Catholic

Some Post-Synod Considerations: Catholicism, Gender and Ritual Ambiguity

Nick Fouche | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Nick Fouche

The Vatican synod treating of 'Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization' has now come and gone. Recommendations by variou...

Why I'm Proud of My Parents, But Not My Country

Ben Clarke | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Clarke

I may not always be proud of Northern Ireland, but I will never cease to be proud of my family for the qualities I need to live in a country of religious divide without prejudice.

Drinking Beer With Richard Rohr in New Mexico

Jonty Langley | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Comedy
Jonty Langley

The first time I met Richard Rohr, I disgraced myself. It was at the wonderful Greenbelt festival, where Father Richard was a speaker.

WATCH: Pope Francis Stopped His Motorcade To Do Something Truly Incredible

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK

Pope Francis brought great joy to residents in a small Italian town at the weekend when he stopped his motorcade after a group of people with signs ca...

El Salvador Continues to Imprison Women Who Miscarry

Iram Sarwar | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

Restrictions on abortion laws in El Salvador continue to tighten as feminist and pro-choice groups launch a campaign to officially pardon 17 women who have been convicted of aggravated homicide. The women, who remain anonymous were convicted after receiving treatment at public hospitals after failed pregnancies.

Children 'Forced To Eat Their Own Vomit' In Church-Run 'Hell Hole'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK

Children at residential homes run by Catholic nuns were treated like prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp, a former resident has claimed. The lar...

Am I Living in Ireland or Iran?

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Because I'm from Northern Ireland, support the Union with Great Britain and identify myself as a cultural Protestant, I can't be a proper Irish person. That my friend is racism, jingoism and xenophobia - defined.

Chocolate Is Not Better Than Sex

Carol Tobin | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Carol Tobin

How bad is the sex you're having if some brown foodstuff that you can purchase at a petrol station or in a hospital gift shop is better than some sweaty thigh stiffening human contact?

World Youth Day: Pope Argues for More Legislation to Reduce Drug Use

Jo-Anne Rowney | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK
Jo-Anne Rowney

Pope Francis has started a war against drug dealers - at least that is what the headlines would have you believe. The comments came after the leader of the Catholic Church addressed crowds gathered at the Hospital of St Francis in Rio, as part of his visit to the country for World Youth Day.

The Marginalized Alexander Pope

Robert McNamee | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Robert McNamee

Spring 2013 marks two significant anniversaries for Alexander Pope, perhaps the most representative and alien English poet of the 18th Century.

Is It Possible to Be Just a Little Bit Racist?

Xavier Toby | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

If I hear something racist, sometimes when I pull the person up for it they'll say something like; "Ease up champ. Settle down sport. Back off tiger. It's only a little bit racist." Is that even possible? To be only a little bit racist?

South African Cardinal Claims Some Paedophiles 'Not Criminals'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has said some paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions as the condition is...

Pope Francis Brings Much-Needed Hope for Change in the Catholic Church

Calum Miller | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Calum Miller

I, for one, am quite excited about the new Pope. It is easy to raise questions about his age - he is only 10 years younger than Ratzinger - but there are signs that there is something to like for everyone. For one, he marks the end of a long period of European dominance: it is sometimes hard to remember that half of the early Popes were from the Middle East and Africa.

Pope 'Became A Priest When I Spurned His Advances' Says 77-Year-Old

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK

A woman claiming to be the former heart throb of the new pope says he became a priest when she spurned his advances. Amalia Damote said Jorge Bergo...

Thomas Gray and Horace Walpole, on the Grand Tour, Spread News of a Papal Election, 1739/1740

Robert McNamee | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK
Robert McNamee

On Sunday, 29 March 1739, two young men, aspiring authors and student friends from Eton College and Cambridge, departed Dover for the Continent.

The Pope's Last Day: In Pictures

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

The Pope is bidding his final farewells to cardinals, Vatican staff and the Catholic world, as he prepares for his retirement on Thursday night. On...

Insight in the Shadows

David Cooke | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
David Cooke

Shadow Dancer, though actually filmed in part in Dublin, also brings back the voices, streets and colours of Belfast, which I remember so fondly.

What makes leaders great?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Anyone who has ever run anything - national or local, commercial or non-profit, big or small - has had to think about leadership. In my own dabbling in the subject, I've come to believe that there are two crucial, and frequently overlooked characteristics of leadership: service and humility.

So, What DID The Pope's First Tweet Say?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

It wasn't a link to favourite gif, or a request for a member of One Direction to "follow back", but the pope's first tweet was simple message of goodw...

Pope On Twitter: Here's 13 Things He Won't Be Saying

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK

Pope Benedict XVI is to christen his new Twitter account with 140 holy characters this week. The first tweet, planned for midday on Wednesday, wil...

Sad F**king Queer

Scott Capurro | Posted 06.02.2013 | UK Comedy
Scott Capurro

I've got a blind spot where the word 'queer' is concerned, unless I'm paying someone £50 to whisper it into my ear. When my sexuality is used as a weapon, the comedy club becomes a schoolyard and I'm 14 again, tall and skinny and femmy and mouthy, a huge ego and a low self esteem.

Popemobile To Ride Out Retirement As Hen Party Venue

Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK

A former popemobile could ride out its retirement as a party venue for hen nights, stag dos and corporate meetings in a new business idea. The hist...

Woman Dies In 'Agony' After Being Refused Abortion

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

A woman has died in an Irish hospital after she was refused an abortion. Savita Halappanavar, a dentist aged 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she die...

Sainted Not Stirred

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

The Vatican has given its holy blessing to that most famous of womanising, gun-toting, spirit-swilling, government trained-killers, James Bond. The...

Is Northern Ireland Ready For Abortion?

Emma Campbell | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

Northern Ireland is known for its history of religious and state conflict; a recent scar that most of us living here would wish healed. So strange then that the group most disregarded during the Troubles, yet vital to its peace process, i.e. women, should be the subject of unity between the extremes of both Catholic and Protestant religious voices this week