Monthly Archives: August 2018

Australian bishops resist calls to overturn seal of confession in abuse cases

[Austen Ivereigh] The Australian bishops have accepted “98 per cent” of the recommendations of a five-year major inquiry into institutions’ handling of sex abuse, but have rejected the commission’s calls for a change to church law that would oblige priests … Continue reading

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Pope Francis in Ireland – Final Mass

[Melissa Byrne from Dublin] “The joy of love, a joy for all God’s family”, my sisters and I sing at top volume as we walk alongside hundreds of others making their way to the Phoenix Park. As we sing, other … Continue reading

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Pope Francis in Ireland – Day 1

[Jason Conroy from Dublin] On Saturday, Pope Francis once again reaffirmed that he is, above all, a pastor. His arrival in Ireland was marked by all the pomp and formality of an official state reception. He made the obligatory visit … Continue reading

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World Meeting of Families in Dublin: a joy for the whole world and a joy worth sharing

[Maria Byrne] There has been a lot of excitement in Ireland in anticipation of the long awaited visit of Pope Francis. Those of us who are old enough still have fond memories of the last time a pope visited Irish … Continue reading

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse: Interim report released on Downside and Ampleforth Schools

[Joe Ronan] A report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was released on 9thAugust. This document, one of a number already released, with others planned, reported specifically on the sexual abuse that took place in Ampleforth and … Continue reading

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