Meath composer writes hymn for papal visit A musician from the Diocese of Meath has been selected to write the lead hymn for the World Meeting of Families. Entitled ‘A Joy for all the World’, the hymn was composed by Ephrem Feeley, one of Ireland’s most established composers of liturgical music, with over 200 pieces…

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has defended the Sisters of Charity and believes there should be a voluntary component to the new National Maternity Hospital. This comes as the Sisters of Charity released a statement last month saying they intend to end their involvement in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group. There was criticism over the nuns’ involvement in…

The number of permanent deacons serving in the Diocese of Dromore has increased to five following the ordination of John McClelland (Newry) and Deacon Michael Rooney (Ballela) at the Cathedral of Ss Patrick & Colman in Newry on Sunday by Bishop John McAreavey. Also pictured: Canon Francis Brown, Adm. Newry Cathedral and Rev. Deacon Frank…

Retired Derry priest Fr Harry Coyle (77) was awarded an honorary doctorate by Ulster University in recognition of his lifetime of achievements in Irish language teaching and scholarship. Pictured with Fr Coyle are Prof. Paddy Nixon and Dr Malachy O’Neill, Ulster University. Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University