Organisers of Saturday’s Celebrate the 8th pro-life gathering in Dublin, which aimed to highlight the positive impact of the Eighth Amendment, said they were “thrilled and very encouraged” with the massive turnout of several thousands.Keynote speaker at the event was Melissa Ohden from the US, who in 1977 was born alive...

The Belfast 4 Corners Festival will take place this year from February 3 to 12, under the theme ‘Our Wounded & Wonderful City’. The event comprises innovative events aimed at encouraging people to go beyond the ‘corners’ of their own neighbourhoods towards discovering new ideas and friends. The 4 Corners...

The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has dismissed a threat of ‘fraternal correction’ of Pope Francis in connection with the ongoing Amoris Laetitia row.In an interview with Italian TV last weekend, Cardinal Gerhard Muller responded to the earlier threat issued by Cardinal Raymond Burke that a formal...

Ireland’s bishops are likely to ignore plans by ‘silenced’ priest Fr Tony Flannery to celebrate a public Mass on January 22.Redemptorist Fr Flannery, who has been out of ministry since 2012, has announced on his website that he intends to disregard the ban and celebrate his 70th birthday, which will be on January 18, with a Mass...

The year 2016 saw 28 Catholic pastoral care workers die by violence worldwide.In its annual report on those religious and lay killed in the course of their work, the Church’s news body, Agenzia Fides, reveals that “in 2016 14 priests, nine religious women, one seminarian and four lay people died violently”.The Americas were again...

The Bishop of Achonry, in whose diocese the parish of Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon is preparing to receive at least 80 Syrian refugees, has insisted people of the town will be “welcoming” of the new arrivals.Speaking to The Irish Catholic this week, and amid widespread media coverage of rows centred on the choosing of Ballaghaderreen...

First US prelate to face abuse charges diesThe first US Catholic bishop to be indicted on sexual abuse allegations has died. The Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts confirmed the passing of former Bishop Thomas Dupre, who was 83, but did not offer a cause of death.Having been made a prelate of Springfield in the 1990s, Dupre retired in 2004 on...

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