Michael Router

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Bishop Michael Router said national media coverage highlighted the serious intimidating behaviour connected to  ongoing drugs related criminal activity in the Border area.

A Catholic bishop is seeking an urgent meeting with Minister of State Frank Feighan over ongoing funding at a centre in Dundalk which helps families t(...)

In a  joint statement,  the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Primate of All Ireland Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin (above)  and four other bishops in the North  criticised politicians who have welcomed the ‘unilateral imposition’ of abortion services. File photograph: Tom Honan

Britain’s order for full abortion services to be in operation in Northern Ireland by next spring is “unjust”, “gravely disquieting” and threatens the (...)

The service is free and involves a network of counsellors in Ireland and abroad which provides essential therapy to those who have suffered such abuse. Photograph: iStock

Over the past 25 years the Catholic Church in Ireland has provided a counselling service for almost 7,000 survivors of institutional, clerical, and re(...)

‘We need to remind ourselves that every nursing care home resident is someone’s mother, father, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or friend,’ said Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh Michael Router.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A Catholic bishop has called on the Government to prioritise care in nursing homes during this Level 5 phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was “hugely(...)

Friends of the Elderly volunteer Sandra Hurst visiting Tony Dunne   in Pimlico, Dublin,  on the 40 anniversary of Friends of the Elderly. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Tony Dunne (80) feels “very lucky”. He has a niece in Co Wicklow who keeps in touch with him in Dublin’s Pimlico, and a nephew in the Liberties. On to(...)

Many individuals and families tune in online at least once a week for a religious service.

In his autobiography From the Underground Church to Freedom, the Czech theologian and author Tomáš Halík describes visiting protesting students in Pra(...)

‘Chaplains are often the only persons other than doctors and nurses who can be with people suffering from Covid-19.’

When Father Neil Farren ministers to a patient with coronavirus, he tells them to “keep the hope”. Together they talk, and pray. “I’m praying the me(...)

Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have issued a statement deploring proposals on how to deal with the past published by the Northern Secretary Brandon Lewis, above. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images.

Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have issued a statement deploring proposals on how to deal with the past published by the Northern Secretary. The(...)

Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland welcomed proposed laws which make it clear religious bodies cannot be compelled to be involved with same-sex marriages. File photograph: iStock

The five Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland have called for protections from charges of discrimination for members who refuse to officiate at same-s(...)

Gardaí search an area around a house at Rathmullen Park in Drogheda on Thursday in relation to the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Family members of murdered teenager Keane Mulready-Woods have been sent images and videos purporting to depict the boy’s murder and dismemberment. Ga(...)

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