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Do more than welcome refugees

We need, in the words of Pope Francis, to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family – Bishop John McAreavey.

2017.01.16.

Is Ad Limina a Mr & Mrs Missed Opportunity?

The question of celibacy is already being discussed at the highest levels in the Vatican – Noel McCann, ACI.

2017.01.16.

Judicial review sought of merger of Belfast Catholic schools

The merger of the Little Flower Girls’ School and St Patrick’s College, a boys’ school, will result in the creation of a new co-educational school for 1,119 students.

2017.01.15.

A Nun’s Story is surprise best-seller

The deeply moving true story of giving up a life of love and luxury in a single irresistible moment.

2017.01.15.

Director of Pope Benedict XVI Centre appointed to Catholic position at Oxford University

During this period, Professor Bullivant will advance a number of research projects, including a statistical survey of the British ‘nonreligious’ population.

2017.01.14.

Irish bishops set off to meet Pope in Rome

Twenty-nine men representing twenty-six dioceses begin their five-yearly pilgrimage to Rome this weekend.

2017.01.14.

Archbishop pays tribute to model public servant

Dr Ken Whitaker was “a true public servant, a man of integrity, a family man and a Christian” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2017.01.13.

Week of Guided Prayer can foster ecumenism

“We encourage parishes offering the Week to include their local Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian groups” – Office for Evangelisation and Ecumenism.

2017.01.13.

Calls to help the vulnerable during cold snap

Refugees and migrants who have survived years of war, violence, and deadly journeys to safety are now freezing to death on Europe’s doorstep.

2017.01.12.

Peter McVerry Trust still willing to liaise with Apollo House

Members of the public formed a human chain around the building in support of those inside, chanting “homes for the homeless”.

2017.01.12.

Edmund Rice schools’ petition to end homelessness

“We want to be, and believe we can be, the first generation that ends homelessness in Ireland,” said Mark Hartery, a 16-year-old secondary student.

2017.01.11.

Refugees are “a blessing to our way of life”: Archbishop Welby

Pope Francis has focused on the theme of ‘Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless’ in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees which is marked this weekend on Sunday 15 January 2017.

2017.01.11.

Pope Francis condemns “homicidal madness” misusing God’s name

In his annual new year’s address to the diplomatic corps, Pontiff stresses need to promote peace in a time of mass migrations, economic stagnation and violent extremism.

2017.01.10.

New video exposes Marie Stopes’ abortion ‘mission’ in Africa

UK tax-payers’ money is being used to provide abortion under the guise of ‘reproductive health services’ even in those countries where abortion is illegal.

2017.01.10.

Breastfeeding at Mass gets papal blessing

His Holiness baptises 28 infants during a joyful – if noisy – Sistine Chapel Mass.

2017.01.09.

Vatileaks whistleblower Msgr Vallejo Balda released

The Holy See decided to commute the 18-month prison sentence because of ‘questions regarding freedom of thought’.

2017.01.09.

Bishop of Limerick and Fianna Fáil leader pay tribute to former Mary Immaculate Registrar

“Tony Bromell will always have a special place in the history of Mary Immaculate College” – Bishop Brendan Leahy.

2017.01.08.

Fake news alert following report of mob attack on Germany’s oldest church

The phenomenon of fake news was an unfortunate feature of last year’s US presidential election campaign.

2017.01.08.

Set out now and love: Pope Francis

Magi personify those whose hearts have not become anesthetised.

2017.01.07.

Petition launched to reinstate Irish-born nun who featured in BBC documentary

It has emerged that Sr Rita has been transferred to an as yet an undisclosed new appointment, but her local community at the Lalley centre wants her back.

2017.01.07.

Pray and fast for 40 days to prevent abortion

“You can fast from food, TV, alcohol, cigarettes, sweets or chocolate,” says Precious Life.  To stop abortion “a massive revolution of prayer and sacrifice” is needed.

2017.01.06.

Miracle of sun in Fatima proves existence of supernatural world

Surge in interest among Irish pilgrims visiting Marian shrine during centennial year. Pope Francis confirms visit to shrine on 13 May, 100th anniversary of first apparition.

2017.01.06.

Twenty-eight Catholic workers killed in twelve months

Fourteen priests, nine religious women, one seminarian and four lay people died violently during 2016.

2017.01.05.

Child poverty increasing – Barnardos

“It is clear to us the economic recovery isn’t being felt by all as we are supporting parents who are under huge strain to meet the needs of their children because of the absence of appropriate quality public services” – Fergus Finlay, Barnardos.

2017.01.05.

Pope Francis condemns child abuse in letter to bishops

“Let us find the courage needed to take all necessary measures and to protect in every way the lives of our children, so that such crimes may never be repeated. In this area, let us adhere, clearly and faithfully, to ‘zero tolerance’” – Pope Francis.

2017.01.04.

Death of last Spiritan from Irish Province to minister in Nigeria

Apart from a short time in pastoral work in New York during the Nigerian Civil (Biafran) War and subsequent studies in Nova Scotia, 90-year-old Fr Paddy Foley spent almost all his 60 years of priesthood in Nigeria.

2017.01.04.

Courage of unarmed Gardaí praised by Bishop of Elphin

“Being unarmed does seem to suggest that, as a matter of policy, Gardaí will seek to respond to crime in a non-violent way. By doing this, they contribute to reducing the level of violence, rather than escalating it.”

2017.01.03.

Gangland violence must stop Archbishop warns

“Violence only leads to retaliation and further grief” and those who resort to violence are left in an insecurity in which “they know no sophisticated modern security systems can really protect them or their loved ones.”

2017.01.03.

Limerick is a standout city for active nonviolence

Thanks to the contribution of many to active nonviolence, Limerick is now a city that is beginning to sing a song of co-operation and regeneration, new vitality and effective management, artistic, sport and cultural renewal.

2017.01.02.

Brexit? God help us! Prayers for politicians coping with Brexit

“It is our united prayer that our political leaders in Belfast, Dublin and London will have wisdom, grace and patience during this process that will have implications for the whole of Ireland” – joint message of church leaders.

2017.01.02.
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