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The possibilities for rural Ireland are boundless – Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon

The head of pastoral studies in Mary Immaculate College was speaking to the local media after the recent ‘Building Rural Communities – Lessons from the World of Sport’ conference in Thurles.

2017.04.15.

Limerick celebrities join local singer in encouraging papal visit

Emily Clarke, who has fronted showbands since she was a teenager, sent the Pope a CD along with a lengthy letter promoting Limerick and inviting him to visit.

2017.04.15.

Priests who work in our parishes deserve unreserved gratitude – Archbishop

One of the biggest challenges facing the Irish Church at the moment is the shortage of candidates coming forward to priesthood and religious life – Bishop of Ferns.

2017.04.14.

Church of Ireland patrons concerned over school admissions proposals

“In recent years, faith schools have been poorly served, at times, by news media. Too often, there is a failure to ensure that hyperbole and opinion are counterbalanced with evidence-based facts.”

2017.04.14.

The Pope Video – April 2017

For young people, that they might know how to respond generously to the vocation God has given them, and immerse themselves in the great causes of the world. Pope Francis – April 2017 I know that you, young people, don’t want to be duped by a false freedom, always at the beck and call of

2017.04.13.

Choirs unite in international anti-poverty drive

The project concludes on the 30th anniversary of the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17th October 2017. The final singing event will be broadcast by radios worldwide as people from all backgrounds come together to sing and unite their voices against poverty and social exclusion.

2017.04.13.

Church is divine presence in more pluralistic world – Archbishop Neary

Ordained ministers have a responsibility to “help people to lift their gaze beyond the pessimism of those who speak today of ‘new dark ages’ and enable them to discern a distant horizon of hope”.

2017.04.13.

Outgoing National President hails spirituality boost for SVP

Geoff Meagher highlighted how there has been better emphasis on “quality visitation”, spending more time really understanding the needs of those served and coming up with a plan that will get them back to self sufficiency.

2017.04.12.

Radical reappraisal of what parishes might look like is needed: Bishop

At the annual Chrism Mass, Dr Nulty said he was “acutely aware of the ... strains that exist ... where the age profile of the priesthood continues to rise, and where sometimes even to organise relief cover is next to impossible”.

2017.04.12.

Knock gathering looks ahead to WMF2018

It is “very important that we pray for the success of the World Meeting of Families – not as an event but as a moment of renewal of love especially within families” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2017.04.11.

“We pray for Christians in Egypt who show such courage and resilience”

Church of Ireland’s Archbishop Michael Jackson and Pope Francis express solidarity with Egypt’s Coptic Christians after Sunday’s deadly terror attacks.

2017.04.11.

Archbishop Eamon Martin calls for mechanism of truth for families of disappeared

“Today I appeal again to the conscience of anyone who can help ... so that the agonising wait of the remaining families can be shortened and their loved ones can at last have a Christian burial.”

2017.04.10.

Date for Ireland’s first beatification ceremony confirmed

The beatification will be the first ever ceremony of its kind to take place in Ireland.

2017.04.10.

Please pray for peace process, asks Archbishop of Armagh

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way of peace. Come into the brokenness of this land with your healing love.”

2017.04.09.

New plan unveiled to attract more Catholics to join PSNI

Included in the plan is an advertising campaign which will target “cold spots” across Northern Ireland where it has proven particularly difficult to attract people from the Catholic community.

2017.04.09.

Invite families from abroad to World Meeting of Families

Fr Tim Bartlett appeals to groups with international outreach to promote participation from abroad in 2018 event.

2017.04.08.

Nominations invited for Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Award

Last year’s winner was PREDA founder and Dublin-born Columban missionary to the Philippines Fr Shay Cullen, who has led a campaign defending oppressed and exploited women and children in the Philippines for almost 50 years.

2017.04.08.

Tenth anniversary celebrations for Pope John Paul II Awards

Don’t leave it to others to be the protagonists of change. You young people are the ones who hold the future – Pope Francis.

2017.04.07.

Number of Catholics in Ireland declines but increases globally

There were 132,200 fewer Catholics in Ireland over the past five years, down to 3,729,100 from 3,861,300 in 2011.

2017.04.07.

Knock Mass celebrates the gift of organ donation

“Above all it was about thanking God for the gift of life, and thanking deceased and living donors,” says Bernadette McNeive, mother of an organ recipient.

2017.04.06.

Safeguarding and redress to the fore

All of the last four orders to be reviewed have now adopted the revised Safeguarding Children Policy 2016.

2017.04.06.

Pope Francis appoints Irish priest to CDF role

Mgr John Kennedy from Dublin is to oversee the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which processes clerical sex abuse cases.

2017.04.05.

Jesuit Refugee Service welcomes ombudsman access for direct provision residents

Some of the most common complaints made to JRS Ireland about living conditions related to a lack of access to cooking facilities and inadequate private living space.

2017.04.05.

Third Doyle brother ordained to the priesthood

Twins Fr Brian and Fr Rory have PhDs in engineering while Fr Jim worked as a civil engineer both in Ireland and as a volunteer with Concern in Cambodia and Burundi, where his vocation story began.

2017.04.04.

Jesuit working with gangland ‘Homies’ honoured

Fr Greg Boyle, who is credited with having reduced gangland deaths in Los Angeles, joins President John F. Kennedy, Dorothy Day and Martin Sheen, as a recipient of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal.

2017.04.04.

Priest turned PR guru Tom Savage laid to rest in Cooley

“I am standing on the altar where my dad celebrated his first Mass. There are not many sons who can say that,” says Anton Savage.

2017.04.03.

Knock prepares for World Meeting of Families 2018

It is hoped that this will offer people the opportunity to engage with the new direction Pope Francis is taking and renewed hope for the life of the Church in Ireland – Fr Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of Knock Shrine.

2017.04.03.

In a pilgrim Church, our shrines are on the move

The large influx of pilgrims, the humble and simple prayer of God’s people, the fulfilment of so many graces and the natural beauty of these places allow you to see how the shrines express an irreplaceable opportunity for evangelisation.

2017.04.03.

Second priest murdered in Mexico this year – 32 priests murdered there since 2006

We are mourning the loss of a very beloved brother. We trust that our brother, who has shared the cross of Christ, will now be able to enjoy his glorious resurrection – Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega.

2017.04.02.

History of Britain’s largest Catholic university to be chronicled in new book

The book will trace the history of St Mary’s, from its foundation by the Church to provide teachers for the poor, to its current status as Britain’s premier Catholic university.

2017.04.02.
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