The city of Derry traces its origins to a monastery founded in the Cth century which sat high on the hill which is now at the heart of the walled city. St Columba – often known by his Irish name Colmcille – set sail from Derry in 563 to found his new monastery in Iona which played a vital role in the evangelisation of Scotland....

About 1,500 people came together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, last Sunday.The guest of honour and preacher at the cathedral jubilee Mass was Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, who described the cathedral as “an icon of hope”. He said that the flame of...

A Jesuit priest who is the last surviving child born to the leaders of the 1916 Rising, celebrated his 101st birthday this week.Fr Joseph Mallin SJ (pictured) joined the priesthood over 80 years ago following a request from his father, Michael Mallin – a senior figure in the Irish Citizen Army – made the night before he faced a British...

The canonisation cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where the archbishop was born. The suspension was announced "with immense sadness," the diocese said. "The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going...

Killaloe bishop Kieran O’Reilly has been urged to reconsider the introduction of the permanent diaconate in the diocese, amid fears expressed by some parishioners that it will hinder greater lay involvement.Since Dr O’Reilly issued a pastoral letter last month inviting applications for the permanent diaconate – a ministry open...

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said he continues to support the city's St Patrick's Day Parade Committee after it lifted a ban prohibiting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups from marching openly in the annual event.The cardinal, who will be the grand marshal of the 254th St Patrick's Day parade in March, said in a...

A woman whose family died when a suicidal driver hit their car during a holiday in Britain has spoken of how her strong faith supported her through the tragedy and gave her the strength to forgive.Elber Twomey, from north Cork, was the sole survivor of a car crash in Torquay in 2012, that claimed the lives of her husband Con, her 16-month-son...

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