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Allegedly abducted, Catholic teenager set to make legal history

"Please think of our child as though she were your own daughter. Please help us," – Huma's parents.


African bishop criticises West’s sales ethics, government and media

“Evidently, many of the Western powers have an interest in seeing the violence continue, and their profits are more important than our lives” – Bishop Kientega.


British Social Attitudes report signals decline in religion

According to the report, two non religious parents pass on their lack of religion, while religious parents have a 50:50 chance of passing on their beliefs.


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.


Let’s remind our despairing society that life is a gift

We live in a world that encourages euthanasia and views jumping in front of a train as an inconvenience for commuters………

Visiting a friend the other day, he told me that a close relation of his had recently committed suicide. I did not like to ask questions, but learnt that [...]


Love Them Both – Archbishop Eamon Martin as the 25 May Referendum approaches

Dear brothers and sisters,

When I wrote to you in January about protecting the Eighth Amendment, I invited you to spread the word about the precious gift of life from the first moment of conception until the moment of natural death.  I encouraged you to be “missionaries [...]


Bishop John Buckley’s pastoral message on the Right to Life

Within days Ireland will be facing a Referendum to remove the right to life of the unborn from the Constitution.  I am asking you to reflect on a number of issues and misinformation that people have brought to my attention since the publication of my pastoral letter.


Pastoral message by Bishop Kevin Doran to the Diocese of Elphin on the Right to Life

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Holy Spirit whom we describe in the Creed each week as the “Giver of Life”.  We have five days left to do all that we can to protect that Gift of Life.  I want to acknowledge the generosity of all those [...]


Spring pastoral letter on human life by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA

Dear parishioners and all people of good will in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly,

Spring has at last come and I wish to send you greetings and good wishes.  The harsh winter we have experienced is now coming to an end as the signs of new [...]


Pastoral letter by Bishop John Fleming to the Diocese of Killala

“True compassion does not marginalise anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude; much less consider the disappearance of a person as a good thing” – Pope Francis

I am aware that the current public debate on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, Article 40.3.3, is complex, [...]


Pastoral message by Bishop Ray Browne on the right to life of the unborn child

“So great is the value of human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life” (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia 83)

The current Referendum campaign is causing great hurt [...]


“Celebrate Life” – pastoral message of Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan

It is not easy to speak about the up-coming referendum.  But it is absolutely necessary.  We will not get this chance again.  It is about life and death.  Everyone listening to or reading this letter started life in the womb of his or her mother.  We are reminded [...]


Pastoral letter by Bishop Dermot Farrell on the Right to Life

My dear people,

In these days, every person in Ireland, is being asked to consider a fundamental question, a question that lies at the heart of allowing a child the possibility of reaching their potential.  All of us, especially people of faith must engage in this debate; [...]


‘We Love Both’-pastoral message by Bishop John Kirby on the sanctity of human life

The decision of the Government to hold a referendum on repealing article 40.3.3 – the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland – is a major challenge to the respect for life that has been so much part of our culture for generations.

Article 40.3.3 – the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution – reads:

“The state [...]


Religious are cut to the heart by negative media

“The same old clichés are still being trotted out and caricature images of ‘nuns’ repeated ad nauseam” – Sr Una Agnew.


Church is divine presence in more pluralistic world – Archbishop Neary

Ordained ministers have a responsibility to “help people to lift their gaze beyond the pessimism of those who speak today of ‘new dark ages’ and enable them to discern a distant horizon of hope”.


US bishops “deeply troubled” by Trump’s new executive order

“We believe that by helping to resettle the most vulnerable, we are living out our Christian faith and ‘welcoming the stranger’ as Jesus has challenged us to do.”


Dublin faith leaders stand “shoulder to shoulder” following Berlin attack

Lord Mayor of Dublin launches Interfaith Charter dealing with issues such as religious freedom, inter-faith dialogue and the promotion of religious diversity.


Many Christians in Middle East “feel abandoned” Archbishop of Jerusalem warns

Representatives of the three Abrahamic Faiths in Ireland sign Joint Declaration on Holy Land and present it to Archbishop Suheil Dawani in Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.


Syrian religious leaders visit Ireland to appeal for help to end war

Two Syrian surgeons will explain how Irish and EU sanctions have caused Syria’s hospitals to degenerate to a pitiable state where scores of women and children die every day due to the lack of commonplace medicines.


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.


Asia Bibi’s Supreme Court appeal date set

Human rights groups believe Pakistan's blasphemy laws are often used to discriminate against religious minorities, such as the country's estimated three million Christians.


Half population of England & Wales has no religion

Report shows the number having no religion exceeds the number describing themselves as Christian for the first time ever.


Muslim who shielded Christians dies of his injuries

Tributes paid to 26-year-old Kenyan teacher who shielded fellow passengers when their bus was attacked by Islamist militants last December.


Job Vacancy at Church Support Group

A vacancy has arisen for a leader to head up www.catholicireland.net and join with the heads of the other sectors to contribute to the growth and success of the overall group.


All faiths mark National Day of Commemoration

Archbishop prayed “for peace in our world, for a future where enmity injustice and division are healed and the horrors of war are no more.”


Bishops offer condolences to Sousse tragedy families

Larry & Martina Hayes and Lorna Carty were “among those whose lives were stolen from them in a mindless act of violence" - Bishop Doran.


Respond! CEO Fr Patrick Cogan to retire

Franciscan was one of the founder members of Respond! in 1981 and has been its CEO for over 30 years during which time 5,500 homes have been built.


Child set on fire for being Christian in Pakistan

“That this deplorable attack on a child was triggered by a simple profession of faith is deeply worrying.”


Poor Clares welcome new member from Philippines

New member of Carlow community was influenced by an Irish missionary priest and the Legion of Mary.

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