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# ansari vs murdoch
Aziz Ansari calls Rupert Murdoch 'a racist piece of sh*t' on Twitter
The Parks and Recreation actor is the latest celebrity to go after the media magnate on Twitter.
# Midnight Mass
Remember the devastating 2009 fire at St. Mel's Cathedral? After years of painstaking work, it's open again
A full schedule of Christmas masses has been announced. Including midnight mass on Christmas Eve, at the traditionally Irish time of 11pm.
# Supreme Court
Midwives 'forced to leave profession because they refuse to partake in abortions'
The UK’s highest court ruled on the matter this morning.
# in the door
Mary McAleese has got a new job
Dr McAleese is going to be a professor in Irish studies at the largest Catholic university in the UK.
# No Go
Bishops reject Pope's plans for opening doors to gays and divorcees
The move is a blow to Pope Francis.
# Horrific
Three Italian nuns found brutally murdered at Burundi convent
Pope Francis has offered his condolences after the horrific murders.
Opinion: Ring them bells! Why Ireland should never get rid of the Angelus
Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else.
# dear google
13 questions the world wants to know about Ireland
And so they asked Google.
# Apology
Pope Francis asks for forgiveness after first meeting with abuse survivors
After meeting two Irish survivors, the Pontiff condemned “execrable acts of abuse.”
Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and ‘the bogey of proselytism’ in Catholic Ireland
The history of Ireland’s legal adoption battle is fraught with examples of church-state collusion, even after 1952 when legislation for it was finally enacted in Ireland.
Opinion: Tuam's 800 babies – a legacy of shame and horror beyond words
The misogynistic meddling of the Catholic church in affairs of this young state was detrimental to the blossoming of a whole, enlightened and fulfilled society – and nobody bore the brunt of that more than vulnerable women and their babies.
# ecumechanical matter
Dublin's newest priest spent ten years as a car saleman
Fr Seamus McEntee, who is 48 ,was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today.
Opinion: First Holy Communion etiquette for sensible spenders
Let me warn you now about those who may try to get you spending against your will – and help you to defend yourself.
Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)
Instead of spending 20-30 hours of curriculum time focusing on the Sacraments, preparation should take place after school hours.
# Influence
Does religion play a negative role in our society? 36% of Irish people think so
Older people are far more positive towards the role of religion in society.
# bless me father
Give up 'yer auld sins: Shoppers targeted with with pre-Easter 'confession blitz'
Churches around Dublin city centre are opening for over eight hours today. Catholics are being urged to come along, even if its been decades since their last confession.
Column: Some etiquette for the modern-day First Holy Communion
Invited to a First Communion? Are you in a state of dread? Don’t worry. Let me guide you through the etiquette of the modern Big Day, writes Avril O’Reilly.
Column: Attempts to silence survivors of symphysiotomy must be fought
Reliance on ex gratia redress schemes should be read against a backdrop of Government reluctance to allow these victims – and others like them – to speak on their own terms about the recent past, writes Máiréad Enright.
# no accord
Number of couples signing up for pre-marriage courses "unacceptably low" --- Bishop
Bishop Brennan of Wexford has written to priests urging them to sign couples up for Accord courses.
# thanks god
Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from God
However the Pope also warned internet users not to isolate themselves from society.
In pictures: Tom O'Gorman remembered as friends gather for candlelit vigil
Friends and colleagues of the murder victim gathered at a Dublin city centre church last night to share their grief and their memories…
# Philippines
Pictures: Millions of barefoot devotees take part in Manila 'Black Nazarene' procession
Some nine million Catholics packed the streets of the Filipino capital to honour a statue of Jesus they believe has miraculous powers.
# Central African Republic
Threat of 'deadly outbreak of disease' in camps for children fleeing CAR violence
Over 935,000 people have been displaced across the country over the past year.
# Urbi et Orbi
Francis prays for child soldiers “robbed of their childhood”
The new Pope has delivered his first Christmas ‘urbi et orbi’ message.
# Safeguarding
Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectives
The second-largest diocese in the country has dealt with cases involving 14 living priests in recent years, dealing with each of them properly, a report by the Church’s child safety watchdog has found.
# Child Safety
Catholic Church child welfare watchdog to publish audit results today
The largest audit of Church bodies to date will be published today, with Christian Brothers particularly under the microscope.
# Vatican
How should the Pope do his job? He wants you to tell him
Pope Francis is looking for suggestions on how his role should change, and has called for powers to be taken away from the Vatican.
# Child Abuse
Irish priest found guilty of child sexual abuse in Australia
A jury found Finian Egan guilty of the rape and indecent assault of three girls over the course of almost three decades.
# peace be with you
20 things that always happened at Mass
If you were dragged to Mass on a weekly basis these things will sound familiar.
# protestant schools
Protestant FG councillors say their schools are being discriminated against
The thirteen councillors say that changes to pupil/teacher ratios are “putting Protestant schools beyond the means of ordinary Protestants”.
# Brazil
Pope: Resist 'idols' of money, power, pleasure
The Pope made the comment during a visit to one of the most important shrines in Latin America.
# big poppa
Pope Francis heads to Brazil to say mass on Copacabana beach
This is his first trip abroad since becoming pontiff.
# Protest
Magdalene survivors call on Catholics to boycott mass this weekend
A group representing survivors of the Magdalene laundries has asked people to withhold donations to their local Catholic church this weekend.
# pope francis
The Catholic Church shouldn't fear structural renewal – Pope Francis
Pope Francis has called for structural renewal in the Catholic church to keep up with the times – but also advised priests and nuns to shun costly trappings so they can use more resources to help the poor.
# Hidden Ireland
Visiting Dublin's most sacred places? Here are the 'Dos and don'ts'
Do you know why shoes are taken off in Buddhist centres?
# Excommunication
Catholic TDs "will not be excommunicated" if they vote for abortion legislation
A senior Vatican official has said that TDs should resign rather than support abortion legislation.
# Magdalenes
Gone for good: Last Magdalene laundry to be converted into houses and sold
There are calls for a monument or museum to be built on the site to remember the women forced to stay in the institution in Dublin’s inner city.
# Italy
Controversial seven-time Italian premier Andreotti dies aged 94
Giulio Andreotti — nicknamed “The Untouchable” and “The Black Pope” — was a divisive figure in Italian politics, with close ties to the Vatican and rumoured mafia links.