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Persecution of Christians in Middle East and North Africa is close to genocide, says UK report

“Widespread evidence shows that today, Christians constitute the most widely persecuted religion.”

2019.05.04.

Reach out on World Mission Sunday

"Become missionary disciples, ever more passionately devoted to Jesus and His mission, to the ends of the earth."

2018.10.21.

Over 200 million Christians worldwide in constant risk of persecution

According to the Church in Chains Global Guide, the situation is noticeably worsening in India as Hindu extremists attack churches in rural areas every week and under President Xi’s religious clampdown in China.

2018.10.03.

China and Vatican sign provisional agreement on bishops

The Vatican will have a say in the naming of bishops in China, and the Pope will have the power to veto candidates.

2018.09.23.

Myanmar’s military still persecuting Kachin Christians

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon has warned that while global attention is focused on the Rohingya crisis, another ethnic minority, the predominantly Christian Kachin, are being persecuted by the military.

2018.09.07.

Four deacons ordained in Maynooth

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin presides at ordination of Rev Fergal Cummins of Meath, Rev Ricky O’Connor of Ferns, and Divine Word Missionaries, Rev Yanbo Chen and Rev Gerhard Osthues.

2018.05.29.

Bishops join Columban missionaries in launching centenary celebrations

The Columbans were “our heroes and we looked up to them, we admired their courage, and the way in which they risked everything for the Gospel of Christ" - Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam.

2017.11.25.

Weekend’s ordination in Oranmore is a first for Co. Galway parish

Deacon Declan Lohan, a former barrister, is to be ordained a priest for service in his home diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

2017.07.19.

Death of Irish-born former nuncio to Rwanda, Ethiopia and New Zealand

As head of the diplomatic corps in Ethiopia at the time of the famine, Archbishop Thomas White was responsible for coordinating the contributions of many countries and charities in support of those who were starving.

2017.05.09.

Christian are the most persecuted

“Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism,” states recent report.

2017.04.27.

Bishop of Meath pays tribute to Columban martyrs

One hundred years ago, on 10 October 1916, the Bishops of Ireland gave their blessing to a new venture known as the Maynooth Mission to China. It became known as the Society of St Columban on 29 June 1918.

2016.10.11.

Tributes to oldest Columban priest at funeral Mass

Fr Dan Fitzgerald was one of the oldest surviving Columbans and a direct link to the founders of the Society. He worked at one stage as secretary to Bishop Edward Galvin in China.

2016.08.21.

Eco theologian pays tribute to Columban centenarian

Fr Dan Fitzgerald returned home to Nenagh in 1989 after serving in the Philippines during World War II and later in the diocese of Hanyang in China.

2016.07.04.

China to end controversial one-child policy

“Coercion is the core of the policy. Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilisation” - Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

2015.10.30.

Report to highlight scale of persecution of Christians

Aid to the Church in Need to publish ‘Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-15’.

2015.10.11.

IMU talks to celebrate 50 years of Ad Gentes

October - mission month - will see a series of seminars take place every Thursday evening on the impact of the Ad Gentes decree on the mission activity of the Church.

2015.09.20.

Tributes for book on Korean years of IMU chief

"‘Guest from the West’ is a very eloquent and timely read to once again remind us of the valuable contributions of missionaries over the years" - Korean Ambassador.

2015.04.24.

Thirst for faith in China is strong: priest editor

Director of weekly catholic newspaper in Macau sees rising interest and fervour in religion.

2014.10.11.

Chinese pastor faces jail over demolition protest

Ongoing crackdown targets China's rapidly growing Christian community and its churches.

2014.08.29.

Jim Caviezel talks about his two disabled children

Star of 'The Passion of the Christ' adopted son and daughter from Chinese orphanage.

2014.05.20.

Concern over demolition of churches in China

Ten Christian places of worship targeted in crackdown in Zhejiang province.

2014.05.05.

Sacred Space launches in Peoples Republic of China

More than half a million visitors a month led through Ignatian Examen via website.

2014.04.03.

Bishop McAreavey resumes duties in the diocese of Dromore

Every priest in the diocese will be met individually during September.

2013.08.30.
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