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# Religion

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2022
Voices
Opinion: Iran’s nod to International Human Rights Day was more repression of its people
Brendan McNamara highlights the cases of women activists of Bahá’i faith incarcerated in Iran.
# baptism barrier
Dublin archdiocese saw 10% decline in christenings in the year after 'baptism barrier' was removed
Baptisms in Dublin dropped from 13,234 to 11,922 between 2018 and 2019.
In Dublin, the rate of baptisms decreased by roughly 10% between 2018 and 2019.
In that same year, Ireland’s birth rates fell from 61,016 to 59,796, according to the CSO.
Ireland in 2018 amended legislation to remove the so-called “baptism barrier”.
'Significant' plans announced to move sacramental preparation away from schools
'No more baptism barrier': Catholic schools won't use religion as admission criteria, says Bruton
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# Almighty God
European court rejects challenge to 'almighty God' wording in Presidential oath
The case is being taken by TD Róisín Shortall and others including Senator David Norris.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the president have to swear an oath in the presence of God when being sworn in?
The constitution states that the president when entering office must make a declaration “in the presence of Almighty God”.
Voices
Opinion: Freedom to practice religion must be respected - including communions and confirmation
There’s a clear economic interest in the State allowing the resumption of economically productive indoor activities, writes Dr Donal Coffey.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch a religious service online over Easter?
Under the current Level 5 restrictions, public Mass cannot take place.
# Religion
Rural TDs push for limited numbers to be allowed gather in places of worship for Easter
TDs accused the government of being anti-Christian and anti-religion during a Dáil discussion this evening.
# Easter mass
Group of TDs and senators call for churches to be allowed to open for limited attendance during Easter week
The ongoing restrictions are an infringement on a person’s right to religious liberty, they said.
# Iraq
'I have heard voices of sorrow and loss': Pope Francis leaves Iraq after historic trip
During the first ever papal trip to Iraq, the Pope called for an end to violence and extremism.
# Penance
RTÉ to remove 'God is rapist' skit from Player and will review how it made it to air
RTÉ has said the sketch did not meet its broadcast standards.
# Poll
Poll: Will you attend a religious service this year?
People can attend services online or in person.
# Level 3
No changes to limits for weddings and funerals, places of worship to reopen next Tuesday
As we exit Level 5, people will have been wondering about whether they can attend mass or other religious services.
# restrictions
Declan Ganley takes High Court action over Level 5 restrictions on attending religious services
Ganley has said the right to attend Mass or a similar religious service is protected under the constitution.
RTÉ to broadcast Eid celebration at Croke Park as plans go ahead for 200 guests
Guests at the event will include Minister Roderic O’Gorman, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop Michael Jackson, and Rabbi Zalman Lent.
Major Muslim celebration to be held in Croke Park in the coming month
Croke Park is the preferred setting for the celebration of the next major event on the Muslim calendar.
# Phase 3
NPHET unlikely to budge on 50-person limit for Mass and other indoor gatherings
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said it seems “strange” that churches with a capacity of 1,500 would be subject to this restriction.
# Phase Two
Funerals of up to 25 attendees permitted from Monday as church services set to resume from 29 June
The provision for funerals and religious services was announced by the Taoiseach today.
# Your Say
Poll: Should churches and other places of worship be allowed to reopen now?
Government guidelines advise that places of worship should not reopen until 20 July.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you watch a religious service online over Easter?
Many people are finding alternative ways to worship amid the Covid-19 crisis.
# RTÉ
RTÉ appoints Ailbhe Conneely as its new social affairs and religion correspondent
The role will involve reporting and providing analysis of social affairs and religion issues across RTÉ News channels.
Voices
Opinion: Religion is a choice - not an obligation. Let's make religious classes opt-in
Our schools may be Catholic, but young Irish families, increasingly, are not, writes David Graham of Education Equality.
# Amen
'Father, release his power' - Evangelical leaders pray for Donald Trump in Miami megachurch
Trump spoke to more than 5,000 Christians at the event last night.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you attend a religious service over the Christmas period?
Many people do, even if they don’t normally attend during the year.
# Religion
Plans to modernise chaplaincies at third level institutions have stagnated, despite major review
A 2015 review found several institutions had no public appointment or tendering procedure for the employment of chaplains.
# evidence
Race, religion and prejudice: The issues raised at Ireland’s first FGM trial
A married couple were yesterday convicted of allowing female genital mutilation to be carried out on their daughter.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you pray?
Five people have been made saints today by the catholic church.
# joining the ranks
A British cardinal who helped found UCD is to become a saint today
Pope Francis will create five new saints today.
# mass appeal
Older people who go to Mass have better mental health, according to new Irish research
It found that those who attended religious services regularly reported lower depressive symptoms.
# Family Law
Court decides child in foster care can go to Church of Ireland school against wishes of Catholic parents
The child’s parents did not consent to her attendance at the school.
Voices
Opinion: If my family pet died I would hold a religious end-of-life ceremony
Pope John Paul II said that ‘animals possess a soul’ and are ‘as near to God as men are,’ writes Diarmuid Pepper.
# LGBT Rights
Mormon church to allow baptism for children of LGBT parents
The church added it wanted to “reduce the hate and contention so common today”.
# sacrilege
Catholic priests in Poland burn Harry Potter and Twilight books
Photos show priests carrying a basket of books and other items including an African-styled face mask.
# Asylum Seekers
Hiding the fact they're gay and being harassed by other residents: People talk about life in Direct Provision
“One of the guys was very annoying and used to harass me, he always tried to touch me.”
# Your Say
Poll: How do you feel about religious symbols in hospitals?
A new report has suggested that they be removed if a patient requests it.
# Josepha Madigan
Culture minister: 'Glass ceilings are being broken in many sectors - so why not in the Church?'
The event had to be rescheduled after complaints made to the original venue because of the minister’s role in the Repeal campaign.
Voices
Opinion: Milestone ceremonies provide an alternative for children not making their communion
A humanist alternative to the First Holy Communion means that non-Catholic kids don’t miss out on having a special day, writes Tony O’Donohoe.
# Pope
Pope admits that priests and bishops sexually abused nuns
His admission followed a rare outcry last week from the Vatican’s women’s magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns.
# Our Lady of Lourdes
Most people don't support changing hospital names to remove religious references
Locals recently protested the proposed name change of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
# Education
Almost 4% increase in children enrolled in multi-denominational schools
Education Minister Joe McHugh said the figures reflect the changes taking place in the patronage of Irish schools.
Voices
Fr Richard Gibbons: 'When was the last time you did something truly selfless for someone else, even if they didn’t deserve it?'
Fr Gibbons – of Knock – writes about finding the true meaning of Christmas even when things feel hard.