Pope Francis has cleared the way for murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero to be made a saint, declaring that a churchman who stood up for the poorest of the poor in the face of right-wing oppression should be a model for Catholics today.
THE priest temporarily in charge of the Diocese of Dromore following the resignation of its bishop over the Malachy Finegan scandal is a former head of the school where the cleric sexually abused pupils.
The story of the Our Lady of Charity Refuges, better known as Magdalene laundries, is a complex one. The sisters who ran them were, more than most, the target of so-called 'fake news', says J. Anthony Gaughan
PERHAPS we see, deep within ourselves and all about us, the signs of a lack of love in the world: selfishness and spiritual sloth, sterile pessimism, the temptation to self-absorption, constant warring among ourselves, and the worldly mentality that makes us concerned only for appearances, and thus lessens our missionary zeal.
A recent prayer service hosted by the Catholic church in Donaghmore was an example of the sort of hope that Vatican II brought to the ecumenical world - but there is still much to be done, says the Rev Dr Lesley Carroll, who spoke at it