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State failed to protect many rights during recession

"It is regrettable that the United Nations Human Rights Committee has consistently criticised Ireland for not expanding the availability of abortion" - PLC barrister.

2015.06.10.

Pope cautions against faith based on visionaries

“We are close to coming to a decision," the Pontiff told press on flight back to Rome from Sarajevo regarding the investigation into the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje.

2015.06.10.

ACN gave €100m in aid to persecuted Christians

Charity provided eight schools in Dohuk and Erbil in Kurdish northern Iraq to where 120,000 Christians fled last summer after attacks by so-called Islamic State.

2015.06.10.

Former rock journalist promotes joy of chastity

Dawn Eden jokes that she felt she had to be “joyfully chaste” because her conversion wouldn't have been really worth it unless there was some joy to it.

2015.06.09.

Irish reform leader wrote to Pope about Romero

Brendan Butler co-founded the Irish El Salvador Support Committee in 1979. Last year he wrote to Pope Francis asking him to hurry on Monsenor Romero's cause.

2015.06.09.

Mass to be streamed live for St Anthony’s feast day

Hundreds of thousands of devotees of popular Italian saint invited to participate in feast day devotions via a live internet broadcast of Mass from the Basilica in Padua on 13 June.

2015.06.09.

The Tablet marks 175th anniversary with Dublin Mass

"For 175 years The Tablet has been a distinctive model of building up communication within the Church."

2015.06.08.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide devalue life

“Laws which permit people to give suicide assistance are dangerous" warns disability campaigner and founder of Hope Ireland, Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick.

2015.06.08.

Gardaí investigate disappearance of pilgrim altar

The altar stone, which was situated at the rear of the iconic chapel at Gougane Barra, is known to be at least 350 years old.

2015.06.08.

PLC demand Govt response to UK abortion death

32-year-old woman living in Ireland bled to death in the back of a taxi within hours of undergoing an abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic in London.

2015.06.07.

Person-centred education was Bishop Flynn’s passion

“From the beginning he was a teacher, and a very good one by all accounts. The word most often used by people was kind. Quiet in disposition and very discreet.”

2015.06.07.

“War never again!” is Pope’s call in Sarajevo

There are those who wish to incite and foment an atmosphere of war deliberately for the purpose of selling arms Pontiff warns.

2015.06.07.

Pope’s encyclical on the environment due 18 June

Trócaire's conference 'Meeting the Challenge of Climate Justice' will examine how all sectors of Irish society can contribute towards building a low carbon future.

2015.06.06.

Family homelessness still rising warns Fr McVerry

Jesuit concerned that the Government does not fully appreciate the scale and seriousness of the housing and homelessness crisis.

2015.06.06.

New interactive exhibition on Magna Carta opens

Christ Church Cathedral exhibition explains the significance of Magna Carta from 1215 to the present day and the importance of its special Libre Niger copy.

2015.06.06.

Italian surrogacy case goes to ECHR Grand Chamber

Decision will have strong implications for surrogacy law in Europe according to European Centre for Law and Justice.

2015.06.05.

Retrouvaille hears powerful forgiveness testimony

Couple who both spent time on death row for crimes they did not commit tell Retrouvaille leaders that "forgiveness is the only way, in marriage too."

2015.06.05.

Church to mark 1400th anniversary of St Columban

The sixth century saint is remembered as one of the greatest of the Irish missionary monks and revered across parts of Europe.

2015.06.05.

Two ordained to the priesthood in Dublin

Fr Christopher Derwin at just 32 years old is the youngest diocesan priest in the archdiocese of Dublin while Fr Paul Glennon is 41.

2015.06.04.

Waterford celebration of Year of Consecrated Life

Former East End gangster John Pridmore and the new Bishop of Waterford & Lismore will speak at the Little Sisters of the Poor's special vocations day later this month.

2015.06.04.

Tributes paid to Bishop Thomas Flynn on his death

Bishop who led the Diocese of Achonry for almost 31 years until retiring in 2008 had a “reputation as a pastoral leader with a great love for Catholic education”.

2015.06.04.

Hope conference to address euthanasia concerns

Where laws enabling assisted suicide and euthanasia have been introduced, very quickly they are extended to those who are not terminally ill but disabled.

2015.06.03.

Irishman appointed Bishop of Nottingham

61-year-old Mgr Patrick McKinney from Buncrana Co Donegal will be ordained Bishop of Nottingham by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Friday 3 July.

2015.06.03.

Vatican prelate responds to FIFA soccer scandal

“Is anyone surprised by this news?” asked Mgr Melchor Sanchez de Toca, director of the Pontifical Council for Culture's sports division.

2015.06.03.

Pope to honour Shroud and Don Bosco in Turin

Salesians all over the world are celebrating the bicentenary of St John Bosco (1815-1888) in August.

2015.06.02.

Priest calls for structured conversation in the Church

Irish Church needs a church leadership which empowers the laity – the “sleeping giant”.

2015.06.02.

Archbishop Neary relaunches Diocesan Youth Council

New projects are to be rolled out in Tuam over the next 12 to 18 months for young people aged 12 -35 years old.

2015.06.02.

Primate rejects suggestions Church has lost its way

Some accuse the Church of not doing enough to stop the amendment; others criticise Church for stridently presenting a message that was out of touch with the people.

2015.06.01.

Trócaire staff withdrawn from South Sudan district

Hasty evacuation of three local staff from Melut to Juba following heavy fighting.

2015.06.01.

14 ordinations to priesthood underway in Irish Church

Nine new deacons and 14 ordinations to the priesthood contribute to a "remarkable year" for Maynooth.

2015.06.01.
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