Pope Francis

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In a letter to schools in Waterford, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinane said ‘Christian mindfulness was not mindlessness but is meditation based on Christ’. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Yoga is not suitable for a parish school, the Catholic bishop of Waterford & Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan has told schools in his diocese. In a let(...)

Pope Francis encourages a “joyful, humorous, and even self-deprecating spirit”. His deep conviction is that priesthood entails at once a passion for God and a passion for his people.

I remember attending an ordination ceremony in the 1990s and being rather taken aback by the opening words of the bishop’s homily. Addressing the newl(...)

A congregation in the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has been urged to pray for children to choose a vocation in the priesthood. Photograph: iStock

Parents should put aside time each day to pray for their children to choose a vocation in the priesthood, the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has hear(...)

A tapestry portraying Cardinal John Henry Newman hangs from the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by (...)

Cardinal John Henry Newman: ‘we walk to heaven backward.’

Theologian, scholar, educationalist, poet, novelist, convert, cardinal and blessed are some of the outstanding titles of John Henry Newman we can cele(...)

The Irish bishops pointed out that last Sunday the Church celebrated World Day of Migrants and Refugees and that, to mark the day, Pope Francis unveiled a sculpture of migrants and refugees in St Peter’s Square in Rome titled Angels Unawares. Photograph: EPA/Vatican Media

The Catholic bishops have warned against the activities of anti-immigrant groups in Ireland, particularly on social media. They expressed “deep concer(...)

One in Four chief executive Maeve Lewis:  the group was forced to turn people away last year.

A charity supporting survivors of child sexual abuse had to close its waiting list for four months last year due to the high level of demand for its s(...)

Fr Oliver O’Reilly delivering his homily at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballyconnell, on Sunday morning. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

This is the full text of the homily delivered by Father Oliver O’Reilly, parish priest of Ballyconnell, Co Cavan at masses this weekend in the wake of(...)

Cardinal Henry Newman: his journey to Dublin began with an invitation in 1851 from Archbishop Cullen of Armagh, later archbishop of Dublin, to advise on the proposed establishment of a Catholic university.

On Friday, November 3rd, 1854, the Catholic University, under its rector John Henry Newman, opened its doors at 86 St Stephen’s Green in Dublin to rec(...)

Kailash Satyarthi: “Eradication of trafficking, forced [child] labour, bonded labour is supposed to be accomplished by 2025 and unfortunately it seems that the world is failing again its children.” Photograph: Money Sharma

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi has met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to seek support for a UN convention combating international child exploitati(...)

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