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# catholics - Thursday 12 October, 2017

At 88.6%, Offaly has the highest percentage of Catholics in Ireland

Ireland’s population of Roman Catholics has fallen since 2011.

# catholics - Monday 4 July, 2016

It's time to end the segregation in Northern Ireland

Peter Osborne suggests the best way to overcome prejudice is through relationships

# catholics - Thursday 18 February, 2016

Donald Trump and Pope Francis got into a proper row today

Francis said Trump was “not Christian”. Trump called his comments “disgraceful.”

# catholics - Friday 20 November, 2015

Pope Francis: 'If you're unstable, see a doctor - don't become a priest'

“I’m scared of rigid priests. I keep away from them. They bite!”

# catholics - Saturday 7 November, 2015

Meet the order of nuns who have been praying non-stop for 137 years

At 11 am on 1 August 1878, a group of Franciscan sisters began praying at a convent in Wisconsin. They’re still going.

# catholics - Saturday 2 May, 2015

Sinn Féin defends leaflet amid accusations of 'blatant sectarianism'

A leaflet for Gerry Kelly contains census figures showing more Catholics than Protestants in North Belfast.

# catholics - Thursday 12 March, 2015

"You are only concerned when the hurley shortage happens': GAA urged to fight forest fungus

‘Ash Dieback’ disease could threaten the existence of the trees in Ireland and across Europe.

# catholics - Sunday 5 October, 2014

Vatican looks to reform church's stance on 'living in sin', marriage, and divorce

Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church must address the present gulf between what it currently says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do.

# catholics - Thursday 18 September, 2014

We're running out of priests...

The number of priests entering the seminary in Ireland this year is less than a quarter of those in England and Wales.

# catholics - Friday 12 September, 2014

'Never never never' and other famous words from Reverend Ian Paisley

He was always controversial, vicious at times and always

# catholics - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

New TUV councillor in trouble over anti-Catholic remarks

TUV councillor Jolene Bunting apologised, explaining her teenage self meant ‘Republicans’ and not Catholics when she wrote the posts in 2011.

# catholics - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

Egypt has deported Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire

Maguire won the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize with Betty Williams for founding a peace group to resolve the conflict between North Ireland’s Catholics and Protestants.

# catholics - Monday 24 February, 2014

Priest says Iona Institute didn't handle homophobia debate well

Fr Brendan Hoban said Iona’s ‘rush to the legal eagles’ was unwise.

# catholics - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Here's Pope Francis meeting Philomena Lee and Steve Coogan

After the meeting, Lee said she hopes the Pope will help her with her fight to help mothers and children who need closure.

# catholics - Saturday 7 September, 2013

Police call for calm as threat issued to Belfast schools

A man claiming to represent the Red Hand Defenders issued the threat, according to the Irish News.

# catholics - Monday 22 July, 2013

Third in line: Here's the new line of succession to the British throne

Prince William’s baby son follows him in the order, overtaking William’s younger brother Prince Harry at third in line to the throne.

# catholics - Tuesday 16 July, 2013

Pope urges Irish Catholics to 'recognise the inestimable value of all human life'

The Pope was speaking ahead of the Catholic Church’s annual ‘Day For Life’.

# catholics - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

Column: Though the Good Friday Agreement brought peace, we should never forget the past

On this date 15 years ago, the Good Friday Agreement was signed. While we have come along way, we shouldn’t take the peace we have for granted, writes Ben English.

# catholics - Sunday 17 February, 2013

Column: Pope Benedict saw sense by retiring early, John Paul II should have too

We need a pope that will listen to the wider church and wider world, writes Fr Seamus Ahearne, who reflects on the previous two popes’ achievements and failures.

# catholics - 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.

# catholics - Thursday 18 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added ballerinas on the Grand Canal

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

# catholics - Thursday 11 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added Christopher Walken

Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.

# catholics - Monday 24 September, 2012

Germany's Catholics told to pay church tax or no sacraments

Anyone who does not pay between eight and 10 per cent of income tax to the church will no longer be able to receive sacraments or become a godparent.

# catholics - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

Eucharistic Congress: Here's why people are attending

The arrival of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress comes at a time when the Catholic Church in Ireland is in turmoil. spoke to some of the pilgrims on why they are attending.

# catholics - Friday 13 April, 2012

From The Daily Edge Column: Cardinal Rules - on hairdryers, Big Ben Dunne and the Titanic 'industry' Humour

Column: Cardinal Rules - on hairdryers, Big Ben Dunne and the Titanic 'industry'

This week, the (not) primate of All Ireland recalls the terrible events after Ardfillan won the county final: ““The whole team went into the dressing room, roaring and shouting like apes. Then they put on all the hair dryers…”

# catholics - Thursday 12 April, 2012

Three quarters of Catholics say Church teachings on sexuality are irrelevant

The survey of Irish Catholics found 87 per cent are in favour of priests being allowed marry and 77 per cent support women becoming priests.

# catholics - Monday 9 January, 2012

From The Daily Edge Wikifail: Vatican uses Wikipedia for profiles of new cardinals Vatican

Wikifail: Vatican uses Wikipedia for profiles of new cardinals

A spokesman later clarified that the biographies that had been sent to journalists were unofficial and had been issued in haste.

# catholics - Tuesday 28 June, 2011

Artist says SHE'S offended by UCC blasphemy controversy

Alma Lopez, the artist whose work Our Lady prompted protests at University College Cork last week, has called on Irish people to protect their right to freedom of speech and called the blasphemy laws ‘ridiculous’.

# catholics - Thursday 23 June, 2011

A holy mess: Bishop and TD weigh on on controversial UCC exhibit Controversy This post contains a poll

A holy mess: Bishop and TD weigh on on controversial UCC exhibit

The exhibition features a bikini-clad Virgin Mary in a “provocative” pose. It’s part of a conference organised by the Mexican Studies Centre.