At the beginning of his first term as Prime Minister, faced with limited resources and growing needs across the nation, David Cameron proposed the idea of the “Big Society” – communities coming together to help and support those people most in need within them.
The Catholic Church in Ireland needs “a reality check”, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, said immediately after the results of the country’s historic referendum, in which the country voted overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage.
Cardinal Raymond Burke’s two-day visit to Oxford was a chance for me to meet the man behind the headlines – and be surprised.
I wasn't present in any polling station when the votes on the same-sex marriage referendum were being counted.
Torrential rain on the eve of a holiday weekend may dampen our spirits in the UK, but in drought-stricken El Salvador, Friday’s downpour heralded an auspicious start to the biggest weekend in the country’s history.
The world seems to be stunned by the rise of Islamic State, paralysed and unable to act in a coherent and effective fashion. ISIS is like a plague, spreading, infecting and destroying, yet the international community, including their leaders and organisations, is confused and helpless.
The new Tory Government plans to scrap the Human Rights Act of 1998, which incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights into British law. This is a move in exactly the wrong direction for it implies that British interests should and will replace those global concerns enshrined for us in the European Union.
The Irish bishops have pledged to fund all counselling needed by clients of a new support group for the children of Irish Catholic priests, Coping International. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin added: “I pray that Coping will be able to find ways which will bring the children of priests and their natural parents together for the benefit of both.” David Weber, the son of a priest, says globally thousands of people are affected
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