Category: Irish News

London criticised for ‘unjust’ imposition of abortion on North

Church leaders have warned that unilateral moves by the British government to force the North’s Department of Health to introduce abortion services threaten the region’s peace process. Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis last week ordered the locally-elected government to make full abortion services available no later than March 31 next year.…

Pope’s Latin Mass restrictions promote Church unity, says Maynooth professor

Traditionalist communities ‘shocked’ at new measures Ruadhán Jones and Chai Brady   Pope Francis’ new restrictions on the celebration of the Latin Mass have “shocked” some Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) communities, but others warn the Church faced “the peril of division” if the Pope hadn’t intervened. Fr Liam Tracey, professor of Liturgy at Maynooth University told The…

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In-person worship still not underway in Irish prisons

In-person worship has yet to return to Irish prisons, the Irish Prison Service confirmed, even though a number of prisons are now fully vaccinated. Although public worship returned to the general population May 10, in-person worship is yet to take place in Irish prison settings. The Irish Catholic was told that the return of in-person…

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Bishops decry plans for Troubles amnesty

The British government’s plan to ban all Troubles-related criminal and civil actions as well as legacy inquests, has been described as “deeply disheartening” and would “perpetuate pain” according to Irish bishops. The Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry both criticised last week’s announcement. Archbishop Eamon said that…

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Church unity or marginalised community – reactions differ to Latin Mass restrictions

The Pope’s letter restricting the ‘Extraordinary Form’ has caused emotive responses, Ruadhán Jones hears Pope Francis’ decision to restrict celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) or ‘Extraordinary Form’ caused a predictable stir when it was  released Friday, July 16. In it, he effectively rolled back the more permissive legislation introduced by Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI…

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Passengers take flight at Irish airports

Airport priests have seen a decline in passengers and morale at Irish airports, but their optimism remains, writes Jason Osborne The aviation industry has been much reported as having taken a serious blow throughout the pandemic. Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there were 85,400 overseas passenger arrivals and 97,000 overseas…

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