Category: Irish News

‘Deep faith’ kept heroic mother Emma going

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 Silke   Brave Emma Mhic Mhathúna [pictured] got “tremendous strength” from her “deep faith” after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, her parish priest has said. The 37-year-old mother of five died on Sunday after being told in May that she had terminal cancer, a 2013 smear test having been misread. She was one of 221…

All-Ireland winner brings Faith to the field

Hurling may be the only thing on Limerick midfielder Cian Lynch’s mind but he wouldn’t be able to do it without his strong Faith in God. The 22-year-old is a teetotaller and a devout Catholic, attending mass on a weekly basis at his home in Patrickswell. Speaking to thejournal.ie this week, Lynch [pictured] said his Faith…

Sanctity of life at heart of global rosary

The protection of life was a key theme in the more than 50 countries where the rosary was prayed by a ‘Holy League of Nations’ on Sunday, October 7, one of the event’s organisers has said. Speaking to The Irish Catholic, former MEP Kathy Sinnott said that “every one of the countries was free to…

Doctors shouldn’t be forced to carry out abortion, says public

The Irish public believe that medical practitioners should be allowed to conscientiously object to being involved in an abortion, according to new research. At their National Conference in Dublin on October 6, the Pro-Life Campaign released poll findings showing strong public backing for freedom of conscience protections for healthcare workers from having to assist in…

JPII Award pilgrimage attracts over 1,000 youth

Over 1,000 young people, who are currently participating or have received the Pope John Paul II Award, gathered on pilgrimage to Knock Shrine at the end of September. Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown celebrated Mass, and was joined by Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan and priests from participating dioceses. The pilgrimage to Knock…

Parents under too much pressure to fork out at Christmas, says priest

Parents are struggling to support their children financially during the Christmas holidays, a Dublin-based priest has said. Speaking about how Christmas has become over-commercialised, Fr James Noonan OCD, Prior of St Teresa’s Church in Dublin’s city-centre, said that buying presents “is starting earlier and earlier every year”, and that even before Hallowe’en, preparing for Christmas…

‘Dialogue’ key for the North’s future

Leaders of the main religious traditions in Ireland have said it is vital to focus on restoring devolution in the North, which must happen through “ongoing dialogue”. Bishops and religious met with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, on October 8 at Stormont House in Belfast. The meeting took…

Faith celebrations take over Multyfarnham

The Franciscan Friary at Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath, has marked 750 years of continuous service and presence. It began with an historical drama for local 5th and 6th class children on Tuesday morning, telling the story of the years since 1268 to the present time; that evening there was a Novena to St Anthony of Padua…