As part of an occasional series of talks, the Dublin area (Area 1) of the Knights of Columbanus have invited Bruce Kent, Vice President of Pax Christi in Britain, to speak on the subject of ‘Church teaching on peace & justice’ at the order’s headquarters in Ely House, Dublin 2 on Monday, October 1 at 8pm. Bruce Kent, a former priest, has been...

United StatesThe country’s Catholic bishops have launched a Spanish language Facebook page to engage with the growing number of Hispanic faithful. “Hispanics make up 16 per cent of the total US population, almost 40pc of US Catholics, and 50pc of US Catholics under age 25,” explained Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, head of the bishops’...

Vatican CityThe Vatican is planning to release the final book on the Pope’s examination of Jesus of Nazareth in time for Christmas, it has been reported. Focussing on Gospel accounts of Christ’s infancy and childhood, the book will be the third instalment in Pope Benedict’s series. It is reported the Vatican is working on translations of the book...

Former Protestant Evangelist and now Catholic Apologist, Steve Ray will be leading four evenings of exploration of the Catholic Faith in Dublin next week in preparation for the Year of Faith. He will be in St Teresa’s Church in Clarendon St from 7-9pm on Sept 30, Oct 1, Oct 2 and Oct 3 as a guest of Pure in Heart  Youth 2000, the Elliagh...

United StatesNew allegations of sexual abuse by clerics have emerged in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Following high profile coverage of the recent trials of priests, including Msgr William Lynn, a former secretary for clergy imprisoned in June for child endangerment, nine people, eight men and a woman, have filed lawsuits alleging abuse and...

2 – The number killed in the latest suicide attack on a church in Nigeria. The woman and child died on September 23 when a car bomber targeted St John’s Catholic church in Bauchi, in the country’s north. At least 22 others were injured in the blast and police have indicated that some of these may die of the injuries they sustained. The attack has...

Australia - A Catholic priest has warned the government that a newly opened camp for asylum seekers will prove a disastrous move. Fr Jim Carty, who heads up the Marist Asylum Seekers and Refugee Services in Australia, criticised the plan to deal with asylum seekers by placing them in a tented holding facility on Nauru, a far-flung island in...

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