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Pope Emeritus claims “People want to switch off my voice”

In a new biography, 'Benedict XVI: A Life', the retired pope rejects accusations of interfering in church debates since his resignation in 2013, claiming this is a “malicious distortion of the truth.”


Shock at Pope Emeritus’ intervention on celibacy

Commenting on the retired pope’s new book, Dr Austin Ivereigh, Vatican expert and biographer of Pope Francis said, “It’s a totally imprudent and ill thought-out intervention which has the effect of undermining Francis’s authority.”


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.


Bishop laments damage pornography does to the young

Good quality Catholic-inspired programme for Relationships and Sexuality Education sought by Bishops Nulty and Doran.


Destroying the life of the unborn is crossing a final frontier, says Bishop Kevin Doran

If we concede ground on abortion, the very same arguments will be used to justify ending the lives of frail elderly people and people with significant disability. This is the final frontier.


Galway City councillor puts down motion inviting Pope Francis to Galway

A visit by Pope Francis would have the same impact as that of Pope John Paul II in 1979, says Cllr Pearse Flannery.


Polish community celebrates St Audoen’s 170th anniversary

Bishop Wiesław Lechowicz, Chairman of the Polish Bishops’ Council for Emigrants, will celebrate Mass to mark the 170th anniversary on 18 September while other events are lined up for later in September and in October.


Ireland needs New Evangelization says bishop

Bishop Cullinan cautions against 'circling the wagons'.


Documentary considers Francis’ past and future

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


Pope declares Archbishop Romero a martyr

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


Pope Francis canonises Sri Lanka’s first saint

St Vaz Pope Francis said, “shows us the importance of transcending religious divisions in the service of peace."


Process of healing needs to include truth: Pope

Pontiff calls on Sri Lankans “to accept one another, to respect legitimate diversities, and learn to live as one family.”


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.


Beatification of Opus Dei leader Alvaro del Portillo

Bishop del Portillo made several visits to Ireland and, as a child, he learnt his first words of English from an Irishwoman.


Nuncio recalls legacy of two new saints

St John XXIII, St Faustina and St John Paul II were all linked by the experience of God’s mercy.


John XXIII and John Paul II canonised

St John XXIII defined as “the Pope of openness to the Holy Spirit” and St John Paul II as “the Pope of the Family."


Archbishop recalls Saints John XXIII and John Paul II

Primate of Ireland refuses to respond to polemics of those who caricature two popes.


Pope Emeritus to concelebrate canonisation Mass

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


All roads lead to Rome for canonisations

3,000 Irish pilgrims attend canonisation of John XXIII and John Paul II.


Killaloe pilgrims depart for Rome canonisations

Special Mass on Monday concelebrated by Cardinal and Bishop for Irish pilgrims in Rome.


Shannon produces JPII car sticker for canonisation

Car sticker initiative is a joint venture between Shannon parish and Shannon Airport recalling Saint's 1979 visit.


Canonisation of John XXIII and John Paul II goes global

Vatican prepares for transmission of unique ceremony across all digital and media platforms.


Papal visit to NI would be very positive step: Villiers

Unanimous vote by Belfast City Hall to invite Pope Francis on an official visit.


Growing tendency to demonise Catholic viewpoint

New panel of Catholic Comment speakers ready to engage with the media.


It was clear John Paul II was a saint: Pope Emeritus

New volume features recollections of over a dozen of John Paul II’s friends and closest collaborators.


Pope Francis releases World Youth Day 2014 message

“Say No to an ephemeral, superficial and throwaway culture."


Pope Francis confirms visit to Holy Land

Three-day trip in May will include a meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch.


John Paul II and John XXIII to be canonised in April 2014

Pope Emeritus Benedict may join Pope Francis at double canonisation ceremony.


Future Primate pays tribute to the women of Ireland

15,000 pilgrims in Knock for Feast of the Assumption and the Consecration of Ireland.

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