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...

Staff reporterPresident Michael D. Higgins has led tributes to Nobel peace prize winner John Hume as the veteran peacemaker turned 80 this week.President Higgins described Mr Hume as “the moral architect of an inclusive peace process” that delivered the Good Friday Agreement of 1998.The president said that Mr Hume – who turned 80...

It was the stuff of high drama and historic import. As the final minutes of 2016 ticked away in an expectant Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), New Year spectacles could do little to distract the eyes of the nation from talks taking place in the capital Kinshasa, the outcome of which would dictate the chances of peace or continued violence in...

Eight people took their own lives in Cork last weekend according to a Dáil deputy from the city. “My phone was hopping all weekend. If it was a minibus with eight people killed it would be national news,” Sinn Féin TD Pat Buckley told The Irish Catholic. Deputy Buckley, who lost two brothers to death by suicide, said while Cork is...

It says something of the state of the nation when a quiet day of non-events gains more column inches with the international media than a 5.3 magnitude earthquake just days before.An understanding of this apparent skewing of priorities comes when El Salvador is identified as the source for both stories. On January 4, media reported with bored...

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began yesterday (Wednesday) with an official inauguration service at the Church of Ireland parish in Taney in south Dublin. This year the event occurs while the Catholic bishops are in Rome at their ad limina meeting with the Pope, so no Catholic bishops will be present at ecumenical events during the week....

Bishop Donal McKeownThe entire Brexit project remains a step into the unknown for everybody. Thus we remain unclear as to the possible effects, especially on border counties. But what history tells us is that Belfast, from being the third industrial city of the UK before Partition (with shipbuilding, tobacco, linen and rope-making it lay...

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