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Numbers up at both Knock and Lough Derg

Irish shrines point way forward, says Pope’s adviser   Shrines such as Knock and Lough Derg can lead to a rebirth of the Church in Ireland, the Pope’s leading adviser on evangelisation has said. It comes as the number of pilgrims at both Knock and Lough Derg are up on previous years. Archbishop Rino Fisichella…

‘Theology under threat’, warns top academic

An emphasis on market forces is endangering theology’s place in Irish higher education, one of Ireland’s leading theologians has said, calling for the subject to be protected. “Theology is under threat in our higher education, there’s no question about that,” Prof. Eamonn Conway of Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College told The Irish Catholic. Explaining that students…

Call for young Catholics to protest in Hong Kong

Amid ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong, Catholics and other Christians have been urged to take a “major role” in protests against the government, as speculation of imminent military intervention from China continues to grow. “For this movement, it’s a great chance for the Catholics and [Protestant] Christians to cooperate with each other,” the acting…

New abuse reporting system ‘important step’ for Church accountability

In advance of a mandated national third-party reporting system for allegations or complaints regarding bishops, the Catholic dioceses of four New England states have launched a third-party, independent system to report abuse by Catholic bishops. The dioceses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine make up the Boston Province, led by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley,…

Largest petition in Congo’s history calls for real democracy

Catholic leaders in Congo have gathered more than 1.5 million signatures on a petition that demands local elections to curb corruption and strengthen democracy. “Democracy must have roots right down to (the) local level, and people must be allowed to designate who governs them,” said Msgr Andre Massinganda, deputy secretary-general of the Congolese bishops’ conference.…