Trócaire staff in South Sudan have been evacuated from an area in the north of the country as a result of heavy fighting in the region.Three staff members, who are all South Sudan nationals, have been forced to suspend vital humanitarian programmes in the Melut region and return to Juba, the country’s capital city. Until this outbreak of...

The Pro-Life Campaign (PLC) has urged the Government to reject draft legislation on assisted suicide being prepared by campaigner Tom Curran, whose late partner Marie Fleming lost a landmark right-to-die case in the Supreme Court in 2013.Cora Sherlock of the PLC told The Irish Catholic that “if our laws are telling people that they have...

An Irish-born priest has been appointed as the new bishop of the English Diocese of Nottingham.Msgr Patrick McKinney (61) is the eldest son of Patrick and Bridget McKinney (deceased), originally from Ireland, and was brought up in Birmingham.His parents moved back to Ireland in the 1970s when he began his studies for the priesthood at St Mary...

Dublin City returning officer James Barry has apologised to Harold’s Cross priest Fr Gerry Kane after a Sheriff’s Office official removed a crucifix from the local pastoral centre.The official had removed the crucifix as he had been told it was offensive, but on being contacted by Fr Kane offered to restore it. Mr Barry apologised for...

Staff ReporterBroadcaster Adrian Chiles has spoken of his “enriching experience” attending Mass at a different church every day during Lent.“It felt like it would be a real struggle, a penance. It turned out to be anything but. It was a rich and enriching experience – spiritually, obviously, but I was also enraptured by the...

The head of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church has called on Pope Francis to take a firmer stand on the conflict in the east of his country.Criticising what he described the Vatican’s “ambivalence” on how Russian-backed rebels have been fighting government forces for more than a year, despite an official ceasefire, Kiev-Halych...

Women’s Conference makes progress but ‘more to be done’Over a hundred mainly female participants have attended Rome’s second International Conference on Women, organised by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in collaboration with the World Union of Catholic Women’s...

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