Care for nature means care for unborn: Green theologian
Climate issues are becoming “centre stage” but talk has to be matched with actions, Columban eco-theologian and author Fr Sean McDonagh has said. Fr McDonagh said while he was delighted by gains made by the Green Party in last week’s elections, he expressed disappointment at the party’s support for abortion. “We are turning vegetarian, [thinking]…
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‘Do not legalise cannabis’

Anti-drugs campaigner warns of the imminent danger and says that hash ‘makes people paranoid’   “Cannabis is the most dangerous drug of all” and should not be legalised, according to Sr Consilio, the founder of Cuan Mhuire, which has treated thousands of substances abusers over the past 52 years. She has seen the effects of…

State must do more to support marriage

People must consider the implications of the divorce referendum which seeks to speed up the dissolution of marriage, according to the Catholic bishops. “Marriage is essential and fundamental for the good of society worldwide,” said Bishop Denis Nulty, chair of the Council for Marriage & Family. “The objective of the proposed referendum is not to…

Plea for return of unused Pope Francis Mass tickets

Organisers could 
have doubled size of Papal event venues   Organisers of the World Meeting of Families have appealed to parishes to return any unused tickets to celebrate Mass with Pope Francis in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. It comes as unprecedented demand for places continues even after all tickets have been allocated. Fr Tim Bartlett Secretary…

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Former Irish International Rugby player, Ronan O’Gara will be one of the speakers at the Pastoral Congress for the World Meeting of Families in August. O’Gara, who is currently working as an assistant coach with the Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand, will speak on ‘Celebrating Family and Sport’ on Thursday morning, August  23 at 11.30am.…

Upon these rocks…

Vital symbols of Ireland’s Catholic heritage are in danger of being lost, writes Susan Gately   For over 60 years in the late 17th and early 18th Century Catholics in Ireland were severely persecuted under laws which effectively took away their rights to property, education, participation in civic life and most importantly, religion. Officially termed…