Ukraine Church is cool on historic meeting of leaders

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has expressed mixed feelings about the joint declaration by Pope Francis and Moscow’s Patriarch Kiril. “In general it is positive,” Kiev-Halych’s Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said in an interview, highlighting how the declaration raised questions of mutual concern to Catholics and Orthodox, and opened new perspectives for cooperation. “However,“…

Australian abuse survivors prepare for Rome

Arrangements are being made for Australian child sex abuse survivors to go to Rome after the chair of the country’s royal commission into child sex abuse has said it is not unreasonable that they should want to witness Cardinal George Pell give evidence in person. The cardinal, who has already given evidence to the Victorian…

Vatican Roundup

Benedict deserves applause for his work on abuse – Francis Pope Francis has praised the work of his predecessor Pope Benedict in tackling abuse in the Church. Speaking on his February 18 return flight from Mexico to Rome, the Pope said he wanted “to honour the man who fought in moments when he had no strength to impose himself” and said “Cardinal Ratzinger deserves…

The revolutionary life of James Larkin

T. J. Morrissey Big Jim Larkin: Hero or Wrecker? by Emmet O’Connor (UCD Press, €40.00) This is an important book by a historian who follows the evidence where it leads, ‘let the chips fall where they may’. The work is marked by extensive research. It benefits from fresh evidence: from the Russian State Archives, from police files on…

The World of Books

Ireland’s troubles in fact and fiction It is inevitable that the flood of books about 1916 should include some novels. But the precedents for such fictions are not good, as I know from reading many of them while writing my account of the literary revival and the Irish revolution, The Heart Grown Brutal (1977). There…

Cardinal friend of Pope to address Cork parish

Staff reporter Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is set to return to his Irish parents’ birth place to address parishioners on Pope Francis and the Year of Mercy. The Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster and former President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales will give a lecture in Christ the King Church, Turners Cross, Co. Cork…

Kairos make €90k ‘precautionary’ pay-out to revenue

Staff reporter The director of the company involved in the production of the daily ‘Angelus’ for RTÉ has said its settlement for more than €90,000 with the Revenue Commissioners was a “precautionary voluntary disclosure” to ensure it was tax compliant. Fr Finbarr Tracey of Kairos Communications Ltd told The Irish Catholic that the pay-out, amounting to…

Radio Maria Ireland technician John Fitzgerald explains the controls of the new Catholic radio station to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who blessed the new station at its launch. Radio Maria Ireland, which is the country’s only Catholic radio station, is an internet and digital audio broadcasting (DAB) station. Photo: John McElroy

The right to life

Dr Ruth Cullen Many issues are troubling voters, but ultimately no issue is more important than protecting life. We cannot talk about care, compassion and respect for life and then in the same breath single out a particular category of human beings and say they are unworthy of any legal protection. Each human being regardless…