Numbers up at both Knock and Lough Derg

Irish shrines point way forward, says Pope’s adviser   Shrines such as Knock and Lough Derg can lead to a rebirth of the Church in Ireland, the Pope’s leading adviser on evangelisation has said. It comes as the number of pilgrims at both Knock and Lough Derg are up on previous years. Archbishop Rino Fisichella…

Can Catholics be cremated?

Questions of Faith   It’s becoming more and more popular nowadays for people to opt for cremation instead of burial. There are plenty of reasons why this has become the norm: it’s cheaper than a traditional funeral; non-religious don’t want to be buried in a graveyard; some choose it because of their phobia of waking…

Cardinal Pell loses appeal on sex abuse conviction

BREAKING NEWS   The conviction of Cardinal George Pell has been upheld after the Supreme Court in Victoria dismissed his appeal today. In a 2-1 ruling, the court rejected the Australian prelate’s appeal of a unanimous jury verdict in December that Pope Francis’ former finance minister was guilty of molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s…

Are objective moral values real?

Questions of Faith   Plenty of secular accounts pertaining to morality co-exist in the world today – some hold that objective moral values are real; others that moral actions can be reduced down to evolutionary behaviour; and many that morals don’t exist at all but have been created to allow for a functioning society. In…