The Vatican has announced that it has requested an independent investigation of its own accounting offices, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA).With initiatives already well underway to boost the Vatican Bankís image in the wake of recent scandals, action on APSA has become almost inevitable following the June arrest of...

Matteo CiofiCatholic primary school managers have welcomed the Government’s decision not to increase the pupil-teacher ratio. However, the Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA) has also warned that the Government’s current approach threatens the viability of small rural schools.After the publication of Budget 2014 by...

RTÉ broadcaster Marty Whelan has spoken of the strength he gained from his faith following the recent death of his mother.Speaking on the last episode of Beyond Belief for this season, to be broadcast on RTÉ 1 next Monday night, Whelan says: “I am a believer, absolutely. I have a great faith in God.”Acknowledging that “we’...

A Christian exodus of “biblical proportions” from across the Middle East now threatens the survival of the faith in the region, a new report reveals.Persecuted and Forgotten has been compiled by the international charity group Aid to the Church in Need and, among 30 countries covered worldwide, details the deteriorating situation for...

Egypt - Police in Minya have arrested a number of men following a September 30 gun attack on a Coptic bishop in the area. Bishop Anba Makarios (pictured) was targeted in the village of al Serw as he drove to meet with the family of a Christian man murdered during the recent Muslim Brotherhood violence that rocked the nation. When the bishops...

Cash-strapped parishes are being forced to bail out struggling schools to the tune of thousands of euro amid threats that gas and electricity will be cut off.Schools around the country are threatened with losing heating and lighting unless they pay energy companies’ hefty daily charges during summer holidays, despite the schools being empty...

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny made a commitment in 2007. that he would never introduce abortion legisation to Ireland. This stands in stark contrast to his current position, with the Fine Gael/Labour coalition Government now proposing draft abortion legisation. In April 2007, in advance of the General Election that year, a spokesman for Fine Gael...

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