Staff ReporterA policeman who was the most senior Catholic in the RUC has spoken of an IRA plot to kill him during Mass. Former high ranking RUC, subsequently PSNI, policeman Peter Sheridan said he was told by gardaí during the height of the Troubles that his life was in serious danger.“I use to attend Mass in Greysteel (Derry) and the...

Despite goals to end global hunger by 2030, the latest report from the UN shows the number of undernourished people has increased rapidly.The number of people lacking adequate food on the planet increased from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ (UNFAO) recent...

A call for mourners to attend the funeral of an Irish man who died in Manchester last month could be the first of many such appeals, the head of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain has warned.John Joseph O’Brien, 73, died in the Hulme area of the city on August 9, and has no known relatives. The city council scheduled his funeral to take place...

Grandparents have a responsibility to “step in and say something” to help their children and grandchildren, and bring family together.Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Primate of Ireland, said in a Mass celebrating the 2017 Grandparents’ Pilgrimage to Knock that it can be difficult to make connections, especially “in a...

The Augustinians have moved out of St Patrick’s Church in Rome, breaking the Irish connection with the historic church.In a Chapter meeting in June the Augustinians made the decision to leave their Rome ministry, a choice believed to be driven by a shortage of priests. It is now run by the American Paulist Order and is being used by the...

Bishop Kevin Doran has condemned the “inhumane” living conditions of asylum seekers in the direct provision system, comparing them to prisoners out on day release.Bishop Doran, who is a member of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said the processing of asylum applications “remains...

Pope Francis returned from his trip to Columbia this week after a busy schedule covering five days. During his South American trip millions of people arrived to witness his prayers of peace and unity.There was a welcoming ceremony on the day of his arrival in the late afternoon of Wednesday, September 6, followed by several meetings on Thursday...

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