Restrictions on religion on the increase globally, says Pew Research Center
Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion – laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices – increased markedly around the world, says report.
Gott im Himmel! German Catholic numbers plummet
The number of Catholics in Germany fell by more than 216,078 last year – a fall of about 1 per cent of the total.
Catholic activists arrested in Washington DC, following protest against US immigration policy
“Cruelty toward the suffering and bullying the most vulnerable should not be national policy and we cannot allow it to continue.”
Armagh to get new bishop on Sunday
Fr Michael Router’s elevation to the hierarchy was announced by Pope Francis in May this year. The 54-year-old Cavanman will be appointed the titular bishop of Lugmad.
New book tells the story of two “very brave” Irish missionaries
Joe Little of RTÉ launched the book about Columban priests Fr Des Hartford and Fr Rufus Halley’s efforts to foster peace between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines.
Bishop Nulty ploughs ahead with bid to find Ireland’s favourite prayer
Bishop asks people all around the country to choose the prayer they like most, such as the Rosary or the Lord’s Prayer, perhaps a prayer learnt at their mother’s knee or handed down in their family.
UK bishops welcome support for persecuted Christians
Report finds that one-third of the world’s population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians constituting “by far the most widely persecuted religion.”
NI bishops alarmed by Westminster’s reckless undermining of devolution
“Citizens deserve the fullest participation in the democratic debate about the legislation which governs it.”
ACP leader hits out at the "demonisation of Catholicism" by Leo Varadkar
“Priests in Ireland have more than most borne the heat of the day.”
Pope Francis appoints Fr Michael Duignan as Bishop of Clonfert
“As one of the youngest priests in the Diocese of Elphin, he has made an enormous contribution to the mission of the diocese, particularly in the area of education.”
“I’ve lost Brendan and I’ve lost Bottler”
At the funeral Mass of comedian Brendan Grace, Fr Brian D'Arcy told mourners, "His vocation in life was quite simply nothing more and nothing less than to lift the gloom of the nation.”
Tributes as Bishop MacDaid celebrates 50 years of priesthood
“Eucharist is at the heart of priesthood. When Eucharist is celebrated, God walks among his people."
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