Category: Irish News

Bishops won’t ask Pope to permit married priests

EXCLUSIVE The Irish hierarchy will not ask Pope Francis to consider permitting priests who left to get married to return to ministry at a meeting in Rome next week after failing to reach a consensus, The Irish Catholic can reveal. However, Bishop Leo O’Reilly, who first brought the proposal for discussion with his fellow Irish…

Time to love them both

Members of the Pro Life Campaign pictured during a demonstration with the group’s latest banner campaign to save the Eighth Amendment protection for the unborn, taking place during the gathering of the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion. Photo courtesy of the Pro Life Campaign.

Faithful footballers scoop major awards

Two giants of the football world who relied on their Catholic faith for success in 2016 have received top honours at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) inaugural Best Football Awards. Portugese legend Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s leading player at a star-studded event in Zurich, Switzerland, last Monday night, while manager of…

Heroic priest play set for American debut

A play about the heroic Irish priest Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty is set for its first overseas performances God Has No Country, by Kerry actor and playwright Donal Courtney about the Rome-based World War Two priest, will be performed in Rochester, New York and Penn State University, Pennsylvania in March and April. There have been proposals…

Green shoots top of bishops’ agenda for papal meeting

Staff Reporter Growth and decline are top of the agenda for the Irish bishops’ meetings with the Pope and senior Vatican officials next week, according to Archbishop Eamon Martin. This weekend sees Ireland’s bishops travelling to Rome for their first formal collective visit to the Vatican in over 10 years, with fewer than half the…