Over 450 secondary school students from across Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Offaly combined into one super choir to perform at the University of Limerick Concert Hall last week.This is the second year of the Seinn programme, which was launched last year as part of the Limerick City of Culture celebrations, in a cross-diocesan collaboration...

About 2,000 pro-life supporters gathered in front of Leinster House in Dublin last Wednesday to challenge the prevailing abortion narrative in Ireland’s media. ‘33 to 1: Challenging Media Bias’ focused on bias in both broadcast and print media, with Pro Life Campaign Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock saying “we simply...

Nebraska’s Catholic bishops have declared their support for a bill to abolish the American state’s death penalty.The bishops of Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island said in a statement that although Catholic teaching allows for the death penalty under certain conditions, these conditions did not exist in Nebraska.Expressing their...

A Vatican-directed project to help battle ebola will differ from larger global efforts by focusing on small local initiatives, according to Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.With some 24,350 cases of ebola known worldwide, the €3 million fund to fight the epidemic should complement and encourage...

Syria’s Catholic bishops have met to reflect on their pastoral and charitable activities over recent months.The meeting, attended by the Greek-Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignace Youssif III, and 14 other Syrian bishops as well as Apostolic Nuncio Msgr Mario Zenari and Archbishop Cyril Vasil SJ, Secretary of...

A poll in the North has revealed massive levels of support for the owners of the Ashers Baking Company, in a week when Belfast County Court is to hear the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland’s (ECNI) case against the company.  The survey, conducted by ComRes for the Christian Institute, interviewed 1,000 adults by telephone,...

About a thousand people are expected to attend the annual Way of the Cross in the Phoenix Park led by Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Good Friday. Organised by the Catholic movement, Communion and Liberation, this will be the thirteenth Way of the Cross procession to be held in the Phoenix Park, with the event growing from modest...

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