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NI ministers announce date for abuse apology

The northern Executive has set March 11 as the date for a public apology to former residents in institutions in the region who suffered abuse. Today’s announcement marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of the Hart Report, which made a number of recommendations, including a public apology. The inquiry examined the period 1922-1995, and…

Parishes criticise Govt ‘mean spirited’ tax on Church candles

The Government’s decision to apply VAT to devotional candles used for personal prayer is “mean spirited” and will have a significant effect on churches that have struggled during the pandemic, parishes have warned. Msgr John Byrne of Portlaoise parish called the timing “really unfortunate”, as parishioners are facing unprecedented rises in the cost of living…

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New postulator named for Irish sainthood cause

The Congregation of Holy Cross has appointed Valentina Culurgioni to be the new postulator for the sainthood cause of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton. Born in Co. Mayo in 1909, Fr Peyton, was most well known as the “rosary priest”, and famously coined the phrase, “The family that prays together, stays together”. Fr Peyton was also a…

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Middle East Christians focus on unity week

Staff reporter Christian Churches in the Middle East face a “perilous type of existence” which has highlighted the need for them to work together, an Irish priest has said ahead of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2022. The WPCU runs from January 18-25 on the theme ‘We saw his star in the…

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Kazakh bishops’ official says Catholics ‘shocked’ by January riots

A Kazakh Church leader said Catholics were left “shocked and disorientated” when early January riots shattered Kazakhstan’s image as an oasis of peace and stability. “I’ve never known such ill-will and aggression here – after so many years of excellent cooperation between faiths, and between the Catholic Church and the government,” said Father Peter Pytlovani,…

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Don’t eliminate single-sex schools, says law professor

Well-known law professor and political commentator Larry Donnelly has opposed calls to “eliminate” single-sex schools from Ireland, calling for freedom of choice. Mr Donnelly – who attended a single-sex secondary school in Boston – told The Irish Catholic that an “awful lot of” of young boys and girls “can benefit greatly from single-sex education”. Acknowledging…

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