Irish MEP blasted over ‘reckless’ claims on jailed Nicaraguan bishop

Comments made by Irish MEP Mick Wallace about a bishop detained by the Nicaraguan regime have been dubbed “inexcusable” and “reckless” by an Irish missionary. The European Parliament motion on Nicaragua, which decried the arrest of Bishop Rolando Álvarez and the “repression” of the Church in the country under authoritarian leader Daniel Ortega, passed by…

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Dublin parishes moving to end over-the-top Communions

The country’s largest diocese is to push ahead with “crucial” plans to make First Holy Communion ceremonies simpler and more parish-based, despite fewer priests and parish pastoral workers. Dublin Diocese is reacting after many priests and parishioners reported that smaller ceremonies – necessitated by Covid-19 postponements – were better because they focused on the importance…

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Hundreds gather to mourn murdered Tallaght siblings

Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral Mass of three siblings killed in Tallaght, September 9. The Mass for eight-year-old twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley and their older sister Lisa Cash (18) was celebrated by Fr Paul O’Driscoll, chaplain to the Parish of the Travelling People. Fr O’Driscoll paid tribute to the siblings’ 14-year-old brother,…

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 Primate of All-Ireland praises Queen Elizabeth’s ‘deep faith’ after her death

The Primate of All-Ireland has praised Queen Elizabeth II’s “deep faith” and her promotion of better relations between the Anglican and Catholic Churches, following her death. Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin expressed his sadness in a statement this evening following the announcement of her death today, September 8. Aged 96, Queen Elizabeth was Britain’s longest…

Open heart to faith not ‘genuine evil’ priest warns in wake of Tallaght attack

A Dublin parish is still in shock after the “violent” and “evil” murder of two young children and a teenager in Tallaght, according to a local priest. Speaking to The Irish Catholic, Fr Bill O’Shaughnessy, moderator of Springfield, Jobstown and Brookfield parishes said faith will help many people after the “extraordinarily shocking” attack. A 24-year-old…

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