“Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s growth and emotional development.”
“The fact that we owe our freedom to others means that this commemoration brings us face to face with our own responsibilities. Freedom and responsibility are inseparable.”
Representatives of Ireland's main Christian churches will explore and study the application of the Word of God to life and culture through 32 events at 15 venues.
President Higgins suggests Ireland can best remember the children killed in 1916 by ensuring that today's children fulfill their potential in peace and security.
Decade of Commemorations presents a vital opportunity for every part of the Church on this island, not only to remember the past, but to create and shape the future.
“We need to keep alive among us a spirit of care and support for our priests, as numbers diminish, priests grow older and pastoral expectations increase”: Bishop Treanor.
“At a time when we place emphasis on the richness of pluralism and ... diversity, it is a contradiction to minimise human differences. A father is not the same as a mother.”
Catholic and Church of Ireland Primates give joint blessing to sculptor Tim Schmalz’s seven foot bronze work depicting Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a park bench.