Tag Archives: Ireland

Bodies of 800 Babies, Long-Dead, Found in Septic Tank at Former Irish Home for Unwed Mothers

In the Washington Post: In a town in western Ireland, where castle ruins pepper green landscapes, there’s a six-foot stone wall that once surrounded a place called the Home. Between 1925 and 1961, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children … Continue reading

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Plans for First Mixed Catholic and Protestant School in Northern Ireland

Approved. Northern Ireland’s first shared education campus for Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren has been granted planning approval. Up to six schools with 3,700 pupils are expected to be based at a former Army barracks in Omagh, Co Tyrone, Stormont’s power-sharing … Continue reading

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Israeli Embassy: If Jesus and Mary Were Alive Today, They Would Be ‘Lynched in Bethlehem by Hostile Palestinians’

RT: Israel’s diplomatic corps finds itself in hot water after posting an inflammatory message on an official Facebook page. Although the message has now been deleted, this is not the first time Israel has used social media to post controversial … Continue reading

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Irish Archbishop Loses his Crook

News from Ireland: The Most Reverend Doctor Richard Clarke was striking the West Door of St Patrick’s Cathedral three times as part of the traditional ceremony when his staff snapped in two. However he took the mishap in good humour … Continue reading

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Religion and Atheism in Ireland

Vatican Radio: A survey published this week has revealed that only 47% of people in Ireland consider themselves to be religious. Responding to the findings of the Global Index of Religion and Atheism, Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says the data … Continue reading

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Ireland Abandoning Religion Faster than Almost Every other Country

Sad news: The Republic of Ireland is abandoning religion faster than almost every other country worldwide, a massive global survey on faith reveals. Only Vietnam has seen a bigger drop in people declaring themselves to be religious over the past … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda Official: Catholics in Ireland ‘Fertile Ground’ for Conversion

The Catholic Herald is reporting: A US al-Qaeda official concluded that Catholics were “fertile ground” for conversion, “particularly after the rage expanding against the mother church [Vatican] as a result of its scandals and policies refused by many of its public”. … Continue reading

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Census Shows Ireland is Still Overwhelmingly Catholic

Despite being rocked by the sex abuse scandal, a huge percentage in the country still self-identify as Catholic.  Details, from the Irish Times: Ireland remains the overwhelmingly Catholic country of the English-speaking world, according to results of the April 2011 … Continue reading

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Vatican: Irish Catholic Trainee Priests Must Attend Child Protection Classes

The Guardian reports: Every trainee Catholic priest in Ireland must attend child protection classes, the Vatican has recommended in a major report on how the church handled the republic’s clerical abuse scandals. Vatican Radio released the findings of the Holy See’s … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict ‘Considering’ Irish Visit

The Irish Times: Pope Benedict would visit Ireland “soon rather than later” and was “actively considering” an invitation from the Irish Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. Dr Martin also said, however, that the Irish Church … Continue reading

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