A number of members of religious orders are due to receive awards this week to honour their work in charity, overseas development and social activism.This weekend Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, will confer the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin on Bro. Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Day Centre, which offers free meals to the homeless...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited Rome to meet Pope Francis in advance of the upcoming G7 summit in Munich this June.Speaking after the unusually long 40-minute audience, Ms Merkel said the main purpose of her visit had been to outline the summit agenda, as its emphasis on the elimination of poverty was “of particular importance...

Bishop Noel Treanor has insisted that laws forcing Christians to act against their conscience are a form of “prejudice and discrimination” that would not be tolerated against any other group in society.Dr Treanor led a Church delegation on Tuesday to meet members of the DUP and SDLP at Stormont in relation to a proposed Freedom of...

Fr Peter McVerry will lead an ‘Evening of Reflection for Lent’ in St Mary’s Church, Dingle, Co. Kerry on Monday, March 2 at 7.30pm. The advocate for the homeless will share his Gospel witness as part of Dingle Parish’s ‘150th Fé Bhláth’ celebrating St Mary’s Church (1865-2015). Enquiries or information:...

Cardinal Bertone ‘knew about Pope Benedict’s resignation’ seven months before eventFormer Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone knew Pope Benedict XVI was considering stepping down at Pope at least seven months before his resignation was announced, according to a...

Independent TD Mattie McGrath, who organised Ash Wednesday Mass in Leinster House for the distribution of ashes, said he’d like to see more such liturgies in the corridors of power.Mr McGrath told The Irish Catholic that there was a big interest from deputies, senators and Oireachtas staff.“We had one [a Mass] in November for the dead...

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has advised priests that, in the context of forthcoming referendums, churches “are not appropriate places” to distribute campaign literature and that in “no circumstance” should they be distributed through schools.A statement on the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference website says...

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