Italian police have found the relic of St John Bosco which was stolen earlier this month.The relic of the saint’s brain was discovered in a copper teapot in a kitchen cupboard last week.The alleged perpetrator of the crime is a 42-year old man with a criminal record, residing in Pirenolo, Turin. He was arrested by the Asti police. It is...

The prospect of a papal trip to the North still hangs in the balance, according to Archbishop Eamon Martin, who says efforts continue to encourage Pope Francis to cross the border if he comes to Dublin next year.Widely expected to visit Ireland next August in connection with the World Meeting of Families, the Pope confirmed to then-Taoiseach Enda...

The public is split almost exactly 50/50 on whether or not we should change our Good Friday drinking laws, with the greatest opposition coming from young people, according to new research.The poll, conducted by Amárach Research and commissioned by The Iona Institute, found that 51% of the public supports a lifting of the alcohol sales ban and 49%...

Staff ReporterVatican officials will closely monitor reforms at Maynooth aimed at ensuring the national seminary can move on from recent controversies, The Irish Catholic understands.The hierarchy announced after its recent general meeting that Fr Michael Mullaney will take over as college president on September 1 for a period of three years....

A priest who is a volunteer coastguard has been warning parishioners of the many hazards related to water he sees each summer as temperatures rise.With the recent hot weather, Wexford priest Fr Tom Dalton highlighted issues such as cold water shock and the dangers of inflatable toys.With many children jumping into water in rivers around the coast...

Controversy has arisen over the nomination of an Anglican professor – who agrees with abortion in certain circumstances – to the Pontifical Academy for Life.The academy is against abortion and is committed to involving increasing numbers of people in the defence of human life according to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the academy...

Church agencies are helping London Catholic school students cope with the trauma of the Grenfell Tower fire. With pupils confirmed missing and the death toll rising the tragedy devastated the local community.John Paul Morrison, the Director of Education for the Archdiocese of Westminster, said the archdiocese was offering counselling to students...

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