The bishops of Malta have issued guidelines allowing for people living in “irregular” unions to receive Communion.In a new 35-page document dealing specifically with implementation of the section of the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia on divorced-and-remarried Catholics (Chapter VIII), the bishops go beyond the language of the...

Staff reporterBishop Donal McKeown has said that British Prime Minister Teresa May’s insistence on pushing ahead with a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ may cause many people in the North to consider the future as part of a united Ireland.In a speech this week, Ms May indicated that she wanted to maintain the common travel area between...

Bishop appeals for clemency in church shooting caseBishop Robert E. Guglielmone, in whose Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, the killer Dylann Roof launched his deadly gun attack on a Baptist church has issued a message on the sanctity of life after the murderer was handed a death sentence by a court.“The Church believes the right to...

Staff reporterA family who was advised to let their seriously-ill infant son die in hospital rather than bring him home, has spoken of the joy he gave them through 15 years of life with them after confounding doctors’ predictions.Seán Holland, who died last month, was given just two years to live when he was diagnosed with the rare brain...

A chapel built over the ruins of the Great Synagogue of Palermo in Sicily has been transferred to the Jewish community to renew Jewish worship on the site for the first time in 500 years.An official ceremony on January 12 saw the Oratory of Santa Maria al Sabato transferred from the control of the Archdiocese of Palermo on the anniversary of the...

Staff reporterIreland’s most senior Churchman has assured priests that their dedication and resilience in difficult circumstances does not go unnoticed by the hierarchy and is a key point for discussion during meetings in Rome.Speaking at the opening Mass for the bishops’ ad limina pilgrimage to Rome, during which they will meet with...

The head of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference has issued a plea to his government to open humanitarian channels to allow the Church’s aid agency Caritas to distribute desperately needed medicines and basic goods.Addressing a gathering of his fellow prelates in Caracas, Archbishop Diego Rafael Padrón Sánchez said the ongoing economic...

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