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Nuncio to Ireland speaks out about number of priests, aftermath of abuse

August 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his first interview in the Irish press the nuncio adds that though the declining number of priests in Ireland is a huge problem he remains very positive about the Faith of the people. Archbishop Brown (above) was ‘very, very surprised’ when, at the end of 2011, Pope Benedict XVI asked him to become nuncio to Ireland, partly because he had not served in diplomacy for the Vatican before and partly because of the ‘very strained relations between the Holy See and Ireland at that point in time’. This was partly due to revelations about clergy sex abuse in Ireland. He said that ... continue reading.
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Australian bishop faults Papal leadership on clerical abuse

August 24th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The retired auxiliary bishop of Sydney has called on Pope Francis to show more leadership when dealing with historical child abuse within the Catholic Church. ... continue reading.


African cardinal hopes the synod will help local church

August 21st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This October’s synod will allow bishops to adapt Church teaching on the family to the local culture, political landscape and economic situation, an African cardinal has predicted.... continue reading.

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English Liturgist’s hymn chosen for Year of Mercy

August 13th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican has chosen a composition by English Catholic composer Paul Inwood to be the official setting for the hymn of the Holy Year of Mercy.... continue reading.


Holy Land bishops condemn hardline rabbi

August 10th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Catholic bishops across the Holy Land have filed a complaint to police about a rabbi who incited the burning of churches.... continue reading.


Pope urges help for Middle East Christians

August 10th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis has again denounced the ‘atrocious, inhumane and inexplicable’ persecution of Christians in the Middle East. AMANDA CONNELLY reports... continue reading.

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Pope on spiritual versus material hunger and the path to God

August 4th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis is urging the Faithful to look beyond material needs and turn to Jesus, ‘the bread of life,’ through Confession and in daily life, ROSS THOMSON reports... continue reading.

Mourning for Cilla Black

August 3rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Tributes flood in for the Catholic family entertainer who died at her Spanish home... continue reading.

Islamic extremists are seizing West’s military support, says Patriarch

July 28th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Help from the West for so-called moderate opposition groups in Syria is ending up in the hands of Daesh (ISIS) and other extremists, according to a Catholic Patriarch from Damascus, who says the crisis in the country is deepening. ... continue reading.

Pro-life campaigners want police probe into Fringe euthanasia show

July 23rd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Right-to-die activist Dr Philip Nitschke’s Edinburgh ‘performances’ are a hands-on demonstration of a device that allows people to kill themselves with a mix of gases... continue reading.

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  • Archbishop Cushley’s homily during Mass to mark the annual Edinburgh International Festival highlighted the plight of those fleeing conflict in the Middle East and Africa.
  • Glasgow pilgrims report from diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.
  • Ecumenical memorial service for Fr Gerard W Hughes SJ.
  • Essex parish appeals for aid for Calais refugees.
  • The Knights of St Columba pray for and with young Catholics this month.

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