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Prominent historian rejects claim partition Church service is political

A prominent historian who advises the Government about contentious commemorations has rejected claims by President Michael D. Higgins that an ecumenical service to mark partition is political in nature. Dr Eamon Phoenix said next month’s service in Armagh organised by the main Christian traditions on the island, which President Higgins has refused to attend, was…

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Neymar offered €500,000 a month to keep quiet about faith

Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar Neymar reportedly receives €6.5 million a year for avoiding any “political or religious” propaganda that might ruin the club’s image. The ‘ethical clause’ also stops the 29-year-old from expressing any “negative public comments about the club” and asks for “exemplary” behaviour from the footballer. The clause also reportedly said…

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Church leaders urge Government to fully redress those affected by pyrite and mica scandals

Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops, and a leading Presbyterian clergyman, have urged the Irish Government to offer complete and immediate redress to the thousands of people whose homes have been affected by the mica/pyrite crisis. Numerous family homes have been seriously damaged because defective building blocks were used in their construction. Their calls…

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Bishops grant ICDLN rebrand wishes

The president of the Irish Catholic Doctors Learning Network (ICDLN) has said that he’s “very grateful to the Irish episcopal council for their permission” to rebrand as the Catholic Medical Association (CMA). Dr Keith Holmes of the CMA said the move was “big for us” and that it lends “us a greater sense of legitimacy”.…

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Principals facing ‘unacceptable’ stress levels, Catholic schools agency warns

Delays in responses from the HSE’s schools Covid-19 helpline have added to stress levels in an “extra-challenging” start to the school year. “The HSE’s response times need to improve, it’s causing unacceptable stress-levels for principals,” warned Seamus Mulconry, General Secretary for the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA). “Though it’s only September, principals have told…

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DFA shows ‘no understanding’ of religious violence in Nigeria, says TD Carol Nolan

The Department of Foreign Affairs response to the independent TD’s question about violence against Christians “reframes the issue out of all recognition”. Ms Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs September 9 what Ireland is doing to address violence against Christians in Nigeria, “where 3,462 Christians have been hacked to death since January 1,…

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Lessons to be learned from Hungary – Senator Mullen

There’s a “real need for clear thinking” when it comes to Hungary, in order to “avoid the propaganda element that comes into play whenever Orban is discussed,” Senator Rónán Mullen said following the Pope’s meeting with controversial Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Speaking to The Irish Catholic newspaper, Senator Mullen said that there are aspects…

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Pope addresses Communion questions on papal flight

The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics who are not in line with Church teaching, Pope Francis said. During his return flight from Bratislava, Slovakia, September 15, the Pope said that while there is no question…

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