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 […]

Finding Consolation in Tragedy

Posted on 07. Apr, 2016 in Christian Values, Family, Grief, Young people

The terrible tragedy that occurred in Buncranna where Louise Daniels lost her spouse, her children, her sister and her mother is hard for anyone to comprehend. For many it might cause questions wondering where is God in the midst of such darkness or even whether God exists at all when such terrible things can happen. […]

A Candle for You

Posted on 17. Mar, 2016 in Community, Family, Gospel Values, Grief, Prayer

The song, “A candle for you”, sung by Patricia Bourke D’Souza and composed by Marie Dunne CHF has been rereleased for Easter to raise awareness for missing person. The proceeds of the itunes downloads will go to the Missing Persons Helpline, M.I.S.S. – Missing in Ireland Supportive Service. The website is Marie says that […]

Mercy at work in Hospitals

Posted on 10. Mar, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Grief, Hospice, Spirituality, Suicide

Marianne Quinn is the chaplain in St Columcille hospital in Loughlinstown, Dublin. Her work involves caring for the dying and for those who have been bereaved. She says that her work allows her to channel God’s mercy and to be present in whatever way she is needed. Mercy, she says, is particularly important in deaths […]

Saved by God

Posted on 18. Feb, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Depression, Grief, Suicide

Rebecca Ryan is best known for her roles in I.R.A.: King of Nothing (2006), The Tudors (2007) and The Draft (2006). She was also in Fair City. Despite all this external success, abuse she’d experienced as a child caused  her to go down the dark road of self harm and even attempted suicide. She was saved at the last […]

Parish of the Travelling People

Posted on 17. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith Groups, Grief, Pilgrimage, Pope Francis

Fr. Michael McCullagh recently travelled to Rome with the Parish of the Travelling People to meet Pope Francis. It was to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Parish of the Travelling People. Fr. Michael was their first parish priest and their current priest, Fr. Derek Farrell invited him along. The celebration was […]

Importance of Prayer

Posted on 19. Nov, 2015 in Christian Values, Faith Groups, Grief, Prayer

Conor Deane was invited to the first Armagh Diocesan Charismatic Weekend in the Servite Priory, Benburb in Co. Tyrone where all the charismatic prayer groups from within the diocese and further afield gathered for the first time this century. Members of the National [Charismatic] Service Committee were also present. The event was facilated by “The 12” […]

Violence and the Human Condition

Posted on 19. Nov, 2015 in Christian Values, Conflict, Crime, Death, Grief

The dreadful events in Paris causes everybody to wonder where this violence came from and what led up to it? Sometimes different agendas get played out and people seize their chance to push a course – Rumsfeld in US after 9/11 used the occasion to go after Saddam Hussein; Marion Le Pen in France today […]

Responding to Refuges

Posted on 10. Sep, 2015 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Family, Grief, Immigrants, Young people

The sight of the body of Alyan Kurdi, the drowned boy who was tragically washed up onto a Turkish beach, highlighted the extent of the refuge crisis. His image spawned sympathy and outrage at the lack of help being offered to Syrian refuges by developing nations. His family were fleeing IS, trying to reach relations […]

Kathy Sinnott Recalls Kevin

Posted on 12. Dec, 2013 in Death, Grief, Prayer

Kathy Sinnott is a disabilities rights campaigner and former MEP from Cork. Here she talks with Conor Deane about losing her son Kevin who was just 22. Kathy Sinnott is a mother of 9 children and an aunt guardian of her sisters 7 children. She is an ardent defender and campaigner for children’s rights and […]