After Mass on Sunday in St Saviour's Church, Dominick St to remember the Venerable Matt Talbot the congregation processed to Granby Lane where Matt collapsed and died. Inset: A wreath was laid by Fr Brian Lawless and Vera Brady.  Photo: John McElroy

Modern society has lessons to learn in caring for vulnerable children from the Irish priest behind the pioneering Boys Town facility in the US, according to supporters of his cause for sainthood, as his canonisation process moved a step forward.Fr Edward Flanagan, a Roscommon priest who adopted a progressive approach to running institutions for...

The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has condemned as hypocritical the recommendation of a United Nations committee that Ireland should conduct a referendum on abortion in order to liberalise what it called the State’s “highly restrictive legislation on abortion and strict interpretation thereof”.The UN Committee on Economic, Social and...

About 200 people attended the first safeguarding conference for the Diocese of Clogher held in Clones. Special guests included: Sr Suzie Duffy of the Diocese of Kilmore; Marie Hamilton; Mary Mc Mahon; and Sr Una Purcell of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.The conference was opened by Acting Chairperson of the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee, Mary Harte and...

Parishioners from the parish of Tullaherin/Bennettsbridge in Co. Kilkenny turned out in large numbers to celebrate the golden jubilee of Canon Patrick Duggan. The day began with a Mass of Thanksgiving where Canon Duggan spoke at length about his time in the priesthood.He said the highlight for him would have to be the daily celebration of the...

Over a hundred people attended the annual ecumenical service at St Colmcille’s Well in Ballycullen, Dublin 16. The theme for the year was ‘We Stand on Holy Ground’ and the speaker for the occasion was Fr Noel Hession OSA.There was an element of nostalgia surrounding the service this year, due to the impending closure of the...

Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor celebrated the annual pilgrimage to Slieve Patrick, the national monument to St Patrick in Saul, Co. Down.A large crowd attended the celebrations including local children who had recently made their first Holy Communion, Knights of St Columbanus and a local Scout group.In his homily Bishop Treanor suggested...

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