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As the clock ticks down to the start of World Meeting of Families and the arrival of Pope Francis, our speakers are on the airwaves helping explain what will be involved, and why it's well worth getting the sandwiches and comfortable shoes packed and heading to Dublin for this unmissable momentous event! Learn more »
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We're delighted to introduce three new coordinators who have recently joined the Catholic Comment team: Jason Conroy, Niall Buckley, and Maria Bridges.
Maria studied Pure Maths in college, teaches Maths at 2nd level and is pursuing a Masters in Education; Jason is a recent Law graduate starting a Masters in Classics, focussing on Ancient Greek; and Niall is doing doctoral studies in History, with his PhD thesis on the exiled Austrian Monarchy after World War 1.
For a number of months now we have been working with the existing speakers, researching hot-button issues relating to the Church's message, organising training workshops on Zoom, and setting up mock media interviews and feedback sessions, all to prepare our speakers for a return to the airwaves.
On 19th of June, we ran a three hour workshop for our speakers on the topic of Catholic Education. This involved our usual formation input from our chaplain Fr Terence Crotty OP, then a brief primer on the purpose of the Catholic School, tapping into various expert sources both written and audiovisual, followed finally by a hands on 'reframing' practice. This time we picked a recent Irish Times headline to practice with. Over the past months we have also hosted several expert inputs and reframing workshops on the topic of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.