Mercy is common ground for renewalCatholics and Lutherans are finding common ground in “the original, fundamental” emphasis of Martin Luther on “the Gospel of grace and mercy and a call to conversion and renewal”, the former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has said....

A founder of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has expressed frustration that many Irish priests are unwilling to embrace the radical agenda of the leaders of the organisation.Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery – who has now stepped down from the helm of the group – said the leadership of the ACP had on occasion found themselves...

Christians have a mission to convert Muslims to Christianity, the Vatican’s ecumenism chief has said.Speaking at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute, Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the Christian mission requires even that Christians attempt to...

Bishops criticise refugee camp closuresKenya’s bishops have added their voices to calls by the Jesuit Refugee Service and others for their government to reconsider plans to close refugee camps and repatriate refugees. The government announced its plans on May 6, claiming that the refugees posed a security threat,...

Broadcaster Chris Donoghue has paid tribute to religious nuns and brothers for the “comfort” they provided during difficult stages of his life.The Newstalk Breakfast presenter spoke candidly on Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge of the death of his mother at 14 and battling cancer at 23.“You know what you expect somebody...

The Polish army will help provide security during World Youth Day, a spokesman has said.The July 31 meeting on the last day of the Pope’s visit to Krakow for the Catholic festival will take place in meadows near the city that could be difficult to protect and difficult to evacuate in an emergency, as well as lacking medical facilities....

A Co. Tyrone man has described the birth of his son as “truly a miracle” after his wife went against doctors’ advice to have an abortion.Doctors had advised Liam Glass and his wife Cindy that their unborn child had no spleen and would not survive more than a week after birth. However, baby David Hope Glass was born complete with...

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