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Peacemaker priest dies

“It was his sense of fairness and decency that resulted in him being called upon, together with Fr Gerry Reynolds and Fr Alex Reid, to help in bringing about the negotiations that led to the IRA ceasefire,” said President Higgins.

2019.11.07.

Dialogue to the fore in Northern Ireland

The event was organised by the Focolare Movement, inspired by Jesus’ prayer to the Father, “May they all be one”.

2019.10.30.

Fashion Week about-face results in St Anne’s Cathedral show

'Our Resale Rail Sale will help to increase awareness of the bigger issues of fashion and textiles eco-damage,' says fashion show promoter Cathy Martin.

2019.10.20.

International ecumenical meeting of bishops for Northern Ireland

‘We are very excited. We hope it will be a moment of grace for us here in the North and for all of Ireland as well’ – Manuel McGivern, spokesperson for Focolare.

2019.10.17.

New start for Belfast church

Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian church is to have a new lease of life as a place of Christian worship with a regular Catholic Latin Mass.

2019.10.16.

Ex BBC journalist among nuns forced to leave religious order

Martina Purdy explained that junior professed Sisters with the Adoration Réparatrice had been informed that they would not be able to proceed to final vows because the congregation had “grown too small and fragile”.

2019.09.24.

March for their Lives protests Northern Ireland abortion law

"More than 20,000 people, from every tradition, attended the March because people are outraged that Westminster has hijacked our democratic process and has sought to impose abortion on Northern Ireland."

2019.09.09.

Belfast bishop warns of eleventh-hour Westminster threat to right to life

“These are touchstone issues which deserve the most anxious and intense consideration by legislators and citizens.”

2019.07.08.

Top marks for Catholic schools in Northern Ireland as they dominate A-level league tables

“I would argue that our success is in delivering a holistic education profile to young people so they are well equipped for the world of work, university or contribution to society.”

2019.03.23.

4 Corner Festival looks towards a “forgiving Belfast”

It is beginning the process of “putting people together” to find a common identity.

2019.02.08.

SVP and Salvation Army hope “Stuff A Bus” will bring a Christmas three-bell load

“The effects of poverty don’t stop just because it’s Christmas – they endure throughout the year.” 

2018.11.24.

Catholic primate to address Remembrance Sunday service in Belfast

The vast majority of the 300,000 men from this island who served in the “war to end all wars” were Catholics, as were the majority of the more than 49,000 Irishmen who died in the conflict.

2018.11.10.

Bishop Donal McKeown marks anniversary of Omagh bombing

“Many people continue to limp through life because of the brutal actions of others. For this town, something changed forever that day,” he said.

2018.08.15.

New priest ordained for Diocese of Down and Connor

Thirty-four-year-old Fr Tony McAleese is a former catering manager and the first priest from St Vincent de Paul's in Belfast to be ordained in the parish in 50 years.

2018.06.20.

Bishop Monahan highlights Legion of Mary’s role in vocations

19 new seminarians have begun their formation for Irish dioceses, eight of whom have begun a propaedeutic year in locations in Ireland and abroad.

2017.09.26.

Baby-scented candle raises a stink

“It is insane to suggest that a candle has the power to manipulate a woman to choose life,” says Bernadette Smyth from Precious Life.

2017.09.01.

It’s ‘Nice Ice Baby’ as Crosscare kids get their skates on

The young people develop real friendships with each other, and face and overcome some big challenges together.

2017.08.28.

Stormont should bring in Irish Language Act, says Bishop of Raphoe

I would like to see DUP supporters and other people beginning to find some affinity with the Irish language and not see it as a threat.

2017.08.14.

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.

NI priests receive honours for peace and Irish language services

“Each of these recipients has made an indelible mark in their field, advancing knowledge, building community, achieving excellence and above all acting as inspirational role models for us all” – Professor Paddy Nixon.

2017.07.06.

Belfast’s oldest church to close temporarily this summer

St Mary’s, in Chapel Lane, will undergo both external and internal restoration between May and August.

2017.05.01.

Irish missionary to lecture on conflict transformation methods at Queen’s

Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Belfast university will host Fr Patrick Devine who established the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.

2017.03.14.

Independent review critical of lack of progress on integrated education in Northern Ireland

Report states that outgoing Stormont Assembly has failed to “lead the planning, development and growth of integrated education”.

2017.03.05.

Ruhama welcomes arrest of traffickers but not of trafficked

“There needs to be a consistent approach that supports those in prostitution and where we see pimps and other exploiters being prosecuted, not the women,” Ruhama said.

2016.11.03.

Christian bakers lose gay marriage cake appeal

“The fact that a baker provides a cake for a particular team or portrays witches on a Halloween cake does not indicate any support for either” – Northern Ireland’s Lord Chief Justice, Sir Declan Morgan.

2016.10.25.

Priest who survived South Africa shooting to take up Belfast post

Ordained a Passionist priest in 1993, Fr Kieran Creagh CP was shot three times in February 2007 during a violent robbery on his home, which is attached to the Leratong AIDS hospice.

2016.09.11.

Bishop Treanor condemns destruction of Jewish graves

“What a tragedy and blemish that the long-present, beloved and treasured Jewish families of our community should suffer yet again such actions of disrespect, violence to the memory of their beloved dead."

2016.08.29.

Sinn Fein MLA says peace walls will be removed by 2023

“By removing a peace wall we open a door to a new shared space and I believe we should be ambitious in our efforts.”

2016.08.11.

Catholic priest to serve on CofI Cathedral Chapter

For the first time in the history of St Anne’s a Roman Catholic Priest will serve on the Cathedral Chapter.

2016.07.29.

Belfast priest proud of family role in Battle of the Somme

Rector of Holy Cross Church in Belfast, Fr Gary Donegan, has revealed that his great grand-uncle fought with an Irish Regiment at the Somme and was later decorated for his courage.

2016.07.02.
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