Philadelphia seminary sees record number of new entrantsSt Charles Borromeo seminary in Philadelphia has received its largest class of seminarians in a decade, with 20 of the 52 seminarians coming from the Archdiocese of Philadephia alone. The rise in numbers is all more striking since it comes before the...

Hundreds of people attended a protest in Dublin at the weekend calling for an end to funding for the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA)- an affiliate of Planned Parenthood – which was organised by Youth Defence in the wake of the controversy surrounding undercover videos exposing the sale of aborted baby parts. 

Too many people in Ireland are homeless or at risk of homelessness for politicians to be engaged in political point-scoring on the issue, homeless charities have said.Responding to Environment Minister Alan Kelly’s criticisms of local authorities, who he said needed “to step up to the mark” in order to help tackle Ireland’s...

Islamic State militants in Syria have stepped up their onslaught on the country’s religious diversity and history with the destruction of an ancient pagan temple and a Christian monastery.The first-century AD temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra was destroyed on August 23, according to Syria’s head of antiquities Maamoun Abdulkarim,...

On Saturday over 1,000 participants took part in the national dawn walk for cancer which involved a 10km journey over Mount Leinster, from The Nine Stones to the picturesque village of Myshall, Co. Carlow.Bishop Denis Nulty, broadcaster Olivia O’Learyand Donal Walsh’s mother Elma took part in the event which was organised by the Irish...

Although the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone is largely contained, its effects continue to be felt, according to Makeni’s Bishop Henry Aruna.“Our biggest sorrow is the aftermath of Ebola,” said Dr Aruna, explaining that the country’s Church plays a key role in caring for orphans and others left suffering after the epidemic...

The parish priest of the Co. Meath winner of the Rose of Tralee has said the community is very proud of her achievement.Meath Rose Elysha Brennan (pictured, 22) from Bettystown, was crowned the 56th Rose of Tralee at the international festival in Kerry last week. Fr Denis McNelis, PP of Laytown-Mornington parish, told The Irish Catholic the whole...

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