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Irish government and UCD criticised ahead of Newman canonisation

Newman was one of the great literary figures of the 19th century and the founder and first rector of the university now known as UCD.

2019.10.11.

Bishops concerned by intolerance towards immigrants

Statement follows Pope Francis' unveiling in St Peter's Square of a sculpture depicting 140 refugees crammed aboard a small raft.

2019.10.06.

Restored holy stairs reopen in Rome for Easter

The 28 steps come from a staircase in Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and are believed to be where Jesus Christ walked on his way to his trial.

2019.04.15.

Eradicate the evil of child abuse, says Pope at meeting in Rome

"The Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes," Pope Francis tells delegates at Protection of Minors meeting in Rome.

2019.02.25.

Abuse survivors are “precious members of the Body of Christ”

In a message issued ahead of the Vatican’s abuse summit this week, Archbishop Eamon Martin tells survivors, “I am truly sorry for what was done to you.”

2019.02.20.

Muddied waters at Trevi Fountain as mayor takes coins from Caritas Italia

Tourists throw about €4,000 into the Trevi Fountain’s pools and cascades every day, which until now has been used to fund Caritas Italia's projects to help Rome's poor.

2019.01.14.

Pope marks World Day of the Poor by sharing his lunch

The lunch included lasagne, chicken pieces and mashed potato, with tiramisu for dessert.

2018.11.19.

Seven to be canonised in Rome today

Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio will be made a saint today, in line with Pope Francis's desire to canonise a teenage saint during the month-long meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on Young People.

2018.10.14.

Find new pathways, Pope tells Irish bishops

"Genuine religious formation needs joyful teachers who can shape not only minds but also hearts in the love of Christ and in the practice of prayer." - Pope Francis

2018.08.27.

Seaside destination for the Pope at Corpus Christi

Pope Francis is breaking with the custom followed by his two predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, of celebrating Corpus Christi in St John Lateran’s, the cathedral church of the Bishop of Rome, a custom followed since 1979.

2018.05.31.

Communicating the family can be counter-cultural, says Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin is convinced that a constructive culture of engagement, rather than a pointless culture war, is the best way to ensure that the voice of faith, communicating the Family, can be heard.

2018.04.19.

Pope gives his blessing to Formula E racing and electric vehicles generally

Formula E features high-performance streamlined electric powered cars that are more environmentally friendly.

2018.04.15.

Irish attend Vocations Conference in Rome

If we want to generate a culture of vocations, it is not going to happen in isolation, it is certainly not going to happen if we are not investing in youth ministry.

2017.12.07.

Methodists and Catholics celebrate 50 years of inter-church dialogue

Pope Francis tells John Wesley's disciples in Rome, “We have been freed from the slavery of estrangement and mutual suspicion”.

2017.10.20.

Bishop Monahan highlights Legion of Mary’s role in vocations

19 new seminarians have begun their formation for Irish dioceses, eight of whom have begun a propaedeutic year in locations in Ireland and abroad.

2017.09.26.

Vatican fountains switched off as effects of drought hit Rome

The crisis is partly as a result of this year’s unusually hot summer – temperatures in Rome are expected to hit 38 ˚C this week – but a crucial factor is that the Lazio region, in which Rome lies, has experienced two exceptionally dry winters in a row.

2017.07.31.

Irish OFMs have a new provincial – Fr Aidan McGrath

Before his election, Fr Aidan had been serving as General Secretary to the Franciscan Order in Rome.

2017.07.03.

Possible papal visit to Northern Ireland next year

Migration, the European project, climate change, poverty and the effects of globalisation on families were the focus of “cordial discussions” between Pope Francis and President Michael D. Higgins.

2017.05.23.

Belfast parish hosts Mass of Hope for homeless community

New soup kitchen will be opened by St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street in response to Pope Francis’ appeal for concrete acts of mercy towards those experiencing poverty and homelessness.

2017.04.25.

Mary Immaculate students travel to Rome as part of teacher training

Students spent five days in Rome on a guided tour of selected ancient Roman, medieval and modern sacred religious sites and art.

2017.03.12.

Archbishop Neary preaches on interrelationship of Marian and Petrine principles

Church is endeavouring “to respond positively and constructively to genuine voices calling for a greater recognition of women and the feminine in the Church”.

2017.01.24.

Is Ad Limina a Mr & Mrs Missed Opportunity?

The question of celibacy is already being discussed at the highest levels in the Vatican – Noel McCann, ACI.

2017.01.16.

Vatileaks whistleblower Msgr Vallejo Balda released

The Holy See decided to commute the 18-month prison sentence because of ‘questions regarding freedom of thought’.

2017.01.09.

Concert for homeless charity

A significant moment for Factor One as a young band was representing Ireland at the Genfest youth rally in front of an audience of 20,000 at the Palaeur football stadium in Rome.

2016.11.17.

From MU to OP – a Red Devil becomes a Black Friar

Former Manchester United footballer becomes a Dominican friar.

2016.11.07.

Mass of canonisation of Mother Teresa today on RTÉ One

Archbishop Martin will be interviewed by Dame Anne Widdecome in a BBC 'Songs of Praise' special on Sunday evening which also features interviews with Loreto Sisters about Mother Teresa’s time in Dublin.

2016.09.04.

Two-day online celebration of the life of Mother Teresa

Church Services TV and Heavens Road FM radio station will be joining forces to stream Masses, choirs and guests from over 20 different locations in the UK and Ireland focusing on the life and legacy of Mother Teresa .

2016.09.02.

Maynooth to undergo review of policies and independent audit

Trustees order seminary authorities to evaluate and review policy relating to “the appropriate use of the internet and social media”.

2016.08.25.

Glenstal Abbey elects new abbot

46-year-old Fr Brendan Coffey is the sixth Abbot of the Benedictine monastic community and succeeds Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman.

2016.08.15.

Clogher diocese set to ordain two new priests

Sunday’s ordinations will bring to four the number of new priests ordained for Clogher in the past three years.

2016.07.22.
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