Prayer is an important part of daily life according to best-selling author Cecelia Ahern.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne, the 33-year-old author of PS I Love You and 10 other books said she prays to God every night.Describing prayer as an honest conversation in which people “say the things that you...

Malaysia’s Federal Court has ruled the Catholic Church cannot use the Arabic “Allah” as a substitute for “God” in the Malay edition of its newsweekly Herald.The ruling brings to an end an eight-year legal dispute which began when Murphy Pakiam, then Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, filed a lawsuit in response to then Home...

The head of the Catholic Principals Association (CPA) has welcomed Archbishop Eamon Martin’s “clear and unambiguous assertion” that “no young person should be turned away from a Catholic school on the basis of their mark in an entrance test”.In a homily launching Catholic Schools Week in the North, the Archbishop of...

Poles should do more to maintain Poland’s synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, according to the Polish bishops’ Commission for Dialogue with Judaism.Pointing to how 3.5 million Jews lived in Poland prior to the Holocaust, the bishops said: “We often don’t realise that, in our localities and neighbourhoods, Jews lived, worked...

Dioceses across the island of Ireland have begun to ask parishes to provide feedback on the Lineamenta discussion document from last year’s extraordinary synod on the family, in order to collate a report from the Irish Church in advance of the second session of the bishops’ synod in October.Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, who...

A leading member of Focolare in Ireland has welcomed the start of the cause of beatification and canonisation of Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement, an international organisation that promotes the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood.  “It brings great joy to many that Chiara is to be put forward for beatification...

Michael FisherThe Bishop of Clogher has made a special appeal at a Mass in Co. Monaghan for anyone with information about Columba McVeigh, abducted and killed by the IRA in 1975 and then secretly buried, to come forward.At a Mass in Carrickroe, near Emyvale, Bishop Liam MacDaid urged anyone who might have “...

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