Chicago bishop praises Governor’s veto promiseChicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich has praised his state governor for his “principled stand” in promising to veto a bill allowing taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees.“Abortion is a controversial issue in this country, but...

Staff reporterIrish priests have welcomed Pope Francis’ decision to celebrate a Mass for modern martyrs while wearing the stole of a martyred former student of the Irish College in Rome.“I think it’s very significant,” Fr Gerard Magee, chaplain at Queen’s University Belfast, said of the Pope’s decision to wear...

That there’s a rising tide of anti-Christian persecution around the world in the early 21st Century is an empirical fact. Christians are hardly the only ones facing threats, of course, but because of their numbers and the zones of their greatest growth, numerically they tend to be more exposed to risk than virtually any other minority group....

McGuinness praised in New York as man of peaceMartin McGuinness was “a man of history, a man of destiny, a man of peace”, according to Msgr Robert Ritchie, who celebrated the late Deputy First Minister’s month’s mind Mass on Monday in St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York.Delivering a eulogy at the service, in which...

The two Bishops of Derry are undertaking a 30-mile walk this week in honour of the city’s patron, St Columba, and to promote reconciliation within their community.Bishop Donal McKeown and CofI Bishop Ken Good begin their journey today at St Columba’s birthplace at Gartan in Co. Donegal and their destination is St Augustine’s...

An Irish priest working in Paris has said that living under the threat of terrorist attacks has become the new reality for the people of France.Fr Dwayne Gavin, chaplain to the Irish Community in Paris, told The Irish Catholic that there was a sense that the latest terrorist shooting was “inevitable” and “it’s going to...

A leading canon lawyer has warned that prenuptial agreements could invalidate marriages, as farmers have indicated their support for such agreements being introduced into Irish law.Research from Macra na Feirme conducted at livestock marts over recent weeks has found that 72% of surveyed farmers believe prenuptial agreements should have a place in...

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