WMOF2018 catechesis launches in five languages

The catechesis for the World Meeting of Families 2018 is now available on the Vatican’s website in five languages. On the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation in the Temple the catechesis was posted in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. There will be seven catechises, one for each month leading up to the WMOF18. Each…

Catholic schools target social media bullying

Faith plays a role in encouraging positive interactions between students online, as bullying moves from schoolyards to social media, according to the secretary for the Episcopal Council for Education. At the launch of Catholic Schools Week in the Killaloe Diocese it was highlighted that this year there will be a year-long catechetical programme working in…

Hope for vocation future despite youth challenges

Modern existential anxiety is vocation opportunity, reports Chai Brady   Apathy among young people, unawareness of the option of religious life and the invisibility of religious orders in the public sphere are some of the challenges highlighted by Irish vocational directors. Negative public perception of Church organisations and the lack of peers in religious life…

Ousted UCD president urges pro-life students to ‘stay strong’

Katie Ascough has urged students with pro-life views to “stay strong” and “to follow the courage of their convictions” after receiving an award for her actions as UCD students’ union president. Ms Ascough, who was impeached for ordering the reprint of a magazine that contained illegal abortion information, said that although it may be difficult…

With the theme of Catholic Schools Week 2018 (CSW18) being ‘Catholic Schools: Families of Faith’, Bishop Fintan Monahan speaks about the connection between the upcoming World Meeting of Families and the four themes of the one-year catechetical programme for Catholic primary and secondary schools set up by the Catholic Schools Week Steering Committee. CSW18 was…

Threat to cut Accord funding will deny marriage counselling to thousands

A government move that could see publicly-funded Catholic counselling agencies closing has been described as “an attack on the independence of civil society”. Currently the Department of Children and Youth Affairs pays almost €1.6 million per year to Accord, the marriage and relationship counselling service run by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, via Tusla –…

Trócaire call for fossil fuel divestment follows gov memo

“Bold steps” are needed before Ireland closes the gap between its climate change commitments and its performance, overseas development charity Trócaire said following the release of an embarrassing government memo. Supporting bills that encourage divestment from fossil fuels and the banning of their extraction will see Ireland move from “laggard to leader” according to the…

Combat surge in evil – top exorcist

Priest pleads with bishop for more exorcists in Ireland   Strange occurrences and even demonic possession have caused a leading Irish expert to call on Church leaders to appoint a team of exorcists to cope with what he sees as a rising tide of evil in the country. While for many exorcisms of those possessed…