Ireland: New Law Makes it a Crime to Celebrate or Attend Public Mass

Ireland: New Law Makes it a Crime to Celebrate or Attend Public Mass

CNS—The head of the Irish bishops’ conference said the government’s move to criminalize attendance at Mass as part of COVID-19 regulations was a “potential infringement of religious freedom and of constitutional rights.” “The precise provisions are unclear and at first reading appear to be draconian, going further than the restrictions we have been cooperating with…

The Great Saint Patrick of Ireland – HIS OWN WRITINGS!

The Great Saint Patrick of Ireland – HIS OWN WRITINGS!

I visited Westport Ireland three years ago in search of my grandmother’s (Cahill) birth certificate. It is a beautiful place on the West Coast of Ireland, north of Galway. It lies at the foot of Croagh Patrick which is named in honor of Saint Patrick, the apostle and patron of Ireland and the Irish race.…

Irish Supreme Court: Hospital may withhold treatment of child against parents’ wishes

Irish Supreme Court: Hospital may withhold treatment of child against parents’ wishes

CNA—The Supreme Court of Ireland ruled Friday that a hospital may withhold medical treatment contrary to the wishes of the parents of a child with severe injuries. “The withholding of treatment to a child does not necessarily require parental consent to be lawful if it based on a properly made decision as to the best…

INSPIRATION:  ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

INSPIRATION: ‘Grant me an undivided heart’: first biography reveals spiritual writings of Sr. Clare Crockett

CNA, with CBJ edits—On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 676 people, including a young religious sister called Sr. Clare Crockett.  Two years after her death, her order released a film about her remarkable life in both English and Spanish. “All or Nothing: Sr. Clare Crockett” now has more than…

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

Catholic Nobel Prize Laureate: North Ireland’s John Hume remembered as great peacemaker

CNA—Retired politician and Nobel laureate John Hume, a major leader in the effort to secure peace in Northern Ireland, died Monday at the age of 83. Many leaders in the region praised his success in responding to one of Europe’s longstanding conflicts. “I was leader of a great team of people, all of whom have…