Category: News

As the war of words around a proposed strike against Syria raged last week, the war on the country’s Christians continued.   On September 4, word emerged from the country of the targeting of the predominantly Christian village of Maalula, an ancient enclave where some of the population still speak Aramaic and where a number…

The slaughter of the Syrian people has been ongoing for two years now. Over 100,000 are dead, 4.2 million have fled their homes, and 2 million are refugees in neighbouring countries.   As shocking as those statistics are, behind each of those figures is a real person. When I was in Lebanon recently, I met…

He’s the popular saint known to help people find lost items and his miracles have won him affectionate veneration among Christians and non-Christians alike.   This autumn, tens of thousands of St Anthony’s devotees in Ireland and Britain are expected to turn out to welcome his relics as they tour the two countries in October…

Bishops must take a more democratic approach to priestly appointments according to a leading expert who works with priests and religious who feel bullied in the Church.   Spiritan Fr Tony Byrne said that bishops and religious superiors who do not listen to priests’ concerns about appointments store up problems for the future. However, he…

Education is now available at first, second and third levels on the campus of St Michael’s College in Dublin.   Dublin has now joined Rome as only the second European country to host the overseas programme of Duquesne University, the United States only Spiritan university.   With the arrival of 12 students this month, St…

Police patrol threatened Catholic schools

Police patrolled outside three Catholic schools in north Belfast this week after an alleged loyalist threat of “military action” against pupils.   It has been claimed the threat was issued by the Red Hand Defenders, a loyalist paramilitary group based in Northern Ireland.   The paramilitary group said parents, pupils and staff were “no longer…

Homelessness ‘out of control’ – charity

Homeless services are in a worse state now than ever before, according to the Peter McVerry Trust which launched its 2012 annual report this week.   After 30 years of working to eliminate homelessness, the trust said the problem is now worse than ever, perhaps even out of control.   According to its 2012 annual…

Claims that priestly celibacy leads to sexual abuse have been rejected by a leading expert.   US-based Prof. Philip Jenkins, who has spent decades researching the area told The Irish Catholic this week that there is “no evidence whatever that Catholic or other celibate clergy are any more or less likely to be involved in…