A leading child protection expert has dismissed calls made by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) that clergy who abused children should be forgiven for past “mistakes” and allowed return to ministry.Dr Helen Buckley, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin, told The Irish...

In the latest phase of their intensive efforts, the Pro-life Campaign (PLC) is calling on its supporters to lobby local hospital boards as part of a new initiative which aims to spread the pro-life message to every corner of the country.Thousands have already sent formal petitions to hospital boards outlining their opposition to the new abortion...

In what is being billed as the first of its kind, iCatholic is to host a live discussion programme on Catholic Social Teaching as presented by Pope Francis.The unique programme will be 30 minutes long and will include time for questions sent in by email, text, twitter or from the audience present at the broadcast from Renehan Hall in St Patrick...

A community choir drawing singers from Armagh’s two cathedrals is growing in strength in their goal to promote inclusion and diversity.Voices Together, formed in 2011 and led by Dave Stewart, has nearly 60 members of different ages and backgrounds in the North. It is a project-based choir, meeting to prepare for specific events which over...

Among a number of complaints received by the national weather service last year, was a small percentage expressing outraged at the use of the “offensive” term of Holy Week and demanding a secular weather forecast.A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Irish Independent this week revealed that Met Eireann received three...

The Irish Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has extended an invitation to priests to attend its first major gathering in Knock this March.Having announced the Knock House Hotel as the venue for the March 12-13 meeting, Rev. Gerard Deighan, co-founder of the confraternity said the meeting was “designed to provide an opportunity for priests...

Archaeologists have identified what may be the earliest indication of a Christian presence in China.After months of historical research, experts have confirmed that a small niche bearing a carved cross in a wall at the famed Longmen Grottoes in Henan province served as a repository for the ashes and bones of Christians of the Nestorian Church....

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