Organisers of Saturday’s Celebrate the 8th pro-life gathering in Dublin, which aimed to highlight the positive impact of the Eighth Amendment, said they were “thrilled and very encouraged” with the massive turnout of several thousands.Keynote speaker at the event was Melissa Ohden from the US, who in 1977 was born alive...

Overcrowded prisons criticised The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has welcomed the “considerable progress” shown in the Irish Prison Service annual report, which was launched this week, but said “chronic overcrowding” still needs to be addressed.Overcrowding continues in the Dóchas Centre, Cork prison...

The US Catholic Bishops have condemned a ruling by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that health plans offered by religious bodies in the state of California are not exempt from the requirement to fund abortions. In a joint statement reacting to the ruling, which was prompted by the bishops’ own appeal against the...

Education remains the key element in tackling Ireland’s binge drinking, a spokesman for the bishops’ body on alcohol awareness has said.Speaking to The Irish Catholic this week following the release of dramatic new figures for Irish people’s annual consumption of alcohol, Darren Butler, national co-ordinator of the Irish Bishops...

In an article carried in The Irish Catholic of June 16, 2016, we reported on the President of St Patrick’s College Maynooth, Msgr Hugh Connolly taking sabbatical leave. The article went on to deal with matters entirely unconnected to Msgr Connolly’s leave including controversial allegations recently made about life in the seminary.Msgr...

The chairperson of a well-known crisis pregnancy agency has rejected claims that the organisation no longer subscribes to its pro-life founding intentions. Dr Patrick Davey, Chairperson of Anew (formerly Life Pregnancy Care Ireland) told, told The Irish Catholic it was a matter “of great sadness that there are members of Life/Anew who...

One of the Pope’s closest advisors has urged the Church in Ireland not to fear letting go of its former glories and to be forward thinking.German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, a member of the council of nine cardinals hand-picked by Pope Francis to advise him, insisted that the Church here “cannot find enthusiasm” from clinging onto...

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