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NI church leaders disappointed at liberalisation of abortion

During the last three months, the bishops and tens of thousands of people have been calling on political representatives to restore the NI Assembly to address the normal pressing democratic issues but especially to debate and halt the abortion legislation.

2019.10.23.

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.

Brexit remains “terrifyingly unclear” warns Archbishop Jackson

“The people of the Border are fast becoming a pawn in a politics of cynical neglect and atrophy of understanding," Dr Jackson said in his presidential address to the Dublin and Glendalough Diocesan Synod.

2019.10.09.

CofI Primate expresses solidarity with Muslim victims of racism

In his letter to Imams and leaders of mosques and Muslim centres, Archbishop Michael Jackson stresses that “Hate crime has no place in today’s Ireland.”

2019.08.30.

Wealth inequality is a matter of life and death, CSO figures reveal

“Protestants have a history of wealth while Catholics do not.”

2019.07.06.

Church leaders call for resolution to political deadlock at Stormont

“For the sake of the most vulnerable in our society, for the sake of the victims of our past, for the sake of children in our schools and for the sake of people who need improved health and social care services, now is the time to find a resolution to the political impasse.”

2019.05.15.

Exhibition on Church of Ireland’s historical architectural drawings

Collaboration between Irish Architectural Archive and the Representative Church Body Library (RCB) is one of the Church of Ireland’s events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Disestablishment.

2019.05.07.

Primate’s St Patrick’s Day message highlights uncertainty over Brexit

Families across the island of Ireland - including those who live and work along the border and those who make their living from farming, business and haulage - have expressed anxiety about the future to Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.03.17.

Benedictine monastery in Rostrevor elevated to the rank of Abbey

Dom Mark-Ephrem Nolan, who has served the community as its Superior since 1998, was appointed as the monastery's first Abbot.

2019.03.12.

Ancient burials in St Michan’s crypt desecrated

“Not only have these individuals desecrated the sacred crypt but they have destroyed these historic mummies which have been preserved in St Michan’s for hundreds of years” – Archbishop Michael Jackson.

2019.02.26.

Evangelical church congregations growing in Ireland

These evangelical churches report a good ethnic mix and a young age profile, with 46 per cent of members aged under 30, and 75 per cent aged under 50.

2019.02.21.

Meghan Markle’s ancestors married in Donnybrook parish

According to St Mary’s marriage registry, Thomas Bird, son of James Bird, a labourer, and Mary McCague, daughter of Francis McCague, a farmer, married on 23 January 1860.

2019.01.23.

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.

Former Green Party leader warns of homelessness, climate change

Former Government Minister and Green Party leader ordained to the priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford.

2018.09.10.

Church leaders pay tribute to Good Friday Agreement in Rome

“There are no quick fixes,” but the accord “gave us the opportunity – the breathing space – to look for goodwill”: Archbishop Richard Clarke.

2018.05.23.

Ecumenical Bible Week focuses on Handing on the Faith

Symposium will include presentations by John Waters on ‘Taking us Back to the Father’, Rev Ginnie Kennerley on ‘The Family Today: Healing and Expansion in Christ’, and Nick Park on ‘Modern Family – Ancient Problems’.

2018.04.25.

People of faith – key in referendum on 8th Amendment

Cross-denominational response to the 8th amendment looks at life issue from a specifically Christian perspective.

2018.04.07.

Life of faith in a post-Hawking era is not easy: CofI Primate

“People of faith cannot escape, nor should we want to escape, the expansion of perspective on the cosmos that he has given us."

2018.04.04.

Church leaders oppose unrestricted access to abortion

Repealing the eighth amendment and introducing a liberal abortion regime will result in terminations not just up to 12 weeks but in some cases right up to the point of birth - Bishop Leahy.

2018.02.06.

Carmelite prior installed as an ecumenical canon by CofI cathedral

It is “a great privilege to have Fr Brian McKay, long time and well-known Carmelite in Dublin, installed as an ecumenical canon of St Patrick’s Cathedral” – Canon Charles Mullen.

2018.01.23.

New book of meditations by CofI Archbishop launched

‘Shouldering the Lamb: Reflections on an Icon’ by Dr Richard Clarke of Armagh contains 11 meditations on the ancient figure of the shepherd carrying a lamb across his shoulders.

2017.12.20.

14th century Bishop of Ossory book put online

The volume is internationally renowned as it contains numerous documents of legal interest, such as some of the provisions of Magna Carta.

2017.12.13.

Former Cofl leader launches new book on Northern Ireland

The former leader of the Church of Ireland, Lord Robin Eames, has said that the absence of a power sharing executive at Stormount is leading to greater uncertainty at a time when there is already huge concern on how Brexit will affect Northern Ireland.

2017.10.21.

Anglican Oriental-Orthodox Commission to meet in Dublin

Sixth meeting of the Commission since its foundation will bring together high profile religious leaders between 23 and 28 October for the first time in Ireland.

2017.10.17.

Catholic Bishop of Derry Pledges Support to Cofl Community after Church Vandalism

The Catholic Bishop of Derry, Dr Donal McKeown, has said that the Catholic community in Derry City will do all it can to help the Church of Ireland community, after the city’s Protestant Christ Church was vandalised in a sickening attack. Vandals defecated and urinated in Christ Church during the break-in where extensive damage was

2017.09.17.

Reverend Trevor Sargent remains green

His knowledge and interest in the environment lends itself to the fifth mark of mission in the Anglican Communion, to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

2017.08.31.

Belfast’s oldest Catholic church to re-open for Mass next week

It was on Sunday 30 May 1784 that Mass was celebrated for the first time in the Church of St Mary by Fr Hugh O’Donnell, first parish priest of Belfast.

2017.08.19.

Real issue is not religion, it is resources

Catholic Primary Schools Management Association calls on Education Minister to “man up” and get extra resources for education and capitation grants. Focus on baptism barrier is “sucking the air out of real issues, like lack of resources”.

2017.06.30.

Tributes flow to former Church of Ireland Archbishop, Donald Caird

“The flourishing of others was the heartbeat of his humanity,” says Archbishop Jackson.

2017.06.03.
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