Category: News

Nuncio praises Irish missionary legacy

  As he prepares to travel to ”beautiful Ireland” as Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown of Aquileia has paid tribute to the country’s legacy of missionaries. Delivering a homily at St Patrick’s Augustinian Church in Rome last weekend, the newly ordained archbishop recalled the enduring impact of Irish missionaries around the world, not least in…

Wexford Church fast raises 43,000

A four-day Christmas charity fast by representatives of the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Wexford town has exceeded expectations by raising €43,000 in just four days despite the increased financial pressures in the country. Fr Jim Fegan, administrator of Wexford cathedral, and Georgina Rothwell, joining him for the first time in the absence of Reverend…

World Report

  Nigeria: Christians flee Boko Haram violence Christians in the north of Nigeria are fleeing south following the latest attack by radical Islamists on their community. Having threatened to target Christians if they did not leave the predominantly Muslim north, the radical Boko Haram group launched a January 6 attack on the Deeper Life Christian…

The complicity within the hierarchy

  Ten years on the Church has still not addressed the credibility gap left by the scandals, writes Phil Lawler   Ten years have passed since the Boston archdiocese was engulfed in scandal, as the result of investigative reporting by the Boston Globe. Today, the faithful in Boston are still struggling to shake off the…

There is something heavenly in Leonardo Da Vinci’s work, writes Rory Fitzgerald from London   Leonardo da Vinci is currently visiting London. The most extraordinary collection of his works ever assembled in the British Isles is currently on display at London’s National Gallery. This exhibition is entitled ‘Painter at the Court of Milan’ and it…

A Mormon in the White House?

  Religion is moving centre-stage in the US presidential election, writes Kieron Wood   The victory of Mormon Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucus last week has once more highlighted the importance of religion in US presidential elections. In the 2012 Iowa caucus of January 3, Romney took only 25 per cent of the vote,…

Letter from Haiti: Rising from the rubble

  Two years after Haiti’s earthquake, Trócaire continues its work there, writes Eoghan Rice   In the labyrinth of narrow laneways that cut through Villa Rosa, Saul Darbouze leads us to the place he calls home. The path changes from concrete to mud as we enter further into this tangled web of side-streets and alleyways.…

Cleared priest resumes ministry

  A priest exonerated of sexual abuse has returned to full ministry in his Co. Down parish. Fr Sean Cahill stepped aside from Castlewellan-Kilmegan parish in February 2010 after an allegation was made against him. However, following an investigation by the PSNI, Fr Cahill was cleared of any wrongdoing in August. On New Year’s Day,…

Group takes embassy fight to Dáil

  A national lay initiative which grew out of the Government’s decision to close Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See is set to grow in 2012 with a high-profile public meeting with political leaders scheduled later this month beside the Dáil. The group Ireland Stand Up describes itself as ”one of several national lay initiatives…

Prayer kept me sane – Mickey Harte

  Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte has said that the power of prayer has helped his family to carry on over the past year since his daughter Michaela was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius. Just days earlier, Michaela had married John McAreavey who was to discover his bride dead on January 10 in their…