A survey on proposals for a new primary school course in religion, beliefs and ethics used leading questions and drew from an unrepresentative sample, a prominent research institute has found. A study for the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) analysed an online survey conducted by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment...

The Presentation Brothers are hosting a series of Lenten talks which offer practical tips for living faith in Ireland today.The ‘Monday at the Monastery’ series of talks returns to the Presentation Brothers’ house in Glasthule, Co. Dublin for four Mondays during Lent. The series has proven popular since it began in 2013, as...

A Co. Galway church will ‘move to the pace of modern life’ this Lent with a ‘drive-thru’ Ash Wednesday service and Lenten Petition box.Following discussions between PP Fr Paddy Mooney and the pastoral council of Glenamady church on how best to prepare for the Lenten season, it was recognised that something of a novel...

The winning team from St Mary’s University College, Belfast “gave thanks” at Knock Shrine after defying the odds in an incredible ‘David and Goliath’ football final.St Mary’s is the North’s only Catholic institution of higher education and with just over 1,000 students and less than a quarter of them male...

A Co. Kerry priest who lodged a formal complaint against RTÉ after a guest on The Late Late Show referred to the Eucharist as “haunted bread” said he is disappointed that the national broadcaster has chosen to view the incident as “provocative” but “not sacrilegious”. Speaking to The Irish Catholic this...

This year marks the centenary of the appearance at Fatima, Portugal of Our Lady to the three children, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco Marto and their cousin Sister Lucia Santos from May 13 to October 13, 1917. In celebration of this event, all are invited to Holy Mass in the church of Saint John the Baptist Whitehall, in the parish of...

“He was a just, holy, prayerful man, aware of his own failings.”Among the tributes paid as the news of Cardinal Desmond Connell’s death came on February 21, Msgr Dan O’Connor’s was one steeped in a long-time personal knowledge of the prelate and the man who was his friend for so many years.Having known Desmond Connell...

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