Maria Byrne of Catholic Comment - Catholic Voices Ireland blog post on the brilliant World Meeting of Families 2018 congress which finished yesterday Learn more »
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 »
Catholic Comment (Catholic Voices Ireland) have been in the media,
shedding light on what World Meeting of Families is all about. Here's Melissa Byrne giving a snappy summary on Galway Bay FM: Learn more »
Are you wondering what World Meeting is all about, and whether you should set out with over half a million others to attend? Maria Byrne of Catholic Comment gives a sense of the building excitement around the visit of Pope Francis, and her hopes for World Meeting
of Families. She was on WLR Waterford Deise Today programme: Learn more »
Hard at work on Session Two of the Catholic Voices Ireland training for new members of our panel of speakers who’ll ‘go live just before World Meeting of Families 2018. After an introduction to the Catholic Voices method last week, this week our team start putting that into practice on ‘hot-button’ topics that hit the news relating to the Church. Great work by all! Next week we look at Faith in the Public Square.
WE'VE TAKEN A LEAP OF FAITH - NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP With very little time and even less money, we decided to 'launch out into the deep' and go all out to put together a new team
of Catholic Voices speakers in time for World Meeting of Families 2018. Already we've been in the media from Galway to Kildare, from Waterford to Dublin, throwing light on what World Meeting is all about, on what to expect from the visit of Pope Francis, and on the Catholic faith. But without your help, our voices will only continue to the end of World Meeting of Families - and then fall silent... Can you help us today? Learn more »
As pilgrims and media from all over the world turn towards Dublin for the World Meeting of Families in August 2018, we at Catholic Comment are preparing a
team of media speakers to help throw light on the message of Christ and of the Church, before and during this momentous event. If you think you could be a "Catholic Voice' in the media, fill out our application form today! Learn more »
Petra Conroy, Coordinator of Catholic Comment, was the guest speaker recently at Waterford Diocese excellent "Café Theology" series.
Addressing the theme "Have Catholic Lost Courage?", Petra suggested that when so many opinion formers in society today present the Catholic faith in a negative frame, we can be tempted to dissociate ourselves from an apparently unpopular set of views, or to retreat to 'safe havens' with others who share our values and vision. Learn more »
Our seminar on 26th April 2015 is for those who would like some tools and ideas on how to present the case for voting No in the
Marriage Referendum on 22nd May, in a compassionate but confident way to family, friends or in
the public square. Learn more »
The only way you could think that Pope Francis really was out to promote slapping of children is by ignoring pretty much everything he's said and
done since being elected. More: Learn more »
On Monday, 19th January 2015, TV3's "Tonight with Vincent Browne"
programme dealt with the reaction to Minister Leo Varadkar's acknowledgment he is gay and the coming referendum on marriage. Petra Conroy from Catholic Comment was on the panel along with Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, Jerry Buttimer TD and Sandra Irwin Gowran from GLEN. Learn more »
Jason Conroy of Catholic Comment (Catholic Voices Ireland) gives a flavour of Day One of Pope Francis visit to Ireland as part of World Meeting of Families 2018 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.