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Crisis as 71 families become homeless in April

Of the 71 families referred to Focus Ireland by four Dublin authorities, 63 had never been homeless before.

27 May, 2015 Read More

‘Ecumenism is key to Ecumenical Bible Week’

“Many reflective Catholics are taking up the scriptures because there they find that nourishment that keeps them in a faithful relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.”

27 May, 2015 Read More

Synod without married laity will lack authority: ACI

“Priests who left the Church to marry should be invited back and would bring the experience of marriage to their ministry.”

27 May, 2015 Read More

Pope voices concern for refugees stranded at sea

“A new wave of boat people, ejected by excruciating poverty and conflict from both Myanmar and Bangladesh, are adrift in the seas.”

26 May, 2015 Read More

Ban Ki Moon’s role as a bridge builder praised

“Ireland has always been one of the strongest supporters of the United Nations and some 90 Irish soldiers have lost their lives in the quest for worldwide peace.”

26 May, 2015 Read More

Archbishop Martin blesses new hospice in Dublin

Fundraising group led by Fr Dan Joe O’Mahony and Fr Eugene Kennedy made a massive contribution of €7 million.

26 May, 2015 Read More

President Higgins attends Mass for Romero

Desperate attempts by thousands of refugees to cross the Mediterranean is a challenge to ‘Christian’ Europe, which demands a coordinated and compassionate response.

25 May, 2015 Read More

Ireland celebrates Africa Day

Immigrant Council of Ireland warns that family rights, access to work and education as well as citizenship need to be addressed by the State.

25 May, 2015 Read More

Yes vote was show of solidarity towards gays: Bishop

Iona Institute chairman calls on Irish Church “to start teaching its teachings”.

25 May, 2015 Read More

Church leaders respond to referendum outcome

No vote was “a principled vote. People, I hope, will respect that” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

24 May, 2015 Read More

Jesuit kidnapped in Syria as ISIS captures Palmyra

“We priests are fully aware of the risks we run, but we cannot do otherwise than remain alongside the Syrian people, both Christians and Muslims.”

24 May, 2015 Read More

UK church seeks photos of Irish emigrant couples

The Sacred Heart Church in Kilburn is appealing to couples who married there for copies of their wedding photos for a display to mark its 150th anniversary.

24 May, 2015 Read More

Church gathers to honour Archbishop Romero

Beatification is not only a fitting tribute to his work, “it is also a powerful message of solidarity to those who continue to put their lives at risk to speak out against injustice”.

23 May, 2015 Read More

Ecumenical Bible Week begins on Pentecost Sunday

The focus is on the Bible but looked at from different perspectives using the lens of film, music, ethics and law.

23 May, 2015 Read More

Family relieved as Irish priest released from captivity

Delight in Co Mayo as missionary Fr Billy Sheridan SMA, who was kidnapped north-west Nigeria, released unhurt.

23 May, 2015 Read More

Vote to protect life in Carlow-Kilkenny urges PLC

“Many issues are troubling voters, but no issue is more important than protecting life. How we treat the vulnerable measures how civilised we are as a society.”

22 May, 2015 Read More

Educational alliance of society & the family in crisis

Pope appeals to separated parents not to allow children to bear the weight of the separation and be used as ‘hostages against the other spouse’.

22 May, 2015 Read More

Prince and Duchess visit historic Belfast church

Royal visitors viewed St Patrick’s most treasured artwork, the ‘Madonna of the Lakes’ altarpiece, painted and gifted to the parish by one of its renowned sons, Sir John Lavery.

22 May, 2015 Read More

Prince Charles attends ‘milestone’ ecumenical service

IRA murder of Lord Mountbatten helped Prince understand suffering and the “agonies borne by so many others in these islands.”

21 May, 2015 Read More

Bishop says Fr John Sullivan has message for today

Dr Denis Nulty asks if Jesuit priest might be a comfort to the many families whose loved ones remain missing.

21 May, 2015 Read More

Archbishop O’Reilly launches book by WMI director

“Each one of us is asked to leave our comfort zones and reach out to others to spread the joy of the Gospel. But in order to evangelise, we need first to be evangelised ourselves.”

21 May, 2015 Read More

A reasoned No vote is not homophobic

“What will happen will be determined exclusively by the courts and we know from past experience that test cases can produce unexpected results” – Archbishop Martin.

20 May, 2015 Read More

Ashers bakery may appeal NI discrimination ruling

Christian-owned bakery found guilty of discrimination by Belfast court for refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.

20 May, 2015 Read More

Regular Mass attendance at 20% in Down & Connor

“Parents and grandparents today need our ongoing support and challenge to live up to the promises they undertake on behalf of their children” – Bishop Treanor.

20 May, 2015 Read More

Bishops & philosopher highlight MarRef concerns

“Getting it wrong will almost inevitably further destabilise the family and society; it will pose major problems for legislation,” – Bishop MacDaid.

19 May, 2015 Read More

Caritas adopts Oscar Romero as a patron

Caritas Internationalis’ General Assembly closed with member organisations agreeing to adopt a vision of ‘One Human Family, Caring for Creation’.

19 May, 2015 Read More

President Higgins attends rededication of St Mel’s

“Sunday mornings we have bigger congregations than we have been seeing for a considerable time. Our webcam is reaching people far from Longford.”

18 May, 2015 Read More

The family is a privileged place of encounter: Pope

The great challenge facing people today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information.

18 May, 2015 Read More

Irish charities forced to cut services despite recovery

Survey shows 33% of charities had to cut back or suspend services in the past year due to a lack of funding, while over 42% reported a drop in income.

18 May, 2015 Read More
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