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Popular Laois priest killed in freak accident

Bishop Nulty said that his thoughts and prayers are with Fr John’s mother, brothers and sister, his priest colleagues in Kildare and Leighlin, his team in Faith Development Services and ACCORD, Carlow and his many parishioners in Abbeyleix.

2019.01.31.

Pakistan Supreme Court rejects appeal and confirms freedom for Asia Bibi

After the latest verdict was announced, special security measures were put in place, with rangers and police forces deployed to enforce public order in the capital, Islamabad.

2019.01.31.

Trócaire and Poetry Ireland competition focus on land and migration

Those interested in entering the poetry competition are encouraged to explore a local to global perspective and reflect on Ireland’s own history of hunger and migration.

2019.01.30.

School ethos must be respected by proposed new RSE programme

Iona Institute says parents’ wishes must be front and centre of any revision as it is their children who are being taught and parents are the primary educators.

2019.01.30.

Primate appeals to politicians to work together as Brexit looms

“I would ask this question: we are only seven or eight weeks from the proposed date of exit. I wonder are we really thinking enough about the impact on people on the ground?”

2019.01.29.

Fears over the “growing polarisation” within the Church

“If we begin to think that we have all the answers about faith, then we have become trapped in our own ways of thinking,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told young people who attended the Panama in Dublin WYD event.

2019.01.29.

Focus Ireland’s #10YearChallenge highlights a decade of government failure

There is a risk people can become desensitised to the depth of this crisis and we must always remember behind each single number is a child, a man or a woman who is homeless and who is suffering.

2019.01.28.

Remembering the Holocaust is more imperative than ever, says President Higgins

“As we remember, let us also ensure that we do not become passive observers of discrimination or inequality in our society but remain vigilant to the emergence of racism and hate speech.”

2019.01.28.

“Un gran éxito” at last night’s Panama in Dublin WYD event

“There are many, many young people who want to say ‘yes’ to Our Lord. It’s very, very encouraging.”

2019.01.27.

Pakistani officials refuse to allow Catholics to travel to World Youth Day

“If you meet the criteria, if you have the regular documentation requested and you get a visa, a citizen must be free to leave.”

2019.01.27.

Theme of justice closes Christian unity prayer in Enniskillen

“Justice is not weighing and balancing, as if it could be measured and parcelled out, for justice is a function of love and love can never be measured.”

2019.01.26.

Irish bishops engage Internet experts as Vatican launches cyberbullying watchdog

“There is great potential to communicate the truth of the Gospel on the digital highways. It is important that we do so at all times with compassion and love.”

2019.01.26.

“Who cares?” What is important is to be disciples of Jesus

During week of prayer for Christian Unity, Anglican Primate of All England gives lesson in detachment, saying he is not concerned about Anglican priests entering Catholic Church.

2019.01.25.

TDs back Occupied Territories Bill

Products bought in Ireland from illegal Israeli settlements deprive Palestinians of their homes, their farms and their livelihoods, say bishops as they ask for support for the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018.

2019.01.25.

Global economy favours those at the top, says Oxfam report

Last year the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw their wealth decline by 11 per cent, while billionaires’ fortunes rose by a similar amount (12 per cent).

2019.01.24.

World Youth Day gets under way

“I am leaving for the World Youth Day in Panama. I ask you to pray for this very beautiful and important event on the path of the Church” – Pope Francis on Twitter as he departed for Panama.

2019.01.24.

Bishops welcome “no fee” decision for Europeans staying in UK after Brexit

Bishop Paul McAleenan paid tribute to people from across Europe who have contributed to the Church and society in the UK and who are what he called “an integral and valued part of our parishes, schools and communities”.

2019.01.23.

Meghan Markle’s ancestors married in Donnybrook parish

According to St Mary’s marriage registry, Thomas Bird, son of James Bird, a labourer, and Mary McCague, daughter of Francis McCague, a farmer, married on 23 January 1860.

2019.01.23.

Talk by author draws crowd of 350 as he speaks about “the Benedict Option”

“In Ireland, the abuse scandals have badly damaged, perhaps even destroyed, the moral authority of the Church” – Rod Dreher.

2019.01.22.

Ruhama hails conviction of sex buyer under new law

“We know that buyers don’t care about the welfare of the person they are seeking so-called ‘sexual services’ from, even when they are victims of trafficking. Paying for sex is not an expression of sexuality: it is primarily the assertion of male dominance over women.”

2019.01.22.

Vatican publishes resource to aid the battle against human trafficking

“Despite the formal abolition of the slave trade, the exploitation of some human beings by others has not ended and now takes place in terrible new forms on a significantly large scale.”

2019.01.21.

Prayer book’s fourth edition is published in advance of World Day of the Sick

The booklet features prayers compiled by Peter Murphy that are suitable for personal prayer in parishes, in the home, in hospital or in healthcare facilities.

2019.01.21.

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.
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