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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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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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Humanae Vitae: A prophetic and empowering document

[Joe Ronan] Fifty years ago today saw the publication in 1968 of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (‘On human life’). That document went on to become one of the most controversial Papal Encyclicals of the twentieth century.  It was contentious not … Continue reading

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