Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

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

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:The wearing of 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

McAleese: Church makes women invisible

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Former Irish president Mary McAleese had straight words to say at a conference in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday afternoon. Under the title “The Women The Vatican Couldn’t Silence,” she spoke of asylum seekers, the role of women in the church and cowardly bishops. Beginning with the issue of asylum seekers, but without specifically referring Read more

Three Catholic schools leave church for state

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

The Catholic church has given up its patronage of three Irish rural schools to save them from closure. They are the first schools to abandon their Catholic ethos and become multi-denominational state-run schools. Many of the children at the tiny schools come from non-religious homes or are not Catholic. One effect of the change is Read more

Radical overhaul may see reduction in dioceses

Monday, April 1st, 2019

A radical overhaul of the Catholic church in Ireland may see a reduction in the number of dioceses in the Irish Church, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. Martin has also called for a radical overhaul in the training of priests. Outlining his vision for renewal which would include a “reduction and rationalisation of dioceses” Read more

Short-change Catholic funerals for priests accused of sex abuse

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Catholic funerals for priests who die while facing accusations of sexual abuse are now subject to new rules in Ireland. The National Board for Safeguarding Children’s guidelines to church authorities include ways to discreetly conduct the funerals of clerics who had allegations made against them. Some dioceses have added to these guidelines. They say funerals Read more

Church should help pay to excavate site for 800 dead infants

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