The Catholic community in Co. Donegal has rallied behind its Protestant neighbours after it was discovered that the HSE plans to axe a CofI hospital chapel. Fr John Joe Duffy of the Church of Mary the Immaculate in Stranorlar, and chair of ‘Save our St Joseph’s’, told The Irish Catholic that his parishioners were “...

A Dublin parish was thrilled to celebrate their annual ‘Mass on the Grass’ event, which organisers say is a great way for everyone to get involved in the community.About 100 people enjoyed the live music and high spirits at North Wall parish’s annual event, with a Mass led by Fr Robert Colclough.There were prayers for people who...

Nuns receive national awards for altruistic worksTwo Loreto nuns have been honoured with separate prestigious awards for their work as missionaries in Africa.Sr Orla Treacy, from Wicklow, will receive the 2017 Hugh O’Flaherty International Humanitarian Award for her work teaching in South Sudan, one of the most dangerous countries in the...

The Archbishop of Dublin has hit out at the overly negative portrayal of Church bodies in caring for the sick in the past.In his homily for a Mass to conclude the Dublin diocesan pilgrimage of over 2,000 people to the Marian shrine at Lourdes, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin acknowledged that “Church organisations made mistakes and Church...

As the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (Burma) worsens Catholic aid workers are helping hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people escaping deadly violence.Bangladesh is bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis because of a lack of food, sanitation, medicines and even basic housing following the exodus of as many as 350,000 Rohingya...

There is a vicious cycle between drugs and homelessness said the CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI), as even those who successfully complete detox are then tempted by drug users in emergency accommodation.Tony Geoghegan spoke at the launch of MQI’s Annual Review for 2016 this week, in which they revealed almost 10,000 people dealing with...

A cardinal has ordered church bells to be rung in one of the Philippines’ dioceses every evening to remember the thousands of people killed in the government’s campaign against drug dealers and addicts.The Manila archdiocese joined a long list of dioceses across the country that started commemorating the deaths by tolling church bells...

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