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New Vatican document rejects gender theory

Congregation for Catholic Education releases ‘Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education’ as an aid for Catholic educators and parents.

2019.06.11.

Bishops’ conference needs to do its business in a different way

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin talks about the workings of the Irish Episcopal conference, Irish seminaries and the need to amalgamate some of the country’s 26 dioceses.

2019.04.23.

Benedict XVI blames clerical paedophilia crisis on 1960s

Catholic commentators dismayed by claims that the crisis stems from the sexual revolution, the disappearance of God from public discourse and liberal theological ideas that eroded morality after Vatican II.

2019.04.12.

Marie Collins welcomes Pope’s decision to investigate Chilean bishop

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been tasked with examining new information in the case of Bishop Juan Barros who has been accused by victims of Fr Fernando Karadima of covering up the priest's sexual abuse.

2018.01.31.

The wisdom and experience of the elderly

“He calls us to follow Him in every age of life, and old age has a grace and a mission too, a true vocation from the Lord. Old age is a vocation” - Pope Francis

2017.12.10.

Pope replaces Cardinal Müller as CDF Prefect

Former head of doctrinal watchdog rejects suggestions that he was let go over his theological differences with Pope Francis, notably over Amoris Laetitia.

2017.07.04.

Vatican stamp marks Benedict XVI’s 90th birthday

The stamp, which is designed by the artist Daniela Longo, marks the pope emeritus’ milestone birthday, which coincided with Easter Sunday.

2017.04.17.

Vatican announces Papal Nuncio to leave Ireland for Albania

“To everyone in Ireland I just want to say a massive ‘thank you’ for the way you received and welcomed me in these years. You made me feel that I was at home” – Archbishop Brown.

2017.03.10.

Benedict XVI Centre to study religious non-belief

Grant of £2.3 million for a three-year project on the theme ‘Understanding Unbelief’ which will be funded by the John Templeton Foundation (JTF).

2016.08.23.

Pope Francis and Castro discuss the environment

Papal visit coincides with the 80th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cuba and the Holy See.

2015.09.21.

Ratzinger Schülerkreis to discuss search for God

The search for new means to speak of God has been at the core of Benedict's theological work since the Second Vatican Council.

2015.08.28.

Pope urges true welcome for divorced & remarried

"They are not excommunicated, and should not be treated as such, but rather must be encouraged, with their families, to participate in the Church’s life."

2015.08.06.

CDF to deliver verdict on Medjugorje after the summer

Prominent Vatican watchers in the Italian media are reporting that a papal commission has found no evidence of supernatural activity at Medjugorje.

2015.06.26.

Theologian calls for synod to discuss new encyclical

Three years would give people an opportunity to address Laudato Si’s recommendations in the local church in the first year, nationally in the second year and globally in the third year.

2015.06.21.

Pope to honour Shroud and Don Bosco in Turin

Salesians all over the world are celebrating the bicentenary of St John Bosco (1815-1888) in August.

2015.06.02.

Fr Brendan Purcell concerned for the constitution

Irish philosopher says introducing SSM in Ireland is legally even more catastrophic than it has been in England because of our special constitutional protections for the family.

2015.05.18.

Documentary considers Francis’ past and future

Can Pope Francis hold the Catholic Church together and reform it at the same time?

2015.03.18.

Cardinal Turkson pays tribute to St Columbanus

President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace pays first visit to Belfast.

2015.03.05.

Priests influential in bishops selection: Nuncio

“There is no group that is more influential in the process than priests. They are even more influential than bishops."

2015.02.27.

Pope declares Archbishop Romero a martyr

Three other martyrs recognised: Polish Franciscans, Michal Tomaszek and Zbigniew Strazalkowski, and Italian Fr Alessandro Dordi.

2015.02.04.

There are limits to freedom of expression: Pope

Killing in the name of God “is an aberration” Pontiff warns but adds that responsible people should recognise the boundaries of civility.

2015.01.16.

Vatican ruling moves Romero’s cause forward

Panel of theologians say Archbishop was killed “in hatred of the faith” paving the way for his recognition as a martyr.

2015.01.11.

Figures show ‘Francis Effect’ is still drawing crowds

Nearly 6 million people attended papal events at the Vatican in 2014.

2014.12.30.

Pope Emeritus to attend Mass for the elderly

Catholic Grandparents Association founder, Catherine Wiley, to give a testimony highlighting the vocation of grandparents.

2014.09.27.

Vatican denies Bertone embezzlement probe

Claims ex Vatican Secretary of State probed over €15m transaction to TV company.

2014.05.21.

UN Secretary General to meet Pope today

Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis to discuss fight against poverty and inequality.

2014.05.09.

Pope Emeritus to concelebrate canonisation Mass

Enda Kenny joins millions of pilgrims in Rome for unique ceremony.

2014.04.27.

Symposium explores Ratzinger’s theology

Over forty scholars gather in Maynooth to discuss pope emeritus' theological anthropology.

2014.04.21.

Pope Francis gives another wide-ranging interview

Some of his most significant comments concern the role of women in the Church.

2014.03.07.

Leaders of Ordinariates meet in Rome

"Each ordinariate is different, but we share a common goal and a lot of the challenges we face are common ones."

2014.02.20.
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