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January 2023
# pope francis
Pope Francis: Those criminalising homosexuality are 'wrong'
The Pontiff has written a letter clarifying his earlier comments about homosexual acts being a sin.
Alan Cumming returns OBE over concerns of link to ‘toxicity’ of British Empire
The Scottish actor was honoured in 2009 for his work as an actor and for campaigning for the LGBTQ+ community.
Pope calls for bishops to welcome LGBTQ people into church
Some 67 countries or jurisdictions worldwide criminalise consensual same-sex sexual activity, 11 of which can or do impose the death penalty.
Looking for a romantic getaway? Cabra Castle in the hidden heartlands is just the place
Looking for a romantic getaway? Cabra Castle in the hidden heartlands is just the place
January is finally behind us, let’s celebrate in style at Cabra Castle.
# Pope Benedict XVI
Pope praises Benedict’s ‘acute and gentle thought’ ahead of funeral
More than 130,000 people have flocked to the Vatican following Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s death on Saturday.
# Pope Benedict XVI
Pope leads New Year's services with homage to 'beloved' Benedict
Delivering his Sunday Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, the pope bowed his head in a moment of silence.
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# Catholic Church
Pope Benedict XVI dead at 95: From the Nazi Youth to the papacy
The German national became pontiff in 2005.
In memoriam: Remembering the famous faces from around the world we lost in 2022
We take a look back at some of the many greats we lost this year.
Getting to Know: Irish dairy farmers share their stories of sustainability
Getting to Know: Irish dairy farmers share their stories of sustainability
Dairy farmer Niall Moore from Co. Waterford describes his life on the farm and the efforts being made by the Irish dairy sector to be more sustainable.
# Japan
Tokyo begins same-sex partnership recognition
City becomes the largest municipality to do so in a country in which same-sex marriage is not allowed.
# Anna Sochanska
Polish ambassador: Russian atrocities in Ukraine 'made me want to take up a gun and go fight'
Anna Sochańska has been the diplomatic representative in Ireland for the government of Poland since 2019.
# shots fired
'I've admired Serena but I don't think she has ever admired me,' says record-holder Court
The 80-year-old Australian feels under-appreciated in the sport despite her dominance in the 1960s and early ’70s.
Singapore to repeal colonial-era law against gay sex
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong maintained that the government will continue to “uphold” marriage as being between a man and a woman.
# Congress
US politician attends son’s same-sex wedding days after voting no to gay marriage
In 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage and legalized it in all fifty states
Varadkar: 'There's a feeling in the gay community that homophobic attacks are on the rise'
A report by
Christina Finn
Speaking to The Journal in a wide-ranging interview, Varadkar said the situation is ‘extremely worrying’.
# Pride
Thousands line streets of Belfast as Pride parade returns
There was a carnival atmosphere in the city centre as the rain stayed away until the end of the parade.
# Abortion Rights
Abortion clinics begin closing after US Supreme Court ruling
The court’s overturning of the landmark Roe v Wade decision is likely to lead to abortion bans across the country.
# surrogacy committee
Irish Gay Dads group 'implore' Govt to ensure Irish surrogacy families are not 'left behind'
Senator Sharon Koeghan said ‘as long as children are loved and cared for and feel secure in life, that’s all that matters’.
# Comeback
Israel Folau seeking international comeback with Tonga - and could face Ireland in World Cup
Folau is eligible to play for Tonga – three years after getting sacked by Rugby Australia for posting an anti-gay message on his Instagram account.
European Court rules long-running ‘gay cake’ case 'inadmissible'
Gareth Lee tried but failed to order the £36.50 cake at Ashers bakery in Belfast in May 2014.
# History Books
From Article 41.2 to the X Case: An A-Z of pivotal policy moments in Irish women's history
We’ve catalogued some of the landmark moments and milestones in Irish women’s history as part of this month’s Good Information Project cycle.
All time
# Ballot Box
Chile to vote for a new president amid fears of mass protests
A neck-and-neck race is underway between an ultra-conservative lawyer and a former student activist.
Desmond Tutu, revered anti-apartheid figure and South African archbishop, dies aged 90
The Nobel Prize winner, often described as the moral conscience of South Africa, died today in Cape Town.
In memoriam: Remembering the famous faces from around the world we lost in 2021
We take a look back at some of the many greats we lost this year.
From Paisean Faisean to Yu Ming: The most iconic moments from 25 years of TG4
The station launched a quarter of a century ago today.
# Vatican
Vatican challenges Italian homophobia law in 'unprecedented' move
The Vatican argues the anti-homophobia law violates a treaty between Rome and the Holy See.
# president for life
Putin signs law allowing him to serve two more terms
The Russian president may stay in power until 2036.
# Human Rights
Explainer: How does Hungary's new law affect LGBT+ rights?
Hungary has passed a bill that bans sharing content that “promotes” being gay to children and teenagers.
# Supernova
'For me, it's a love story - and the context is dementia'
Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star in a moving new film about a couple dealing with young-onset dementia.
# Equality
Amsterdam celebrates 20th anniversary of legalising same-sex marriages
The Netherlands was home to the world’s first legal same-sex marriages two decades ago.
# Equality
‘Weeping for this country’: Struggle continues in Hungary as Ireland joins Europe in stance against anti-LGBT+ bill
Ireland has joined 12 other EU member states to condemn a bill passed in Hungary last week.
Religion in schools: 'My son was upset - a friend told him he wasn't going to heaven'
Noteworthy gathers the experiences of parents and educators in Ireland’s majority Catholic primary education system.
In part two of a deep dive into the stalemate in providing choice in primary education, Peter McGuire hears from parents and teachers.
Families speak of being forced into Catholic schools because of hours-long daily commutes to 'nearest' multi-denominational.
While 'opting out' of religious instruction is facilitated by many schools, many parents say their children feel isolated and upset.
# The heave
These are the party pressure points that led to Arlene Foster's decision to quit as DUP leader
Foster bowed to the inevitable today and confirmed she would quit – here’s why.
# Mary McAleese
Academic report, signed by Mary McAleese, 'disproves' Christian objections to same-sex relationships
The group of Christian theologians and academics are appealing directly to Pope Francis to make the change.
# Interview
Alan Kelly on why there's no 'utopian consensus' in the opposition and why Sinn Féin 'isn't a left party'
Kelly is ending his first calendar year as leader of the Labour party.
# christian jessen
Arlene Foster tells court of her family's distress at Channel 4 doctor’s incorrect tweet about ‘affair’
The DUP leader has initiated a libel case against Dr Christian Jessen.
# new precedent
Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional by court
The country’s refusal to issue spouse visas to partners of same-sex couples legally married overseas has been a growing problem.
# a worm in the heart
'If we were stopped by the authorities, we feared we could have been jailed or fined'
A new Irish documentary looks at the crackdown on LGBT+ rights in Russia. We spoke to its director.
# Replacing Ruth
Senate votes to advance Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation
Republicans have mostly united to support Donald Trump’s pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
# Controversy
Brian Stanley says he's 'an ally of the LGBT community' and he wishes to apologise to Leo Varadkar
The Sinn Féin TD apologised for two tweets he sent that have caused controversy.
# Viktor Orban
Hungarian parliament votes to redefine meaning of 'family' - which bars same-sex couples from adopting
Bans on changing your gender, or teaching third-level gender-studies courses are place in Hungary.
# Papal blessing
Pope Francis endorses same-sex civil unions
The Pope made the comments in a documentary released today.