Govt ‘forgetting’ people with disabilities charity head warns
The Irish Catholic
by Ruadhán Jones
5d ago
The Government has “forgotten” people with disabilities, the head of a Christian charity has warned, after a report laid bare the lack of progress on “substantive issues” for disability inclusion. People with disabilities continue to be treated as “secondary” in Ireland, according to the CEO of a charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. There has been a “lack of movement” on disability rights since Ireland ratified the UN’s convention on rights of persons with disabilities in 2018, Dualta Roughneen of Christian Blind Mission told The Irish Catholic. “It is as if t ..read more
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This referendum may make us value mothers at home more
The Irish Catholic
by Mary Kenny
5d ago
The Hollywood mogul, Sam Goldwyn, coined many amusing quotations still in currency – his way of declining an invitation was “Include me out!” He most famously set a maxim for our age when he suggested that public attention is always helpful – “Any publicity is good publicity.” It doesn’t turn out to be true in… The post This referendum may make us value mothers at home more appeared first on The Irish Catholic ..read more
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Priest who has buried A5 victims welcomes funding
The Irish Catholic
by Chai Brady
5d ago
A priest who has witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by road traffic collisions on the “dangerous” A5 road, has welcomed the Irish Government’s funding announcement. While reacting positively to Tuesday’s €600m funding promise for the A5, Fr Michael O’Dwyer PP of Errigal Ciaran parish in Co. Tyrone said, “it is long overdue”. “We have had too many deaths, even in my short time here. It is a dangerous road to this day. It will be very welcome, but it will take a while for it all to come through,” Fr O’Dwyer said. In 2022 the priest spoke at the funeral of 20-year-old Nathan Carter ..read more
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Poll finds ‘vast majority’ of mothers desire home over work
The Irish Catholic
by Jason Osborne
5d ago
Over two-thirds of mothers with children under 18 would prefer to stay at home with their children rather than go out to work if they could afford it, according to a new Amarach Research opinion poll commissioned by the Iona Institute. When asked the question, “If you had the option (and money was no issue) would you prefer to be a stay-at-home mother?”, 69% of respondents said ‘Yes’, while 22% said ‘No’. Ten percent said they didn’t know. Additionally, when asked whether they felt “valued for the work you do as a mother by society,” 71% said ‘Not really or not at all’, while only 29% said ‘s ..read more
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Climate change takes centre stage as Trócaire kicks off Lenten campaign
The Irish Catholic
by Jason Osborne
5d ago
Trócaire has kicked off its Lenten campaign which aims to highlight that “it is the next generation who will inherit the climate crisis”. Malawi is the focus of this year’s Lenten campaign who are suffering from “repeated droughts, flooding and cyclones” and instability in their wake. In Malawi 2.3 million people have limited access to food and more than 3.8 million (20% of population) face critical food insecurity. Speaking on the topic of Trócaire’s Lenten focus, CEO Caoimhe de Barra, said, “It is deeply unjust that those who have done least to cause the climate crisis, and who have the lea ..read more
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Veritas’ closure not a surprise
The Irish Catholic
by Ruadhán Jones
5d ago
It came as a shock to many loyal customers when Veritas announced it is winding down by the end of the year, closing its seven stores nationwide and its three warehouses. The news is a big blow for its 80 staff, as well many Catholics who turned to it for religious books, gifts and educational… The post Veritas’ closure not a surprise appeared first on The Irish Catholic ..read more
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Legal minefield awaits ‘durable relationships’ referendum
The Irish Catholic
by David Quinn
5d ago
It is as if the Govt doesn’t really care about marriage, writes David Quinn The referendums on the family and on care are closing in fast. They are to take place on Friday, March 8. There has not been much of a debate so far, not compared with the 2015 referendum on marriage, much less… The post Legal minefield awaits ‘durable relationships’ referendum appeared first on The Irish Catholic ..read more
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‘Frightening’ drug paraphernalia found at Belfast cathedral
The Irish Catholic
by Ruadhán Jones
5d ago
Children as young as seven are being exposed to “frightening” drugs and drug paraphernalia on the grounds of a Belfast cathedral due to the activity of addicts in the area, a local youth leader has warned. Parents were warned that needles, tablets and other substances were found on the grounds of St Peter’s Cathedral, near St Peter’s Immaculata Youth Centre. “It’s a major concern,” senior youth worker Stephen Hughes told The Irish Catholic. “Children are bringing us in drugs they find, and we have been identifying drug paraphernalia on the grounds of the cathedral.” Mr Hughes said one little ..read more
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Marx: Church must not stand alongside AfD and Putin
The Irish Catholic
by KNA
1w ago
Augsburg (KNA) Cardinal Reinhard Marx from Munich has called on the Church to defend freedom. "Freedom may be under threat, but then we as a church have to stand on the side of freedom," said Marx on Tuesday in Augsburg. "Not on the side of authoritarian regimes, not of those who dream of the past, dream AfD dreams or dream Putin dreams or dream Cyril dreams," said the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, referring among other things to the Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow, who supports the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Marx made his comments during a service as part of the spring plen ..read more
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Abuse victims: Protestant church must relinquish power
The Irish Catholic
by KNA
1w ago
Hanover (KNA) Following the presentation of the first nationwide study on abuse in the Protestant Church, those affected are urging for swift consequences. "Much remains to be done," said Detlev Zander, spokesperson for the organisation representing those affected, according to a statement issued by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) on Tuesday. "Only if the regional churches and the diaconal regional associations now commit sufficient money and personnel and finally commit to uniform standards can the church and diaconal organisations meet the needs of affected people. This also means t ..read more
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