The chief executive of the Church’s safeguarding watchdog has today painted an “improving picture” of child protection procedures within the Catholic Church.Teresa Devlin, CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NCSCCCI), said that the timeframes for reporting allegations against...

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has appealed to politicians in the North “to move things forward” as they begin a new round of talks as part of the continuing peace process.Archbishop Eamon said this would take “courageous and creative leadership” on the part of Northern Ireland’s political representatives.He also...

A Belfast Sister of Mercy is seriously injured in hospital after a fatal road collision on the same motorway where two sisters from her order were killed last month.The car of the 74-year-old nun was hit by a vehicle in which three young men were being pursued by the PSNI on the A1 near Carryduff, Co. Down. An 18-year-old passenger, Conal Daly,...

Religious organisations asked to serve on a Government working group to examine improvements to the asylum-seeker system have vowed to improved conditions and speed up the asylum process.“Years awaiting a final determination on applications for asylum is the biggest single issue facing asylum seekers in Ireland and the recently established...

A priest who sued his ex-lover over the ownership of a Co. Donegal cottage is to take time out from his ministry to reflect, the Bishop of Killala has announced.Bishop John Fleming described the circumstances of the case involving Fr Gabriel Rosbotham as “a complete shock” to him. He said the case had caused “deep distress...

Pope Francis has described as “beautiful” a new book published by The Irish Catholic which acts as an introduction to the Pontiff’s landmark letter The Joy of the Gospel. Written by theologian Fr Eamonn Conway with The Irish Catholic journalist Cathal Barry, Blueprint for the Church aims to set out what the Pope’s vision of...

Catholic studies at third level are set for a major shake-up with the establishment of a new research institute at one of the country’s leading Catholic colleges.At Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick, the new Irish Institute for Catholic Studies is a research-orientated institute bringing together scholars, researchers and students to...

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