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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.

2016.12.21.

Bishop of Dromore launches report on religious persecution

The report is “imbued with a love and concern for the entire human family” – Bishop John McAreavey.

2016.12.09.

Religious freedom under threat, says ACN report

In many places in the Middle East multi-religious communities were the norm, but increasingly they are becoming mono-religious environments.

2016.11.27.

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.

2016.10.25.

‘Voting for those who will govern is a moral act’

Northern bishops outline ten questions for catholic voters to put to candidates standing in the Assembly elections.

2016.04.28.

Trevi Fountain to turn red for persecuted Christians

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of the Syrian city of Aleppo to speak at one of Rome's most famed tourist attractions about the plight of Christians.

2016.04.21.

ISIS persecution of Christians is genocide

Irish government urged to formally recognise genocide as criteria under the UN Convention have been met in Syria and Iraq: Aid to the Church in Need.

2016.04.08.

‘There is no such thing as a life without value’

"For as long as they live, children with life-limiting conditions are entitled to be loved and cared for like any other child” - Bishop Kevin Doran.

2016.02.24.

Pope appeals to laity for more active engagement

Pontiff to celebrate outdoor Mass for over a million pilgrims at World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

2015.09.27.

Pope Francis highlights environment in US

“Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation” Pontiff warns in White House address.

2015.09.24.

100,000 Christians killed annually for their faith

Ongoing persecution is an issue that unites all Christians Bishop McAreavey tells Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

2015.05.14.

Church leaders seek to end migrants’ exploitation

Under a plan to be published on Wednesday, the EU is expected to impose migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the Union.

2015.05.12.

Mexico is where greatest number of priests killed

Although root causes vary, the most important is an entrenched culture of impunity.

2015.02.04.

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."

2015.01.15.

Prince highlights lack of religious freedom

New report reveals worrying concerns for people of faith in 116 of the world’s 196 countries.

2014.11.05.

Killing in name of religion a grave sacrilege: Pope

"May no one use religion as a pretext for actions against human dignity and against ... the right to life and the right to religious freedom!"

2014.09.22.

Dublin Mass marks solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Faithful urged to walk to Mass on Sunday 31 August as a gesture of solidarity with persecuted Christians.

2014.08.19.

Pope and cardinal concerned for Iraq’s Christians

Concrete humanitarian steps needed in order to respond to the desperate situation of Iraqi Christians and all minorities Cardinal Brady warns.

2014.08.14.

Church leaders appeal to EU over Iraq’s Christians

New civil war would threaten the existence of the country’s “very fragile” minority groups.

2014.07.13.

Bishop expresses concern for freedom of conscience

Bishop Leahy warns against “emptying religious freedom of any meaningful content” in the name of “tolerance or equality”.

2014.06.18.

ECHR reaffirms autonomy of religious organisations

Any divergence between ideas to be taught and personal beliefs of a teacher could raise a problem of credibility when that teacher actively challenged those ideas - ECHR.

2014.06.17.

Pope and Patriarch sign Common Declaration

They pledge to continue on the path towards unity between Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

2014.05.26.

Build a Union with solidarity at its heart: COMECE

Bishops warn election outcome will shape EU legislature for next half-decade.

2014.05.24.

Lord Alton pleas for persecuted Christians

Warning that West's "indifference" to plight of Christians is compounding the crisis.

2014.04.15.

Freedom to believe must be at heart of society: President

Higgins warns of a return to appalling racism in parts of Europe.

2014.04.05.
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