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Thousands of Irish children suffer because of health care delays

"The health, well-being and development of too many children is being compromised because of inefficiencies and resource gaps in our public health system" - Barnodos

2017.12.17.

Australian abuse report produces challenging findings

Final Report of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse questions mandatory clerical celibacy, the inviolability of the seal of confession, and criticises culture of clericalism.

2017.12.17.

Sunday 17 DEC ADVENT 3

Joy is at home in Jesus Joy is the central theme of the third Sunday of Advent. Priests are allowed to wear rose coloured vestments instead of purple to symbolise the joyfulness of this Season of Grace. As Pope Francis was about to give his Angelus Address he noticed a banner in the crowd “Joy

2017.12.17.

Oireachtas committee’s vote in favour of abortion is apalling, says Pro Life Campaign

Thankfully, the committee won't have the final say on the Eight Amendment. The electorate will have that responsibility and I am confident they will vote to keep it.

2017.12.16.

French state honours teacher from Belvedere College

Louise Curtin was presented with the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of her achievements in the educational and cultural spheres, and for her promotion of French language and culture.

2017.12.16.

Make your way to St James’s for photos of the Camino de Santiago

The pilgrimage to the Shrine of St James the Great in Northern Spain has been popular since medieval times, but in recent years interest in it has grown substantially.

2017.12.15.

Archbishop expresses concern over level of child homelessness

The annual Black Santa Sit Out, which raises up to €50,000 for charity, was launched on Wednesday by Archbishop Michael Jackson and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

2017.12.15.

Live animal crib opens

“The IFA Live Animal Crib is one of the traditions of a Dublin Christmas and reminds us of the simplicity of the Christmas message.” - Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha

2017.12.14.

Confessions offered at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

Many of the people who attended confession had not done so in a long time. The Clondalkin group had user-friendly leaflets about the sacrament and examination of conscience.

2017.12.14.

14th century Bishop of Ossory book put online

The volume is internationally renowned as it contains numerous documents of legal interest, such as some of the provisions of Magna Carta.

2017.12.13.

Pope Francis thanks his 40m Twitter followers

“I want to encourage lay people and Catholics generally to stay involved in social media. You could say it’s a negative environment, there’s a lot of nasty comment, a lot of rough dealings with people. But then we’d abandon that field and let the trolls have it” - Bishop Paul Tighe.

2017.12.13.

Lord Mayor of Cork to launch new interfaith calendar

“Our aim is to increase people’s acceptance that there are different faiths present in Ireland today and help them understand that we can all live with and get on with each other.”

2017.12.12.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway

A native of Craughwell, and a priest of longstanding, dedicated service in the diocese of Galway, is returning to his roots - Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.12.11.

Pope prays for Jerusalem and still hopes for a just solution

Only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can lead to a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognised borders

2017.12.11.

More than two-thirds of workers with a disability are without jobs

Without specific government intervention there is little chance of an increase in the number of disabled people with jobs.

2017.12.11.

The wisdom and experience of the elderly

“He calls us to follow Him in every age of life, and old age has a grace and a mission too, a true vocation from the Lord. Old age is a vocation” - Pope Francis

2017.12.10.

After nearly a century, North America’s biggest church is finally complete

The completion of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the laying of the basilica’s foundation stone in 1820.

2017.12.10.

Sunday 10 Dec Advent 2

Continuing our Journey in Hope Pope Francis reminds us that Advent is a time of hope.

2017.12.10.

SVP appeals for generous response to collection this weekend

‘Keep it local’ ethos allows volunteers the flexibility to provide the necessary help for people in their area.

2017.12.09.

Bishops call for referendum on right to a home

“Each of us has an option, to respect the dignity of all in our society through our actions or to choose to ignore this suffering.”

2017.12.09.

Missing persons recalled in Dublin event

"If young people realised the distress it caused their families they would not do it," says Fr Aquinas Duffy.

2017.12.08.

Santa and Confessions in high demand at mall

Sacrament of Confession has not gone out of fashion says Shannon PP.

2017.12.08.

GOAL aid worker receives Presidential Award

“Now more than ever, the compassion, empathy and generosity of spirit, so characteristic of our people in our best moments, are displayed by our awardees here today” President Michael D Higgins

2017.12.07.

Irish attend Vocations Conference in Rome

If we want to generate a culture of vocations, it is not going to happen in isolation, it is certainly not going to happen if we are not investing in youth ministry.

2017.12.07.

6% to 20% of parishioners active in deepening faith

The parish is not an “outdated institution” because it has flexibility and can assume different “contours” depending on the missionary nature of pastor and community.

2017.12.06.

“Our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!”

Pope Francis releases message for 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

2017.12.06.

People are only hearing sterilised version of abortion, PLC conference hears

“People don’t want to think about the brutality of what happens to the baby but when you’ve worked in an abortion clinic or thought about it, there is no escaping what it entails” – Abby Johnson.

2017.12.05.

Archbishop outlines vision for parish communities of the future

“We must seek the ways to restore the place of God in society and above all in the hearts of our young people.”

2017.12.05.

The Pope Video – December 2017

Let us keep in mind our elders, so that sustained by families and institutions, may with their wisdom and experience collaborate in the education of new generations. Pope Francis – December 2017 A people that does not take care of grandparents, that does not treat them well has no future! The elderly have wisdom. They

2017.12.04.

Energy price increases knock the joy out of Christmas says SVP

This is a particularly difficult time for families worrying about upcoming Christmas expenses and getting through the winter months when energy bills are at their highest.

2017.12.04.
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