Category: Irish News

Ireland, the Commission and the Holy See

  A very impressive total of 75 TDs and Senators met with the Ireland Stand Up group yesterday which is campaigning in favour of the reopening of the Irish embassy to the Holy See. Most people don’t believe the Government’s claim that the embassy was closed for financial reasons. Most people believe it was closed for…

Tyrone man devotes himself to pilgrimage

Tyrone man devotes himself to pilgrimage   As Catholics there are many ways that we can show devotion to our faith. Regular attendance at Mass and perhaps voluntary work in our dioceses are ways that spring to mind immediately. Then there are pilgrimages. Year after year Irish people flock to significant religious destinations on the…

Life in the city centre

  Dublin’s Capuchin Day Centre is working to meet increasing needs, writes Paul Keenan Mid-way through his interview at the Capuchin Day Centre, gardai come for Bro. Kevin Crowley. The interruption and feigned admissions of guilt become a moment of levity in an otherwise serious dealing with the ongoing work of — and need for…

Wexford parish concludes year of service

Wexford parish concludes year of service The faith community of St Martin, Piercestown and St Catherine, Murrintown in Co. Wexford came together last weekend to mark the conclusion of a successful Year of Celebrating Service. The idea for the special year came from the joint pastoral council formed in 2009 who were looking at ways…

A Christmas mystery

  Is St Nicholas buried in Ireland, asks Tom Prenderville   St Nicholas of Myra was the Bishop of Lycia in modern day Turkey. Renowned for his extraordinary generosity, in his lifetime he was venerated as a living saint. However, during the Saracen (Muslim) revolt which began in 1087, Eastern Christendom came under increasing attack.…

Youth Christmas celebrations

  Across the country, participants at this year’s World Youth Day (WYD) have reunited to celebrate Christmas together with lively, youth-centred liturgies. About 500 people attended a youth Mass in St Michael’s Church, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, organised by Clogher Don Oige, the diocesan youth ministry group. ”Following an evaluation after WYD, the young pilgrims wanted…

Britain is Christian nation

Prime Minister David Cameron’s King James Bible speech Edited for length. Full length speech on www.irishcatholic.ie ‘It’s great to be here and to have this opportunity to come together today to mark the end of this very special 400th anniversary year for the King James Bible. The Bible is a book that has not just…

Taoiseach helped to lower media standards

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s speech against the Vatican set the scene for low media standards, writes Fr Andrew McMahon It was ironic to hear Taoiseach Enda Kenny lament, a couple of weeks ago, ”a grievous loss of standards” at RTÉ, given that the backdrop for his comments was a controversy around alleged child abuse by Catholic…