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Friends of Bethlehem University appeal for support

The only Catholic university in the Holy Land is "somewhere Muslims feel comfortable to come to".


€1m donated towards restoration of St Mel’s

“From the start we set ourselves a five-year target to achieve a functional cathedral for Christmas 2014" - Fr Tom Healy.


Archbishop ordains Passionist to the diaconate

One of the particular themes Pope Francis stresses is that the call to be Christians begins on the periphery.


Fr Ray Kelly launches new album ‘Where I Belong’

Despite becoming an internet sensation, the Co Meath parish priest has no intention of giving up his ministry to concentrate on singing.


Advent Moments: Week 3, Sun

Sunday of the Third  Week of Advent 14-12-14

Prologue 3

The Dominican, Timothy Radcliffe quotes Pascal, I have discovered that the unhappiness of human beings comes from just one [...]


Think it out before borrowing for Christmas: MABS

MABs urges purchasers to think before getting into debt while Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) advises against moneylenders.


HSE is facilitating cover up PLC claims

Failure to condemn practices at IFPA-run clinics sends out message that it's okay for counselling agencies to encourage women to lie to their doctors: PLC


February consistory to appoint new cardinals

Pope Francis could name 10 new cardinal-electors or even as many as 12.


Advent Moments: Week 2 Saturday

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent 13-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 7:13 ‘So also, the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands’.

Reflection: Looking into the [...]


Leinster House honours Mary’s Meals charity

Charity feeding over 920,000 a day in 13 countries exemplifies Celtic spirit of "going out to the whole world and bringing hope and assistance to people in need" - Senator Mullen.


Time to tackle climate change running out: Pope

"It is morally imperative that people act" Pope Francis tells 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima.


Advent Moments: Week 2, Friday

Friday of the Second Week of Advent 12-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 11:18


Towards Peace launched in Kildare & Leighlin

Spiritual support service for survivors whose faith has been damaged by sexual abuse.


Pope Francis appeals for an end to slavery

Message for ‘World Day of Peace’ tackles human slavery, migration, slave labour, organ trafficking, those forced into prostitution, and child soldiers.


Live animal crib opens at Mansion House

Gift from the farmers of Ireland aims to raise money for the homeless.


Advent Moments: Week 2, Thursday

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent 11-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 11:15

Listen, anyone who has ears!


Preparatory document released for 2015 synod

Lineamenta outlines a summary of the main points of last October's final report and adds an additional 46 questions which bishops are asked to reflect on.


“While the war is over, the conflict is alive and well”

Bishop of Derry addresses the annual memorial service for those who died and were injured in the 1982 explosion at the Droppin’ Well disco in Ballykelly.


Bishops seek protection of asylum-seekers

Statement marks International Human Rights Day with a call to protect the human rights of those living in poverty, asylum seekers and the trafficked.


Advent Moments: Week 2, Wednesday

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent 10-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 11:28

‘Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest


Discernment will be a priority for Vocations Ireland

New laywoman appointed director of Vocations Ireland says people will be encouraged to look at vocation in a wider sense.


UK supermarkets urged to help fight food poverty

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, calls for supermarkets to play a key role in a coordinated national system to support food banks.


Senator pays tribute to Irish missionary priest

Fr Liam Hayes SVD founded homes in Argentina for some of the world’s most forgotten people.


Advent Moments: Week 2, Tuesday


Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent 9-12-14

Gospel: Matthew 18:12

‘If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone [...]


Film on Tyburn Nuns nominated for festival

90-minute film ‘Tyburn Convent Gloria Deo’ which was shot in nine of the order’s convents nominated for Culture Unplugged festival.


Church has stumbled but hasn’t fallen: Bishop Leahy

“The Church is in need of repair” and will only be regenerated if it is more inclusive and if clergy and laity work together.


SVP receives People of the Year Award

Catholic charity's commitment to helping the most vulnerable people in Irish society for 170 years recognised.


Advent Moments: Week 2 Mon

Monday of the Second week of Advent :8/12/14 **********************************************

Gospel:         Luke 5:20

When he saw their faith, Jesus said, ‘My friend, your sins are forgiven you’


Dublin to hold dialogue on enhancing family life

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin urges every parish and organisation concerned with the future of Christian marriage to take part in conversation.


Bishops regret suspension of UN food scheme

Chair of Trócaire, Bishop William Crean, expresses “grave concern” for the 1.7 million Syrian refugees dependent on World Food Programme voucher scheme.

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