A Dose of Reality

Posted on 09. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

Fr Peter McVerry SJ speaks with Pat Coyle about his latest book entitled A Dose of Reality, published by Redemptorist Communications. The book contains a selection of articles from Fr Peter’s monthly column in Reality magazine. They offer a reflection on issues from homelessness and drugs to justice and faith, as seen from the perspective […]

Support a Child for €5 a Month

Posted on 05. Dec, 2019 in Charity, Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

An Irish parish group in Dublin which has linked up with a parish in Zambia by feeding children and supporting their school is now looking to expand on their success. The parish of Star of the Sea in Sandymount has been supporting the development of St Mary’s Community School in Matero, a Jesuit parish. The Jesuits […]

The Value of Irish Missionaries

Posted on 03. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Missionary, Pope Francis, Vocation

In this second part of our series on Mission for this month of October, which was declared an Extraordinary Missionary Month, we look at the value of Irish missionaries around the world. Juileann Moran is the National Secretary for the Society of Missionary Children with World Mission’s Ireland and she explains to Miriam Gormally that our […]

Marching for the Future

Posted on 19. Sep, 2019 in Achievement, Caring for Children, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Humanitarian Aid

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation – we hear it all the time. It has almost become a refrain. But, asks Dr Lorna Gold author and specialist in International Development, do we really believe it? And are we willing to act on it. This week, from Sept 20-27th, there will be a […]

Spirasi

Posted on 26. Jun, 2019 in Community, Discrimination, Humanitarian Aid

Both the UN World Refugee Day and the Day of Support for Victims of Torture comes in June  –  issues that we in Ireland have become more aware of in recent years. One of the organisations involved with refugees is SPIRASI – a humanitarian organisation founded in 1999 with the Holy Ghost Fathers as trustees. In SPIRASI, […]

Passing the Baton

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Charity, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Places of Conflict, Vocation, Young people

Fr John Skinnader is a Spiritan missionary who has been living and working in the newly formed country of South Sudan since 2012. Before that he lived in Ethiopia, saying there is no comparison in terms of development and that Ethiopia is like living in American compared to South Sudan. South Sudan gained its independence […]

Protecting Babies

Posted on 04. Apr, 2019 in Community, Crime, Death, Ecology, Humanitarian Aid, Young people

 Aoife Hearne from Operation Transformation to host ‘Tigers’ The promotion of formula is very problematic, so says Aoife Hearne, Dietician from Operation Transformation and member of BFGLI, Baby Feeding Law Group Ireland. BFGLI They will be holding a private screening of the movie ‘Tigers’ in the Light House cinema in Dublin on Monday April 8th. 12 years […]

Giving in Lent

Posted on 14. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Humanitarian Aid

This year’s Trócaire box looks at land rights and their importance to people all over the world. Drawing on three stories from people around the world who struggle to hold onto their land, it tells the harrowing tale of the injustice of displacement. Indigenous people and women are particular vulnerable to loss of land rights, […]

Pedro Arrupe – in love with God

Posted on 28. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

Brian Grogan SJ, who has published ‘Pedro Arrupe SJ: Mystic with Open Eyes’ with Messenger Publications, spoke to Pat Coyle about the life of the former Father General whose case for beatification has recently been opened. Fr Grogan felt privileged to have met Arrupe several times. He particularly remembered meeting him in Rome in 1981, […]

Buy a Hoodie to Build a School

Posted on 07. Feb, 2019 in Achievement, Community, Humanitarian Aid, Schools, Young people

Will Robbins is a Gonzaga student who has set up a business selling hoodies to raise money to build a secondary school in Zambia. Here he talks with Pat Coyle about how a chance encounter in Zambia, turned him into a social entrepreneur (with a little help from his friends). He discusses his experience building […]