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Catholics overtake Protestants in Northern Ireland for the first time

Statistics released by NISRA show that, for the first time, Catholics outnumber Protestants in Northern Ireland—the part of the island of Ireland which remains in the United Kingdom. Catholics now make up 45.7 per cent of the population in Northern Ireland, with the number of Protestants at 43.48 per cent. Ten years ago, the figures were 45.1 per cent

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A participant’s account of the funeral of Elizabeth II

2022 is the fortieth anniversary of my appointment as an Officer of Arms (Herald ), part of the Ceremonial Royal Household . I am Extraordinary, that is I take part in ceremonies, but do not “Wait” one week in ten at the College of Arms to deal within incoming genealogical and armorial enquiries, as do

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Cardinal Nichols peforms historic role at funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has taken part in the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The involvement of the Archbishop of Westminster represents the first role by a Catholic leader in a Royal funeral in modern British history. Cardinal Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, was among eight high-profile ecumenical guests at the

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Catholic prayers for Queen Elizabeth II — and the new king

King Charles III walks alongside the coffin carrying Queen Elizabeth II with the Imperial State Crown resting on top as it departs Westminster Abbey during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19, 2022, in London. Elizabeth II died…

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Bishop compares Queen’s mourners to pilgrims revering St Bernadette

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has drawn a comparison between pilgrims venerating the relics of St Bernadette and mourners paying the final respects to Queen Elizabeth II. In homilies delivered in Shrewsbury Cathedral yesterday and St Werburgh’s Church, Chester, this afternoon, the bishop said that in both instances people wished to revere people whom they

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