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...

Vatican watchdog will not comment on Amoris Laetitia issueAs the row about the Pope’s Amoris Laetitia encyclical continues, the prefect for the Congregation of the Faith (CDF) has said that he cannot respond to the questions – the dubia – posed by four cardinals in a letter to the Pontiff.Speaking during an interview with a...

The Society of St Vincent de Paul expects to help 140,000 people in need over the Christmas season, it has revealed.As it undertakes its annual appeal for donations, the society said that despite signs of recovery in areas of the economy, calls to its offices nationwide were still at recession levels and set to increase this month.“This...

John ReidAge Action has sharply criticised the State’s intention to repeal the postal price cap “without consultation or discussion”. Spokesman Justin Moran said: “The price has already increased twice in the last two years and many older people, who prefer to send letters and cards rather than emails, will be...

Doreen Abi RaadThe Syriac Catholic patriarch said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called “ghost towns” during a recent visit to northern Iraq.Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan wrote in an email to Catholic News Service that there was little left in some of the communities that he toured November  27...

Ireland’s Capuchins have backed down from intimations that a 1916 surrender letter by Patrick Pearse, put forward for sale by auction this week, was improperly removed from the order’s archives.The letter, described by Adams Auctioneers as “the most significant Irish document to be offered for sale”, directed Cmdt Edward...

The latest in a litany of ongoing attacks on the Coptic community in Egypt took place towards the end of last month in al Nagameesh, the evidence apparent in the ashes of what was the village’s community centre. Available to all for anything from celebrations to town meetings, the community centre was also regularly in use by the village...

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