Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Archbishop attacks rule criminalising church services

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has called for a new rule criminalising church services to be suspended. The government introduced the rule last week in a surprise move. Archbishop Eamon Martin (pictured) says the penal provisions associated with the new regulation are “provocative” and “draconian”. They also potentially infringed religious freedom and Read more

Catholic priest fined for public Masses in lockdown

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Police in Ireland have fined a Catholic priest for celebrating public Masses during a nationwide lockdown. The Gardaí (police) fined Fr. P.J. Hughes, 500 euros (NZ$830) after he offered Masses with a small number of parishioners present. This was the second time Hughes defied the gardai’s request to lock the church’s doors when he celebrated Read more

Wearing a mask at services the new normal in Ireland

Sunday, August 30th, 2020

Wearing a mask at services has been recommended by the leaders of the four main Churches in Ireland. Catholic Archbishop Eamon Martin (pictured), Church of Ireland primate Archbishop John McDowell, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s Rt Revd David Bruce and the Methodist Church in Ireland’s Revd Tom McKnight released a joint statement saying it is Read more

Dublin archbishop condemns racism and intolerance

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has spoken out against recent incidents of racism in Ireland, decrying intolerance as well as narrow-minded and judgemental attitudes within Church communities. At Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral on Sunday, the Archbishop said racist intolerance is always “an affront to the dignity of those who are its objects.” He said the Church must Read more

Catholic cleric resigns after officiating same-sex marriage of two lesbians

Monday, July 27th, 2020

A Catholic cleric who officiated the civil union of two lesbians at a ceremony in Rome has controversially resigned from his post. On July 11, Father Emanuele Moscatelli, from the former pastor of the Church of St. Lawrence the Martyr in Sant’Oreste, presided over the wedding of two close friends identified as Beatrice, 50, and Read more

Irish Church exempt from indoor gathering restrictions

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Places of worship in Ireland have been exempted from the country’s indoor gathering restrictions. The relaxation of the rules responds to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin’s concerns about the feasibility of enforcing the restrictions. Ireland’s Phase Three set a limit of 50 people for indoor gatherings and 100 people for outdoor gatherings. In Phase Four Read more

I think religion in Ireland is getting a boost from coronavirus

Monday, May 25th, 2020
Ireland

Catholics in Ireland, who deserted their churches in droves in recent years, seem ready to return in some numbers. Far be it from me to make the prediction, but I have a feeling that religion in Ireland is getting a boost from coronavirus. There could be a massive upsurge in attendance at Masses in church Read more

Priests in Ireland preparing post-lockdown plans

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Priests in Ireland are preparing post-lockdown plans for their parishes so they will be ready when coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on public worship begin to ease. The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, says reopening churches for worship “has serious public health concerns and we have to make sure that we are ready for them.” One of Read more

Irish man bitten by snake for the first time In history

Monday, March 9th, 2020

A 22-year-old man became the first person in recorded Irish history to sustain a snake bite, roughly 1,600 years after St. Patrick is said to have banished all serpents from that nation. Catholic tradition has it that St. Patrick drove them all off a cliff in the 5th century. Read more Related Posts:St Patrick’s Day Read more

“Called to More” helps young Catholics know their faith

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Katie Ascough

A new online faith formation platform was launched in Ireland, Wednesday. Called to More aims to help young Catholics know their faith by providing high-quality online content. On its website Called to More offers podcasts and articles and promotes itself on Facebook and Instagram. Today Co-Founder Katie Ascough says Called to More seeks to communicate Read more