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“We need a respectful, mutual listening, free of ideology and predetermined agendas.” Pope Francis, Let us Dream, December 2020

A mission for young journalists

The Missionary Society of St Columban is inviting young people to enter a journalism competition, an initiative to mark their centenary.

Students aged 15-18, who are budding journalists, have been asked to write an article or make a video report that informs, challenges and raises important issues on the topic: ‘Migrants are our neighbours’.

Teachers and parents have also been asked to alert young people to this opportunity. Two separate strands will be held, one for students in Ireland and one for students in England, Scotland, and Wales. Each has two categories, writing and video, and the closing date for entries is 8th February 2018.

Leading journalists in Ireland and Britain, including Nick Benson, of The Universe will be judging the entries.

The winning articles and videos will be announced in Columban media on 15th March 2018. There are also cash prizes. The objective is to encourage students to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

Since 2000 the Missionary Society of St Columban has committed itself in a special way to continue accompanying and defending the rights of migrants, and to address the underlying causes of the migration of peoples.

Migrant and interfaith work has been a Columban priority in all 16 countries where the Columbans work.

In England, Columbans have engaged with immigrant communities, and helped to run a house of sanctuary in Birmingham, called Fatima House, for women asylum seekers. Columbans have participated in ‘Welcome the Stranger’ Walks of Witness in London and Birmingham and there is a long-standing ministry to domestic workers.

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Picture: Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley is pictured during a visit to the society’s Fatima House in the city.