Church urged to consecrate unbaptised burial sites

A renowned Irish songwriter has called on the Church to consecrate the ground at traditional sites where Ireland’s unbaptised children are buried. Brendan Graham, who won the Eurovision song contest twice with ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids’ and ‘The Voice’ in 1994 and 1996, said it would be a massive thing for the Church to do.…

Former refugee and choir singer saved by Church

A former refugee on the precipice of suicide was saved by her Church and friends after escaping war and a direct provision centre. Natalia Tsadzikidze, from Clondalkin in Dublin, escaped Georgia in Eastern Europe during a time of political tension and violence in the country. She is now a naturalised Irish citizen. Mrs Tsadzikidze felt like…

Sr Stan blasts hostels as youth homelessness escalates

Many young people are en-route to “tragedy” owing to homelessness, according to Focus Ireland, highlighting a 98% increase since 2014 of homeless people aged 18-24. Sr Stan Kennedy opened the ‘Youth Homelessness in Limerick today’ event in Thomond Park Conference Centre and called for greater action to be taken in order to support the 826…

Music, fasts and exorcism with the Ethiopian Orthodox

A three-hour Mass probably wouldn’t go down well in the average Irish parish, but according to a priest from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Ireland, his congregation can’t get enough. It’s not only the length of Mass that makes Ethiopian Orthodoxy different. Almost all the liturgy is musical and has copious singing between the priest…

Aid workers scramble as Rohingya Muslims flee

As the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) worsens Catholic aid workers are helping hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people escaping deadly violence. Bangladesh is bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis because of a lack of food, sanitation, medicines and even basic housing following the exodus of as many as 350,000 Rohingya into…

Forget revenge, focus on the marginalised

Pope Francis returned from his trip to Columbia this week after a busy schedule covering five days. During his South American trip millions of people arrived to witness his prayers of peace and unity. There was a welcoming ceremony on the day of his arrival in the late afternoon of Wednesday, September 6, followed by…

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…