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...

Fr Jacques Hamel ‘a martyr’ – PopePope Francis has hailed Fr Jacques Hamel, as “a martyr” during a Mass for the murdered French priest. Referring to the wider suffering of Christian communities in various parts of the world, the Pope said: “Today there are Christians murdered,...

Ireland’s newest bishop has said the Vatican’s ‘baby bishops’ course was a valuable opportunity for networking and learning best practice from elsewhere in the world.Bishop-elect Fintan Monahan, who will be ordained Bishop of Killaloe this Sunday, September 25, said that the annual training course was “great – a...

Mercy Sisters depart RochfortbridgeThe Mercy Sisters have left their convent in Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath after 154 years working in the town. The last three nuns of the local congregation departed on September 18 after a special Mass of thanksgiving at Rochfortbridge church. Far from being confined to the Westmeath town,...

Although logically we know the end has to come for everyone, there are certain personalities so indomitable, so larger than life, that in practical terms we come to regard them as virtually immortal.Back in the late 1990s and 2000s, I said that when Pope John Paul II finally died, those most stunned would be in the Vatican press corps, since we...

A streamlined form for Irish couples getting married will be rolled out from the First Sunday of Advent, following delays caused by uncertainty over whether or not the form needed Vatican Approval.A decision was made some years ago to make the mandatory Pre-Nuptial Enquiry Form more accessible, with diocesan representatives meeting in Maynooth in...

“I hope that someday, those responsible for these killings will face God’s judgment, in this life or the next.”Uttered in 2008, these were the words of Redemptorist Fr Amado Picardal, a parish priest in the city of Davao, Philippines. The cleric was at the time commenting on the escalating rate of extrajudicial killings taking...

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