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Massive response to Crosscare food appeal

120 tonnes of non-perishable food donated to help those in need this Christmas.


Violence leaves India’s Christians fearful

Church and civic leaders warn “These acts of violence are not isolated incidents."


Advent Moments: Week 4, Mon.

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent 22-12-14

 Gospel: Luke 2:53

He has filled the hungry with good things,  and sent the rich [...]


Fundraising deadline looms for Silverstream priory

Ireland’s newest monastery - the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory in Co Meath - need €150,000.


Pope appoints Cardinal Tauran as new camerlengo

71-year-old President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue takes over from Cardinal Bertone.


Advent Moments: Week 4, Sunday,

Sunday of the Fourth Week of Advent 21-12-14



Christmas is the embodiment of hope

In their joint message, the Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops of Clogher say Christmas brings hope.


St Mel’s reopens today for first time in five years

Longford's Phoenix is seen as a symbol of the renewal for the Irish Church.


Live crib a reminder of why Christmas celebrated

Huge community effort in Clondalkin sees enactment of Christmas story five times each day this weekend, bringing patrons inside the story to 'Bethlehem'.


Advent Moments: Week 3, Sat,

Saturday of the Third  Week of Advent 20-12-14

Gospel: Luke 2.38

Here am I the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word.


ACP writes to Pope Francis about Fr Tony Flannery

The CDF has never communicated directly with Fr Flannery or afforded him an opportunity to explain his position, ACP leadership tell Pontiff.


Decision on baby of brain dead woman “prudential”

All factors must be considered says moral theologian.


Irish church leaders pray for Christians in Middle East

In their Christmas messages, Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops express concern for those living in the "grip of fear".


Every Life Counts rejects Minister’s Dáil comments

Description of babies diagnosed fatal foetal abnormalities as "dead" criticised by support group for parents of children diagnosed with a terminal condition.


Advent Moments: Week 3, Friday

Friday of the Third  Week of Advent 19-12-14

Gospel: Luke 1:15 Even before his birth, he will be filled with the Holy Spirit

Reflection: Carrier [...]


Crosscare centre provides 35 beds for homeless

New residence in Dublin will enable 26 long-stay residents have a permanent base for six months and will also offer nine emergency beds every night.


Call for fair debate on same-sex marriage

Iona Institute reminds media presenters that they ought to be more like referees, ensuring a balanced debate.


Advent Moments : Week 3, Thurs

Thursday of the Third  Week of Advent 18-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 1:21 ‘She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from [...]


Don’t take peace for granted: Archbishop Clarke

Church leaders attend ecumenical carols with students from both communities in Armagh.


Australian Church leaders appeal for calm & prayers

Dublin priest based in Sydney struck by how people turned to prayer during siege.


PLC criticises Health Minister’s abortion remarks

Minister Varadkar accuses Eighth Amendment, which deals with abortion, of being too “restrictive”.


Advent Moments: Week 3, Wed

Wednesday of the Third  Week of Advent 17-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 1:1 ‘An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son [...]


42 more families became homeless in November

New figures released by Focus Ireland show the number of homeless families in Dublin alone rose to 450 over the first 11 months of this year.


Catholic & Protestant schoolgirls trade places in NI

The war in Northern Ireland is over and “we live in peace but we live apart" say students participating in documentary.


Shakespeare folio rekindles catholicism question

Rare first folio of plays dating from 1623 which was discovered in Saint Omer links Bard to the Jesuits.


Advent Moments: Week 3,Tuesday

Tuesday of the Third  Week of Advent 16-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 21:32

‘For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him but the tax-collectors [...]


Mary McAleese appointed professor at UK university

“A huge honour for us to appoint such a distinguished and respected public figure to our staff at St Mary's.”


Our faith must be a 21st century faith: Archbishop

Many who decry the errors of the recent past quickly forget “how much all of us in our own way were part of a culture of empty celebrity in the days of prosperity”.


Every 5 minutes a Christian dies in the Middle East

Greek Orthodox priest in Nazareth warns "What is happening is genocide."


Advent Moments: Week 3, Mon,

Monday of the Third  Week of Advent 15-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 21:28 I tell you, the tax collectors and prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.

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