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Claudy bombing memorial statue created by sculptor Elizabeth McLaughlin

Priest’s rumored involvement in IRA bombings revisited in lawsuit against Derry diocese

After the Northern Ireland government and police agreed to settle a lawsuit with several families of victims of a bombing... Read more

Archbishop Eamon Martin holds a reliquiary containing relics of Auschwitz martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, Sept. 5, 2021.

All-Ireland Primate honors Auschwitz martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe

Archbishop Martin carried the Auschwitz martyr’s relics through the streets of a Northern Irish town. Read more

A pupil from Holy Cross Girls' School with a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

N Irish bishop criticizes UK plan to end inquests, prosecutions related to the Troubles

The British government has announced a plan to halt all prosecutions related to the 20th century religious-fueled conflicts in Northern... Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

Nationalists attack police on April 8, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Christian leaders in N. Ireland call for ‘unified’ negotiations, peaceful solutions

The Catholic archbishop of Northern Ireland on Tuesday joined with other Christian leaders in calling for a “unified” response to... Read more

Irish High Cross at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Credit: Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Religious leaders in N Ireland hopeful for more in-person services 

With public religious services resuming in Northern Ireland, leaders have welcomed the return to worship and emphasized the dangers of... Read more

Irish diocese delays First Communions until autumn over Covid concerns

The Diocese of Derry has announced that First Communions, customarily held in spring, will be postponed so as to discourage... Read more

Baby Feet. Credit: Morgan via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Catholic bishops condemn plan to impose ‘extreme’ abortion services on N Ireland

Catholic bishops have strongly criticized plans to impose “extreme and discriminatory” abortion services on Northern Ireland. Read more

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UK government may push to legislate again on abortion in N Ireland

The British government may push to legislate further on the provision of abortion in Northern Ireland, as it holds that... Read more

On St Patrick's Day, Ireland's religious leaders stress progress and continued engagement

Christianity can shed light on the path forward for the peace process in Ireland, religious and political coexistence, and understanding... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Bill restricting abortion for disability reasons passes first vote in Northern Ireland Assembly

The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted in favor of a bill which would restrict abortions on the basis of non-fatal... Read more

Parliament buildings, Stormont, Belfast   Credit: Stephen Barnes/Shutterstock

Discrimination abortion restrictions proposed in Northern Ireland

Lawmakers in Northern Ireland are seeking to ban abortions in cases of non-lethal fetal abnormality.   Read more

The human cost of N Ireland’s abortion regulations: over 700 unborn lives

Seven months after Northern Ireland’s expansive legal abortion law took effect, pro-life advocates have lamented the lives lost and called... Read more

 St. Brigid’s, Glassdrummond, one of the three churches of the Parish of Upper Creggan.

‘It’s quite sad at the moment’: coronavirus curbs deprive part of border parish of public Masses

As the clock struck midnight on Oct. 6, Fr. Dermot Maloney’s parish underwent a dramatic transformation -- though it remained... Read more

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‘It places Christ at the center’: All-Ireland Primate’s rosary crusade against COVID-19

The Primate of All Ireland has launched a nationwide Family Rosary Crusade, encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary daily in... Read more

NI health department warns of risks of unregulated at-home medical abortion

Northern Ireland's Department of Health told a Belfast daily on Friday that women who self-administer medical abortions at home are... Read more

A pupil from Holy Cross Girls' School with a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

‘Somebody has to make a big move’: Catholic priest who walked Belfast gauntlet on reconciliation

On Sept. 3, 2001, Fr. Aidan Troy set off with a group of children in the Ardoyne district of north... Read more

The House of Parliament in London.

In final vote, UK Parliament approves N Ireland legal abortion rules

The British Parliament has given final approval to permissive abortion rules in Northern Ireland, in effect since March, despite the... Read more

‘Huge disappointment’ as UK House of Lords backs Northern Ireland abortion regulations

The House of Lords backed new abortion regulations for Northern Ireland by an overwhelming majority Monday, after the Northern Ireland... Read more