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Masks no longer mandatory at Mass in North

The Stormont Executive has decided that it will no longer be mandatory to wear masks in places of worship, however some parishes are expected to keep the rule for now. Ministers announced this week that it would no longer be obligatory to wear masks during Mass and other liturgies, but would instead be guidance. The…

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Westminster’s direction to NI to implement full abortion services ‘gravely disquieting’

The Northern Catholic bishops have said Westminster’s direction for the North of Ireland to establish full abortion services is “gravely disquieting”. They said it is the latest in “a line of decisions by the current Westminster government which we believe threaten the fragile balance of relationships at the heart of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement”.…

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Hundreds take to new Irish Camino trail

St Declan’s Way became Ireland’s longest pilgrim path after receiving recognition from Sport Ireland, with Irish Pilgrim Path’s founder comparing it to the famous Camino de Santiago. More than 200 people embarked on the 115km trail, which begins in Cashel and ends in Armdore, Co. Waterford, July 24, which John G O’Dwyer said is a…

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Vatican reports €66.3 million deficit, also releases APSA report

The Vatican reported the Roman Curia had a €66.3 million deficit in 2020, and on the same day, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, which administers Vatican properties and investments, made a summary of its annual budget public for the first time. Releasing both reports July 24, the Vatican said the coronavirus pandemic had a serious negative impact…

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Ethiopia’s bishops plead for peace in Tigray

As the war over control of Ethiopia’s Tigray region expands into neighbouring regions, the country’s bishops on Saturday urged an end to the violence. “It saddens our hearts hearing about war while we all would like to hear about peace and reconciliation,” read a July 17 statement from the Ethiopian bishops’ conference. The conference had…

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