Fr John Carroll from Barntown at the blessing of the roads (for road safety) which takes place annually in the Wexford parish on Easter Sunday.

Skellig Michael rockfall “deeply worrying”The Office of Public Works (OPW) has described the serious rockfall which occurred on a roadway used by guides and OPW staff on the Christian monastic site of Skellig Michael as “deeply worrying”. Grellan Rourke, the OPW’s senior conservation architect for Skellig Michael...

Not even the GAA can outdo the Catholic Church when it comes to membership in Ireland, according to the Bishop of Limerick.Commenting on the Census figures during an Easter ceremony in St John’s Cathedral in Limerick, Bishop Brendan Leahy said: “Despite everything, we have discovered that 78% of our population still declare themselves...

An initiative of the Maynooth deanery saw an empty unit in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre become a buzz of sacred activity on Holy Saturday, with local priests answering Pope Francis’ call for outreach. From noon until 5.30pm the bare retail unit was transformed with banners and displays, a prayer space, a children’s corner, an...

Staff reporterAbout half of the current seven vacancies in the Irish hierarchy will likely be filled by candidates proposed by the outgoing Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, according to Vatican sources.Currently there are seven of Ireland’s 26 dioceses awaiting the appointment of a new bishop. Sources in Rome this week indicated...

Staff reporterBishop of Derry Donal McKeown has signalled an openness to women priests, though insisted that there is no possibility of women being ordained “at the present time”.Dr McKeown – who was appointed Bishop of Derry by Pope Francis in 2014 – also said that the hierarchy had to face serious questions about...

Three seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, were ordained deacons on Easter Tuesday by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, at the Church of Saint Alphonsus on the Via Merulana in Rome. Rev. James Daly (57), originally from Midleton, Co. Cork, a former parish pastoral worker and teacher, and Rev. Robert Smyth (32), from...

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