Dear Editor, Regarding the publication by the Department of Health of the abortion guidelines to accompany the so-called Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013, the Fine Gael/Labour Government have done exactly what some members of the pro-life movement predicted: the Government waited until after the 2014 Local and European Elections before publishing their life-ending…

Workers from Cregg Stone Ltd setting the marble in place around the new altar in St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, as work on what is believed to be the biggest restoration project in Western Europe continues apace towards conclusion. Each day more steel supports are removed from under the arches and between the pillars, revealing…

Members of the Bethany Survivors group have called on the Minister for Children to include a number of Protestant-run mother and baby homes in the Commission of Investigation. As he draws up the proposed terms of reference for that commission, prompted by the revelations around the Tuam mother and baby home, Minister Charlie Flanagan met…

Philip Desmond takes a selfie picture with Bishop Donal Murray (l) and Bishop Brendan Leahy (r) as the 500 pilgrims from the Diocese of Limerick line up for an official photo in Lourdes during the diocesan pilgrimage last week. Related posts: Students mob nuncio for selfie Young and old inspired in Lourdes Dublin sends 2,000…

Sr Colette Dennehy enjoying her final moments at Holy Cross Mercy school in Killarney, Co. Kerry with pupils Eabha Stack, Lucas Cronin, Brayden Slattery, Aisling Crowe and Sarah O’Donoghue, on her retirement from the teaching staff after 44 years and as the last Mercy sister teaching at the school. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan Related posts: Pupils…

Some of the estimated 800 participants who attended the National Charismatic Renewal Conference at the RDS in Dublin over last weekend, where the keynote speaker was Ralph Martin from Renewal Ministries. Photo:John McElroy Related posts: The best environment for raising children New Holy Sepulchre knights invested New Heaven and new Earth Raising the rafters in…

Peadar Mac Canna, Chairperson of the Board of Management cutting the ribbon at the official opening of the new hall in St Fintan's National school in Sutton, Dublin along with Sean O'Connor (principal) and Msgr John Fitzpatrick who blessed the new hall. Photo: John McElroy Related posts: No ‘cutting edge’ to new panel show Kilkenny…

First Communion children carry baskets of petals through the streets of Millstreet, Co. Cork during the annual Corpus Christi procession last Sunday. Photo: Seán Radley Related posts: Communicants enjoy Corpus Christi celebration Bringing Christ 
to the streets A sense of unity on the Feast of Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Procession and picnic unites families in…

Altar Servers lead the procession from St Mary’s Chapel, Creggan in Derry to the annual Blessing of the Graves ceremony at the City Cemeterylast Sunday night, celebrated by Bishop Donal McKeown and priests of the area. Photo: Stephen Latimer Related posts: Derry Chrism Mass Keeping the flame of faith alive The Mediterranean – a cemetery…

Bishop Donal McKeown with Year Seven pupils from Hollybush Primary School, Derry at the launch of Feed my Lambs, a book on Pope Francis for children produced by the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre and illustrated by the pupils. The book is available by emailing ddcc@derrydiocese.org and proceeds go towards faith development projects for young people.…