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Street Pastors help bring calm to city at night

Drink is at the root of "vast majority of incidents". The entertainment & hospitality industries & stakeholders on the streets "need to address drink issues together".


Nominations invited for Mgr Hugh O’Flaherty Award

The 2016 recipient will be announced in late August and the award will be presented on 5 November during the 9th Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Week.


Celebrated Franciscan tenor to play two Irish dates

Friar Alessandro, best known as 'the Singing Friar from Assisi', will perform in Athlone and Killarney next week.


The Joy of Love: less judgement & better pastoral care

“Longer life spans now mean that close and exclusive relationships must last for four, five or even six decades; consequently, the initial decision has to be frequently renewed”.


Irish Primates welcome Pope’s Amoris Laetitia

"Pope Francis realises that we do not live in a world where ... all that is needed is either to repeat doctrinal formulations or to set these doctrines aside and be ‘pastoral’.”


Limerick Synod is ‘Pentecost’ moment

Synod proposals carry weight and are "the voice of God for us for this moment of time" says Bishop Brendan Leahy.


ISIS persecution of Christians is genocide

Irish government urged to formally recognise genocide as criteria under the UN Convention have been met in Syria and Iraq: Aid to the Church in Need.


Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family due today

Guide on document states: “The Pope's vision of society is inclusive. Such inclusion involves the effort to accept diversity, to dialogue with those who think differently..."


Precious Life seeks review of NI abortion sentence

"By passing such a lenient sentence we believe the judge undermined the seriousness of the crime of killing an unborn child."


Bishop criticises forced return of refugees to Turkey

Pope Francis to visit the Greek island of Lesbos next week as a gesture of solidarity with migrants.


Priests support freed smuggler Michaella McCollum

“She is a repentant person and she is trying to put her past behind her and look to a better future.”


PSNI Chief wants more Catholics in the Force

“We want the police service to be as representative as it possibly can be.”



That small farmers may receive just compensation for their invaluable work.

Pope Francis – April 2016


The Pope Video is a new and global initiative launched by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – Apostleship of Prayer


Panama Papers reveal non-payment of tax by richest

“Every single year, poor countries lose approximately €150 billion due to tax dodging by wealthy individuals and companies.”


Diocese appeals for calm at troubled Belfast school

Ongoing industrial problems at West Belfast’s largest post-primary school over the past few months has seen a number of parental protests.


Rome’s papal basilicas coming to the big screen

Cinema audiences will be guided on a 3D tour of Rome’s four Papal Basilicas - St Peter’s, St John Lateran, St Mary Major and St Paul’s Outside the Walls.


Pope Francis sends blessing to Limerick Synod

“Save for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Limerick in 1979, this is probably the most important moment for the Church in this diocese since the last Synod, all of 80 years ago.”


Homeless figures still rising: Focus Ireland

Latest figures show that 208 families and 363 children became homeless in the first two months of the year.


NICCOSA raises child poverty with SDLP leader

Party urged to make addressing child poverty and the widening gap between rich and poor the first priority of the programme of Government in the next Assembly.


A Healthy Retirement

Tess Martin provides useful information on diet, exercise, lifestyle, medical care and social life so you can enjoy a healthy retirement.

Growing older doesn’t have to mean becoming ill. Most people over the age of sixty are well and fit. Keeping well in retirement involves taking care of your physical, emotional [...]


Pursuing Your Dream

Jeanette Brimner sees entering one’s middle years as a golden opportunity to start fulfilling some of the dreams which we entertained when we were younger.

In the Book of Genesis, Abraham’s elderly wife, Sarah, is astonished to learn that her dream of bearing a son will come true, despite her age. [...]


– Treasure the Senses

Paul Andrews tells us about the challenges he is facing as he grows older and finds himself a little hard of hearing.


Was that the front door bell? my friend asked. I was baffled. I hadn’t heard a thing. It was a first indication that my hearing was below par, and [...]



Forgiveness is well known as being the central teaching of Christianity. It seems both eminently desirable and well-nigh impossible. Jesus’ teaching in the ‘Our Father’, his parable of the unmerciful servant and his encounter with Zacchaeus bring out how serious he is about this teaching. James McPolin SJ explains.

Maria worked [...]


God’s Plan

Corkery SJ provides some clarification on the inquiry about God’s plan in our lives and why sometimes things just go wrong.

Does God really have a plan for our lives? If so, why do things go wrong so often?

One evening recently I was walking down a popular Dublin street and I [...]


Capuchin expresses concern over political vacuum

Special Mass for peace and reconciliation at the Capuchin Holy Trinity Church in Cork city on Sunday.


Become “apostles of mercy” towards those in need

Pope leads prayer vigil for Divine Mercy on the 11th anniversary of Pope St John Paul II’s death.


McVerry lauds Youthreach’s second chance education

“Youthreach transmits fundamentally important values that the student has a value as a person regardless of past achievements.”


Limerick’s historic Synod opens with Mass today

Liturgy will open a week-long series of events, culminating with the official Synod, a gathering of 400 delegates from Friday to Sunday, 8-10 April.


‘Faith nourished the rebels in 1916’

Columban priest whose family were involved in the 1916 Rising links the faith of the rebels with the emergence of the great Irish missionary movement.


Tributes to Irish-born ex head of Catholic Institute

Fr Bartley MacPháidín transformed Stonehill College in Boston "academically, aesthetically and financially.”

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