Category: Irish News

Pause Irish synod until global debate done – Vatican cardinal

The Church in Ireland should pause its national synod until the conclusion of the global process, the Secretary General of the Vatican Synod has suggested. Cardinal Mario Grech recommended that Ireland “proceed at a slower pace” while the global discernment process is ongoing. The Church in Ireland should “wait for the conclusion of the universal…

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Catholic schools praised for reconciliation work ahead of GFA anniversary

The North’s Under Secretary of State has praised how Catholic schools promote reconciliation and integration, ahead of the Good Friday Agreement’s anniversary. Lord Caine joined the DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and members of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) in a visit to St Patrick’s Academy, Lisburn, to mark Catholic Schools’ Week. After the…

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Online Irish delegates to join European synod discussions

The in-person Irish delegates to the European phase of the synod process will be joined by ten online delegates representing different lobby groups and evangelisation initiatives. Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a delegation of four to the assembly in the Czech capital Prague from February 5-12 including Nicola Brady, Chairperson of…

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L’Arche release Vanier abuse report

L’Arche has released an independent report on its founder Jean Vanier, which finds that he belonged to a “sectarian group” with “distorted pseudo-mystical beliefs”. The independent commission established by L’Arche International found that at least 25 women “experienced sexual contact with Vanier which was part of a continuum of confusion, control and abuse” between 1950…

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Finding Hope with Charlie Bird and Sr Stan

Veteran RTÉ broadcaster and advocate for those living with Motor Neurone Disease Charlie Bird  will visit Sr Stan at the Sanctuary on Dublin’s Stanhope Street on February 7 at 3pm, where Sr Stan will present him with a copy of her book, Finding Hope. Sr Stan dedicated the book to Mr Bird “for his inspiration,…

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Trócaire CEO ‘honoured’ with new appointment

The CEO of Trócaire, Caoimhe de Barra, has been elected the Chief Executive Officer of an umbrella group of Catholic social justice organisations. Caoimhe de Barra said the appointment to her new role in Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité (CIDSE), is an “honour and a privilege”. Having been a board member since 2020, she said:…

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