The Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin is hosting what is believed to be the first Irish diocesan picnic next month, in an effort to reach out to all the families of the diocese and gather them together as a community.“The idea is that families from all over the 56 parishes would go to the picnic and it doesn’t matter what size the...

Even as the fate of the baby Charlie Gard again hangs in the balance there is healthy discussion and disagreement about his tragic case among Catholics who might normally agree on other matters. Yet I want to suggest that, despite these differences, we share a common concern.  But first, I struggle to grasp how some believe that the court-...

Experts have dismissed inaccurate media reports that the Vatican has issued a new ban on gluten-free Communion hosts, reassuring coeliacs that they can continue to receive the Eucharist.Over the weekend numerous news organisations across the world announced that the Vatican had banned the use of gluten-free bread in hosts, following the...

The US and Russia have a distorted global vision, Pope Francis has said, warning that an alliance between the two could be dangerous for the world’s poorest and weakest.Interviewed by the Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari for Repubblica against the background of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, the Pope reportedly said: “I fear there are...

A prelate accused of abuse should not be allowed to return to head his diocese regardless of the outcome of his Vatican trial, the bishop currently running the diocese has said.Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes of Agana in the US territory of Guam has said it would be “a disaster” if  Archbishop Anthony Apuron were to return to...

New procedures are being put in place for Reek Sunday this year so that people can continue to enjoy the annual pilgrimage while keeping safety as a priority.The traditional Reek Sunday pilgrimage up Croagh Patrick on July 30 is expected to attract tens of thousands of pilgrims once again this year, with many making the climb in their bare feet.Fr...

US Bishops have criticised the execution of a man who was said to be mentally ill.William Morva was executed in Virginia, after being convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody several years ago.He was killed by lethal injection last week, causing the Virginia Catholic Conference to...

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