Greg DalyTeachers and parents need support in helping prepare children for Christian lives, a leading theologian has said.Speaking after an education conference in Limerick’s Mary Immaculate College, which discussed whether sacramental preparation should be taken out of schools, Prof. Eamonn Conway said the conference affirmed the importance...

Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti has urged the international community to focus on alleviating the drought in Somalia, as six million people experience severe food shortages and contend with the al-Shabab extremist group.Bishop Bertin expressed fear that the country may slip into a famine if action was delayed. “The Somali government,...

Staff reporterThe Northern bakery run by a Christian couple who last year lost a discrimination case over refusing to make a cake advocating same-sex marriage saw their profits rise in 2016.Controversy around Daniel and Amy McArthur’s Ashers Baking Company’s 2014 refusal to make a cake bearing the slogan ‘Support gay marriage...

Church leaders in Indonesia have criticised the government for using the country’s drugs problem as an excuse for rejecting the UN recommendation to abolish the death penalty.The recommendation, put forward at the 27th session of the UN Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, which reviewed Indonesia’s human rights situation, was rejected...

Draft educational legislation would destroy faith-based schools, religious freedom think-tank The Iona Institute has warned. It was responding to the ‘Equal Participation in Schools Bill’ proposed by Ruth Coppinger TD.The draft proposes to take away the right of denominational schools to have a religious ethos and would require...

Bolivian president turns to PopeBolivian President Evo Morales has asked Pope Francis to send a papal envoy to mediate in the case of nine Bolivians imprisoned in neighbouring Chile. “I beg you to intervene in the best possible way to quickly resolve this case,” President Morales said in letter to Pope Francis. “Justice must...

Fr Mathew statue not returning to O’Connell StreetA statue of Fr Theobald Mathew, founder of the temperance movement in Ireland, will not be returned to O’Connell Street after the completion of the Luas works in Dublin.The statue, erected in 1893, cannot be accommodated in the new transport layout and discussions are ongoing between...

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