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...

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...

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