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Difficult issues to work through in Israel, says Irish bishop

Israeli Christians have it particularly tough and are “systematically marginalised".

2019.01.20.

Is it a good idea to hide rows from children as Pope advises?

Children will be aware of tensions between parents but "it’s better not to have rancorous and fractious conflict in front of them because they’ll be upset by it".

2019.01.20.

Isle of Man decriminalises abortion in new law

“We will never stop fighting for the recognition of the humanity, dignity, and rights of every member of the Manx and human family.”

2019.01.19.

Ecumenism is not optional says Pope, as unity octave begins

“We just work together and try to provide a Christian witness in a world which is becoming increasingly secular and anti-Church. So I think we feel we have a common purpose.” – Rev Leslie Robinson

2019.01.19.

Human rights begin with human life

Precious Life slams Amnesty’s call for UK government to legislate directly to change current Northern Ireland abortion law.

2019.01.18.

Primate seeks feedback on abuse questionnaire

“I want to give [the faithful] the opportunity to reflect and to pray and put pen to paper to me if they wish”.

2019.01.18.

Inventive young scientists help developing world

Of the 550 projects displayed at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2019, 88 explored climate change and environmental issues, responding to challenges caused by excessive carbon emissions and toxic refuse generated by excessive lifestyles.

2019.01.17.

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) seeks submissions on media plurality

The BAI states it will “promote a plurality of voices, viewpoints, outlets and sources in Irish media”.

2019.01.17.

Andrea Bocelli credits Tolstoy in helping him refind his faith

“Over the years I have come to believe that faith cannot be acquired effortlessly: just as any other discipline, it requires commitment, perseverance and sacrifice.”

2019.01.16.

Focus Ireland rejects “normal” homelessness label

“We believe homelessness is not something that is happening to someone over there that we can ignore. It is completely bound up with the high rents that people are facing, it is the young people not being able to buy or rent homes, it’s the people in mortgage arrears” – Mike Allen, Focus Ireland

2019.01.16.

Young Irish Catholics travel to Panama for WYD2019

Group of 30 young people from Dublin will arrive in Panama this Friday (18 January) and will stay with families in a host parish, where they will take part in a social justice programme with local parishioners.

2019.01.15.

Abuse survivor fears February summit won’t deliver concrete action plans

Marie Collins tells We Are Church gathering, “If there is no consistent agreement across the Church as to what is sexual abuse of a minor, then how can we have any hope of consistent handling of the issue?”

2019.01.15.

Big plans in Mexico for record-breaking effigy of Our Lord

The 77m statue, entitled Cristo de la Paz (Christ of Peace) will show Our Lord with his arms outstretched

2019.01.14.

Muddied waters at Trevi Fountain as mayor takes coins from Caritas Italia

Tourists throw about €4,000 into the Trevi Fountain’s pools and cascades every day, which until now has been used to fund Caritas Italia's projects to help Rome's poor.

2019.01.14.

Record passenger numbers at Knock Airport

Last year 772,000 passengers used Knock Airport and this year is forecast to be another year of growth at the facility, founded by Msgr James Horan.

2019.01.13.

Reform group says Irish lay Catholics should nominate new bishops

Episcopal vacancies are an opportunity for the Church in Ireland to lay new foundations, says We Are Church Ireland.

2019.01.13.

Young people tell Synod they want a more candid dialogue with Church

"A substantial number of young people do not ask the Church for anything because they do not see it as significant for their lives."

2019.01.12.

“Wonderful things are happening in the young Church.”

Sixty students from Ireland attended the SEEK2019 conference in the United States and have come back inspired.

2019.01.12.

Two Irish bishops join Holy Land delegation to support local Christians

“It is our duty and a privilege to stand in solidarity with Christians in Palestine and Israel as we seek to understand the pressures that force that decline in population.” 

2019.01.11.

Protests over name change for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

“If the name is lost we are going to lose Medical Missionary of Mary history and heritage as well.”

2019.01.11.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas in Ireland

The most recent Irish census showed that the fastest growing religious belief was what it called the Orthodox branch of Christianity.

2019.01.10.

Snow adds hardship for struggling refugees in Greece

Winter makes life in Moria and the improvised Olive Grove camp even harder than it already is for asylum seekers, and especially for the most vulnerable.

2019.01.10.

‘Make an effort to pray for Christian unity’: Bishop Leahy

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which has been held annually since 1908, will take place this year from 18 to 25 January 2019.

2019.01.09.

Irish missionary linked to Pope Francis’s first days

The story of Sr Oliva Maria demonstrates “the far-flung places to which Irish missionaries went and the diverse nature of their work and supports that they provided for the poor and marginalised”.

2019.01.09.

German cardinal says Church needs to be open to change on celibacy

“I believe the hour has come to deeply commit ourselves to open the way of the Church to renewal and reform.”

2019.01.08.

New research links higher divorce rates to social class

According to the Iona Institute's analysis of Census 2016, 6 per cent of professional workers were separated or divorced compared with 18 per cent of unskilled workers.

2019.01.08.

SVP expect no slow down in calls for help in its 175th anniversary year

In Ireland, the Society of St Vincent de Paul receives more than 130,000 calls for assistance a year – about 11 percent more than it did five years ago.

2019.01.07.

Caution needed over anti-abortion protests, Archbishop warns

“I would be particularly cautious about protesting against GPs because everybody is going there, and people go there for all sorts of reasons.”

2019.01.07.

Remains of 34 Christians found in Libyan mass grave, three years after ISIS massacre

The victims were Ethiopians migrants attempting to escape poverty in their home country by making their way via Libya to Europe.

2019.01.06.

Vatican updates guidance on hysterectomies

Removing a reproductive organ incapable of bringing a pregnancy to term should not be qualified as direct sterilisation, says the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

2019.01.06.
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