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  The funeral has taken place of Very Rev. Frank Bergin, a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe for the past 64 years. Born in Kinnitty, Co. Offaly in 1922, Frank Bergin was ordained in 1948 before travelling to the Diocese of Nottingham in England. Returning to Killaoe in 1950, he served variously in Cloughjordan,…

Vatican approval bring Neocatechumenal joy

  Members of the Neocatechumenal Way in Ireland are celebrating the endorsement of their apostolic outreach by Pope Benedict XVI. At a January 20 meeting with the Way in Rome, Pope Benedict approved the special celebrations that the Neocatechumenate organises for its small communities and praised the lay movement’s ”firm commitment to proclaim the Gospel…

Terry Pratchett and the right to die debate

A euthanasia group was behind Britain’s commission on assisted suicide, writes Greg Daly   A.S. Byatt caused a stir some years back when she publicly disparaged the phenomenal success of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, describing them as little more than a comfortable patchwork of clichés, unworthy of comparison with the writings of such fantasists…

Delight as relic of true cross recovered

  The Relics of the Cross, stolen from Holy Cross Abbey in Co. Tipperary last October, were this week returned to the abbey undamaged following a successful Garda recovery operation. Holy Cross PP Fr Tom Breen said that parishioners and pilgrims are ‘overjoyed’ by the news. ‘It is wonderful that the relics have been recovered…

Irish nun named in top ten list

  An Irish nun has been named as one of the top ten people of the year by Inside the Vatican, a monthly Catholic news magazine. Sr Patricia Murray IBVM was honoured for her work through the Solidarity With South Sudan (SSS) project. Established by religious from 170 Catholic congregations and led by Sr Murray,…

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…