Category: News

Parental alienation is ‘form of domestic abuse’

The auxiliary bishop of Armagh has warned parents not to alienate their children from the other parent when relationships end, saying it’s “a particular form of domestic abuse”. In a homily over the weekend, Bishop Michael Router pointed to International Parental Alienation Awareness day, which takes place on Sunday, April 25. “This day highlights a…

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Christian leaders in Nigeria allege Islamisation attempt

Christian leaders in Nigeria claimed April 11 that Muhammadu Buhari’s government is keen on Islamising the West African nation, following the recent appointments of Court of Appeal judges. In their statement, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria called for “serious adjustments” on already executed appointments, and a “paradigm shift” in future appointments. “Under…

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German legislators consider ending state payments to churches

Germany’s lower house of Parliament is considering replacing state payments to the nation’s two largest churches. The Catholic and Protestant churches received combined state benefits of more than $542 million in 2020. At a hearing in the interior affairs committee of the Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, they welcomed in principle the intention of…

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Vatican Roundup

Major Vatican conference on priesthood slated for 2022 Increasing vocations to the priesthood, improving the way laypeople and priests work together and ensuring that service, not power, motivates the request for ordination are all possible outcomes of a major symposium being planned by the Vatican in February 2022. “A theological symposium does not claim to…

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In Brief

Sponsor a gargoyle: Fundraiser launched for Notre Dame A novel fundraising approach to restore one of the most iconic monuments in the world, the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, enables donors to have a piece of history. On April 15, Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris unveiled an interactive website – restorenotredame.org – that allows…

Archbishop tells minister of ‘deep concern’ over criminalising public worship

The Primate of All-Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin has expressed “deep concern” regarding the criminalising of public worship despite Church cooperation with public health messaging, in a meeting with the Minister for Health today. Archbishop Eamon met with Minister Stephen Donnelly and Dr Colette Bonner from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer in the afternoon…