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Religion is vital contributor to national conversation

Baroness O'Loan concerned at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly Christianity, even in nations which place great emphasis on tolerance.

2015.10.31.

Learning to fail is important lesson for young  people

Ireland has highest rate in EU for young female suicide and second highest for young males. Psychotherapist points out danger to mental health of instant gratification.

2015.10.31.

Pope pledges support for efforts of St Marta group

Group's efforts to free the victims of new forms of slavery, rehabilitate them, and unmask the traffickers and those who create this market praised.

2015.10.31.

China to end controversial one-child policy

“Coercion is the core of the policy. Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilisation” - Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

2015.10.30.

Refugees advocate calls for increased migrant rights

Former director of the bishops' Refugee and Migrant project warns that enforced idleness is unnatural and corrosive of dignity; people need to be allowed to work.

2015.10.30.

150 attend Derry diocesan youth ministry conference

"Don’t bury your talents! Bet on big ideals, those ideals that enlarge the heart, and those ideals that will make your talents fruitful": John McAreavey.

2015.10.30.

Bishops’ finances rally as deficit turns to surplus

Financial surplus of €616,091 recorded in 2014 compared to deficit of €103,076 in 2013.

2015.10.29.

Ireland must plan for integration of refugees: ICI

105-year-old grandmother and her extended family walked thousands of miles from Afghanistan across mountains, deserts and seas to reach Europe.

2015.10.29.

Porvoo primates call for prayers for political leaders

Church leaders express concern for Christians and other minority groups threatened by extinction in the Middle East.

2015.10.29.

Archbishop Neary defends celibate life of priests

Marking the 10th anniversary of the World Priest apostolate, Archbishop describes it as an affirmation of the men who commit their lives to the Lord.

2015.10.28.

Pope Francis prays for earthquake victims

Trócaire commits an initial €400k to support communities impacted by quake in Pakistan and launches emergency appeal for donations.

2015.10.28.

Plight of ‘vulnerable migrants’ highlighted to UN

The Immigrant Council of Ireland has highlighted the plight of stateless children, domestic violence victims and those fleeing war.

2015.10.28.

Pope meets relatives of Carrickmines fire tragedy

"To know that the Holy Father is with us even when the Government does not appear to be with us, that is why we are so religious.”

2015.10.27.

UN fears poor harvest may cause food shortages

FAO & WFP warn that drought and flooding over the last growing season has caused the number of food-insecure people to increase by 13%.

2015.10.27.

Trócaire responds to Afghan-Pakistan earthquake

Phone networks have been badly damaged which is hampering the communication of information about the scale of the casualties and damage.

2015.10.27.

Primate appeals for cohesive plan for refugees

“We are being confronted with a human tragedy that requires a generous political and church partnership to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people."

2015.10.26.

Pope celebrates Mass at conclusion of Synod

Pope warns of followers of Jesus who are able to speak about him but live far from his heart, which is reaching out to those who are wounded.

2015.10.26.

Bishop urged to facilitate sympathising at funerals

A booklet is currently being drawn up on funeral liturgies in Kerry but it does not have suggestions how to deal with those wishing to sympathise with the bereaved.

2015.10.26.

Synod on family concludes with message of mercy

Synod Fathers call for a more welcoming Church for cohabitating couples and Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried.

2015.10.25.

‘Synod has provided manifesto for pastoral action’

The synod faced the “delicate task of trying to balance mercy and truth, doctrine and pastoral care, justice and forgiveness” - Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.10.25.

Council appoints consultants to develop Holy Island

One of the most important historical and ecclesiastical sites in Ireland was once known as the ‘Island of the Seven Churches’.

2015.10.25.

Bishop asks for prayers for victims of French crash

Bishop Liam MacDaid of Clogher and Archbishop Eamon Martin pray for 43 dead in French crash as appeals made for safe driving in Ireland this weekend.

2015.10.24.

Tumour story linked to conspiracy against the Pope

The website which had shown retouched photos of a purported meeting between Japanese doctor and Pope Francis has removed the images.

2015.10.24.

Be leaders Thurles president urges religion teachers

Since 2008, 340 religion teachers have graduated from St Patrick's College which up to 1992 served as a seminary for the training of priests.

2015.10.24.

‘We seek to share the heavy burden of your grief’

"The building of mutual relationship, respect and understanding, recognition and valuing of identity is possible."

2015.10.23.

Kerry diocese launches youth initiative

“Ógra Beo is an opportunity to build on the strengths we already have in our diocese" - Bishop Ray Browne of Kerry.

2015.10.23.

New pro life crisis pregnancy clinic opens in Belfast

TD Ruth Coppinger’s support for abortion pill bus condemned as “dangerous and irresponsible” says PLC.

2015.10.23.

Pastoral practice must deepen Church teaching

Archbishop Martin tells Synod press conference Church must accompany vocation of marriage just as it accompanies vocation to priesthood.

2015.10.22.

New look Angelus a step too far for Kerry TD

'People's Angelus' will showcase work of aspiring filmmakers and artists & will be "conducive to prayer or reflection for people of all faiths and none".

2015.10.22.

Climate Bill must translate into concrete actions

Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice welcomes Government's Climate Bill but warns that concrete actions must follow to avoid dangerous climate change.

2015.10.22.
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