Broc’s Blog

orlando nightclub shootingPeople all around the world are shocked with the news of the terrible loss of life at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

I have asked  that in the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on the coming weekend that those who died or who remain injured and all those who mourn and grieve be remembered.    Books of condolence are open at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin for those who wish to express their grief and outrage.


Speaking and Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin


Late last year I led a delegation of Irish Catholic Bishops to Brussels to meet with representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament.  It was a wonderful occasion for us to reflect on what Europe means but also to experience the hospitality which the citizens of Brussels day after day offer to men and women of all faiths, cultures and political persuasions who come to their city seeking to work for a better Europe.

Yes, Brussels like any large modern cosmopolitan city has its own tensions and inequalities.   But Brussels has also taken on this special role of welcome and encounter and its citizens, drawing from their own European heritage, have reshaped and transformed their culture into a modern culture of welcome.

being churchOver the Summer the Migrant Crises in Africa flowing over into Europe has been one of the big stories. Tens of thousands of people, fleeing terror, war and destitution, seeking at great risk a life for themselves and theirfamilies, have been washing up on the shores of Europe. Thousands have died in the attempt. We can take some pride in the work of the men and women of our Naval Service in rescuing those in danger of drowning. We can also take pride in the wise, authoritative voice of our Parishioner, Mr. Peter Sutherland. 
Migration and Refugees are a part of the story of human kind on this earth. Refugees and migrants are seeking a place where they can live a human life in peace and dignity. Parish is about people and place. Migrants and Refugees are seeking a place and a people among whom they can live a human life.