Fr John Carroll from Barntown at the blessing of the roads (for road safety) which takes place annually in the Wexford parish on Easter Sunday.

Staff ReporterBishop Francis Duffy has expressed his shock and sadness at desecration of a Longford church. It was discovered on Easter Sunday morning that St Michael’s Church, Shroid, in Longford parish was broken into and the tabernacle stolen. The church had not been in use over the Easter period when all parish ceremonies took place in...

Abdi Tari AliI was on my knees fixing IV drips to patients’ arms as they lay on the ground in a makeshift treatment centre in the town of Luuq in Gedo Province, southern Somalia.I have treated cholera before, but I have never seen anything like this in terms of volume of sick people and lack of facilities.Having previously trained as a...

A return to ‘structured dialogue’ between the Government and Church leaders would be of great value as society becomes more pluralist, it has been claimed.The Lisbon Treaty places an obligation on the EU to have a regular dialogue with religious and non-confessional organisations on EU policies and legislative proposals. Former...

Sr Jean Quinn, Daughter of Wisdom, has become the first Irish woman to be appointed to the post of Executive Director of Unanima International, based at the United Nations in New York.Unanima International is a non-government organisation and its work focuses on supporting women, children, migrants (especially those effected by poverty) and...

Skellig Michael rockfall “deeply worrying”The Office of Public Works (OPW) has described the serious rockfall which occurred on a roadway used by guides and OPW staff on the Christian monastic site of Skellig Michael as “deeply worrying”. Grellan Rourke, the OPW’s senior conservation architect for Skellig Michael...

Not even the GAA can outdo the Catholic Church when it comes to membership in Ireland, according to the Bishop of Limerick.Commenting on the Census figures during an Easter ceremony in St John’s Cathedral in Limerick, Bishop Brendan Leahy said: “Despite everything, we have discovered that 78% of our population still declare themselves...

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