Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Eamon Martin presided over his first ordination to the priesthood, when Fr Micheál McGavigan was ordained in Derry last weekend. The ordination in St Columb’s in the Waterside was the first ordination in the diocese in four years, and Archbishop Martin was joined by Derry’s three retired bishops Edward Daly,...

Cathal Barry and Paul KeenanThe Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has not taken a formal position on the proposed abortion legislation. Speaking to The Irish Catholic this week, Fr P.J. Madden a member of the leadership of the ACP said that the group had not taken a formal position as “the bishops have communicated a strong stance on abortion...

Mary O’Donnell Children and their teachers from throughout the Derry diocese were bathed in sunshine last week when they gathered in Celtic Park for the annual ‘Fan the Flame’ ceremony, in celebration of having received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Emeritus Francis Lagan told the Year 7 primary pupils that they were being asked to fan...

The Government’s push to introduce abortion is “morally unacceptable” and must be opposed – this is the rallying cry to Catholics as thousands turned up in Knock to show their support for pregnant women and their unborn children.The Church has also vowed to ensure that Cura – the crisis pregnancy agency –...

Bishop Donal McKeown led the Down and Connor Youth Commission relay team, who completed the Belfast marathon on Monday, to raise money for youth initiatives. Last year members of the Living Youth Executive Committee took part in the marathon for the first time raising £9,000stg for Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline. This year a...

Young people who are unable to travel to Brazil for World Youth Day (WYD) this summer are being offered the opportunity to experience ‘Rio in Dublin’. The Office of Evangelisation & Ecumenism in Dublin diocese is planning to recreate the atmosphere of World Youth Day with a weekend of catechises, music, prayer, workshops and reconciliation...

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