Ireland’s newest bishop has spoken out in defence of the place of religious education in schools.Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin criticised certain politicians for suggesting schools were not the appropriate place for the teaching of religious education.“To suggest, as some politicians have done in recent times, that religious education...

Two long-standing members of the St Vincent de Paul (SVP) society, former journalists, Bill Lawlor and Joe Dalton, have compiled a book explaining the part the charity plays in Irish society.The book, entitled The Society of St Vincent de Paul in Ireland – 170 Years of Fighting Poverty (New Island Books), includes a number of contributions...

Pope Francis might be a master of the ‘one-liner’, but Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has warned that the popular Pontiff is in danger of being easily misunderstood.Archbishop Martin said that, even though people might think they liked what Pope Francis was saying, they could be mistaken about the Pope’s message.“One...

Bishop Kevin Doran also spoke out against a “private approach” to the celebration of the sacraments.In his pastoral letter, the Bishop of Elphin said that there “tends to be some resistance to including first Communion and Confirmation in the Sunday Eucharist.“There can be logistical difficulties, but it is worth...

Pope Francis has told a major conference on marriage and the family that children “have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother”.The three day conference, which ended on Wednesday, was called ‘The Complementarity of Man and Woman’. It took place in the Vatican and was organised by the Congregation for the...

Pope Francis greets Her Excellency Emma Madigan, Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. Ms Madigan is accompanied by her husband Laurence and their son Conor. Photo: L’Osservatore Romano

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