• Real Love Challenges Vested Interests

    peter mcverry 1Pope Francis, in everything he says and does, takes the side of the poor and marginalised over and against the wealthy and powerful. He challenges the global structures which deny many their basic human rights and maintain people in their poverty and suffering, while enriching the few, says Peter McVerry SJ. 

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  • Will Francis Comment on Neoliberalism?

    pope moneyPope Francis’ visit to Ireland is a cause of excitement to many and dismay to others. Beneath the flurry of events associated with the World Meeting of Families and the simmering controversy around protests, his visit is an opportunity to reflect on one of the major emphases of his papacy, says Kevin Hargaden.

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  • Prisoner Amnesty for Papal Visit

    pope prisonersEoin Carroll's article in the Irish Times looks back to the arrival of John Paul II in 1979, when 76 prisoners were granted early release, and questions why there is no mention of an amnesty to coincide with the visit of Pope Francis.

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  • Safe Spaces For Young People in Prison

    youth day 2018The theme of International Youth Day 2018 is Safe Spaces for Youth, something that resonates strongly with the work in prison and penal reform that the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is involved in. The centre has long been an advocate for changes in the prison system for young adults, whom we view as a discrete demographic group, worthy of particular consideration.

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About the Centre

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice works to combat injustice and marginalisation in Irish society, through social analysis, education and advocacy.

The Centre highlights complex social issues, informs opinion and advocates for governmental policy change to create a fair and equitable society for all.

Analysis on our Key Issues

People in prison are amongst the most marginalised and vulnerable in our society. The majority have left school early, experience literacy and learning difficulties and have a history of unemployment... Click here to view all of our material on Penal Policy

Environmental protection has emerged as a key element of social justice debates in recent decades... Click here to view all of our material on Environmental Justice

The right to a safe and secure place to live is one of the most basic human rights, it is fundamental to enable people to live a dignified life... Click here to view all of our material on Housing Policy

In our political discourse, every question of human flourishing seems to be reduced to bottom-line thinking. This focus on riches impoverishes our shared discourse and has serious negative consequences for society Click here to view material on Economic Justice

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice focuses on a number of other issues... Explore all here

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Exploring Social Justice

Why Care - Social Justice Awareness for Younger People

Time to Give?

Time to Give?Time to Give? Volunteering Opportunities in the Criminal Justice Area is a guide to possibilities for becoming a volunteer in organisations whose aim is to prevent involvement in crime or to respond to the needs of those affected by crime.

To view a PDF version of the directory Click here


This guide shows the diversity of organisations in Ireland involved in addressing these social issues, and the variety of volunteering opportunities they offer. Those interested in contributing their time and talents to volunteering in this area will find here essential information, presented in an easily accessible form, about opportunities in more than twenty organisations – including a description of the work undertaken, the volunteering roles available, application requirements and contact details.

With opportunities to match many different skills and interests, the organisations listed offer potential volunteers of all ages and life experiences a variety of challenging and rewarding ways to contribute to society.

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice is an agency of the Irish Jesuit Province. The Centre aims to foster understanding of public issues through theological reflection, social analysis, and advocacy. Issues of concern to the Centre include crime and penal policy, housing and homelessness, healthcare, and the need for a more just model of economic and social development.

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