Archbishop asks churches to ‘adhere strictly’ to health guidelines after breach

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said there is no room for “self-dispensation” or “self-interpretation” regarding health guidelines in place to protect from Covid-19. He warned that attempts to jump the queue by “individuals or communities puts everyone at risk”. The statement came after reports that a parish in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, was allowing people to attend…

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A plan back to Mass… but not as we know it

As the journey back to common worship continues, parishes will need to be ready to hit the ground running, writes Michael Kelly Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke for many when he said on Monday evening that “as Christians, we suffer through not being able to celebrate our faith through public worship”. The suspension of public Masses…

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Govt asked for ‘clarity’ over wedding restrictions

Lorna Siggins The Government has been called on to clarify whether church weddings and baptism ceremonies can proceed with small numbers under phase one of Covid-19 restrictions. Fr John Carroll, Ferns diocesan secretary and communications officer in Co Wexford, said there appeared to be disconnect between Government regulations and their interpretation by the Garda. A…

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The wisdom of Pope emeritus Benedict

Dear Editor, How to sad to read [IC 7/5/20] that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI feels that there has been an attempt to silence him in retirement. There has certainly been a sense from some ideologically driven voices within the Church to present him in opposition to his successor Pope Francis. Unfortunately, this has come from…

Time for a fresh, zingy springtime treat

Sweet Treats   If you can get your hands on some flour and sugar these days, why not try and create a lemon and poppy seed drizzle traybake? This adaption of a classic Mary Berry recipe is the perfect springtime treat to make with the kids. With all the ingredients going into one bowl together…

A death that has brought an abundance of life

Calls are growing for the canonisation of a Derry-born nun with people attributing favours to her intercession, writes Ruadhan Jones   April 16 marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Derry woman Sr Clare Crockett in 2016. She died a relative unknown in an earthquake in Ecuador where she was ministering. She was there…

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