National pro-life chalk day

Youth for Life NI, Precious Life and members of Queen’s Pro-Life Society, in union with Rock for Life and National Pro-Life Chalk Day, were out on the streets of Belfast spreading the pro-life message in Queen’s Quarter, Cathedral Quarter and near the Marie Stopes centre.

New RE programme to be iCatholic livestream theme

The serious challenge posed to Catholic schools by a proposed new curriculum on religious education will be the theme for a special iCatholic livestream early next week. On Monday, March 14 at 8pm iCatholic will host a live panel discussion about the NCCA proposal to introduce Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics into the…

Mother Teresa’s canonisation to be announced

The canonisation of Mother Teresa will be formally approved on March 15, the Vatican has announced. The Albania-born nun, who studied briefly in Rathfarnham, Dublin, when she was 18 before moving to India, and who established a community in west Belfast’s Ballymurphy in 1971, is to be canonised along with four others.  The March 15…

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…

World News in Brief

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…