Galway Bay fm newsroom – The church in Ireland is becoming increasingly marginalised, weakened and despised in our society.
That’s according to Archbishhop of Tuam Michael Neary, who this morning delivered his Reek Sunday homily at the summit of Croagh Patrick.
He spoke of the need for the church to return to penance and prayer and take stock of its place – and the message it seeks to deliver – in the modern world.
In his homily, Archbishop Neary made reference to the slow, silent decline of faith in Ireland, and how many feel they are ‘strangers in a strange land’.
He said that pilgrimages – like that on Croagh Patrick this morning – offer an opportunity to take stock and discover new heart.
He acknowledged that the Church today is – as it was in the Roman Empire – small, peripheral, suspect and despised in the face of a brilliant, glittering and self-assured society.
Archbishop Neary said it would be easy to avoid the long, hard personal journey that is needed and spend all of our remaining energy on desperately vying for attention in our modern culture.
However, he offered that before we speak, we must have something to say – and the church in Ireland is being called to return to penance and prayer.
He suggested it’s best work could yet to be done – and acknowledged this work will be carried out by a smaller Church that has been politically, socially and financially weakened.
He said the Church must get used to preaching on street corners and making the gospel heard over the constant noise of the public arena.
He closed his homily by stating that if the Church in Ireland has one mission – it is to subvert the ‘closed shop’ that is the Western World and startle it with a renewed message of the generosity and hospitality of god.
1,224 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There has been a further 1,224 Covid-19 cases reported today.
It brings the five-day moving average of new cases to 1,334 – a slight increase compared to yesterday, but down from 1,454 a week ago.
278 people are in hospital with the virus, up 17 in 24 hours.
63 are in ICU, down three.
Figures released for Galway University Hospital yesterday evening shows that there are 16 receiving treatment for Covid-19. A reduction of 7 on the day previously.
Meanwhile, in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there is one patient getting treatment. No change from yesterday.
Of those figures, there are 4 in ICU in GUH, a reduction of 2 on yesterday and no change for Portiuncula with 1 patient in ICU.
LISTEN: Mizen to Malin cycle against Suicide to pass through Galway on Tuesday and Wednesday
The 700km Mizen to Malin cycle against Suicide will be visiting and passing through Galway on Tuesday and Wednesday next.
Over 100 cyclists from all over the country are taking part and they began this morning at 9.15am leaving the Mizen Head Car Park on their first leg to Killarney.
The Tuesday leg will leave Ballyvaughan and overnight in Oranmore before passing through Galway on Wednesday passing through Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Lenane and Westport on its route to Castlebar.
Cycle Against Suicide, in existence since 2013, is a national awareness charity that sets out to change culture and create a society that openly talks about suicide to allow people to speak up and seek help.
Barry Williams is the fundraising and social media manager for Cycle against Suicide. He said there was great excitement when they set off from Mizen Head this morning:
Further supports are available on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
Day 1/Sunday September 19th — Mizen >> Killarney – 122km
Day 2/Monday September 20th — Killarney >> Lahinch – 126km
Day 3/Tuesday, September 21st — Lahinch >> Oranmore – 86km
Day 4/Wednesday, September 22nd — Oranmore >> Castlebar – 118km
Day 5/Thursday, September 23rd— Castlebar >> Donegal Town -148km
Day 6/Friday, September 24th — Donegal >> Malin Head – 123km
Listen: Midlands North West MEP calls for Gender-Based Violence to be established as a Eurocrime
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Midlands-North-West MEP Maria Walsh has this week called for the European commission to establish gender-based violence as a Eurocrime, which would make gender-based crimes illegal in all EU countries.
MEP Walsh had a central role in establishing the Parliament recommendations to the Commission on what to include in their future actions on combating gender-based violence.
A survey completed in 2014 by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights found that approximately 50 women lose their lives to domestic violence every week.
A Women’s Aid report published earlier this year saw that 29,717 people contacted the domestic violence support service in 2020, an increase of 43% compared to 2019. 95% of those who contacted the 24-hour national helpline were women, 5% were men.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon, MEP Walsh said that while the vote does not immediately mean that Gender Based violence is a Eurocrime, it is an important start to the process: