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# catholicism - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Explainer: Why is Ireland being consecrated to 'the Immaculate Heart of Mary'?

The people of Ireland were today consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary. What does that mean, exactly?

# catholicism - Monday 22 July, 2013

Pope Francis heads to Brazil to say mass on Copacabana beach

This is his first trip abroad since becoming pontiff.

# catholicism - Friday 7 June, 2013

Pope Francis quips: 'I didn't really want this job'

“Someone who wants to be pope does not really like themselves.”

# catholicism - Tuesday 21 May, 2013

VIDEO: Has Pope Francis been seen performing an exorcism?

Video from an event last Friday shows the pontiff laying his hands on a young man who convulses and then slumps over.

# catholicism - Friday 3 May, 2013

Bishops call for political campaign against proposed new abortion law

Ireland’s Catholic bishops say the proposed abortion bill marks a “dramatic and morally unacceptable change” in Irish law.

# catholicism - Thursday 25 April, 2013

Business magazine compares Angela Merkel to Hitler in ad

Mercado magazine invites viewers to visualise Merkel as the Greeks, Spanish and Germans might see her.

# catholicism - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

Two kids from Cork to be confirmed by... Pope Francis

Emily Mulcahy and Edmond Roche (both 12) were chosen from the diocese of Cloyne to be confirmed by the Pope in St Peter’s Square.

# catholicism - Monday 22 April, 2013

Lisa McInerney: How can you be a woman and Catholic?

This question is not born out of contempt, says columnist, but is out of genuine bewilderment when you consider the status of women in Catholic doctrine.

# catholicism - Friday 29 March, 2013

Pope Francis presides over his first Good Friday ceremony

The pope has attended the Passion of Christ in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a torch-lit procession at the Colosseum later tonight.

# catholicism - Thursday 28 March, 2013

Supermarket chain expects fish sales to double this week

SuperValu says its supermarkets will sell about €1 million in fish this week – more than double the usual – ahead of Good Friday.

Poll: Are you abstaining from meat this Good Friday? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you abstaining from meat this Good Friday?

Under Catholic tradition, many people abstain from alcohol and eating meat on Good Friday. Will you be among them?

# catholicism - Saturday 9 March, 2013

Magdalene survivors "shocked and upset" by nun interview defending laundries

In an interview aired last night, two anonymous nuns defended the Magdalene laundries and said religious orders had no need to apologise.

# catholicism - Monday 4 March, 2013

Catholic cardinal admits 'sexual conduct fell below standards'

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric last week, has now admitted the allegations that were made against them having initially denied them.

# catholicism - Saturday 23 February, 2013

Pope Benedict will remain in 'spiritual proximity' after his resignation

Speaking ahead of his resignation next week, Pope Benedict XVI said that God’s beauty was “constantly contradicted by the evil of this world, by suffering and by corruption.”

# catholicism - Friday 15 February, 2013

Benedict's closest confidant to hold dual role under new pope

Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, the pope’s personal secretary, will keep his old job but will also oversee the new pope’s household.

# catholicism - Tuesday 12 February, 2013

Vatican admits Pope had secret heart operation three months ago

The Vatican said the operation had nothing to do with the Pope’s decision to resign.

# catholicism - Friday 8 February, 2013

Taoiseach and Tánaiste to meet with Magdalene survivors

Eamon Gilmore said the government is eager to listen to the women about their needs and about what its response to the report should be.

# catholicism - Wednesday 6 February, 2013

Magdalenes ask Enda Kenny to meet with them

Magdalene Survivors Together said they were left “devastated” after the Taoiseach stopped short of apologising to them on behalf of the State.

# catholicism - Tuesday 5 February, 2013

In their own words: Survivors' accounts of life inside a Magdalene Laundry

The report published today includes a section devoted to survivors’ first-hand accounts of life in a Laundry.

How Twitter reacted to the Magdalene Laundry report Magdalenes

How Twitter reacted to the Magdalene Laundry report

From Enda Kenny’s non-apology to the record of previous governments, here’s what people on Twitter had to say about the Magdalene Laundry report.

# catholicism - Sunday 20 January, 2013

'Liberal' priest will defy Vatican attempts to 'silence' him

Fr Tony Flannery has come under pressure from the Vatican to recant his views on women becoming priests and the system of selecting bishops being overhauled.

# catholicism - Saturday 22 December, 2012

From The Daily Edge Here is the week's news... skewed Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Government apologises to Angela Merkel for Mayan apocalypse insult and the IMF’s seasonal message of good will to all. No, really.

# catholicism - Friday 21 December, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# catholicism - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Gay rights activists protest at Pope's Sunday morning prayer

Demonstrators held placards condemning homophobia after Pope Benedict said same-sex unions “destabilise marriage”.

# catholicism - Saturday 15 December, 2012

Bishops say new bill is moving Philippines towards legal abortion

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines allege the Reproductive Health Bill promotes pre-marital sex and threatens the “moral fibre” of the country.

# catholicism - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

NI census: Catholic population growing as Protestant numbers decline

Northern Irish figures show for the first time that the question of national identity cannot be directly related to religion.

# catholicism - Sunday 9 December, 2012

Man throws paint at ancient Catholic icon of Virgin Mary

Some believe the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, an ancient Polish icon of the Virgin Mary, can work miracles.

# catholicism - Friday 7 December, 2012

German Catholic Church says 66 clergy accused of sex abuse

A new study says the clergy has been accused of 576 cases of sexual assault between 2000 and 2010.

# catholicism - Sunday 18 November, 2012

Pope calls on faithful to ignore doomsday warnings for 21 December

Ding ding ding! It’s round one of Pope Benedict XVI versus the Mayan prophets of doom.

# catholicism - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

'Over 2,000' attend sit-down protest for Savita at Leinster House

Demonstrators sat on the ground during a moment of silence, while speakers argued for legislation on abortion.

Calls for X Case legislation after woman denied an abortion dies in Galway hospital

Savita Halappanavar died from septicaemia following a miscarriage which lasted almost three days. She repeatedly asked for the foetus to be removed but her requests were turned down.

# catholicism - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

Catholic Bishops give cautious welcome to Referendum

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference said the amendment offers a ‘reasonable and balanced approach’ to children’s rights.

# catholicism - Sunday 4 November, 2012

How holy ‘apparitions’ pressed pause on War of Independence History This post contains videos This post contains images

How holy ‘apparitions’ pressed pause on War of Independence

Visitations of the Virgin Mary to a teenage boy and ‘bleeding’ statues in Templemore, Co Tipperary seized the country – even causing Michael Collins to get involved in the mysterious case.

# catholicism - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Surprise cardinal appointments spark pope health concerns

Pope Benedict XVI today announced the unexpected appointment of six cardinals from outside Europe.

# catholicism - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Hundreds of pilgrims evacuated after flooding hits Lourdes

About 50 Irish pilgrims are thought to be among 500 faithful who are being evacuated from hotels.

# catholicism - Monday 15 October, 2012

Catholic bishops were shown this alarmist video in the Vatican today Religion This post contains videos

Catholic bishops were shown this alarmist video in the Vatican today

A synod of bishops meeting in Rome was shown a YouTube ‘Muslim Demographics’ video which predicts an Islamic continent by 2050.

# catholicism - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Bishop criticises opening of Marie Stopes clinic offering abortion

Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor said the clinic undermines the dignity of human life in society.

# catholicism - Monday 8 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added Tetris

Here are the things we learned, shared and loved today.

Bishop denies claims he knew priest allegedly abused again

It had been reported that Bishop John Kirby had knowledge that a priest abused children after he was moved to a new parish following abuse allegations.

# catholicism - Monday 1 October, 2012

Archdiocese of Dublin proposes radical shake-up of First Communion ceremonies

The new policy document is geared at making the First Communion a more parish-oriented – and cheaper – event.