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John Henry Newman: A Saint for Today

by Jack Valero John Henry Newman (1801-1890) will be canonised by Pope Francis this Sunday 13 October in Rome. He lived through almost the whole of the 19th century and spent half his life as an Anglican and half as … Continue reading

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Do Christians hate gay people?

Total mania swept across Twitter recently after Bishop Tobin, Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, said that Catholic families should not be attending LGBTQ pride events. He said: “A reminder that Catholics shout not support or attend LGBTQ “Pride Month” events … Continue reading

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Is Christianity a peaceful religion?

By Fionn Shiner A stir was caused recently after the Home Office refused asylum to a Christian convert from Iran. He said he converted to Christianity because it talks of “peace, forgiveness and kindness” whilst “in Islam there is violence, … Continue reading

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The Politics of Papal Etiquette (to kiss the ring or not to kiss the ring?)

By Joe Ronan Until comparatively recently, the etiquette of greeting people was rather straightforward.  A handshake would suffice for all other than close relatives, and even then polite restraint was the rule.   Increasingly though social greetings seem increasingly diverse … Continue reading

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When everything is gay and gay is everything

by Jack Valero In his just-released book In the Closet of the Vatican: power, homosexuality, hypocrisy, French gay activist Frederic Martel posits that the majority of the priests, bishops and cardinals in the Vatican are gay. “Up to 80 percent … Continue reading

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In his address to the Curia Pope Francis tells abuser priests to “convert and hand themselves over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice”

The full text of the address follows. His remarks on the sexual abuse crisis and call to abusive priests to give themselves up to justice come part way in the section entitled Afflictions. “The night is far gone, the day is … Continue reading

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Ministry with young people after the Synod on Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment

By Isaac Withers Over the month of October the Synod of Bishops on “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment” has been taking place and it has seen a lively conversation around how the Church can accompany young people. Pope Francis has … Continue reading

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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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