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  • CELEBRATION DIVERSITY – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY - Celebrating Diversity On the 8th of March women from different parts of the globe marked International Women's Day 2010 during an event celebrating Cork City’s cultural diversity in a rich programme of music, fashion, food...
  • REFUGEES ISOLATED IN HOSTELS

    REFUGEES ISOLATED IN HOSTELSAlmost 7000 people living in Government-funded hostel accommodations are socially excluded, isolated and at risk of exploitation, a major study has found.  ... Read more ...
  • Sharp increase in forced removals

    EUROPE SHARP INCREASE IN FORCED REMOVAL OF UNSUCCESSFUL ASYLUM SEEKERSThe number of unsuccessful asylum seekers and migrants forcibly removed by EU governments has tripled in the last three years, according to data released for the first time by the EU ...
  • HAITI LORD HEAR OUR PRAYERS

    HAITI: 'Lord Hear Our Prayers' - Prayers of Father Jean Jadotte, assistant pastor of  Notre Dame D'Haiti parish in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood: "When my parishioners heard the news they were heartbroken. Many were in tears at Mass on Wednesday ...
  • INTERFAITH EVENT

    PRESIDENT MARY MCALEESE TO ATTEND UNITY IN DIVERSITY EVENT -Cois Tine organises Interfaith Event Unity in Diversity’ is the theme for an interfaith event that will take place in Cork City Hall on January 22nd, 2010.  The event is par...
  • CHRISTMAS_PARTY

    CHRISTMAS PARTY FOR IMMIGRANTS This year, for the first time, Cois Tine and NASC,  another immigrant support centre in Cork City, held a joint Christmas Party at the South Parish Community Centre near the city centre.  Over one hundred and twenty adults...
  • 67 MILLION FORCED TO MIGRATE

    67 MILLION FORCED TO MIGRATE According to the United Nations the number of people uprooted by conflict and persecution at the end of 2008 stood at 42 million. This includes 16 million Refugees who have fled to another country and 26 million Internally Dis...
  • pastoral support of immigrants

    IRISH BISHOP’S INITIATIVE FOR PASTORAL SUPPPORT OF IMMIGRANTSA new body to promote the inclusion of immigrants in the local church has been formed.  Chaired by Most Rev. Bishop Eamonn Walsh, the Irish Episcopal Council for Immigrants (IECI) was for...
  • IRELAND -Immigrant Numbers Decline

    IRELAND - Immigrant Numbers Decline For first time since 1995 the number of people leaving Ireland is higher than those entering. ...
  • MIGRATION AND THE AFRICAN SYNOD

    MIGRATION AND THE AFRICAN SYNODThe precarious situation of millions of African migrants ought to win the solidarity of everyone. Instead many consider them a burden, view them with suspicion and indeed consider them a danger and a threat. This often gi...
  • FORTRESS EUROPE

    FORTRESS  EUROPE In the past decade inward migration to the EU has highlighted differences in the procedures and laws of individual member states that allowed entry “weak points”.  This  disparity and the need for a mechanism to attract skilled lab...
  • MIGRATION IN CONTEXT

    MIGRATION IN CONTEXT The Church’s teachings on human rights, freedom of movement and the rights of migrant workers are increasingly violated by the worlds restrictive migration policies and laws against Africans.” African Bishop's Synod ...
  • REFORM OF EU ASYLUM POLICY

    REFORM OF EU ASYLUM POLICY ON THE WAYIn what is likely the be a highly controversial and hotly debated issue new MEP's will this autumn begin a process of looking at EU asylum policy in the light of calls made by "frontline" EU states, such as Italy and M...
  • West African Bishops on Youth Migration

    WEST AFRICAN BISHOPS ON YOUTH MIGRATION Communiqué issued at the end of the 12th Plenary Assembly of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA), 4th – 8th August, 2009. In their annual meeting in August 2009 the Associa...
  • STATE URGED TO REDUCE REFUGEES PROCESSING TIMES

    STATE URGED TO REDUCE REFUGEES PROCESSING TIMESAn article in the Irish Times reports that the Irish Government "is being urged to reduce processing times for refugees seeking to be reunited with family members in Ireland following the publication of a rep...
  • POPE'S NEW ENCYCLICAL A CALL FOR RADICAL REFORD

    POPE'S NEW ENCYCLICAL A RADICAL CALL TO REFORM The Catholic doctrines of social justice are sometimes described as the Church's “best kept secret. The release of Pope Benedict's new encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), it must be hoped, ...
  • COURSE FOR AFRICAN WOMEN

    COURSE FOR AFRICAN WOMEN A course for African Women consisting of five weekly workshops took place at Cois Tine from mid June through to mid July. In all a total of twenty two participants from countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimb...
  • Vatican UN representative calls for continued aid

    VATICAN UN REPRESENTATIVE CALLS FOR CONTINUED AID TO DEVELOPING NATIONSDeveloping countries need continued aid, especially with health care, if the world is to recover from the current economic crisis, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, permanent representative o...
  • CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES DISMISS G8 FOOD PLEDGE

    CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES DISMISS G8 FOOD PLEDGE A major cause of migration both within Africa and to destinations further afield is the lack of food security.  People have to migrate as climate change and the lack of water make land useless and t...
  • MIGRATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE

    MIGRATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Reflection for July Migration has always been part of human history.  It is natural for people to move away from danger, famine and violence and to seek a safer or better place for themselves and their children.  Now ...