Sinn Féin has been forced to apologise to Bishop John McAreavey after the party was caught misrepresenting the bishop’s position on abortion.Sinn Féin had claimed in election literature that Bishop McAreavey shared the party’s support for abortion.Dr McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore, said that he accepted the apology but criticised the...

Popes don’t wear Tiaras anymore or any of the trappings of a royal court but when it comes to popularity, the Pope is more popular that the Queen of England, at least among Irish television audiences.While President Michael D. Higgins visit last week to Britain has been hailed a triumph, it didn’t rouse as much interest among...

In its latest report on the fate of that country’s refugees who continue to struggle in various neighbouring states, the United Nations Human Rights Commission revealed that the figure of one million refugees had been reached in the small nation of Lebanon; it called the figure “a devastating milestone”.Overall, across those...

A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" Harvard Bible scholar Karen King on April 10 released the results of long-delayed testing on the controversial fragment that appear to show it is not a modern forgery.But a host of questions remain, with some experts still wondering...

An Irish priest based in England has criticised as “an affront of the highest order” the lack of a Catholic Church representative during the state visit of President Michael D. Higgins to Britain last week.Fr Tom Grufferty, Parish Priest of the parish of Havant and Emsworth in Portsmouth, told The Irish Catholic that he was “...

According to tradition, theScala Santa, or Holy Stairs, are the ones Jesus climbed when Pontius Pilate brought him before the crowd and handed him over to be crucified. It’s said that Constantine’s mother, St Helen, brought the stairs to Rome from Jerusalem in 326 AD.The 28 marble steps are covered with thick wood panels, now worn...

The Pro Life Campaign (PLC) has called for a massive show of support for its National Vigil for Life next month against “political promise-breaking and groupthink” on the issue of abortion.As it gears up to welcome busloads of participants from all parts of Ireland for the May 3 event, a spokesperson for the PLC told The Irish Catholic...

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