News – JANUARY 19

Former Presbyterian Moderators strongly opposed to 12-week proposal on abortion  -  Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, launches 850th anniversary programme  -  Fauré’s Requiem : The Big Sing at St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork  -  Death of former leader of loyal institution who met Cardinal  -  ‘Evil’ former monk jailed for indecent assaults on boys  -  Study finds 'little support' for purely Catholic religious instruction among trainee primary teachers  -  New guide helps Catholic women get quicker marriage annulments  -  WCC says future of Jerusalem must be a shared one. Click here - CNI -news - January 19

News – JANUARY 18

Dolores O’Riordan ‘took a lot of influence from her spirituality’, bishop says  -  Clontarf Choral Competition to promote performance of religious songs  -  Dublin service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  -  Belfast lecture by Bishop Nazir–Ali on confidence in Christ in multi-faith world  -  Bishop accuses BBC of ‘pro-abortion bias’  -  Pope Francis meets survivors of clerical sexual abuse. Click here - CNI -news - January 18

News – JANUARY 17

Pope Francis asks forgiveness from victims of clerical sex abuse in Chile  -  Missing Irish tourist may believe he's a Biblical figure  -  Archbishop Jackson visits linked diocese in Beirut to share Dublin’s Marks of Mission  -  Celebration of Family’ conference in Derry  -  Sister of Bobby Sands denounces former comrades at mother's funeral   -  Irish priests clash over ‘sinister’ advice for meeting bishops   -  Anglican Bishop of California responds to President’s remarks on Haiti and other nations. Click here - CNI -news - January 17

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Mass for Catholic Schools Week 2018  -  4 Corners Festival programme revealed  -  Two-thirds of Catholic dioceses do not publish accounts online  -  Cleric with key role in furthering of community relations to retire  -  Pope Francis on World Day of Migrants and Refugees: ‘Overcome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