Pope set for Colombian tripPope Francis will visit Colombia later this year, the Vatican has confirmed. From September 6 to 11, the Pontiff will undertake a visit that will take in the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena.The visit comes following an official invitation from Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos....

Bishop Brendan Leahy has paid tribute to Irish Coast Guard pilot Dara Fitzpatrick and members of the Defence Forces who “fearlessly” dedicate their lives to helping others.“Let’s be grateful for all those, like Dara, whose generous spirit reminds us of the measure of love: to love without measure,” the Bishop of...

The Church of the Philippines has rejected an invitation from the national police to become part of President Duterte’s murderous campaign against drug dealers.Following the call, issued by police chief General Ronald dela Rosa, the Filipino bishops’ conference insisted that it supports “whatever strategy there is, for as long as...

A rescue package has saved Cistercian College Roscrea just one month after it was announced that it was to close due to a dramatic fall off in student numbers.  Dure to intense fundraising undertaken by the CCR Action Group, formed by parents and past pupils, in excess of €1.5million has been raised to save the well-known boys’...

Eight Christian aid workers kidnapped in South Sudan have been freed unharmed.The eight members of the US-based Samaritan’s Purse charity were reportedly snatched by armed gunmen on March 13 in the central Mayendit area. Despite subsequent claims by the county’s military that the aid workers were being held for ransom, no such demand...

Ireland and the Holy See “have some different perspectives” but share a belief in working for a just world, said the Minister for Foreign Affairs as he officially reopened the Irish chancery to the Holy See.Following a meeting with Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Holy See Secretary for Relations with States in the Vatican, Charlie Flanagan...

The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations has urged the international community to forge an enduring peace for Syria. As the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation reached its sixth anniversary in March, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic told a sitting of the UN in Geneva that “six years of ongoing conflict indicate the failure of...

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