Over 3,000 teenagers from almost every diocese on the island of Ireland descended on Knock Shrine last week for the second annual Knock Youth Gathering (KYG).The purpose of KYG is to bring young people (transition years and first year A-level students) to Knock on the feast of the Holy Rosary to celebrate and deepen their faith. The idea for the...

Before making a pastoral visit to any single European nation, Pope Francis will address the regional European Parliament, which meets in Strasbourg, France.Releasing the official itinerary for the November 25 trip, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Pope would return to France during 2015 for a pastoral visit to the country...

Unable to resist telling the world about a personal event that is dear to his heart, Pope Francis said that 70 years ago to the day, he celebrated his first Communion.“They say that you shouldn’t talk about personal things, but I can’t resist the temptation,” he said at his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square...

Poverty, in particular understanding its root causes and finding innovative ways to reduce it, was the focus of Catholic Charities USA’s annual national gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina.Discussions had extra urgency given the stagnating number of Americans living at or below the poverty line.“This is our opportunity to come...

When the US Supreme Court declined to review the appeals on rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional, many people were left second-guessing why this happened and what it means for the future of same-sex marriages and bans on such marriages.The court’s action gave the immediate go-ahead for same-sex marriages to take...

Catholic secondary schools are being urged to proactively and unashamedly promote their distinctive ethos in a bid to ensure their survival into the future.Concern about the continuing decline in the proportion of second-level schools with a Catholic ethos, in addition to a greater diversity of choice of school patronage, has sparked a major...

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the Government’s decision not to reduce the budget for official development assistance (ODA), for the first time in six years. Minister Flanagan said the Government had demonstrated its commitment to fighting global poverty and hunger, through Irish Aid, by protectingthe budget for...

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