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Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2015

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The right to adequate housing is outlined in Article 25 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and supported in Catholic Social Teaching, notably in Pope John XIII's enumeration of fundamental human rights in his 1963 Encyclical Letter Pacem in Terris(11). It is central to the protection of human dignity as so many other rights depend on having a secure home, such as health, education and work. Homelessness and housing insecurity have a major impact on wellbeing, affecting health, relationships, access to education and employment and a person's ability to participate in society and contribute to the community
Pushing people to the margins of our society
Some groups of people experience particular obstacles in accessing housing, which can lead to feelings of isolation, alienation and a perception of rejection by society. The tragic loss of life experienced in the Travelling community in October this year highlighted the particular vulnerability of many Traveller families resulting from the failure to honour commitments to address the cultural needs of that community in relation to housing. The outpouring of concern in the wake of this tragedy needs to be followed by urgent action to ensure the safety of families.

Tragedy at Carrickmines

The Parish of the Travelling People extend their deepest sympathies to the Connors, Lynch and Gilbert families on their tragic loss of their loved one in the horrific fire in Carrickmines on Saturday morning, October 10th.

CarrickminesVigilOur prayers and thoughts are with the families and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy. Fr Derek Farrell, Parish of the Travelling People, said the enormous scale of the tragedy has spread shockwaves across the whole country. "The extended family, the Traveller community, which is very close-knit, and the wider community is feeling the enormity of this and the pain of it."

The Parish of the Travelling People have opened a book of condolences in St Peter's Church, Phibsborough, which can be signed by anyone who wants to leave messages of support to the families of the victims.

Southside Traveller Action Group, in partnership with the Parish of the Travelling People, are holding a Candlelight vigil at 7.30pm tonight (Wed, Oct 14th) outside the Site in Carrickmines, where the tragedy happened, and invite anyone who wish to show their support for the families affected by the fire last Saturday.

Garda will be assisting traffic in the area and supporting the coordination of the vigil on Glenamuck Road.

 For those who would like make a donation, the St. Vincent De Paul have set up the Carrickmines Tragedy Fund, in Dundrum AIB. BIC 93-31-20, IBAN No. IE38AIBK93312016005289.

St Vincent de Paul – Carrickmines Tragedy

People have contacted the parish about how to assist the families affected by the Carrickmines tragedy. Donations can be made through the Saint Vincent De Paul.

Details for donations to the St Vincent de Paul – Carrickmines Tragedy Fund are below:

Sort Code: 93-31-20
Account Number: 16005280
IBAN: IE38AIBK93312016005289

Rome 2015 Pilgrimage Registration – Final Call

This Pilgrimage, marking the 50th Anniversary of the meeting of Pope Paul VI with various nomadic groups on a campsite near Rome in 1965, is taking place in and around

Vatican City, Rome on

Saturday 24th – Tuesday 27th October 2015

Many thousands of nomadic people are expected to attend from many countries around the world, including Ireland, travelling as pilgrims and as ambassadors for Christ.

• To allow for the organisers in Rome to cater properly for the many thousands of pilgrims coming from many countries far and wide, this is now the final call for registration of pilgrims.

• Anyone, or any family or group already booked to go, or intending to go, needs in advance to be registered to gain access to the planned Papal general audience and other pilgrimage events.

• So, advance Registration and Passes will be needed. These Passes will be issued to each pilgrim who is registered. Every Group wishing to apply through the Parish for Pilgrimage Passes will need to complete and sign a Registration Form.

• This Form and further details are available by contacting us here at the Parish. The Form may also be downloaded here . A fully completed and signed Registration Form for each Group registering through the Parish must be received back in the Parish no later than the final closing date which is this coming Wednesday, 19th August 2015.

The Parish of the Travelling People, Dublin
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Pilgrimage to Rome 2015 - NOTICE

Notice from the Parish of the Travelling People on Rome Event 24th- 26th October 2015For Your...

Posted by Derek Farrell on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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