Posts Tagged ‘Northern Ireland’

Youth hurl bricks, fireworks gasoline bombs in Northern Ireland

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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Catholic and Protestant religious leaders have put on a demonstration of unity to urge an end to the recent violence. After a week of disorder across the region which has left 74 police officers injured, a Catholic and a Church of Ireland bishop were among those who came together for an ecumenical service before walking Read more

Northern Ireland’s church leaders admit not trying enough to heal divisions

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

In a joint St Patrick’s Day statement, Northern Ireland’s church leaders said they have not done enough in the past to heal divisions. Reflecting on the century since Northern Ireland’s partition, they say they hope this centenary year will provide opportunities to create a better level of mutual understanding. The Protestant and Catholic leaders went Read more

Brexit Bill could undermine peace in Northern Ireland

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Leaders of Anglican Churches have warned the UK government a new Brexit bill could set a “disastrous precedent”. The Internal Market Bill could damage the relationship between the UK’s four nations. So say the archbishops of York and Canterbury and the heads of the Church in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The bill sets out rules Read more

Church leaders praise John Hume for dedication to cause of peace in N. Ireland

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

John Hume was “a person of vision, who lifts us up to see and think beyond the confines of our own, much narrower, perspectives,” according to the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh. Hume, who died Aug. 3 at the age of 83, was principal architect of Northern Ireland’s 1998 Good Friday Read more

Brexit begets atmosphere of uncertainty in Northern Ireland

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Recent Brexit discussions have resulted in an atmosphere of uncertainty in Northern Ireland, says the Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown. “Even the Unionists, that is those (in Northern Ireland) who feel they are rather more English, are of the opinion that from the economic point of view it would be better to remain part of Read more

British PM aims to restore Protestant-Catholic power-sharing

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday finished his rocky debut tour of the UK in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge: Restoring the collapsed Belfast government and finding a solution for the Irish border after Brexit. Since he took office a week ago, Johnson has been touring England, Scotland, Wales Read more

Showing horror movies in an abandoned church a cheap stunt

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Using an abandoned church in Northern Ireland as a film festival venue to show horror movies like The Exorcist and The Omen is a “cheap stunt” as well as “cynical and crass”, says Belfast-based priest Fr. Patrick McCafferty. The former Holy Rosary Church which will host the movies has been closed since 1980 and is Read more

Social housing queue slower for Northern Ireland’s Catholics

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Accessing social housing takes Catholics in Northern Ireland six months longer than Protestants, a newly released study  says. Where Protestants wait about nine months to be placed in social housing, Catholics wait 15 months on average, the report from the Equality Commission says. The report – ‘Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Read more

Bonfires commemorating Protestant victory over Catholics “sinful”

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Bonfires commemorating a Protestant victory over Catholics in 1690 Ireland are sinful. That’s the Rev. Frank Sellar’s view, anyway. Sellar, who is the moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland said the bonfires are “a means by which we pass on to succeeding generations the sins of our fathers.” The fires are lit in loyalist Read more

Former Manchester United player enters seminary

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

A former Manchester United footballer has started his studies towards the priesthood. Former Northern Ireland international Phil Mulryne, 34, has enrolled at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. During his time as a footballer Mulryne dated a model, Nicola Chapman. He was once sent home from the Northern Ireland squad in 2005 after breaking a Read more