Up to 30,000 Rohingya refugees recently marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by rallying, crying and praying together as they demanded Myanmar grant them their citizenship.
In the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, in Ireland, people gathered at Carlow College to celebrate the strength and diversity the resettled Rohingya community have brought to the wider community of Ireland.
Bishop Denis Nulty, the current Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin attended these events, praying with the people and offering his congratulations. (Our Founder Bishop Daniel Delany was a Bishop in this Diocese for 31 years, from 1783 – 1814. Together with In Bishop Keeffe, Daniel Delany began planning for the establishment of a tertiary college in the Diocese for the education of both lay students and those studying for the priesthood. St Patrick’s College in Carlow was eventually built. Keeffe died in 1787 but he was able to witness the beginning of construction. It was left to Bishop Delany and Fr Henry Staunton of Carlow to complete the building. For financial reasons, it did not open until 1793, with Staunton as its first president. St. Patrick’s, Carlow is the oldest surviving Catholic tertiary college in Ireland.)
(Photos from the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin)