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Church ups role in tackling online bullying

THE important role that religiouslic faith can play in tackling on-line bullying was emphasised at the national launch of Catholic Schools Week at St Flannan’s College in Ennis today (Wednesday). Catholic Schools Week is an All-Ireland celebration which invites Catholic schools to give expression to the ethos of Catholic education, will run from this Sunday. At the launch, Canon Tom Deenihan voiced concern at the influence of social media, with bullying moving from the school yard to online platforms. He said, “Our faith teaches us that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Surely as people of faith that should influence how we interact with each other, be it in school, out of school, with our families or work place. If our faith doesn’t influence us, it’s not a faith at all. If it doesn’t have any practical implications, it’s absolutely useless.” He stated that faith is not about indoctrination, but practical support for communities. Canon …

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Franciscans honour Fr Tom Ryan

BEFORE Christmas, parish priest Fr Tom Ryan was affiliated as an honorary member of the Franciscan Order, in the Poor Clare’s Chapel in Ennis. He was given the affiliation award in recognition of his service and generosity towards the Franciscan Order. The ceremony was presided over by Fr Hugh McKenna, the minister provincial of the Irish Franciscans, and Bishop Fintan Monahan. Writing about Fr Tom, a spokesman for the Franciscans stated, “Fr Tom Ryan, a St Michael’s Villas native and parish priest of Shannon, has always been a good friend of the Franciscans. He has conducted the annual novena in honour of St Anthony in all our friary churches in Ireland. Any time we were away at meetings, Tom was always ready and willing to come to our assistance. In fact, people often joked saying Fr Tom was half a friar. “We certainly appreciated his generous help and decided to do something about it. We contacted our provincial Fr Hugh …

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