News – JANUARY 16

Jordanstown musician releases CD for Tanzania  -  Presbyterian Church welcomes McElduff resignation  -  NI Attorney general challenges court humanist wedding verdict  -  Impact Roadshow launch of childrens’ mission project in Down & Dromore  -  Dublin seminar on Religion, Law and Rights  -  Christian footballer Cyrille Regis dies aged 59  -  Half of Brits say that they pray, including 20 percent with no faith  -  Message of hope expected as Pope arrives in Chile  -  World Communications Day to be held on May 13. Click here - CNI -news - January 16

News – JANUARY 15

Queen attends Songs of Praise marking 150 years of the Scripture Union  -  Televised Mass for Catholic Schools Week 2018  -  4 Corners Festival programme revealed  -  Two-thirds of Catholic dioceses do not publish accounts online  -  Cleric with key role in furthering of community relations to retire  -  Pope Francis on World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Overcome fears’  -  Benefits of being the ‘gay church’ in village  -  New Rector for Conwal and Gartan invited to come dancing. Click here - CNI -news - January 15

News – JANUARY 13

Alan Titchmarsh recommends listening to 'magical language' of traditional Anglican prayer book  -  Changes in C of I parish ministry  -  New Diocesan Chaplain of the Mothers’ Union  -  New monthly youth services in Dublin & Glendalough  -  RTÉ Radio 1 broadcast of C of I Communion Service  -  Televised service to celebrate 125 years of Girls’ Brigade  -  Pope Francis plans talks with Pinochet dictatorship victims during Chile visit. Click here - CNI -news - January 13

News – JANUARY 12

Bishop Donal McKeown in international delegation of bishops to meet young Palestinians and Israelis in the Holy Land  -  C of I Biblical Association Lent Studies 2018 focus on the Five Marks of Mission  -  Interdenominational Service as Gaeilge  -  Belfast Cathedral’s farewell to organist Ian Barber  -  Church of England's Christmas Campaign reached 6.8 million people  -  Catholic Church in England and Wales launches app to help discover vocations  -  Pope invites homeless to night at the circus  -  World Council of Churches begins its 70th anniversary with celebration in China. Click here - CNI -news - January 12

News – JANUARY 11

Archbishops of Armagh support Safe Church Initiative pledge against domestic violence  -  Living Worship workshops in Dublin  -  Carnegie Hall date for Cork rector with West Cork Choral Singers  -  Victims’ commissioner under fire for ‘silence’ over video  -  Humanists say Catholic donations to new education secretary 'represents inappropriate influence'  -  Mothers’ Union offers liturgy to help churches mark Mothering Sunday  -  Archbishop urges churches to commemorate the “vile and shameful” holocaust  -  Denial film a focus of Holocaust Memorial Day in N Ireland  -  Resources for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018. Click here - CNI -news - January 11

News – JANUARY 10

C of I Orange Chaplain condemns silence of church leaders on Kingsmill’s tweet - Kingsmill’s tweet ‘deeply wrong’, Presbyterian Church - Orly Watson to give first 2018 Armagh organ recital - New C of I book on Perspectives on Preaching  - Church school supporter is new Westminster Education Secretary - Transmit the faith with language of the family, Pope Francis. Click here - CNI -news - January 10

News – JANUARY 9

Bishop Treanor urges Northern Ireland 'to abandon crippling forces of fear and suspicion'  -  C of I bishop’s tribute to Paddy Harte  -  Islamic dress code should be accommodated in schools : group  -  Scottish Episcopal leader hits back after open letter criticises the appointment of Scotland’s first female bishop  -  Church of Scotland appoints 'minister for farming'  -  World peace depends on right to life, Pope tells diplomats. Click here - CNI -news - January 9

News – JANUARY 8

C of I bishop’s radio appeal to the main NI political parties to find a way forward  -  Diocese bans the ‘sign of peace’ amid Australian flu fears  -  Council order halts Straid Congregational Church demolition  -  Archbishop Martin urges Catholics to speak out on repeal of Eighth Amendment  -  Historic issues of the C of I Gazette online  -  Sister Francis, the Irish nun who left a €10m fortune in her will  -  Four C of E parish clergy feature in new BBC TV series. Click here - CNI -news - January 8

News – JANUARY 6

‘Paramilitaries have had their day’: Shankill pastor  -  Bishop sends letters to parishes and schools warning them of 'dangerous paedophile priest' living in the area  -  Muslims are as much a part of community as I am, says DUP MP  -  Open day before Derriaghy’s historic spire is dismantled and re-built  -  UK government begins bell-ringer recruitment drive ahead of Armistice Centenary  -  ‘Power of words’ theme for Holocaust Memorial Day  -  Derry Central Library to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 with poetry reading  -  Foyle College preppies for move to Waterside  -  Shankill Presbyterian mission building to be hotel  -  Brexit and the border: Views of Donegal Protestants  -  Tuam survivors want site fully excavated. Click here - CNI -news - January 6

News – JANUARY 5

Irish Christian leaders mum on abortion referendum in New Year's message  -  Presbyterian Youth assembly to re-imagine the church  -  Down & Connor Living Youth Summer Pilgrimage 2018 to Taizé & Paris  -  Archbishop Martin of Armagh pledges help for abuse sufferers  -  C of E to invest £24 million in new churches and evangelism  -  Media review of faith in the news.  Click here - CNI -news - January 5

News – JANUARY 4

New Bishop of Ossory  -  Omagh church 'safeguarding' row silences children's choir  - This Waterford church fundraiser from 2014 is going viral for all the right reasons  -  British Teilhard Association dissolves due to lack of members  -  CMS appoints Lima mission partner as new Latin America development manager. Click here - CNI -news - January 4

News – JANUARY 3

Bible Comes to Life exhibition coming to Enniskillen  -  All Ireland C of I Youth Forum in north Dublin  -  New Assistant Organist in Belfast cathedral  -  New rector of Dunboyne  -  Dungiven congregation has UK's 'only bomb-proof Sunday School'. Click here - CNI -news - January 3

News – JANUARY 2

Down Cathedral preparing for 200th anniversary of restoration of present building  -  Archbishop of Canterbury : use new year to focus on compassion, not horror  -  Pope Francis offers advice on how to start 2018  -  Church minister rendered “speechless” on knighthood award  -  ‘Prayer answered’ as priest wins €0.5 million on lottery  -  Government report acknowledges the importance of English cathedrals  -  Morning Service from Helen’s Bay. Click here - CNI -news - January 2

News – JANUARY 1

Church slams Belfast's £400m scheme to redevelop Royal Exchange area close to cathedral  -  New Year recommendation of recent Irish books   -  At least 23 missionaries killed in 2017, says Vatican  -  Callista Gingrich formally begins service as U.S. ambassador to Holy See  -  Court upholds $135,000 fine against Christian bakers in gay wedding cake case - Irish Church Leaders’ New Year Message. Click here - CNI -news - January 1

Thank you for visiting – Daily posts resume January 1

Reflection on the Fourth Sunday in Advent – today

Today is the last of the four Sundays in the weeks of preparation for Christmas. There is a greater observance in churches of the custom of the lighting of the candles on an Advent wreath with four candles being lit gradually, one more as each Sunday comes.

News – December 23

10 carols everyone should sing this Christmas, Keith Getty writes - World Meeting of Families 2018 share the ‘Joy of Love’ with special family Christmas card - Irish Presbterian missionary and Bible translator dies - Funeral for rector’s son who died in US - Archbishop Justin Welby attacks 'harmful' gambling machines - Pope criticises the Vatican’s ‘traitors of trust’. Click here - CNI -news - December 23

News – December 22

Christmas Carol Singing in Dublin supports projects in Zambia  -  Former President opens Nano Nagle Place in Cork  -  The Archbishop of Canterbury's Ecumenical Christmas Letter 2017  -  Fr Brian D'Arcy: Ex-taoiseach Albert Reynolds kick-started my writing career. Click here - CNI -news - December 22

News – December 21

The Gettys perform carol concert for US Vice President Mike Pence  -  Joint Christmas Message from the Archbishops of Armagh  -  President praises work of Dublin Central Mission  -  New initiative in Dublin to give pastoral support for clergy  -  Prince Charles: don't take your Christian freedoms for granted  -  Disgraced US cardinal dies in Rome  -  BBC pledges to have more of God in programming. Click here - CNI -news - December 21

News – December 20

Belfast Civic award to 81 year old church volunteer -  Broadcast service on Sunday from St Columba’s Church, Knock  -  Launch of Archbishop Clarke’s book, ‘Shouldering the Lamb’  -  Bishop of London appointment shows female Archbishop of Canterbury is 'possible'  -  Cardinal Nichols congratulates first female Bishop of London  -  Bishop calls for Christmas Day online sales boycott  -  Anti-Communist cardinal and Irish ‘Rosary Priest’ declared venerable. Click here - CNI -news - December 20

News – December 19

The Pope and the pizza  -  Moderator officially opens new Garvagh home  -  Sculpture and service honours inspirational Co Down missionary  -  Christmas cheer comes to a former Belfast parades flashpoint  -  Nurse, civil servant and the most senior ordained woman in Church of England  -  Lord Carey slams Archbishop Justin Welby over abuse report reaction. Click here - CNI -news - December 19

News – December 18

Advent service prepares most northerly C of I parish for Christmas  -  Dublin teacher honoured by France  -  Ahoghill Churchwarden wins prestigious 2017 Industrial Chemistry award  -  Belfast cathedral charity sitout online video  -  Friends of Cathedral Music award grant to Armagh cathedral  -  Bishop’s tribute to Sir William Hastings  -  Pope calls fake news a sin  -  Welby criticised for not fully apologising for ruined reputation of Bishop Bell. Click here - CNI -news - December 18

News – December 16

Presbyterian Moderator’s Christmas Message: Remembering the greatest gift  -  New Chief Executive for  Christian Aid  -  The ability of disability at Nenagh Christmas Tree Festival  -  Cork launch of new book: 55 Ways to Connect with Families in your Parish   -  Salvation Army raises most money of any Christian charity in the UK  -  Australian probe into child abuse calls for end to Catholic celibacy demands  -  Sir William Hastings, hotelier and churchman . Click here - CNI -news - December 16

News – December 15

Dublin’s Black Santa Sit Out off to a chilly start   -  Retreat for C of I clergy couples  -  Clergy appointments in the Diocese of Dromore  -  Members of royal family attend Grenfell Tower memorial service  -  UK government doubles the impact of Christian Aid’s Christmas Appeal  -  Pope Francis: It’s not enough just to ‘be good’. You must go to Mass  -  Archbishop of Canterbury: The Church of England “is very confident in its faith”. Click here - CNI -news - December 15

News – December 14

Bark the herald angels sing  -  Carol service support for Newtownbutler pipe organ installation  -  Cork graduates in pastoral care  -  Sub-Aqua Christmas tree in Kilkenny Cathedral festival  -  Cork’s interfaith calendar launched at City Hall  -  Pain in the faces of mothers in South Sudan whose children are starving, is ‘devastating’, Irish Christian Aid chief  -  ExxonMobil concede defeat in climate change battle with Church of England. Click here - CNI -news - December 14

News – December 13

    Down tree represents 13 decades of love and service by Mothers’ Union  -  Inter-church carol service at City of Derry airport  -  Launch of Journeying in Faith: A Walk with Christ, by Canon Cecil Hyland  -  Sudden death in USA of C of I rector’s son shocks local community  -  Lent Bible studies highlight Five Marks of Mission. Click here - CNI - December 13

News – December 12

Dogs carol service in Dublin Cathedral today  -  Pope Francis appoints Bishop Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway  -  Derry parish raises 12,000 pounds for Poppy Appeal  -  New Christmas CD from Belfast Cathedral  -  Dublin & Glendalough Mothers’ Union vigil Against Gender Based Violence  -  Bishop aims to raise £1.2 million by cycling across Canada  -  45,000 Christians singing in the rain at Borneo Christmas celebration. Click here - CNI -news - December 12

News – December 11

Congo highlighted in Presbyterian Church’s 2017 World Development Appeal  -  Dublin Black Santa Appeal gets underway on Wednesday  -  Generosity at Christmas memorial service in Belfast  -  New history of Strabane Parish launched   -  Rival Anglican church in UK ordains nine new clergy in controversial service  -  Pope Francis prays for 'world without nuclear weapons'  -  Evangelists and Zionists praise President Trump at White House Hanukkah party  -  Events this week . Click here - CNI -news - December 11

Press watch – My first sight of King’s College chapel taught me buildings could be art

In this season of carols, thoughts turn to the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. On Christmas Eve its service of nine lessons and carols will be heard around the globe. The chapel is one of the architectural wonders of the world, Simon Heffer writes in The Daily Telegraph. Click here - PRESS WATCH

News – December 8

Holy Family at the heart of new double issue of  Intercom  -  Theological Institute’s annual Advent Carol Service  -  Bishops call for increased efforts to counter homelessness  -  New Rector from Belfast to Cobh via Westminster  -  Photographer revisits Auschwitz for exhibition  -  Controversial 'missionary' bishop defends ordination service  -  Ex- C of E bishop jailed for abuse wants to join Catholic Church for 'anonymity' . Click here - CNI -news - December 8