Category: News

Christians most in danger in North Korea – report

Christian persecution around the world is a growing problem, says a new report from an agency that documents abuses against Christians across the globe. Worldwide, the report states, 260 million Christians are facing persecution. This marks a 6% increase from the previous year. The annual report from Open Doors, released on January 15, ranked North Korea first…

Parish priest cancels Sinn Féin meeting over abortion

A Catholic priest in Co. Tyrone cancelled a political party’s meeting at a church hall over their support for abortion. Fr Eugene O’Neill snubbed a booking from pro-abortion party Sinn Féin to use St Patrick’s Hall in Coalisland after being contacted by pro-life campaigners. The parish hall had been booked for Deputy First Minister Michelle…

Chinese clergy evicted from parishes over ‘fire safety’

Chinese officials have evicted members of the clergy, including a bishop, from their homes and are closing Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Fujian. While the officials cited “fire safety standards” as the reason for the evictions, all the clergy and churches affected have refused to join the Communist-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. The CPCA,…

Vatican Round Up

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In Brief

Scottish bishop investigated over plagiarism allegations The Pontifical Gregorian University has said it will review the doctoral dissertation of Scotland’s Bishop Stephen Robson, which is alleged to contain several acts of plagiarism. The institution’s “academic authorities have decided to proceed to a careful review of the dissertation in question, in accordance with what is established…

Igniting the Faith flame on campus

About 130 people attended a Catholic retreat in UCD from January 16-18 where discussion ranged from community building to challenges people of faith face in college. Speaking to The Irish Catholic co-ordinator of Ignite, Sarah Kate Moynihan, said the “response was insane, it went so well”. “It was a university event – all the Catholic…

Final Penal law in Ireland repealed

After 283 years, the last of the Penal Laws in Ireland has been repealed by proposals to restore power-sharing that was backed by Stormont parties on January 10. The proposals put forward by Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith will repeal the Administration of Justice Act (Irish Language Act) 1737. Recognition It will…