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Vatican fountains switched off as effects of drought hit Rome

The crisis is partly as a result of this year’s unusually hot summer – temperatures in Rome are expected to hit 38 ˚C this week – but a crucial factor is that the Lazio region, in which Rome lies, has experienced two exceptionally dry winters in a row.

2017.07.31.

R.I.P. is ‘too Catholic’ for the Orange Order

The phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ goes back to the very earliest days of the Church – with the words ‘dormit in pace’ found on Christian tombs from the 4th century.

2017.07.31.

Reek Sunday – part of a faith that is a living reality

The lessons we learn on this mountain need to be rooted in our everyday routine: great and unselfish teamwork when the person who finds the going tough is granted a helping hand; when the one who stumbles and falls is set on their feet again; when the climber who is confused is welcomed back.

2017.07.30.

University College Cork honours Siamsa founder Fr Pat Ahern

Fr Ahern embodies the spirit of the expression ‘lán de cheol’/‘full of music’ literally and metaphorically, says Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin, UCC.

2017.07.30.

Safety the key as over 20,000 people to make Reek Sunday climb

Pilgrims intending to make the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage this Sunday are advised to have appropriate footwear and clothing, to bring a stick, carry a charged mobile phone and ensure they have adequate food and water.

2017.07.29.

Trócaire says thanks for support for East African appeal

“Last weekend’s collection will enable us to reach even more people with life-saving aid. The support of the Catholic Church in Ireland will make a significant contribution to saving lives in East Africa over the coming weeks.”

2017.07.29.

Irish priest’s peace building and conflict resolution programme expands in Africa

In 2009 Fr Patrick Devine SMA founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. It has now trained over 9,600 community leaders and village elders as peacemakers.

2017.07.28.

Varadkar – homeless crisis will not be solved in government’s lifespan

“We need consistent monitoring to ensure that we really get to the crux of this issue and stop more families from becoming homeless in the first place” – Focus Ireland.

2017.07.28.

Religious art competition launched

“As religious art, these works must awaken awareness of Christ’s presence in us and to us in our home environment. They must speak of the timeless Christian values of love, forgiveness, redemption and everlasting life” – Brian Quinn.

2017.07.27.

Irish missionary highlights destructive impact of mining in Amazon

The world is living in a culture of bankruptcy that is moral, ethical, spiritual, political and cultural, Columban Fr Peter Hughes tells NJPN annual conference.

2017.07.26.

Parents still go into debt to fund their children’s schooling

Parents are more concerned about the cost of sending their children to school than the possibility that they might be bullied.

2017.07.26.

Charlie Gard’s parents end legal battle for treatment

Chris Gard and Connie Yates withdraw their legal challenge after Dr Michia Hirano, a professor of neurology in the US who had offered to provide an experimental treatment to Charlie, told them it was too late and wouldn’t work.

2017.07.25.

“We are priests because God has called us”

Bishop Brendan Kelly ordains Rev Declan Lohan, a former barrister and member of the Legion of Mary and Youth 2000, to the priesthood for ministry in the Diocese of Galway.

2017.07.25.

Pope pleads for end to Temple Mount violence in Jerusalem

I feel the need to express a heartfelt appeal for moderation and dialogue, says Pope Francis.

2017.07.24.

Marty Morrissey lined up for Knock Novena

The Knock Novena is one of the greatest spiritual and cultural events in Irish life today, with more than 10,000 pilgrims taking part.

2017.07.24.

Former Irish rugby international takes the helm at famous Cistercian-run school

Cistercian College Roscrea has appointed former Irish rugby international prop and hammer throwing champion Gary Halpin as the new Head of Boarding at the college.

2017.07.23.

Budget 2018 will be a child poverty ‘litmus test’ for Varadkar

Having a long-term approach to investing in services will prove more beneficial in building a more sustainable equitable society for our children.

2017.07.23.

Archaeologists recover more information on St Colmcille in Iona

Carbon dating has led to the breakthrough, which proves samples of hazel charcoal, unearthed in an excavation of a wattle and timber structure on Iona 60 years ago, are from the exact period the saint lived in the Inner Hebridean monastery.

2017.07.22.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly chosen to lead historic Ballingarry Famine Walk

The walk is in memory of those who died and those who had to leave Ireland during the Great Famine. It also remembers William Smith MP, who tried to stage a moral force revolution in Ballingarry in 1848 in response to the Famine.

2017.07.22.

Three Faiths Forum Cork condemns violence

We believe that it is an imperative that people of faith come together and explore how our various faith traditions can help foster a spirit of openness, dialogue and inclusion within our society.

2017.07.21.

Bishop’s concern as curbs on alcohol promotion are watered down

“The removal of a ban on sports sponsorship, limits on advertising, point-of-sales display controls and minimum pricing is of deep concern” – Bishop Eamonn Walsh.

2017.07.21.

Families of Irish prisoners abroad suffer says chaplain

“Because of the situation at the moment and the lack of action [on this issue] many prisoners and their families are living lives of quiet desperation,” said Fr Gerry McFlynn.

2017.07.20.

Francis Brennan thanks God at Lourdes

“I had a bad leg, a very difficult early childhood ... So when I go [to Lourdes] I think, aren’t I a lucky boy that I can walk and come here and help people more incapacitated than I was, and I thank God for that.”

2017.07.20.

Change fiscal rules to invest in fairer Ireland – SJI

“Budget 2018 should be designed so that it is both economically sound and socially fair. These twin objectives are both realistic and achievable. However, they need to be underpinned by a clear policy commitment to achieving both” – Dr Seán Healy.

2017.07.19.

Weekend’s ordination in Oranmore is a first for Co. Galway parish

Deacon Declan Lohan, a former barrister, is to be ordained a priest for service in his home diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

2017.07.19.

‘No whingeing’ Pope Francis advises those seeking to improve their life

A notice tacked to the door of Pontiff's Santa Marta residence in the Vatican urges complainers to “concentrate on your potential and not on your limitations”.

2017.07.18.

Accord restructures into three limited companies

Of the 43 part-time centre-based secretaries who were offered either a statutory redundancy payment or revised conditions involving reduced hours and pay, 21 took redundancy option.

2017.07.18.

Longing for a new Pentecost

I have noticed the shoots of this new springtime in so many people and places across Ireland – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.07.17.

Ale to the Chief! Texan PP is the toast of US brewers

It’s hard to put into words what winning the Ninkasi means to us.

2017.07.17.

Former Manchester United footballer enjoying life as a priest

As a footballer you’re caught up in the whole way of life. You never stop to take stock and think, this isn’t going to last forever. What am I going to do after?

2017.07.16.
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