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From TheJournal.ie Given up on Catholicism? Why you should tick 'no religion' on the census tomorrow Opinion

Given up on Catholicism? Why you should tick 'no religion' on the census tomorrow

Religion is all of our business when over 90% of state-funded schools remain in church hands, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

From TheJournal.ie Havoc caused by STIs - not true love - is what makes humans mate for life Germs

Havoc caused by STIs - not true love - is what makes humans mate for life

That’s according to a study which argues that falling population numbers forced a rethink of sexual behaviours.

From TheJournal.ie 'What is your religion?' People are being urged to think hard about that come census night

'What is your religion?' People are being urged to think hard about that come census night

The Humanists Association of Ireland want people to consider how they really feel.

From TheJournal.ie Interview where Stephen Fry tells Gay Byrne God is evil is up for an award The Meaning Of Life This post contains videos

Interview where Stephen Fry tells Gay Byrne God is evil is up for an award

“How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right. “

From TheJournal.ie Secular Schools Ireland to apply to run three new primary schools in Dublin Patronage

Secular Schools Ireland to apply to run three new primary schools in Dublin

Some 96% of primary schools are under religious control.

From TheJournal.ie 'Hearing a prayer at the start of the new Dáil grated against my nerves' Opinion

'Hearing a prayer at the start of the new Dáil grated against my nerves'

In the Dáil, the charade of religious worship equals the charade of politics in its need for reform, writes Oliver Moran.

From TheJournal.ie 'The toilets were absolutely full of crucifixes': Two elderly people arrested over theft of religious items France

'The toilets were absolutely full of crucifixes': Two elderly people arrested over theft of religious items

More than 3,000 religious objects were found in their homes.

From TheJournal.ie The Catholic Church still doesn't get the horror of child abuse Opinion

The Catholic Church still doesn't get the horror of child abuse

The Church – to quote the brilliant film “Spotlight” – thinks in centuries, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

From TheJournal.ie The Pope was not impressed that someone nearly pulled him down Il Papa Don't Reach

The Pope was not impressed that someone nearly pulled him down

The Pope is on a visit to Mexico.

From TheJournal.ie Why do people get ashes on their head today? Ashes To Ashes

Why do people get ashes on their head today?

And why don’t some eat meat?

From TheJournal.ie What did God do before the world was made? The Pope has given an answer Almighty Question

What did God do before the world was made? The Pope has given an answer

It’s part of a children’s book the Pontiff has written.

From TheJournal.ie Pope changes rule to allow women have their feet washed on Holy Thursday Easter Tradition

Pope changes rule to allow women have their feet washed on Holy Thursday

Shortly after he was elected, Francis raised conservative eyebrows by performing the rite on men and women, Catholics and Muslims.

From TheJournal.ie Jewish extremists vandalise church where Virgin Mary is said to have died Radical Messages

Jewish extremists vandalise church where Virgin Mary is said to have died

The graffiti included threats of violence, messages degrading Jesus and a call for Christians to “go to hell”.

This town built a church shaped like a shoe to attract female worshippers

Someone’s been watching too much Sex and the City.

From TheJournal.ie The Catholic Church does not promote an egalitarian ethic - it never has Column

The Catholic Church does not promote an egalitarian ethic - it never has

The Catholic Church has a record of abuse, twisted morality and regressive politics, writes Julien Mercille.

From TheJournal.ie Teacher to be compensated after principal insulted gay son Equality Tribunal

Teacher to be compensated after principal insulted gay son

She said her boss made derogatory comments about her son’s clothes, and members of the Catholic Church.

From TheJournal.ie When fear and hatred of Irish Catholics set fire to an American city Street Wars

When fear and hatred of Irish Catholics set fire to an American city

What an explosive, forgotten 172-year-old chapter in Irish-American history can teach us about the world today.

From TheJournal.ie This Irish film about an 8-year-old atheist girl is winning lots of awards Rubai

This Irish film about an 8-year-old atheist girl is winning lots of awards

The short film is going to be shown on TG4 tonight.

From TheJournal.ie German church holds Star Wars themed mass to attract more young people The Force Awakens

German church holds Star Wars themed mass to attract more young people

About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying lightsaber props or wearing Darth Vader masks.

From TheJournal.ie This guy is trolling Christmas itself with his controversial zombie nativity scene Happy Un-holy-days

This guy is trolling Christmas itself with his controversial zombie nativity scene

Step away from the manger.

From TheJournal.ie How much will a can of beer cost you next year? It's the week in numbers Prime Numbers

How much will a can of beer cost you next year? It's the week in numbers

Plus: How many selfies did Teresa Mannion say she posed for in Ballina?

From TheJournal.ie South Korean family charged with murder over brutal hotel exorcism Germany

South Korean family charged with murder over brutal hotel exorcism

A 41-year-old woman was “severely” beaten, allegedly by a group including her own son.

From TheJournal.ie The Archbishop of Dublin says parents who don't want their kids to do religion have a point Religion Lessons

The Archbishop of Dublin says parents who don't want their kids to do religion have a point

But he says Catholic education is “not poison”.

From TheJournal.ie Seven charged with murdering teenager in secretive church "confession" beating Word Of Life

Seven charged with murdering teenager in secretive church "confession" beating

19-year-old Lucas Leonard was trying to leave the “Word of Life” church in New York, when he was beaten to death over six hours.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should schools require students to study religion? Poll This post contains a poll

Poll: Should schools require students to study religion?

What do you think?

From TheJournal.ie 'Quite startling': €31m of church property for redress fund yet to be transferred Child Abuse

'Quite startling': €31m of church property for redress fund yet to be transferred

€83 million of donations has been made from congregations since the Ryan Report.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis: 'If you're unstable, see a doctor - don't become a priest' Rigid Priests

Pope Francis: 'If you're unstable, see a doctor - don't become a priest'

“I’m scared of rigid priests. I keep away from them. They bite!”

From TheJournal.ie Meet the order of nuns who have been praying non-stop for 137 years Perpetual Adoration

Meet the order of nuns who have been praying non-stop for 137 years

At 11 am on 1 August 1878, a group of Franciscan sisters began praying at a convent in Wisconsin. They’re still going.

From TheJournal.ie Eileen Fox, who unwittingly rocked 1960s Ireland, has passed away Bishop And The Nightie

Eileen Fox, who unwittingly rocked 1960s Ireland, has passed away

Gay Byrne has led tributes to the woman behind the ‘Bishop and the nightie’ incident.

From TheJournal.ie Scientologists go on trial charged with fraud and extortion Belgium

Scientologists go on trial charged with fraud and extortion

Eleven members of the Belgian branch have been charged with fraud, extortion, running a criminal organisation and violating the right to privacy.

From TheJournal.ie 11 things that definitely should feature in the new Angelus Stick It In The Angelus

11 things that definitely should feature in the new Angelus

Doooong. Doooong.

From TheJournal.ie Parents charged after teenager is beaten to death in secretive church "confession" ritual New York

Parents charged after teenager is beaten to death in secretive church "confession" ritual

Lucas Leonard’s parents and sister are accused of beating him to death at the isolated Word of Life church.

Pope Francis roared laughing at a tiny baby pope and it was simply adorable

BABY POPE IS EVERYTHING.

From TheJournal.ie Hozier has been explaining to Gay Byrne why he thinks baptism is ridiculous Ya Wha' Gay?

Hozier has been explaining to Gay Byrne why he thinks baptism is ridiculous

The veteran presenter also asked the singer if his generation was ‘cross and resentful’ about the Catholic church.

From TheJournal.ie Fatal flood opens old wounds for an isolated, polygamous sect with a dark past A River Ran Through It

Fatal flood opens old wounds for an isolated, polygamous sect with a dark past

A divided religious community led by a convicted child abuser lost 12 women and children this week.

7 Alive-O songs from primary school that are still absolute bangers

CONNECTED! Connected! You and I connected!

From TheJournal.ie 100,000 people protest for the right to starve themselves to death India

100,000 people protest for the right to starve themselves to death

They are members of the Jain religion.

From TheJournal.ie Couple from viral pregnancy video tearfully announce wife's miscarriage Video Blog This post contains videos

Couple from viral pregnancy video tearfully announce wife's miscarriage

In their viral video, Sam surprised Nia about her pregnancy.

From TheJournal.ie China has just got its first Catholic bishop in three years Joseph Zhang Yilin

China has just got its first Catholic bishop in three years

“I’m glad he is becoming our bishop. He has a very deep faith and I know he will be able to accomplish his ministry well.”