Living in Lockdown in Rome

Posted on 26. Mar, 2020 in Community, Natural Disasters, Nature, Working Abroad

Gerry Whelan SJ is an Irish Jesuit lecturing in the Gregorian University in Rome. Like the rest of Italy, he and his community have been on lockdown for a number of weeks now. “It’s a challenging time”, he tells Pat Coyle “It’s also weird and wonderful.” In this interview Gerry speaks by phone from an […]

Faith and Hope

Posted on 19. Mar, 2020 in Ecology, Economy, Environment, Faith and Justice, Natural Disasters

Our daily diet of news headlines these days seems to be concentrated on world disasters making us ask the question, ‘Where is God in all of this?’ In this piece from the archives, we look at the importance of hope – especially important these days. So how do we keep going, and continue to find hope?  Eileen […]

Beloved Amazonia

Posted on 27. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Environment, Gospel Values

In a surprising move from Pope Francis, his long-awaited document Apostolic Exhortation in response to the deliberations of the Pan-Amazonian synod, does not not address the question of the ordination of mature married men to the priesthood. Instead, in the text known as Querida Amazonia – Beloved Amazonia, he pitches hard for environmental and social […]

Carbon Fast for Lent

Posted on 27. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations, Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Nature

Lent is a time to draw connections between our spirituality and the ecology around us, so says, Brendan McManus SJ, who has been exploring meaningful ways in which to make a difference this Lent. After some searching, he came across the idea of a carbon fast for Lent. However he says that the most important […]

New Year, New Baby

Posted on 16. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church

Former Soul Waves editor Josepha Smith joins us again with her baby to talk about life as a new mother. She discusses how having a child has changed her vision of herself as well as her outlook on the world and how it makes her want to apologise to her parents. She explains how it […]

Concern for Australia

Posted on 09. Jan, 2020 in Community, Environment

The bushfires in Australia have being burning in an unprecedented way that has caused thousands to have to flee and evacuate to safer spaces. David Wilson, a teacher from Australia, visiting Ireland for the New Year talked with Miriam Gormally about the effect these have have had on him and on the country. He talks […]

Adding a Christian Voice

Posted on 21. Nov, 2019 in Community, Environment, Faith Groups

Ciara Murphy and Keith Adams speak to Pat Coyle about the importance of their roles at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice. They see great value in having an independent Christian voice talking about issues ranging from housing to the environment. Ciara is environmental policy advocate at the Jesuit centre. Her role includes working […]

Supporting the Climate Strikers

Posted on 03. Oct, 2019 in Community, Ecology, Environment

Don Mullan, is a long time author and activist. He has written extensively about the troubles in the north and is now very involved in the climate change movement, which he sees as the great civil rights movement of our times. He is also a spokesman for the Society of African Missions (SMA), who are involved […]

John Bruton on Brexit

Posted on 19. Sep, 2019 in Achievement, Community, Environment

In his second interview with Conor Deane, Former Taoiseach John Bruton, a vocal supporter of the EU project, and one of the greatest supporters for The Peace Process here in Ireland shares his disappointment at the myopia and the lack of charity from our friends and neighbours in the UK. He also discusses how the […]

Climate Change for Ireland

Posted on 12. Sep, 2019 in Community, Environment

As more and more report come in from around the world about extreme weather – most recently in the Bahamas with over a thousand missing- we listen back to a piece from 2007 looking at climate change. This piece looks at what we might expect in Ireland. We all know that climate change is inevitable, […]