Family of 14-year-old Christian Maira Shahbaz pin hopes on Lahore High Court to save girl from forced underage 'marriage' or prostitution.
Co Cork-born Bishop Maurice Crowley is a member of St Patrick’s Missionary Society and Co Roscommon-born Fr Padraig Devine is a member of the Society of African Missions.
Lockdown measures have increased the difficulty for trafficking victims of escaping and finding help when they are held in situations against their will, says Caritas International.
"Energy usage during the restrictions has increased as people are at home more, and many households will experience bill shocks at a time when they are on a reduced income. This must be factored into decisions regarding the application of the PSO levy in 2020/2021, as the proposed increase will add additional pressure to already struggling households,” said Kieran Stafford, National President, SVP.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert said: “In reaching a decision about a translation for the Lectionary, the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland itself considered the values they would most expect a Lectionary to embody, for example, accuracy, dignity, facility of proclamation, and accessibility.”
The Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has also invited young people “to do something that shows kindness and affection for older people who may feel lonely.”
"This has been a very difficult decision that will cause a great deal of disappointment to pilgrims, it also has economic consequences for the wider community and the Shrine itself” - Fr Richard Gibbons, Rector of Knock.
The European bishops hope that “the recovery fund will help the weakest economies, the economies most touched by the pandemic to grow, and to be there for people... so that also the next generation can live in peace and in certain prosperity,” said Cardinal Hollerich.
The number of Camino pilgrims is starting to increase, but it is only a trickle, says Fr Eugene Taaffe, PP of St James's Church, Dublin.
"We cannot and should not expect to return to where we had been prior to Covid-19," says Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam.
"As you log your distance, you will also receive updates about which town you are approaching next, recipes on typical meals along the way, related books, films, podcasts and playlists to keep you in the Camino spirit!" says Laura Hoban of Focus Ireland.
“It is not just a matter of re-opening the schools, it is putting in place the measures necessary to keep the schools open," says CPSMA general secretary Seamus Mulconry.
“The West makes big statements, but doesn't ensure mutual rights - I fear it will also quickly forget about Hagia Sophia” - Bishop Paolo Bizetti, apostolic vicar of Anatolia.
Killina Presentation Convent in Rahan has always been synonymous with serving the community, and now is set to be leased by a community group. The convent was opened in 1817 and after generations of nuns, and of pupils at the schools run by them, the convent closed last year. A steering group has been looking into other uses for the site and following a public meeting the needs have been established and plans are being made.
Carried into the Anointing of the Sick in Knock in 1989 on a stretcher, during Mass Marion Carroll felt a ‘whispery breeze’ pass over her. When Mass was over, she stepped free of pain from her stretcher.
"‘In Africa the priest helps the people, in the west the people help the priest’. May their presence among us help the development of lay ministry. We thank them for their inspiring presence and for coming to the diocese of Kerry,” said Bishop Browne.
“The concentration of job losses in low paid sectors means that the impact (of COVID-19) has disproportionately fallen on groups that are least able to endure a financial hit,” said Kieran Stafford, national president, SVP.
The 22-page document from the Congregation for the Clergy warns that under no circumstances can lay people give the homily during the celebration of the Eucharist.
“Many people living in Ireland who are members of the Muslim faith call Ireland ‘home’. Croke Park as a venue for Eid Al Adha celebration will be symbolic to Irish Muslims in their ‘dual-identity’ as being both Irish and Muslim,” said Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri.
"The chapel on the mountain top has been closed all summer and the toilets on the mountainside are not being maintained," says the administrator of Westport Parish, Fr Charlie McDonnell.
"I do not feel that rushing Confirmations just in order to get them done will be the best experience for the children involved," says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
"It is important that parishes remain alert to the possibility that a priest who retires or is moved to another parish might not be replaced" – Bishop Farrell.
“Only a profound knowledge of the law and its aims can render due service to truth and justice” – Vademecum on sexual abuse of minors.
“The international community must take immediate and decisive action to tackle the problems which are threatening the continuing Christian presence in Iraq,” said Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director of Aid to the Church in Need (UK).
“Hopefully, we will be able to hold the festival as normal, next May, in what will be Writers’ Week’s 51st year,” says Fr Gaughan.