The Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs (NICCOSA) has been examining ways in which the Catholic Church can work with parishes and others to help reduce the risk of suicide in our communities.
This month we reflect on two key anniversaries in the field of peace building – the 50th anniversary of Pope John’s Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris (11 April 1963) and the 15th anniversary of the historic signing of the Good Friday Agreement.
The Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Episcopal Conference marks two key anniversaries: 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and 50th anniversary of Pacem in Terris
Seven Catholic social justice groups have today issued a joint appeal to Government for a change in direction in the forthcoming budget to bring us closer to creating a society where respect for the dignity of every person, fairness, solidarity and the common good are the key underpinning values.
A series of videos commissioned by the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Episcopal Conference, which explore some of the key aspects of Catholic Social Teaching. Themes include: Poverty, Work, the Economic Crisis and Global Solidarity.
Caring for Health in Ireland is a response to the health care reform outlined in the current Programme for Government. Our response is inspired by key principles from Catholic social teaching – human dignity, the common good, participation, solidarity and subsidiarity. From the health perspective, issues analysed by Caring for Healthcare in Ireland include the current public health consultation, the proposed Universal Health Insurance scheme and related changes to the structure of the hospital system; mental health services; disability; older people; and palliative care.
Bishop Field: The issue of health care and justice has been a long-standing concern of the Council for Justice and Peace.
Christmas is a time when we reflect on the Holy Family, a family whose love for each other and faith in God helped them to overcome great trials and suffering.
In the spirit of this reflection we cannot fail to acknowledge that many people throughout Ireland are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Budget for 2012 in the Republic and the new Programme for Government in Northern Ireland. It is to be hoped that the measures adopted in these crucial areas will contribute to the common good and not further scar the social landscape.
“As we approach the second anniversary of the publication of the Murphy Report, I want to acknowledge the impact of the findings of such reports on the wider Church community … It is also important to state that as bishops, as human beings, we too know and experience that anger, that disappointment, that bewilderment and pain in our struggle to provide listening and leadership through this time of enormous challenge” – Bishop Treanor