Surge in Confessions for Pope’s Lenten initiative

Mags Gargan, Cathal Barry and Greg Daly Dioceses across the island of Ireland have reported large numbers participating in Pope Francis’ worldwide promotion of the Sacrament of Confession as part of the ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative which took place last weekend. In Limerick Fr Tony O’Riordan SJ, who was commissioned as a ‘Missionary of Mercy’ by Pope Francis, celebrated…

Voters have rejected the abortion agenda

Most of the loud voices pushing for more abortion were rejected by voters, writes Niamh Uí Bhriain Niamh Uí Bhriain Long before the general election was ever called, Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin insisted that if voters wanted abortion-on-demand legalised in Ireland, his was the party that would deliver. Mr Ó Ríordáin and his colleagues then…

Slain Sisters of Charity are martyrs, says bishop

The bishop responsible for overseeing the area in which four Missionary Sisters of Charity were murdered on Friday, March 4 has said he is sure they died as martyrs.  “For me there is no doubt that the sisters have been victims of hatred – hatred against our faith”, Bishop Paul Hinder, who serves as apostolic…

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Maronite bishops welcome ecumenical embrace The embrace in Cuba between Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and their subsequent Joint Declaration represent “an ecumenical and prophetic step”, the bishops of the Maronite Church have said. Recognising how the February 12 encounter had been “prompted by a shared sense of responsibility”, the Maronite bishops thanked Pope Francis for…

Vatican News

Ability to ‘see’ can dissolve racism – Ghana cardinal The Zulu way of greeting, in which people greet others by saying “Sawubona”, meaning “I see you”, points a way towards how we can dissolve racism, Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has said. Speaking at ‘Black and White in America: How deep the divide?’, a conference…

Vatican finance chief ‘gets’ abuse, survivor says

Australian Cardinal George Pell has promised to work with a group of abuse survivors to help support healing and protection programmes and prevent suicide among victims. “One suicide is too many. And there have been many such tragic suicides,” he said, continuing, “I commit myself to working with the group to try to stop this…

Indian Catholics urged to encourage debate

Catholics should encourage a “vigorous debate” among India’s intellectuals “about the danger of surrendering the future of the country to the aggressive elements in society”, Church leaders have said. Speaking in Bangalore at the 32nd plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis said most Hindus do not seek to impose…