 8, at the invitation of SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education. Professor Paulsell described Woolf’s family ties […]

Remembering 1916

Posted on 18. Feb, 2016 in Church of Ireland, Community, Easter, Holy Week, War / Civil Unrest

On Wednesday Feb 17th, The Church of Ireland Historical Working Group marked the centenary of the Easter Rising with talks from noted historians. Entitled ‘A state of chassis – Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances in Dublin in 1916’, the talk featured Dr Fearghal McGarry (Queen’s University Belfast) as well as Dr Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library), […]

New Years Peace

Posted on 31. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Gospel Values, Media, War / Civil Unrest

The coming of the New Year is a time to take stock, reassess life and consider what is really important. So says Brendan Butler from We Are Church. His resolution this year is to stop talking about war, something which he says only serves to make the arms industry rich. Instead he says he will […]

A Just War?

Posted on 02. Jul, 2015 in Christian Values, Conflict, War / Civil Unrest

“The Just War” theory of the Church can cause confusion for many. In broad terms, Christians must not love violence. They must promote peace whenever possible and be slow to resort to the use of arms. But they must not be afraid to do so when it is called for. But when is it called […]

An Army Chaplain in Iraq

Posted on 21. May, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Places of Conflict, War / Civil Unrest

 Tim Valentine SJ, US army Chaplain, on far right, with Cadets Tim Valentine SJ entered the army in his forties to train to become a Chaplain. Having spent most of his life as a teacher, his world was changed completely when he was a first hand witness to the destruction of the New York Twin […]

Remembering Rwanda 20 Years On.

Posted on 11. Apr, 2014 in Faith and Justice, Poverty, Volunteering, War / Civil Unrest

Conor Deane went to speak with Eamonn Meehan CEO of Trócaire about Remembering Rwanda 20 Years On. The genocide against the Tutsi people in Rwanda in 1994 was one of the most horrific chapters of the 20th century. In just 100 days up to one million people were killed, mostly members of the minority Tutsi […]

Dr Paul O’Callaghan QUB Pt4 (final)

Posted on 30. Jan, 2014 in Places of Conflict, War / Civil Unrest, Young people

In this 4th and final part of our mini series with Dr Paul O’Callaghan of Queens University Belfast, Conor Deane talks to Dr. O’Callaghan about his time in Uganda working with Child Soldiers.   Strong Advisory!This is a harrowing story about children who have been through some of the worst atrocities. It does not make […]

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Posted on 30. Jan, 2014 in Refugees, War / Civil Unrest

The Irish government have only agreed to accept just 90 refugees out of the 30,000 that need to flee the bloody conflict in Syria. Here Pat Coyle talks with David Moriarty of the Irish Jesuit Refugee Service about the imminent crisis and the very poor response from our government to the plight of a people […]

Aminah’s Waiting

Posted on 10. Jan, 2007 in Charity, Community, Faith and Justice, Poverty, War / Civil Unrest

Aminah is from Uganda and has been in Ireland for just over 2 years.  Her story probably reflects the story of many immigrants to Ireland trying to get started on a new life, but forced to wait for official recognition and status.  She is supported in Limerick by Doras Luimni, an organisation promoting equality and […]