China’s control over religions tightens

China has signed off on revised religious regulations which will lead to greater government control of religions in the communist-run country. The State Administration for Religious Affairs announced that the leading Chinese Communist Party (CCP) signed the State Council order for the newly revised Regulations for Religious Affairs (RRA) which will be implemented on February…

Kerry: Family and friends gather for the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the five week ‘Time for Creation’ programme began with a prayer service held in the Town Park Tralee with events held throughout September. Fermanagh: Rev Sampson Adjuka of Devenish Parish, Fr Jimmy McPhillips of Botha and Canon David Skuce…

A vocation inspired by Dostoevsky

Leaving behind a life destined for the military, the priest of one of Ireland’s most established Orthodox Churches pursued a life of piety despite the odds. Fr Mikhail Nasonov, of the Russian Orthodox Church, operates in Ireland at a time when Christian Orthodoxy is the fastest growing religion. Between the 2011 and 2016 census the…

Housing crisis sustains drug and alcohol addictions

There is a vicious cycle between drugs and homelessness said the CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI), as even those who successfully complete detox are then tempted by drug users in emergency accommodation. Tony Geoghegan spoke at the launch of MQI’s Annual Review for 2016 this week, in which they revealed almost 10,000 people dealing…

Augustinians pull out of St Patrick’s, Rome

The Augustinians have moved out of St Patrick’s Church in Rome, breaking the Irish connection with the historic church. In a Chapter meeting in June the Augustinians made the decision to leave their Rome ministry, a choice believed to be driven by a shortage of priests. It is now run by the American Paulist Order…

Shine a light on ‘modern day slavery’ says bishop

Sex trafficking is “modern day slavery” and exists under the radar, according to an Irish bishop who has worked with an international group to combat human trafficking. Bishop Denis Brennan reacted to figures released by Ruhama, a charity that helps women involved in prostitution, which reveal large amounts of women continue to be smuggled into…