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Irish priest asks for back-up as demand for exorcisms rises 'exponentially'

Jan 24, 2018

An Irish priest and exorcist is asking the country's bishops for more support after noticing a dramatic increase in demonic... Read more

Irish forest secretly grows into Celtic cross

Dec 21, 2017

The Celtic cross has been recognized as an emblem of Irish Christianity for centuries.  Read more

The order of Irish Catholics you probably haven't heard of

Dec 20, 2017

By Mary Farrow

They’re Irish, they’re Catholic, and they’re proud. But you maybe haven’t heard of them.  Read more

Money.

Soros money means legal trouble for Amnesty's Ireland abortion campaign

Dec 11, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under... Read more

Silverstream Priory Benedictine Monks.

Meet the monks who spend their lives praying for Ireland's priests

Oct 24, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Prayer, reparation, and praising God are the focus of a new Benedictine priory in Ireland, which focuses especially on reparation... Read more

Katie Ascough, UCDSU President. Courtesy of Katie Ascough.

Attempt to oust pro-life student union president denounced as 'bullying tactic'

Oct 14, 2017

The student union president at University College Dublin said that a campaign to impeach her is a “bullying tactic” by... Read more

Wedding rings.

N. Ireland high court: No European right to 'gay marriage'

Aug 22, 2017

Northern Ireland’s High Court has rejected two legal challenges that sought to recognize same-sex unions as marriages, saying it is... Read more

Holy Rosary church in Belfast.

Priest horrified at exorcist film showings in abandoned church

Jul 27, 2017

An Irish priest has decried a film festival's plans to screen two horror films in an abandoned church next month.  Read more

Priests celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 12, 2014.

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Jul 3, 2017

Besides a shortage of vocations, Irish priests are facing an even more harrowing kind of crisis.  Read more

Irish bishops praise court ruling recognizing the dignity of work

Jun 6, 2017

Ireland's Catholic bishops have praised a Supreme Court decision in the country that will allow asylum seekers to find work... Read more

Want to engage secular culture? An Irish bishop provides a guide.

May 9, 2017

Neither the narrow narrative against religion nor the real failings of the Church should define the role of Catholics in... Read more

The Knock Shrine. Public domain.

Enduring devotion: the Irish immigrant who never forgot Our Lady of Knock

May 7, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

“I remember it as well as I do last night.” Those were the words of an aged Irish immigrant named... Read more

Fr. John Sullivan in his twenties.

The story behind the Irish priest whose prayers could heal

Apr 26, 2017

Father John Sullivan was a prominent Irish Catholic convert who was known for his healing prayers, his consolation for the... Read more

Irish abortion group returns Soros money – but big questions linger

Apr 6, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Facing legal scrutiny over foreign funding of efforts to fight Ireland’s anti-abortion law, a pro-abortion rights group has returned a... Read more

Priests in green vestments celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilic a on Oct. 12, 2014.

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Apr 3, 2017

Besides a shortage of vocations, Irish priests are facing an even more harrowing kind of crisis.  Read more

Facing large decline in priest numbers, an Irish diocese preps for change

Mar 29, 2017

In one Irish diocese, the number of active priests may halve in fewer than 15 years. As a result, Bishop... Read more

For Irish ambassador, Pope Francis' visit is a very big deal

Jan 27, 2017

By Elise Harris

With Pope Francis set to visit Ireland in 2018 – making him the first Pope to visit the country in... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a woman and her unborn child at a Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 30, 2016.

Irish archbishop: seek a 'revolution of tenderness', not legal abortion

Oct 4, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

For Ireland’s leading archbishop, Pope Francis’ call for a “revolution of tenderness” is a ch  Read more

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

For George Soros, Ireland abortion fight may be first step against Catholic countries

Aug 18, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Wealthy abortion backers could use Ireland as a model to change pro-life laws in other Catholic countries, an apparent leaked... Read more

A mural in Derry depicting then-Father Daly leading a group carrying a victim on Bloody Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972.

Irish bishop of Bloody Sunday fame remembered for his peaceful witness

Aug 8, 2016

By CNA Staff

After his death in hospital Monday morning, Bishop Emeritus Edward Daly of Derry's ministry advocating for peace during the Troubles... Read more