Fr Mathew statue not returning to O’Connell StreetA statue of Fr Theobald Mathew, founder of the temperance movement in Ireland, will not be returned to O’Connell Street after the completion of the Luas works in Dublin.The statue, erected in 1893, cannot be accommodated in the new transport layout and discussions are ongoing between...

Archbishop Eamon Martin has warmly welcomed the appointment by Pope Francis of Archbishop Jude Okolo as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. “Archbishop Okolo’s rich experience in the diplomatic service of the Holy See means that he brings many gifts to bear on his new mission in Ireland,” Archbishop Eamon said.The Vatican...

Campaigner Marie Collins has welcomed praise for her from Pope Francis as support for her work and her reasons about stepping down from the Vatican child protection commission earlier this year.“It was nice to hear the Pope’s comments about myself, and it is I suppose a validation of the work I’ve done and the things I’ve...

Staff ReporterIt may have been a coincidence or a moment of singular grace, but few could fail to remark on the significance that Portugal’s win in the Eurovision Song Contest at the weekend – the first in that country’s 49 attempts – came on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.As Salvador Sobral took to the stage in the final...

The Church in Ireland now looks to the next generation of priests for renewal, according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.Speaking at the priestly ordination of Edward Cosgrove SJ in the chapel of Milltown Park on Sunday, the Archbishop of Dublin told the Jesuit he had “become a priest at a new time in the history of the Irish Church”....

Mark Patrick Hederman’s latest book, in which he explores the search for a new ethics for Ireland, has entered the bestsellers list just weeks after publication.The Opal and the Pearl examines sexuality in the lives and writings of James Joyce, Iris Murdoch and W.B. Yeats.Published by Columba Press, the book by the former abbot of the...

Staff ReporterA young rugby player has revealed the strength he receives from his faith, speaking at a Mass to celebrate sport in his parish in Co. Sligo.Connacht prop and Irish under-20 squad member, Conan O’Donnell, told St Patrick’s in Strandhill that “God is important in my life”.“My faith was nurtured by regular...

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