“No one has the right to lecture Turkey on what it should be doing.”It can only be a guess as to how many observers of the recent high-profile visit by European leaders to Turkey caught a stunned breath as these words were uttered. Touring a camp for Syrian refugees, European Council President Donald Tusk thus summed up the provision...

A prominent priest-sociologist has warned that a number of anti-Catholic media commentators are damaging the public’s opinion of the Church.Jesuit Fr Micheál Mac Gréil told The Irish Catholic that he was “very worried about the atheistic proselytisation going on in Irish society today”.“I believe that proselytising is now...

Happiness is not an ‘app’ that can be downloaded, while freedom and our true value can never be bought, Pope Francis has reminded thousands of teenagers.In a homily to a crowd of about 100,000 people gathered for a special Year of Mercy event for youths aged 13 to 16, the Pope urged the assembled teens against being content with...

The Archbishop of Dublin has called on the people of the city to form a “strong alliance” against gangland violence and to co-operate with the Gardaí to “break the chain of hate and evil”.Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking in the wake of the separate shooting of two men in Dublin on Monday night, in what appears to be...

Religion misused in Brazilian standoffBrazilian Christian leaders have expressed concern about how many members of the country’s Chamber of Deputies invoked religion when voting on April 17 to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.Carlos Moura, executive secretary of the Brazilian bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission,...

The theme of ‘Mercy: Compassion and Healing’ will be explored at the fourth annual All Saints Round Table Gathering hosted by Ballymena Parish in Co. Antrim next month.Margaret McNulty of Embrace, an interdenominational group of Christians working together, will speak about her work promoting a positive response to people from ethnic...

The Archdiocese of New York has rejected allegations that it had been planning to smear the Catholic journalist Michael Voris.Mr Voris, the editor of ChurchMilitant.com, claimed that the archdiocese had been collecting information about his personal life before he became a Catholic “with the aim of publicly discrediting me, this apostolate...

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