Category: Irish News

WMOF organisers to unveil Papal event ticket plans

Matthew Carlson   Anticipation is growing in Ireland ahead of the World Meeting of Families, with event organisers set to release details tomorrow of how pilgrims can attend WMOF2018 events led by Pope Francis on the last day of the festival. At a press conference tomorrow, WMOF2018 Secretary General Fr Timothy Bartlett, general manager Anne…

Govt accused of ‘locking up’ vulnerable immigrants

Irish politicians should focus on the appalling treatment of asylum seekers in Ireland before obsessing about US President Donald Trump, a priest who works with vulnerable immigrants has warned. Church leaders in the US have been leading the charge in criticising a new policy that separates young children from their parents who illegally cross the…

Catholic hospitals must reject abortion ‘at all costs’

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 Daly   Catholic hospitals need to resist performing abortions “at all costs” and medical professionals should have the right to oppose carrying them out, an Irish bishop has said. Waterford’s and Lismore’s bishop, Alphonsus Cullinan said that many Irish people working in healthcare entered the profession to do good rather than harm, and that these…

Safeguarding board rows back on Confession seal advice

The Irish Church’s safeguarding advisory body has rowed back on previous advice that priests should not inform State authorities about incidents of child sex abuse disclosed during Confession, instead pointing out that canon and civil law differ on this issue. The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church had advised in their 2016…

Priests urged to channel lay vision of the future

Two bishops have pushed for a more lay-led Church during separate homilies over the weekend. A priest’s work is to “channel” the gifts of lay people, and is not a lone enterprise, said Bishop Noel Treanor during Fr Tony McAleese’s ordination. “Priestly work and ministry is not a solo run: the passage from the letter…

Many elderly religious face uncertain future

It’s an inevitable fact that much of the religious patrimony of Ireland built up over centuries will disappear in coming years as religious orders sell off property to fund retirement care for elderly members. There is upset amongst some returned Spiritan missionaries in Dublin this week after they were told that their nursing home will…