Although Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, “we have never seen the kind of ‘religious cleansing’ we are witnessing today,” said the head of the region’s Franciscans.“All religious communities must raise their voices...

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth is welcoming 14 new seminarians who will commence their formation for the priesthood at the National Seminary this year.At the conclusion of the Introductory Programme at the end of September, two of the new seminarians from northern dioceses will continue their studies at St Malachy’s Seminary in Belfast...

Pope Emeritus Benedict has told an Irish theologian that he continues to pray for Ireland, but believes that the situation is improving for the Irish Church.Pope Benedict celebrated a special Mass last Sunday morning in the church of the Campo Santo Teutonico within Vatican City, upon the conclusion of the Schuelerkreis, a yearly gathering of his...

US journalist James Foley - who was murdered by Islamic extremists in Iraq - was sustained by praying the rosary during a previous captivity.Video footage of Mr Foley's murder, apparently by a British fighter, circulated on the internet last week. The Islamic State (IS) terrorist organisation said they had killed him in northern Iraq.Mr Foley...

A new chaplain has been appointed to the annual National Traditional Pilgrimage to Knock, which is expected to draw a large crowd next month.Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam has appointed Fr John Loftus PP, Binghamstown Belmullet as chaplain to the Latin Mass Pilgrimage.A monthly Latin Mass was established by Archbishop Neary in 2011 for the...

Gardaí have sent a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions on the practices of a controversial pro-choice group, including allegedly giving advice to women on how to illegally import abortion pills.The Pro-Life Campaign (PLC) has described as “very disturbing” the revelations about the State-funded Irish Family Planning Association...

Sr Marie Conlon of the Medical Missionaries of Mary celebrated her 100th Birthday on August 13 and a party was held on August 20 at the MMM Motherhouse in Drogheda, Co. Louth.Sr Marie was born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, near Manchester, England. She qualified as a primary school teacher and taught in the Birmingham area for eight years. She...

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