Cardinal Peter Turkson said that Pope Francis was planning to publish a papal encyclical later this year on human ecology. The cardinal is currently visiting Ireland.  File photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis intends to publish an encyclical letter later this year on the theme of human ecology that will explore the relationship between care for(...)

Bishop Éamonn Walsh: he suggested that the money saved might be donated to a hospices that  help people with addiction issues. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

People might give up alcohol for Lent, or cut down on their intake, Dublin’s Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Éamonn Walsh has suggested.“It makes good heal(...)

Youth ambassadors from the ONE Campaign listen to President Michael D Higgins at the Irish launch of the European Year of  Development at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Conor Healy Photography

The coming year is set to “shape the future of humanity” according to Dóchas, as world leaders decide on new strategies to fight climate change, hu(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)

While allowing someone to operate as a small bank to those in developing countries might not rank highly on most people’s traditional Christmas shopping list, Care International is offering, as stocking fillers, microfinance gift vouchers.

Agnes Phiri isn’t looking for charity. The 24-year-old mother-of-one runs a grocery store in Katete, eastern Zambia. Although Zambia is the poorest co(...)

The Dáil agreed  to officially recognise
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 the state of Palestine and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. Photograph: Jim Hollander/EPA

A main signatory of the Israeli petition calling for the recognition of a Palestinian state said Europeans should consider admitting Palestine and Isr(...)

Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference has welcomed Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald’s new working group on direct provision but called for urgent action from the Government on the issue. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops have appealed for urgent action by the Government to address the direct provision system for asylum seekers. They welcomed Minister f(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina are continuing their official   visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has warmly welcomed the Government decision to send three members of the Defence Forces to assist in the fight against Eb(...)

President Michael D Higgins who is visiting Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa: “These are our  fellow children of the planet. We have to decide that we will allow the people to live and to survive at least . . . Feeding children on 80 cents a day and to be short of the 80 cents is a scandal to humanity.” Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

It might have been a scene from Yeats’s Among School Children, there in the Tierkidi refugee camp in Ethiopia’s Gambella province on the borders with (...)

Ireland’s carbon emissions are equal to that of 400 million of the world’s poor - Trócaire

Ireland is “significantly off track” in meeting its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report on climate change from Tr(...)