The Church needs to show mercy in the context of new and more complex family narratives in modern Ireland, the cardinal tapped by Pope Francis to launch his major document on marriage and the family has said.Speaking ahead of his visit to Ireland this week to address Thursday’s ‘Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’...

Priest killed in Mexico CityA 71-year-old priest was found murdered on July 5 in suburban Mexico City, marking another attack on clergy in a country with a soaring homicide rate. Fr Luis Lopez Villa, pastor of the St Isidro Labrador, was discovered in his home, his hands tied and stabbed in the neck.The Mexico state prosecutor’s office said...

Government challenged to act on rural GP crisisIndependent TD Mattie McGrath has challenged the Government for inaction which he said is resulting in the slow death of rural GP practice.Deputy McGrath has asked Health Minister Simon Harris to clarify the steps he’s taking to address the ongoing crisis in declining numbers of rural doctors on...

European and American bishops have called for all nations to develop a plan to eliminate nuclear weapons from their military arsenals.A joint declaration from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions called upon the US and European nations to work with other nations to “map out a...

Church officials have expressed disappointment over the refusal of the government of Myanmar to grant visas to three members of a UN fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights abuses by security forces against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.Bishop Alexander Pyone Cho of Pyay, in Rakhine state on the country’s...

Staff reporterAll the schools in Killarney will nominate a specific ‘Hugh O’Flaherty Day’ this September, when they will include an activity based on the Kerryman’s life in their daily schedule.Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty, who worked in Rome during the Second World War, is thought to have been responsible for saving as many...

Former Church watchdog challenges papal dismissalCardinal Gerhard Müller has criticised as “unacceptable” how Pope Francis dismissed him as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF).Speaking to the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, the cardinal said it was only on the last working day of his five-year term as head...

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