Category: Irish News

Clonard confraternity to close after 122 years

The women’s confraternity at Clonard Monastery in west Belfast is to close after more than 120 years. The 122-year-old Belfast association, which drew thousands of members when it was set up in July 1897, will meet for the final time on November 24 with a closing Mass. Fr Peter Burns, Rector of Clonard, said the…

75% reject female diaconate in online poll

Three fourths of Facebook readers say they would oppose moves to open up the diaconate to women. While Pope Francis is reportedly considering the idea of allowing women to become permanent deacons only 25% of readers in a poll on the IC Facebook page said they would agree. Permanent male deacons are now a feature…

PM Johnson’s veteran plan shows ‘contempt’ for NI

Boris Johnson has shown “contempt” for the people of Northern Ireland after pledging to protect British veterans from prosecution, according to a priest based in Fermanagh. Under the proposals the Conservative party would amend the Human Rights Act so that it wouldn’t apply to issues such as killings during the Troubles. This was announced on…

Sightsavers highlight transforming work

Sightsavers Ireland used a November 7 event in Dublin to introduce their inclusive education programme to corporate and major donors. Speakers including Salimata Bocoum the country director for Senegal and Dr Sinead Kane ambassador for Sightsavers Ireland spoke about the importance of education and inclusion to a full house on the night. Sightsavers launched an inclusive education project in…

Archbishop urges 230 Maynooth graduates to spread Good News

Graduates of Theology, Philosophy and Education were urged to spread the Good News and find a “shared vision of lasting peace” in a society struggling with issues and questions regarding human trafficking, direct provision, migration, gangland violence and more. The 230 people that graduated on Saturday from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, were conferred the academic…

Pope appoints two Irish monsignori

Pope Francis has appointed two senior priests of the Down and Connor Dioceses as Chaplains to His Holiness with the title monsignor. Francis has honoured Msgr Patrick Delargy, Parish Priest of Ballymena and Vicar General, and Msgr Joseph Glover, Diocesan Curia. Bishop Noel Treanor said: “My congratulations go to Msgr Delargy and Msgr Glover on…