Pro-life campaigners have criticised plans to offer unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in the North

Despite the fact that 79% of those who responded to a public consultation opposed the changes, the British government today published regulations regarding the provision of abortion in the region that will come into effect next week. In 2019, abortion was decriminalised in the region over the heads of locally-elected politicians by British MPs in…

Archbishop pays tribute to those ‘wrapping a blanket of prayer and compassion’ around Ireland

Archbishop Eamon Martin has paid tribute to priests and pastoral workers who are reaching out to those who feel frightened and vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at Mass this morning in the Cathedral of Saints Patrick and Colman in Newry, the country’s most-senior Churchman said “it is heart-warming to note the large number of people,…

Dozens of priests die in Italy Covid-19 crisis

Up to 30 priests have died in Italy as a result of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the country, according to the official newspaper of the Church there. Avvenire – the publication of the Italian bishops’ conference – reported that 28 priests were confirmed to have died from Covid-19, while two others died before they had…

A St Patrick’s Day like no other

With most Masses cancelled, this is the first St Patrick’s Day since I was an infant that I was not physically at the Celebration of the Eucharist. And yet in tuning in to my parish’s online Mass at Newman’s University Church in Dublin I felt very connected and the ancient faith seemed very much alive.…