Pope urges prison reform in wake of Brazilian riotPope Francis has prayed for the victims of the January 1 prison riot in Manaus, Brazil, and voiced again his appeal that prisons be reformed to better rehabilitate people with real dignity.During his general audience of January 4, the Pontiff lamented the loss of life in “an extremely violent...

Priests visiting parishes in other dioceses must show documentation proving they are allowed to minister publicly when saying Masses, the head of the Irish Church’s child protection board has said.Following reports that two priests out of ministry because of abuse allegations had celebrated public Masses, Teresa Devlin, CEO of the National...

Pope Francis has issued an ‘urgent action’ prayer intention for the month of January, naming the homeless during the continuing cold weather sweeping Europe.“During these very cold days,” he said, “I think of and I invite you to think of all the people who live on the streets, affected by the cold and many times by...

Staff ReporterGrowth and decline are top of the agenda for the Irish bishops’ meetings with the Pope and senior Vatican officials next week, according to Archbishop Eamon Martin.This weekend sees Ireland’s bishops travelling to Rome for their first formal collective visit to the Vatican in over 10 years, with fewer than half the...

Staff ReporterA play about the heroic Irish priest Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty is set for its first overseas performancesGod Has No Country, by Kerry actor and playwright Donal Courtney about the Rome-based World War Two priest, will be performed in Rochester, New York and Penn State University, Pennsylvania in March and April. There have been...

In a new interview published on January 8, Pope Francis says he came into the papacy not wanting to travel very much, but after his initial outing to the Italian island of Lampedusa in early July 2013, which is a major point of arrival for refugees trying to enter Europe, he understood he had to hit the road.“It was important to go there,...

Glenstal Abbey’s oldest monk has celebrated 80 years as a professed religious.Fr Placid Murray, who is 98 years old and currently lives in a nursing home in Newport, Co. Tipperary, returned to the Limerick monastery to celebrate the Oak Jubilee of his first profession, which he made on the Feast of the Epiphany, 1937. He and the...

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