Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Church should help pay to excavate site for 800 dead infants Comments 0

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The Church should help pay for the €13 million needed to excavate the site of a former mother and baby home in County Galway, says Irish Children’s minister, Catherine Zappone. She has written to Pope Francis asking the Vatican to “contribute substantially” towards the excavation. About 800 infants aged from about 35 foetal weeks up Read more

Bishop sets up exorcism squad Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018

An exorcism squad has been set up in Ireland by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan. Cullinan says he is establishing a “Delivery Ministry”. One priest in Cullinan’s diocese of Waterford and Lismore will start training clerics in the practice of exorcism. Cullinan says he made the decision after receiving a number of requests for help in warding Read more

Dublin councillors block Magdalene Laundry sale Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Several Dublin councillors are trying to stop the sale to a Japanese hotel chain of the last Magdalene Laundry building still in state possession. They have the support of over 9,500 people who have signed a petition to stop the sale. The Magdalene Laundries were Catholic-run workhouses for “fallen women”, unmarried mothers and orphans. The Read more

Pope in Ireland: Who won, who lost Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Now that the dust has begun to settle on Pope Francis’s whirlwind 32-hour visit to Ireland over the weekend, it’s time to step back and draw some tentative conclusions about how the pontiff fared, as well as who else gained and lost from the experience. A qualified success At one level, it’s easy to assume Read more

Ireland’s Taoiseach, religion should not be society’s centre Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar says religion should not be at the centre of society. Speaking on the weekend as Pope Francis made his first visit to Ireland, Varadkar noted since the last papal visit in 1979, Ireland has become more diverse. It is less religious and has modernised its laws on divorce, contraception, Read more

Irish victims of clergy abuse meet Pope Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Irish victims of clergy abuse met with Pope Francis over the weekend during his visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. His meetings met with a mixed response, with disappointment expressed by some of victims while others left heartened that he would respond to their plight. Read more Related Posts:Pope writes to Catholics Read more

Fading faith: Can the pope connect with a changed Ireland? Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

In the past four decades Ireland has become a different country, but you wouldn’t know it in Knock. In the small west of Ireland town that is home to the huge Marian shrine complex, it was hard to find a space on the tightly packed pews at 11am mass last week. The rows of the Read more

Church bells signal opening of World Meeting of Families Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Church bells rang simultaneously and prayers were offered across Ireland’s 26 dioceses to launch the five-day World Meeting of Families Catholic congress. Read more Related Posts:Cardinal Dew to address conference in Ireland on the…Ireland’s Catholics collection for papal visitWorld Meeting of Families shuts out LGBT groupTenor Andrea Bocelli singing for Pope at World…

Abortion debate Argentina vs. Ireland: what made the difference? Comments 0

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Early in the morning of Aug. 9, Argentina’s Senate soundly defeated a measure to legalize abortion through 14 weeks of pregnancy. (Their current law permits abortion in cases of sexual violence and to protect the mother’s health.) The intense debate—both in the culture at large and in the Senate chamber—often invoked a similar process that Read more

Irish foreign minister speaks of Vatican abuse deal Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

A former Irish foreign minister says a Vatican representative asked him for help to protect the Vatican from possible claims that might be made against the Church in the future. Dermot Ahern says a senior Vatican official sought him out to make an agreement in 2004. In the agreement, Ireland would indemnify the Catholic Church Read more