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Pope celebrates golden jubilee with new HQ for his Scholas Occurrentes foundation

“Express oneself with the three languages – the language of the mind, what I think; the language of the heart, what I feel; and the language of the hands, what I do!” says Pope Francis.

2019.12.16.

A blessed row! Beatification of Irish-American postponed amid claims of sabotage

“It is hard not to believe that the Diocese of Rochester acts more to sabotage the cause and less to protect the good of the Church,” says Vicar General of Diocese of Peoria.

2019.12.16.

Parishioners urged to ‘share with the hungry’

This weekend, the third Sunday of Advent, the faithful in Kildare & Leighlin are invited to take home from church a Christmas card with a greeting from Bishop Denis Nuty and a trolley coin keyring with the message ‘Share with the hungry’.

2019.12.15.

“My faith is really just part of my identity”

New diocesan youth coordinator in Derry, Lizzie Rea, believes her mission is “to try and get young people back into the Church by helping them to see its good points and its value.”

2019.12.15.

Irish bishops to partake in annual pilgrimage to Holy Land this January

"The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine."

2019.12.14.

Primate calls for a rebuilding of trust in the wake of GE2019

Archbishop Eamon Martin urges people and parties of different political perspectives “to progress peace", tackle poverty and homelessness, tackle the pressure on hospitals and schools, and "to promote a culture of life.”

2019.12.14.

Bishop threatens “boys” who want to kidnap him with excommunication

"Until the population dialogues with their children and gives me a written guarantee of the safety of the pastors who work for them, the parishes will remain without pastors,” - Bishop Nkea.

2019.12.13.

Papal Nuncio says process of merging dioceses has “already started”

“It will be slow and steady – to avoid hurts, shocks, and surprises” – Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

2019.12.13.

Pro Life Campaign claims that babies with disabilities are routinely in danger

“Dramatic decrease in the number of babies born with Down Syndrome in England will be replicated here” – Pro Life Campaign.

2019.12.13.

New book records voices of young people on religion and education

“Young people, parents, schools and faith communities will find this book an invaluable resource in reflecting on how the interaction between religion and education can contribute to the fullest development of young people in Ireland today, both spiritually and morally,” said Dr Gareth Byrne.

2019.12.12.

Fr Peter McVerry’s challenging new book launched in Dublin

“It is unlikely that you will not be moved to share Fr McVerry’s compassionate anger at the suffering of so many, or his desire for profound social change.”

2019.12.12.

Live Animal Crib is reminder of first Christmas

IFA President thanks the Lord Mayor for his hospitality and asks people to think of making a contribution to the Lord Mayor’s Fuel Fund, which helps families in need.

2019.12.11.

140,000 Irish children “growing up in the cold”, says SVP report

“The high cost of energy here in Ireland should be considered a key contributor to utility arrears and the inability of people to adequately heat their homes,” says the SVP’s Dr Tricia Keilthy.

2019.12.11.

Northern Irish policing needs the “very best” Catholics, says Archbishop of Armagh

"We need our very best young people to join the police – and serve the community with generosity, concern, respect and courage,” says Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.12.10.

Oldcastle PP to trip the light fantastic on RTÉ television show

“How did we get from the sacraments to the Samba?” asked Ryan Tubridy.

2019.12.10.

Christian Brothers’ voluntary redress contributions fully paid

The Congregation has now voluntarily contributed a total of €30 million towards redress since 2013.

2019.12.09.

Cardinal Tagle appointed Prefect of Vatican Congregation

Pope Francis has chosen the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, reflecting the Pontiff's desire for a missionary church and a greater outreach to Asia.

2019.12.09.

‘Business’ was brisk at Mercy on the Mall

Confession at Shannon shopping centre was an initiative introduced "in response to the call from Pope Francis to go to the marketplace, and that was what we did - bring the church out to the people” - Fr Arnold Rosney.

2019.12.08.

We are fast reaching the tipping point, eco theologian warns

As the 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) continues in Madrid, Fr Sean McDonagh has warned that climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing humans and all of the planet's species.

2019.12.08.

Monaghan parish priest appointed new executive secretary of Bishops’ Conference

"I thank him for his outstanding service to date in our Diocese and know that you will all join with me in wishing him every blessing in his new role" – Bishop Duffy.

2019.12.07.

“Farmers are good stewards of the landscape”

Climate scientist Professor John Sweeney says agro companies that are not supplying farmers with adequate recompense for their produce should be shamed not farmers.

2019.12.07.

The Pope Video – December 2019

The future of the very young

2019.12.06.

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discusses refugees, homelessness and Advent

"We encourage all Catholics to make time during the season of Advent to celebrate and receive the gift of God’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation” – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

2019.12.06.

Message from bishops in Northern Ireland ahead of Westminster General Election

"Voters have a duty to inform themselves on the position of election candidates in respect of their willingness to support and cherish equally the lives of mothers and their unborn children" – bishops in Northern Ireland.

2019.12.06.

African bishop criticises West’s sales ethics, government and media

“Evidently, many of the Western powers have an interest in seeing the violence continue, and their profits are more important than our lives” – Bishop Kientega.

2019.12.06.

Homelessness increases as no confidence vote in housing minister is rejected

“We need to remember that this homelessness and housing crisis is not a normal situation, and should not be seen as acceptable on any level” – Simon Communities.

2019.12.05.

Monaghan church rededication after help from Church of Ireland neighbours

“A notable aspect of this renovation work was the fact that during the closure of Saint Mary’s (June 2017 to August 2018), the Catholic community here was generously and willingly accommodated by the Church of Ireland community next door in Saint Maeldoid’s Church.”

2019.12.05.

Responsibility for sacramental preparation to shift to parishes

New approach, which will be centred on supporting parents in sharing faith with their children, will see voluntary lay catechists trained to prepare children for Baptism, Confession, First Communion and Confirmation.

2019.12.04.

Annual deprivation rate reduced slightly but many still lack basics states SVP

“For a rich country like Ireland, it is unacceptable that so many people are going without basics,” said Kieran Stafford, National President, SVP.

2019.12.04.

New family prayer card launched alongside pastoral message

Archbishop Michael Neary explained that many families, though under pressure with work and life demands, had asked for something to help them to pray.

2019.12.03.
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