Dublin’s first Cycle of Light in aid of NCBIThe National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) will hold its first ‘Cycle of Light’ event on August 25. This event will see 100 people cycle into the darkness of night for sight loss. From 8.30pm until dark participants will cycle from Dalkey to Howth and back to Dalkey, via the...

The organisers of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin next year are “very hopeful and optimistic” that Pope Francis will attend the event.Fr Timothy Bartlett, the Secretary General for the World Meeting of Families, told The Irish Catholic that the Pontiff “has repeatedly said he wants to be with us and so therefore, we...

US Catholics have called for peace in the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, in which three people died and dozens were injured.Catholic bishops, a cardinal and several Catholic organisations made the appeal following clashes between pacifists, protestors and white supremacists in the Virginian town.A white nationalist rally was organised...

Catholic bishops in Kenya have called for calm as violent post-election protests led to over 20 people being killed, including a nine-year-old girl.The protests have ignited anger in slums across Nairobi and Kisumu after Raila Odinga, the main opposition candidate, lost against President Uhuru Kenyatta.Mr Odinga has travelled through slums saying...

Aware calls for more volunteers Ireland’s leading mental health organisation, Aware, which provides support for those suffering from depression and bipolar disorder, is asking for 40 more volunteers following a 20% increase in the volume of calls to their support line.With 450,000 people in Ireland living with depression, as well as 45,...

The former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and of her order, the Sisters of charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM), has died age 82.Sr Helen Maher Garvey entered religious life when she was just 17 and subsequently earned a doctorate in organisational development in Columbia University in New York City.She was a teacher...

The pro-choice activist who draped a jumper with a Repeal slogan over the altar of a Dublin church, said he did it to inspire “burnt-out” fellow campaigners.Jim Healey, a pro-choice lobbyist, confirmed he took the photo of the jumper on the altar of the grotto outside Mary Immaculate Church in Inichore, Dublin.“I did it of my own...

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