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Ireland’s newest bishop expresses hope for the Church’s future

“Now is the time for us, people and clergy together, to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in order to shape a Church fit for purpose in the 21st  century.”

2019.07.22.

Moon landing anniversary should inspire even greater steps for humanity, says Pope Francis

“More dignity for the weak, more justice among peoples and more future for our common home.”

2019.07.22.

Gott im Himmel! German Catholic numbers plummet

The number of Catholics in Germany fell by more than 216,078 last year – a fall of about 1 per cent of the total.

2019.07.21.

Restrictions on religion on the increase globally, says Pew Research Center

Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion – laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices – increased markedly around the world, says report.

2019.07.21.

Catholic activists arrested in Washington DC, following protest against US immigration policy

“Cruelty toward the suffering and bullying the most vulnerable should not be national policy and we cannot allow it to continue.”

2019.07.20.

Armagh to get new bishop on Sunday

Fr Michael Router’s elevation to the hierarchy was announced by Pope Francis in May this year. The 54-year-old Cavanman will be appointed the titular bishop of Lugmad.

2019.07.20.

New book tells the story of two “very brave” Irish missionaries

Joe Little of RTÉ launched the book about Columban priests Fr Des Hartford and Fr Rufus Halley’s efforts to foster peace between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines.

2019.07.19.

Bishop Nulty ploughs ahead with bid to find Ireland’s favourite prayer

Bishop asks people all around the country to choose the prayer they like most, such as the Rosary or the Lord’s Prayer, perhaps a prayer learnt at their mother’s knee or handed down in their family.

2019.07.19.

UK bishops welcome support for persecuted Christians

Report finds that one-third of the world’s population suffers from religious persecution in some form, with Christians constituting “by far the most widely persecuted religion.”

2019.07.18.

NI bishops alarmed by Westminster’s reckless undermining of devolution

“Citizens deserve the fullest participation in the democratic debate about the legislation which governs it.”

2019.07.18.

ACP leader hits out at the “demonisation of Catholicism” by Leo Varadkar

“Priests in Ireland have more than most borne the heat of the day.”

2019.07.17.

Pope Francis appoints Fr Michael Duignan as Bishop of Clonfert

“As one of the youngest priests in the Diocese of Elphin, he has made an enormous contribution to the mission of the diocese, particularly in the area of education.”

2019.07.16.

Tributes as Bishop MacDaid celebrates 50 years of priesthood

“Eucharist is at the heart of priesthood. When Eucharist is celebrated, God walks among his people."

2019.07.16.

“I’ve lost Brendan and I’ve lost Bottler”

At the funeral Mass of comedian Brendan Grace, Fr Brian D'Arcy told mourners, "His vocation in life was quite simply nothing more and nothing less than to lift the gloom of the nation.”

2019.07.16.

The world’s 1.5 million seafarers remembered on Sea Sunday

"Isolation and depression, combined with a lack of a supportive environment, affects the mental health of seafarers, sometimes with tragic and heart-breaking consequences."

2019.07.15.

Lifejackets for pilgrims to Canons’ Island in Shannon Estuary

“The weather was good and the water was calm. It was a lovely place to be.”

2019.07.15.

Hard Brexit will damage Northern Ireland peace process, says PSNI chief

"We are worried that a hard Brexit will create a vacuum that will become a rally call and a recruiting ground for dissident republicans."

2019.07.14.

Vatican graveyard search for missing girl reveals a further mystery

“No human remains or funeral urns were found in either of the graves.”

2019.07.14.

Irish nun honoured for her services to the people of Pakistan

“She taught Muslim, Christian, Parsi, and Hindu children to promote education, empowerment, and interfaith harmony. She deserves recognition at all levels.”

2019.07.13.

Political progress in Northern Ireland may be undermined by House of Lords vote, warns bishop

“Decision-making should take place as close to the people as possible. This proposal is an imposition enacted by a parliament which is overwhelmingly not from Northern Ireland.”

2019.07.13.

“This sculpture is much more than a work of art”

Archbishop Eamon Martin unveils new statue of St Oliver Plunkett by Dony MacManus in honour of martyrs yesterday, today and tomorrow.

2019.07.12.

Host of high profile speakers lined up for National Novena in Knock

Wednesday, 21st August marks the 140th anniversary of the apparition in 1879, and a special day of celebration is planned to mark the occasion.

2019.07.12.

Violence against Christians near genocidal levels, states UK report

“It is an encouragement that these issues are finally being recognised at the right level.”

2019.07.11.

Ruhama welcomes new chief executive

New chief executive, Barbara Condon, has more than 20 years' experience in the health care sector.

2019.07.11.

Pro-life task now is to persuade people says John Bruton

Former Taoiseach gives a wide-ranging interview discussing the fallout of the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, church–state relations, and conscience and the party whip.

2019.07.10.

Housing Assistance Payments fail to prevent homelessness say charities

The report finds that while HAP is intended to help families pay for a place to live, the reality is that HAP is so low that many cannot afford private rental accommodation.

2019.07.10.

Dominicans rejoice at the ordination of Fr Matthew Farrell

Forty-four-year-old priest set to begin his ministry with the Dominican community at Holy Cross church in Tralee.

2019.07.09.

St Oliver Plunkett is “a saint for the whole world”

Primate recalls “outstanding” example martyred Saint gave as the 350th anniversary of the appointment of Oliver Plunkett as Archbishop of Armagh is marked.

2019.07.09.

Armagh remembers Oliver Plunkett in triduum of prayer

New statue in Armagh Cathedral honours martyrs of the past, present and future.

2019.07.08.

Belfast bishop warns of eleventh-hour Westminster threat to right to life

“These are touchstone issues which deserve the most anxious and intense consideration by legislators and citizens.”

2019.07.08.
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