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From TheJournal.ie How much do children get on their Communion day and how much do parents spend? Communion Money

How much do children get on their Communion day and how much do parents spend?

It’s an expensive day all around, but how expensive are we talking?

From TheJournal.ie 'The nun made us put our hands on electrical panels to get an electric shock' Frances' Story

'The nun made us put our hands on electrical panels to get an electric shock'

Abandoned, abused and abducted – this is one woman’s Magdalene story.

From TheJournal.ie Presbyterian Church in Ireland votes against allowing gay couples to be full members Northern Ireland

Presbyterian Church in Ireland votes against allowing gay couples to be full members

The policy also prevents the children of same-sex couples from being baptised in the church.

From TheJournal.ie 'How can you cheer abortion?': Bishop 'horrified' by referendum celebrations Euthanasia

'How can you cheer abortion?': Bishop 'horrified' by referendum celebrations

Alphonsus Cullinan said Catholic Yes voters “should go to confession”.

From TheJournal.ie Bishop says Catholics who voted Yes have sinned and should go to confession Eighth Referendum

Bishop says Catholics who voted Yes have sinned and should go to confession

Meanwhile, Father Brian D’Arcy said that he “wouldn’t like to attribute sin in this manner, at all”.

From TheJournal.ie Parents in these 16 areas to be surveyed over demand for non-denominational schools No Religion

Parents in these 16 areas to be surveyed over demand for non-denominational schools

The government wants 400 multi- and non-denominational schools in place by 2030.

From TheJournal.ie Archbishop says he is 'deeply saddened' by referendum result Catholic Church

Archbishop says he is 'deeply saddened' by referendum result

Eamon Martin, the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has thanked “courageous” pro-life campaigners.

From TheJournal.ie Priests ask for an end to referendum campaigning at mass Pulpit

Priests ask for an end to referendum campaigning at mass

The Save the 8th campaign says it will not decline invitations.

From TheJournal.ie Oklahoma passes law allowing adoption agencies deny children to LGBT families on religious grounds Adoption

Oklahoma passes law allowing adoption agencies deny children to LGBT families on religious grounds

It’s similar to laws in at least five other states.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Religious instruction and worship should take place outside core school hours' Column

Opinion: 'Religious instruction and worship should take place outside core school hours'

This proposal seeks to find a workable compromise between different belief groups at minimum cost, writes David Graham.

From TheJournal.ie Devotees nail themselves to crosses at annual Good Friday ceremony in Philippines Good Friday

Devotees nail themselves to crosses at annual Good Friday ceremony in Philippines

The event is frowned upon by the Catholic Church.

From TheJournal.ie Number of Roman Catholic marriages reducing but it's still the most popular type of ceremony Rise In Humanism

Number of Roman Catholic marriages reducing but it's still the most popular type of ceremony

The average age of grooms in Ireland is 36, while the average age of brides is 34.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican communications chief quits over row about letter written by retired pope Pope Benedict

Vatican communications chief quits over row about letter written by retired pope

Monsignor Dario Vigano was accused of manipulating a private letter written by Benedict XVI about Pope Francis.

From TheJournal.ie Retirement: 'For the first time in nearly forty years I could openly admit that I didn't believe in God' Read Me

Retirement: 'For the first time in nearly forty years I could openly admit that I didn't believe in God'

Being an atheist principal and managing a Catholic school was a difficult balance to maintain, writes Peter Gunning.

From TheJournal.ie Vast majority of people agree that Catholic Church is 'empire of misogyny' Mary McAleese This post contains videos

Vast majority of people agree that Catholic Church is 'empire of misogyny'

Over 1,000 adults were polled about Mary McAleese’s comments.

From TheJournal.ie Mary McAleese says her brother was 'seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan' Abuse

Mary McAleese says her brother was 'seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan'

“My mother, almost 90 years of age, had to discover that from the Belfast Telegraph three weeks ago.”

From TheJournal.ie Diarmuid Martin says Mary McAleese's criticism of the Church was 'brutally stark' Empire Of Misogyny

Diarmuid Martin says Mary McAleese's criticism of the Church was 'brutally stark'

The former president has called on Pope Francis to address gender inequality in the Catholic Church.

From TheJournal.ie 'Male celibates advise the Pope on what women really want, that is ludicrous' Mary McAleese

'Male celibates advise the Pope on what women really want, that is ludicrous'

The former president said women aren’t ‘mysteries’ or ‘strawberries on the cake’, despite what popes have called them.

From The42 'I haven't taken a senior player' - Martin O'Neill upset with Michael for bringing religion into allegiance debate Namesake

'I haven't taken a senior player' - Martin O'Neill upset with Michael for bringing religion into allegiance debate

The Republic of Ireland manager was responding to an interview his counterpart did earlier this week.

From TheJournal.ie Mary McAleese says it's 'pure codology' that women can't become priests Misogyny This post contains videos

Mary McAleese says it's 'pure codology' that women can't become priests

The former president also called the Catholic Church an “empire of misogyny”.

From TheJournal.ie Mass-goers told there is 'no obligation' to attend religious services today Thanks Be To God

Mass-goers told there is 'no obligation' to attend religious services today

The public has been told they can view mass online instead.

From TheJournal.ie Tributes paid to influential US preacher Billy Graham who has died at age 99 RIP

Tributes paid to influential US preacher Billy Graham who has died at age 99

He was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history.

From TheJournal.ie Atheist Ireland calls for bibles to be removed from referendum polling stations Losing My Religion

Atheist Ireland calls for bibles to be removed from referendum polling stations

The group calls the current system “discriminatory”.

From TheJournal.ie Disgraced Boston cardinal at the centre of Spotlight case dies Spotlight

Disgraced Boston cardinal at the centre of Spotlight case dies

Law had been sick and was recently hospitalised in Rome.

From TheJournal.ie Government plans to scrap provision allowing church to appoint teachers and principals Religious Orders

Government plans to scrap provision allowing church to appoint teachers and principals

Current criteria allows the Catholic church to appoint nuns, priests, monks and brothers as principals and teachers in schools.

From TheJournal.ie Man loses case against Irish council's refusal to hold ceremony for Christians killed by IS Discrimination

Man loses case against Irish council's refusal to hold ceremony for Christians killed by IS

The man had claimed the council was discriminating against him on religious grounds by refusing to hold a wreath-laying ceremony.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Would you like to attend the Pope's mass in Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you like to attend the Pope's mass in Ireland?

Pope Francis is set to visit the country next year.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit Rohingya Crisis

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit

He is expected to address claims of ethnic cleansing in the region.

From TheJournal.ie The Pope had to tell bishops to put down their phones in mass today IPope
From TheJournal.ie Stephen Fry says he was 'enchanted' to be caught up in blasphemy row The Meaning Of Life This post contains videos

Stephen Fry says he was 'enchanted' to be caught up in blasphemy row

He described our “unworkable” blasphemy legislation as “a wonderfully Irish solution”.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis has criticised Europe's low birth rates at a bishops' conference Dramatic Sterility

Pope Francis has criticised Europe's low birth rates at a bishops' conference

In 2014 Pope Francis described the EU as a “grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant”.

From TheJournal.ie UK court rules that Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful Birmingham

UK court rules that Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful

The Al-Hijrah School argued that the segregation policy was one of the “defining characteristics” of the school.

From TheJournal.ie At 88.6%, Offaly has the highest percentage of Catholics in Ireland Census 2016

At 88.6%, Offaly has the highest percentage of Catholics in Ireland

Ireland’s population of Roman Catholics has fallen since 2011.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Debating religious ideas isn't inciting to hatred' Blasphemy

Opinion: 'Debating religious ideas isn't inciting to hatred'

Introducing a blasphemy law in the 21st century has damaged our reputation internationally, writes Selina Campbell.

From TheJournal.ie 'Contempt for women reaches a new low': Trump administration rolls back free birth control access Religious Freedom

'Contempt for women reaches a new low': Trump administration rolls back free birth control access

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in response to the announcement.

From TheJournal.ie Man who listed 'standing up against homosexuality' as achievement loses discrimination case Job Application

Man who listed 'standing up against homosexuality' as achievement loses discrimination case

Mark Savage claimed he was told to remove the line from his CV.

From TheJournal.ie Bishops have 'constructive' meeting with Varadkar and ministers Church And State

Bishops have 'constructive' meeting with Varadkar and ministers

The agenda for the meeting included the Eighth Amendment and the possibility of a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.

From TheJournal.ie Three days of mourning in Madeira after falling tree kills 13 people Religious Festival

Three days of mourning in Madeira after falling tree kills 13 people

Dozens more were injured, some seriously.

From TheJournal.ie 'It happened in the middle of mass': 12 killed and 50 injured by falling tree at religious Portuguese festival Madeira

'It happened in the middle of mass': 12 killed and 50 injured by falling tree at religious Portuguese festival

A 200-year-old oak tree fell on people gathered outside a church.

From TheJournal.ie 'Grandparents are the anchor of many families - but we don't always recognise that' Knock

'Grandparents are the anchor of many families - but we don't always recognise that'

The Catholic Grandparents Association is holding its annual pilgrimage to Knock next month (and will feature a performance from Dana).