Pope for the Park

Farewell Mass on course for Phoenix Park Greg Daly and Chai Brady   Pope Francis’ farewell Mass to the Irish people next August is very likely to be held in the Phoenix Park The Irish Catholic understands. Discussions have been taking place between World Meeting of Families (WMOF18) organisers with State authorities and planners hope…

Prayers for Irish footballer battling cancer

Fellow sportsmen, sports organisations, friends and members of the public have offered their prayers to a prominent Irish footballer who is undergoing chemotherapy. Liam Miller (36), who won 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland (RoI) between 2004 and 2009 and played midfield for Celtic and Manchester United, is battling pancreatic cancer. Social media was…

Plan could see two feastdays shelved

There are set to be sharp divisions when members of the hierarchy discuss a plan that could see Irish Catholics absolved from the requirement to attend Mass on two traditional major feastdays, The Irish Catholic understands. The Irish bishops’ conference is currently considering a proposal that would reduce the importance of both All Saints’ Day…

Tensions high as Bangladesh strains with Rohingya refugees

Although Bangladesh has welcomed a massive influx of Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, a Catholic aid official is worried that the welcome may be wearing thin. James Gomes, regional director of Caritas, the Church’s charitable agency, said Bangladesh responded quickly to the surprise arrival of more than 600,000 Rohingya. “As a Bangladeshi, I’m proud of…

Clocking ticking on Church youth questionnaire

Time is running out for young people to have their say ahead of next year’s Synod of Bishops in Rome. The October 2018 Synod of Bishops, following on recent synods on the family and on the New Evangelisation, is on the theme of ‘Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment’, and in connection with this youth.synod2018.va is…