Six ways to make your parish better

God gave all of us gifts that can be put to use in service of our parishes, writes Lorene Hanley Duquin Today, parishioners are expected to feel a true sense of ownership in their parish. That means looking at your parish as more than just a place where you go to Mass. A parish can…

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Online Irish delegates to join European synod discussions

The in-person Irish delegates to the European phase of the synod process will be joined by ten online delegates representing different lobby groups and evangelisation initiatives. Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a delegation of four to the assembly in the Czech capital Prague from February 5-12 including Nicola Brady, Chairperson of…

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Attacker kills and injures in Spanish church

A sacristan was killed and a priest wounded during a suspected terrorist attack January 25 on two Catholic churches in Spain. As reported by Europa Press, according to police sources, the sacristan of the Church of Our Lady of La Palma was murdered and the pastor of St Isidore Church was wounded. Both churches are…

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L’Arche release Vanier abuse report

L’Arche has released an independent report on its founder Jean Vanier, which finds that he belonged to a “sectarian group” with “distorted pseudo-mystical beliefs”. The independent commission established by L’Arche International found that at least 25 women “experienced sexual contact with Vanier which was part of a continuum of confusion, control and abuse” between 1950…

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Pope, bishops call for peace as Peru protests turn deadly

Peru’s bishops pleaded for peace as violent protests against the country’s current president and legislature have claimed the lives of dozens of people. “We deplore the violence that has been unleashed because violence only begets more violence,” the Peruvian bishops’ conference said in a message published January 20. “The death of more than 50 Peruvian brothers and…

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How to live out Ordinary Time

Woodeene Koenig-Bricker Advent has its wreath, its candles, its hymns – all of which culminate in Christmas. Lent has ashes, fasting, Stations of the Cross – and the Resurrection. It’s easy to be energised and excited about the Faith during the High Holy Days. But Ordinary Time in the Catholic Church? It’s just so, well,…

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Finding Hope with Charlie Bird and Sr Stan

Veteran RTÉ broadcaster and advocate for those living with Motor Neurone Disease Charlie Bird  will visit Sr Stan at the Sanctuary on Dublin’s Stanhope Street on February 7 at 3pm, where Sr Stan will present him with a copy of her book, Finding Hope. Sr Stan dedicated the book to Mr Bird “for his inspiration,…

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