Dear Editor, Numerous experts in the fields of obstetrics and psychiatry have made it clear that abortion is never either necessary or efficacious in the treatment of a suicidal mother. Therefore the X case judgement was, at best, based upon an erroneous premise and should be revisited in the clearer light of modern-day knowledge. Our Government...

The Elphin Diocesan Pastoral Council has launched resources to support the over 700 adults in the diocese who join Lenten Scripture Sharing Prayer Groups. The resources, which comprise two booklets, are also used by parishioners in at least 11 other dioceses as part of the inter-diocesan Sharing Our Hearts with the Lord Lenten initiative. This is...

About 1,500 people took part in the 37th consecutive annual procession to St Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart, Dundalk, Co. Louth on St Brigid’s Day. It was after a visit to Lourdes in 1976 that Paddy Whyte and Mickey Casey got the idea for a torchlight procession. “After the high of Christmas and the low that usually follows for several weeks...

Supporting the faith development of young adults via catechesis was the focus of a day-long YOUCAT Conference in University College Cork. YOUCAT, Youth Catechism, was launched by Pope Benedict XVI during World Youth Day in 2011. The conference was hosted by the Diocese of Cork & Ross and organised by local teacher and adult catechist, Mairin...

Over 1,000 students from 14 primary and secondary schools in Dundalk, Co. Louth gathered in St Patrick’s church on January 31 to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. The ‘Seinn, Songs of Praise’ service had been postponed, due to the funeral of Garda Adrian Donohoe. Students were joined on the day by Cardinal Brady, Bishop Clifford, many local clergy...

Some 90 invited guests joined Archbishop Dermot Clifford in St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary for the launch of an updated safeguarding booklet which outlines the policies and procedures to be employed in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly when working with young children and vulnerable adults.  Sr Carmel Bourke, trainer and co-...

World renowned composer Dr James MacMillan and famed American psychologist Dr Robert Enright were on hand to address teachers and principals of Catholic schools under the patronage of Le Chéile Schools Trust at their annual conference in Dublin last week. Dr MacMillan spoke passionately about the role of religion in cultural and artistic endeavour...

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