Following the invitation of the Government to the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference, today participated in the plenary meeting of representatives of Churches, faith communities and non-confessional organisations which was held in Dublin Castle. Archbishop Martin attended with Ms Siobhan Hanley, Head of Trócaire in Northern Ireland. The meeting was chaired by the Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar TD.
Today’s discussion was based on topics that were previously submitted by participants which, for the bishops’ delegation, were: conscience, care of the marginalised, and support for parents who wish for a faith based education for their children. The three-and-a-half hour meeting was structured under the following three themes: effective structured dialogue; inclusive and diverse communities; and, education.
Archbishop Martin welcomed the opportunity to discuss the role of faith in the context of modern society, as well as the broad range of views that were offered and facilitated by today’s gathering.
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