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Ulster rugby players to speak on Christian faith Three well-known Ulster Rugby players – Ruan Pienaar, Wiehahn Herbst and Paul Marshall – will be talking about their faith at a service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, on Monday, January 25, at 8pm. Ruan Pienaar has 88 caps for South Africa and played for the South African team that won the World Cup…

Child direct provision payment increase ‘paltry’

The Government’s announcement to increase the Direct Provision Allowance (DPA) for asylum seeker children by just €6, has been described as ‘paltry’ and as falling far short of the recommendations of NGOs tasked with identifying improvements to the system. Among the recommendations of the report from the Government-appointed working group published last June, was an…

Strong faith drove civil rights activist

A strong sense of faith inspired veteran Derry civil rights campaigner Paddy ‘Bogside’ Doherty, according to tributes paid to the 89-year-old who died at home last week following an illness. Paddy Doherty was a driving force behind the Inner City Trust which rebuilt many of the buildings in Derry destroyed during the Troubles. His close…

Government neglect killing rural Ireland, priests warn

Cathal Barry and Mags Gargan ‘Brain drain’ threatening many parishes The Government has been accused of neglecting rural Ireland to such an extent that many people see no hope for the future, priests at the coalface have told The Irish Catholic. Clare-based Fr Harry Bohan said rural communities “have been so badly neglected that it is nearly impossible to…

Vatican pays tribute to David Bowie

A senior Vatican official has paid tribute to rock legend David Bowie who has died this week at the age of 69 from cancer. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, tweeted lyrics from the singer’s 1969 hit Space Oddity. The British rocker has previously spoken about the importance of spirituality…

Clergy host festival to promote listening

An inter-denominational festival aimed at promoting cross-community friendship and reconciliation will be launched by the main Christian churches in Belfast later this month. Now in its fourth year, the 4 Corners Festival, which runs from January 28 to February 7, grew out of conversations between Fr Martin Magill, parish priest at Sacred Heart parish, and Rev.…