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 Christian pastor has been killed in his church in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR) by militants angered at the loss of their leader in a military raid.Pastor Jean-Paul Sankagui of the Eglise du Christ en Centrafrique (ECC) was one of at least three people reported killed, with a further 26 injured in the wake of an...

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 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has insisted that a conscience protection Bill currently before Congress is vital in protecting medical professionals from being compelled to carry out abortions. In a letter to lawmakers, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and...

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...

Vatican and Russian Orthodox Church strengthen linksThe Russian Orthodox Church has announced plans to strengthen cooperation with the Vatican in the area of monitoring Christian persecution in the Middle East and other areas.The announcement came ahead of a meeting in Havana, Cuba, on February 12 between Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the...

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