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‘Seamus Mallon was a giant of his time’

Mourners attending the funeral Mass at the Church of St James of Jerusalem in Co Armagh of NI's former Deputy First Minister and the former deputy leader of the SDLP were told he was “a man of deep faith”.

2020.01.28.

Pope Francis appoints Fr Paul Dempsey as the new Bishop of Achonry

A “gifted communicator”, the new bishop has served as Diocesan Youth Director and Director of Vocations and has hosted a successful religious affairs programme on KFM Radio and written a regular column in the Leinster Leader.

2020.01.27.

President condemns ‘toxicity’ of anti-Semitism and hate speech

In his address for National Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Michael D. Higgins said, "Let us not forget that so little time separates us from the evil that was the Holocaust. This is not an event from the distant past.”

2020.01.27.

Our Lady of Lourdes Novena Inchicore starts next Sunday

The theme of this year’s novena is ‘Mary as friend, sister and mother’ and the devotional observance is being directed by Meath diocesan priest Fr Shane Crombie.

2020.01.27.

New culture abroad trying to undo truths of Judeo-Christianity, warns Bishop Cullinane

"We must wake up to what is happening and, with the grace of God, change the culture from within," says Bishop Phonsie Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore.

2020.01.26.

Fr Ray Kelly becomes a Paso Doble Pastor in tonight’s DWTS show

"When Brian only gave me one point, everybody around him was booing, booing, booing," says Fr Ray, shrugging of record-breaking low score.

2020.01.26.

Youth 2000 St Valentine’s Fundraising Ball to take place in Naas

The evening will include dinner, a raffle, a band and DJ and an opportunity to meet many new people from across Ireland.

2020.01.25.

Church leaders pay tribute to Seamus Mallon

“A person of global stature" who gave his gifts unselfishly and tirelessly to serve the betterment of the whole community on this island, north and south: Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.01.25.

Allegedly abducted, Catholic teenager set to make legal history

"Please think of our child as though she were your own daughter. Please help us," – Huma's parents.

2020.01.24.

Cancellation of chastity speaker’s tour increased traffic to his website

Jason Evert has reported that his message has been able to reach tens of thousands more people than he would have been able to reach with a few talks in Ireland.

2020.01.24.

Bishop Dermot Farrell publishes “Opening the Way to the Scriptures”

“In a time where some speak of a ‘post-truth’ society, one in which ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ are the order of the day, we know that ‘the word of God is alive’ (Heb 4:12)” – Bishop Dermot Farrell.

2020.01.24.

Catholic Schools Week 2020-VIDEO: Care for Creation, The Pope Video

That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations. Pope Francis – February 2016

2020.01.23.

Green theme for Catholic Schools Week 2020

“The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures,” says Fr Paul Connell.

2020.01.23.

New director of vocations for Cork and Ross

As the number of priests in the diocese grows smaller, Bishop Gavin said: “We need to actively go out of our way to encourage, foster, nourish and promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.”

2020.01.23.

Churches express concern over ‘relentless’ rise in homelessness

“We restate our call for increased investment in state-provided housing; measures to limit rent increases, improve security of tenure, and protect families who face eviction from their home; and proposals to convert unused buildings into social housing.”

2020.01.22.

Oxfam publishes world billionaires report ahead of Davos

‘Time to Care’ highlights global inequality with the world’s 2,153 billionaires owning more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 per cent of the planet’s population. Ireland has one of the highest levels of wealth inequality in the EU, according to Oxfam.

2020.01.22.

Bishop of Kerry highlights key challenges ahead of election

“There is a need to appreciate that our democracy has served us well in the past decade, when you take into account both recovery from the collapse of the Celtic Tiger and Britain’s decision to leave the EU."

2020.01.21.

617 million children worldwide lack basic maths and literacy skills

Ahead of International Day of Education on 24th January, World Vision Ireland has highlighted that if every girl worldwide received 12 years’ quality education, lifetime earnings for women would increase by US$15 to US$30 trillion globally.

2020.01.21.

Dublin gears up to celebrate world’s first Word of God Sunday next week

“You may be surprised at the power you find in the Bible,” says Fr Pádraig McCarthy.

2020.01.20.

Two bishops plea for an end to Drogheda violence

The situation is Drogheda “is a consequence of policy failures over many years and it is going to take a major effort to turn that around and provide the healing that is necessary” - Bishop Michael Router.

2020.01.20.

Tackling child poverty must be an election 2020 priority, SVP tells voters and politicians

"In our experience, the biggest driver of poverty in recent years is housing costs," says SVP president Kieran Stafford, calling on voters to exercise their electoral power to make politicans reduce the misery of poverty in Ireland today.

2020.01.19.

Pope praises those clearing sea of plastic, but Irish researchers find pollution is rife

Local civil society can and must contribute to tackling issues of global importance, says Pope praising Fishing for Plastic initiative.

2020.01.19.

International group of bishops reports back after trip to Holy Land

“We were welcomed by families whose focus is now day-to-day survival and whose aspirations have been reduced to bare essentials such as electricity and clean water.”

2020.01.18.

Progress on Tipperary’s mental health services welcomed

A new unit will be operational in Thurles in the coming months, campaigner Fr Michael Toomey has revealed, and hubs will be opened in Clonmel and Nenagh once the Thurles unit is up and running.

2020.01.18.

Man left with “life-changing injuries” after vehicle hoisted his tent

Fr Peter McVerry said it is because of their safety and comradeship that so many people who are homeless elect to live in tents.

2020.01.17.

Bishop Router calls out culture and government over teenager’s murder

“The reprehensible sub-culture in our society which views all human life as expendable, including the lives of children, must be defeated” – Bishop Michael Router.

2020.01.17.

Four seminarians abducted in Nigeria have been identified 

Abductions in the state have become “a big business” though some kidnappings are for religious reasons, – Rev John Joseph Hayab.

2020.01.17.

Bishop Treanor speaks of Gaza visit on Vatican Radio

Bishop Treanor said that while he was always wary of drawing over simplified conclusions, religions and churches had a role in promoting peace and understanding in Northern Ireland in the recent past and in particular during the past year when the political institutions were not functioning there.

2020.01.16.

Fr Brian D’Arcy awarded OBE

Prince William honoured Fr D’Arcy for services to cross-community relations in Northern Ireland at the ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 14th January 2020. The New Year Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of people in the world of the arts and show business, sports, business and charitable, public service and community work across the United Kingdom.

2020.01.16.

Funeral of Irish nun honoured for her work in Africa

Sr Hilary Lyons received an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2016 in recognition of her work as a physician, paediatrician, surgeon and obstetrician in Sierra Leone for 42 years.

2020.01.15.
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