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 government revealed today. The relic of the region’s 30-year conflict is to be transformed into…

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 and held the broken staff together as he was welcomed into the cathedral to deliver…

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 is a further reminder of the need to take religious education – particularly among adults…

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 seven years, a period when the Catholic Church in Ireland has been rocked by sex-abuse…

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”. American al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn wrote to Osama bin Laden in January 2011 and laid…