Catholic samurai beatifiedCardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints has led the beatification Mass for Justo Takayama Ukon, the so-called ‘Samurai saint’ of 17th-Century Japan.During the ceremony in Osaka, the life of Ukon was recalled, from his birth in 1552 to his death in exile...

The famed American crooner Harry Connick Jr has revealed how his deep Catholic faith has guided his entertainment career and sustained his 27-year marriage.In an interview ahead of the airing of a new talk-show bearing his name, Connick Jr explained how his faith informs the decisions he makes in life.“The decisions I make and my faith and...

The Vatican should speed up how it deals with the cases of priests accused of abuse, the head of the Irish Church’s safeguarding body has said, calling on Ireland’s hierarchy to engage with the Vatican to encourage this.Addressing Australia’s royal commission into institutional abuse, Teresa Devlin, CEO of the National Board for...

Catholic bishops in the Philippines are to undertake a ‘walk for life’ this February 18 to demonstrate their opposition to the multitude of deaths resulting from President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs over recent months. At least 7,000 people have died in shootings linked to the police or vigilant gangs since Mr Duterte called...

Andy Devane in RomeThe owner of Rome’s oldest pub has revealed how Irish priests and seminarians kept the place alive in the fledgling early days.The famous Fiddler’s Elbow, in the shadows of the landmark basilica of St Mary Major, is celebrating 40 years as the eternal city’s ‘go to’ Irish pub.Gino Bottigliero...

Pakistani legislators have moved to curb lynchings and mob violence against minority communities via a bill amending a number of criminal laws.Under the reforms passed by the National Assembly, sectarian violence and forced conversions are outlawed while the deliberate use of words to hurt religious feelings, already an offence punishable by a...

Archbishop attacks healthcare systemThe Archbishop of Dublin has criticised the country’s healthcare system as being “one of the darkest shadows” hanging over a wealthy Ireland. At a conference to mark World Day of the Sick in Sutton, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin attacked the bureaucratic failures of the HSE and warned that...

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