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...

About 10,000 people are expected to attend the annual Galway Solemn Novena which began this week and runs until Tuesday, February 21 at Galway Cathedral with a focus on ‘Mary, Icon of God’s Mercy’.Redemptorist Novena Director over the past six years Fr Brendan O’Rourke said many come to the novena “searching,...

“No-one wants them.” Across the plethora of reporting of the plight of Myanmar’s tortured Rohingya community, no single phrase summed up the plight of a people so precisely as that employed by Pope Francis on February 8. During his weekly General Audience, the Pontiff chose to make the despised Muslim minority community the...

A parishioner has left a Co. Antrim parish a legacy of more than half a million pounds, one of the largest donations ever received within the Diocese of Down and Connor.The parish of Glenavy and Killead received the generous donation from Peter McAreavey, who died peacefully in hospital in July 2015.Fr Colm McBride said the will instructed that...

Religious tolerance is steadily deteriorating in India and violations of freedom of religion are rising, a new report has found.Sponsored by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), ‘Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India’ examined state laws across the nation and found that,...

Staff reporterFormer Jesuit provincial Fr Gerry O’Hanlon has insisted that the Church’s centralised model of governance contributed to the mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against priests.Speaking to the royal commission on abuse in Australia via a videolink from Dublin, Fr O’Hanlon also said that the Church suffered from...

Catholic samurai beatifiedCardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints has led the beatification Mass for Justo Takayama Ukon, the so-called ‘Samurai saint’ of 17th-Century Japan.During the ceremony in Osaka, the life of Ukon was recalled, from his birth in 1552 to his death in exile...

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