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#Religion

# religion - Friday 24 August, 2018

Varadkar urges Pope to provide full disclosure on child abuse by priests

Pope Francis is due to visit the country this weekend.

# religion - Thursday 23 August, 2018

Halligan says Church teaching on homosexuality 'evil' as LGBT issues under spotlight at RDS World Meeting This post contains videos

Halligan says Church teaching on homosexuality 'evil' as LGBT issues under spotlight at RDS

Inside the venue, high-profile US Jesuit Fr James Martin said parishes needed to do more to include LGBT Catholics.

# religion - Monday 20 August, 2018

Church urges followers to drop the Mormon name

Nelson, 93, said the decision on the proper terminology was revealed to him by God.

# religion - Wednesday 15 August, 2018

Bishop of Limerick says Catholic Church must acknowledge 'dark' aspects of its history

Bishop Brendan Leahy made his comments ahead of the Pope’s visit to Ireland later this month.

# religion - Saturday 11 August, 2018

Half a million have signed up to see the Pope - but how Catholic is Ireland?

Pope Francis will be in Ireland for two days, 25 and 26 August, as part of the World Meeting of Families event.

# religion - Sunday 5 August, 2018

Leo Varadkar: 'There will be no burqa ban in Ireland'

Denmark, France and Belgium are just some of the countries that have banned the burqa.

# religion - Sunday 29 July, 2018

Irish Prison Service recruiting chaplains to 'encourage and support' inmates

There are vacancies in a number of prisons including Mountjoy.

# religion - Thursday 19 July, 2018

Concert for Pope to feature Riverdance, Daniel O'Donnell and 'one of the largest stages ever' in Croke Park Big Show This post contains videos

Israel passes controversial law defining itself as a state of the Jewish people

Critics fear this will spark discrimination against its Arab citizens, which make up 20% of the population.

# religion - Friday 6 July, 2018

Ministers 'hurt' over Presbyterian Church in Ireland's hardline stance on same-sex couples

Over 200 ministers and elders of the Church signed a letter outlining their feelings over decisions made at its 2018 General Assembly.

# religion - Sunday 24 June, 2018

# religion - Wednesday 13 June, 2018

Catholic Church crisis pregnancy agency to close due to drop in demand

Cura, founded in 1977, is a crisis pregnancy support service associated with the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

# religion - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

How much do children get on their Communion day and how much do parents spend?

It’s an expensive day all around, but how expensive are we talking?

# religion - Saturday 9 June, 2018

'The nun made us put our hands on electrical panels to get an electric shock'

Abandoned, abused and abducted – this is one woman’s Magdalene story.

# religion - Friday 8 June, 2018

Presbyterian Church in Ireland votes against allowing gay couples to be full members

The policy also prevents the children of same-sex couples from being baptised in the church.

# religion - Friday 1 June, 2018

'How can you cheer abortion?': Bishop 'horrified' by referendum celebrations

Alphonsus Cullinan said Catholic Yes voters “should go to confession”.

# religion - Monday 28 May, 2018

Bishop says Catholics who voted Yes have sinned and should go to confession

Meanwhile, Father Brian D’Arcy said that he “wouldn’t like to attribute sin in this manner, at all”.

Parents in these 16 areas to be surveyed over demand for non-denominational schools

The government wants 400 multi- and non-denominational schools in place by 2030.

# religion - Sunday 27 May, 2018

Archbishop says he is 'deeply saddened' by referendum result

Eamon Martin, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has thanked “courageous” pro-life campaigners.

# religion - Saturday 5 May, 2018

Priests ask for an end to referendum campaigning at mass

The Save the 8th campaign says it will not decline invitations.

# religion - Friday 4 May, 2018

Oklahoma passes law allowing adoption agencies deny children to LGBT families on religious grounds

It’s similar to laws in at least five other states.

# religion - Thursday 5 April, 2018

Opinion: 'Religious instruction and worship should take place outside core school hours'

This proposal seeks to find a workable compromise between different belief groups at minimum cost, writes David Graham.

# religion - Friday 30 March, 2018

Devotees nail themselves to crosses at annual Good Friday ceremony in Philippines

The event is frowned upon by the Catholic Church.

# religion - Thursday 29 March, 2018

Number of Roman Catholic marriages reducing but it's still the most popular type of ceremony

The average age of grooms in Ireland is 36, while the average age of brides is 34.

# religion - Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Vatican communications chief quits over row about letter written by retired pope

Monsignor Dario Vigano was accused of manipulating a private letter written by Benedict XVI about Pope Francis.

Retirement: 'For the first time in nearly forty years I could openly admit that I didn't believe in God'

Being an atheist principal and managing a Catholic school was a difficult balance to maintain, writes Peter Gunning.

# religion - Monday 12 March, 2018

Vast majority of people agree that Catholic Church is 'empire of misogyny' Mary McAleese This post contains videos

Vast majority of people agree that Catholic Church is 'empire of misogyny'

Over 1,000 adults were polled about Mary McAleese’s comments.

Mary McAleese says her brother was 'seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan'

“My mother, almost 90 years of age, had to discover that from the Belfast Telegraph three weeks ago.”

# religion - Friday 9 March, 2018

Diarmuid Martin says Mary McAleese's criticism of the Church was 'brutally stark'

The former president has called on Pope Francis to address gender inequality in the Catholic Church.

# religion - Thursday 8 March, 2018

'Male celibates advise the Pope on what women really want, that is ludicrous'

The former president said women aren’t ‘mysteries’ or ‘strawberries on the cake’, despite what popes have called them.

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'I haven't taken a senior player' - Martin O'Neill upset with Michael for bringing religion into allegiance debate

The Republic of Ireland manager was responding to an interview his counterpart did earlier this week.

Mary McAleese says it's 'pure codology' that women can't become priests Misogyny This post contains videos

Mary McAleese says it's 'pure codology' that women can't become priests

The former president also called the Catholic Church an “empire of misogyny”.

# religion - Sunday 4 March, 2018

Mass-goers told there is 'no obligation' to attend religious services today

The public has been told they can view mass online instead.

# religion - Wednesday 21 February, 2018

Tributes paid to influential US preacher Billy Graham who has died at age 99 RIP

Tributes paid to influential US preacher Billy Graham who has died at age 99

He was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history.

# religion - Saturday 13 January, 2018

Atheist Ireland calls for bibles to be removed from referendum polling stations

The group calls the current system “discriminatory”.

# religion - Wednesday 20 December, 2017

Disgraced Boston cardinal at the centre of Spotlight case dies

Law had been sick and was recently hospitalised in Rome.

# religion - Tuesday 19 December, 2017

Government plans to scrap provision allowing church to appoint teachers and principals

Current criteria allows the Catholic church to appoint nuns, priests, monks and brothers as principals and teachers in schools.

# religion - Friday 15 December, 2017

Man loses case against Irish council's refusal to hold ceremony for Christians killed by IS

The man had claimed the council was discriminating against him on religious grounds by refusing to hold a wreath-laying ceremony.

# religion - Sunday 10 December, 2017

Poll: Would you like to attend the Pope's mass in Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you like to attend the Pope's mass in Ireland?

Pope Francis is set to visit the country next year.

# religion - Monday 27 November, 2017

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit

He is expected to address claims of ethnic cleansing in the region.

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