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Belgium moves closer to allowing euthanasia of children

“Neither a laudable pioneering move nor an act of humanity, but a sad declaration of bankruptcy.”

2013.12.14.

Concern over hate letter sent to Dublin mosque

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin expresses solidarity with Islamic community.

2013.12.14.

Pope issues message for World Day of Peace

Pontiff warns of “tragic phenomenon” of human trafficking, in which the “unscrupulous prey on the lives and the desperation of others.”

2013.12.13.

Bishops’ online Advent calendar proving popular

Positive feedback and 5,000 hits in just twelve days.

2013.12.13.

Increased sales for Veritas thanks to Pope Francis

'Pope Francis effect' results in marked upsurge in interest in the papacy in 2013.

2013.12.13.

Pope Francis is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

"The speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all."

2013.12.12.

Ecumenical service for people of the Philippines

One month on from Typhoon Haiyan, close to 2,000 are still missing, and 5,670 are recorded dead.

2013.12.12.

ALONE shares ‘The Twelve Faces of Christmas’

Public urged to remember older people in need at this time of year.

2013.12.12.

NBSCCCI abuse audits show steady progress in dioceses

Concern over shortcomings on the part of the Kiltegan Fathers and massive number of allegations against Christian Brothers.

2013.12.11.

MEPs vote down proposal for abortion as a ‘human right’

"It is fitting that a report which sought to attack the most basic human right - the right to life - was rejected" says PLC.

2013.12.11.

South Africa filled with gratitude for Madiba: Cardinal

"Though Mandela was not a Catholic, much of what he did and stood for is very much in line with Catholic Social Teaching," Archbishop of Durban states.

2013.12.11.

Fourth tranche of NBSCCCI audits to be published today

Six dioceses and two religious congregations reviewed.

2013.12.10.

Enduring appeal of IFA’s live animal crib

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of live nativity scene.

2013.12.10.

US bishop slates Mandela’s ‘promotion of abortion’

Criticism of role in signing "Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill".

2013.12.10.

Church in Ireland on the way to renewal: Archbishop Martin

Archbishop notes churches are increasingly filled and parishes have a renewed enthusiasm.

2013.12.09.

Maynooth organ hits the right note once again

Completely restored organ blessed and dedicated at Sunday vespers.

2013.12.09.

Irish Hotels Federation adopts anti-trafficking code

Hotels commit to safeguard children on their premises from any form of sexual exploitation.

2013.12.09.

Church leader warns against xenophobic behaviour

Dialogue between faiths is not just for scholars and theologians - it is a public good in society.

2013.12.08.

Dunnes Stores strikers hope to attend Mandela funeral

Mandate chief says attendance would be "a fitting tribute from the Irish trade union movement."

2013.12.08.

Nun launches CD for Philip Cairns

"When I read that what keeps Alice Cairns going is the candle she lights for Philip, that really touched me."

2013.12.08.

Irish bishops pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

"A true visionary and a powerful advocate for the need to engage in the harsh realities created by conflict in a spirit of truth, justice and human rights."

2013.12.07.

Elderly Religious going through a ‘very difficult time’

Congregations urged to check whether elderly members are experiencing bullying.

2013.12.07.

Knock agency appalled at alleged internet dating scam

In 2014, seven of the couples Knock matched this year, will wed, and there may be more.

2013.12.07.

Tributes paid following the death of Nelson Mandela

"Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father" - President Zuma.

2013.12.06.

NI consultation on abortion for fatal foetal abnormality

Health Minister urged to establish perinatal hospice services by Precious Life.

2013.12.06.

Photo of Pope sent to Kildare homes in Reach Out campaign

"Meet everyone, include them, welcome them," Bishop Denis Nulty urges local parishes.

2013.12.06.

Bishops concerned by NI groups who reject dialogue

"Our communities cannot afford a return to conflict."

2013.12.05.

Senator Norris calls for Irish embassy to Vatican to reopen

Pope Francis described as a man of "extraordinary prophetic vision and stature."

2013.12.05.

Misean Cara approves further €120,000 for Haiyan relief

Getting aid to those that so urgently need it is a slow process according to Caritas.

2013.12.05.

National missing persons day launched by Justice Minister

Priest appeals to anybody with information on the missing or the disappeared to come forward.

2013.12.04.
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