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FG urged to keep pro-life election commitment

  Pro-life campaigners are putting pressure on Fine Gael to keep the party’s pre-election promise not to introduce abortion legislation. The Minister for Health James Reilly announced at the weekend the members of the 14-member ‘expert group’ from the medical, legal and nursing profession which will report to the Government on the issue within six…

Charity gifts appeal fills 12 vanloads

Standing in a room filled almost floor to ceiling with chocolate certainly puts a strain on a girl’s new year’s resolution. However, self control is needed because these goodies are destined to be distributed through meals on wheels, food kitchens and food banks to Dublin’s most needy. This chocolate fantasy room was only a small…

The Holy Office: A seat for three

Letter from Rome The new head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will be appointed in April, writes Andrea Tornielli   Next week, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will hold a plenary session in the Palace of the Holy Office. Everyone expected the name of Cardinal William Levada’s successor…

Maynooth tightens up seminary life

  The national seminary at Maynooth is to clearly separate the seminary environment from the wider university community The Irish Catholic understands. In a move that will be seen in some quarters as a nod to the past when seminary life was completely separated from the outside world, it is believed that the changes are…

Congress offering communion and sport

  Coinciding in a year when Ireland will play in the European Football Championships and will host international athletics teams training for the Olympics in Britain, organisers of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) are incorporating sports into their programme and facilitating fans attending the Congress to keep up-to-date with sporting highlights. ”Wouldn’t it be interesting…

Mullingar Christians unite to face recession

  A group of Christian churches in Co. Westmeath is hosting a conference next week focusing on how Christians can offer a solution to Ireland’s economic problems. Christian Voices Together is an initiative launched last year by the Christian churches in the Mullingar area to support people in the community who have been adversely affected…

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…