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 […]

Climate Justice

Posted on 08. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Faith Groups, Natural Disasters

The Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) recently released a report on biodiversity and climate change saying that we only had a 12 year window to prevent catastrophic climate change. Sean McDonagh, a Columbian Priest, is known around the world as an eco-theologian who works to raise awareness on about climate change justice as well as […]

A Stormy warning?

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, HIV/Aids, Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ophelia was one of the worst storm to hit Ireland in fifty years.  It is part of a trend of worsening weather involving flooding and destructive winds, which are becoming more common as the climate warms. Professor John Sweeny, lecturer at Maynooth University Geography Department says that it is only the beginning and that we […]

Responding to Hurricane Irma

Posted on 14. Sep, 2017 in Church of Ireland, Climate Change, Ecology, Environment, Natural Disasters

Rector Eileen Cremin, Church of Ireland minister in Fermoy, talks about her family who are living in Antigua and the aftermath of hurricane Irma which devastated thousands of islands across the Carribean. She talks about how the neighbouring island Barbuda was completed destroyed, but how Antigua managed to escape the worst of it. When Hurricane […]

20 Million Face Starvation

Posted on 18. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Humanitarian Aid, Natural Disasters

People waiting in line for food in Lodwar Kenya. 20 million face starvation in East Africa. David O’Hare from Trocaire, who has recently returned from Kenya, says the crisis is amongst the worst he has seen in his career. The compounding effects of climate change are making it harder and harder for people to ensure food security. […]

Self Help for East Africa

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 in Charity, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Natural Disasters

As we come to the end of our own Lenten fasts and head into the abundance of Easter, it is important to remember the Global food inequalities that exist. More than 20 million people in Africa today are in urgent need of food, as the world responds to a humanitarian crisis that the United Nations […]

Flood Relief Appeal

Posted on 21. Jan, 2016 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Ecology, Environment, Fundraising, Natural Disasters

Extensive hardship was experienced throughout Ireland as a result of recent floods. People across the country have been left without food, shelter, warmth and clothing as a result of water damage. Many are also left with the insecurity that these floods could come again in the next few years and that their houses may never really […]

Building Momentum

Posted on 02. Jul, 2015 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Natural Disasters, Nature

Pope Francis’ encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care of our Common Home”, places a moral imperative on all of us to consider how we look after the planet. Ciara Kirrane, organiser of Trocáire’s recent climate change conference talked about the need to build on the momentum of the conference and how the moral argument for action […]

Response from Bangladesh

Posted on 25. Jun, 2015 in Church Teachings, Climate Change, Ecology, Environment, Gospel Values, Natural Disasters, Nature

Climate change in Bangladesh is an extremely crucial issue. According to National Geographic, it is the  nation most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change in the coming decades. Bishop Theotonius Gomes, Auxiliary Bishop of Dhaka, Bangladesh was at the Trócaire conference on climate change. Here he talks with Miriam Gormally about the impact the climate change […]