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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sr Consilio to receive Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

“Sr Consilio has built something of national importance and lasting significance” - Ceann Comhairle and Kildare South TD, Seán Ó Fearghail.

2019.12.03.

Christmas Elves and Angels wanted by SVP

“Like a Christmas Angel, your gift of hope could bring little miracles to those who need it most this winter,” says SVP national president Kieran Stafford.

2019.12.02.

Archbishop renews appeal for info on decapitated statue

Reward offered by parish committee for leads on the whereabouts of the head of the marble statue of Archbishop Patrick Leahy, which was unveiled in the grounds of Thurles Cathedral in 1911.

2019.12.02.

Archbishop horrified at ‘traces of racism’ among Christian believers in Dublin

The terms ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ should only arouse heartfelt concern in the Christian heart, says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2019.12.01.

Irish pilgrimage to International Eucharistic Congress in Hungary to be led by Bishop Doran

"I look forward to meeting with hundreds of Irish pilgrims on the banks of the Danube next September," says Bishop of Elphin.

2019.12.01.

Study shows laity dissatisfied with parish pastoral councils

The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) carried out a pilot study among members in 36 parishes to explore the extent of lay leadership in the Catholic Church and the role that the laity plays in parish leadership.

2019.11.30.

Irish abuse commission concedes ‘seriously erroneous statistic’

The Department of Education information calculates that the number of children in Industrial Schools and Reformatories from 1930–1970 now stands at approximately 42,000—less than one-fourth of the original figure.

2019.11.30.

Hundreds of youth expected at Youth2000 Christmas retreat

The Christmas Retreat will be packed full of talks with top Catholic lay and religious speakers, workshops, time to hang out, music, prayer, sacraments and more.

2019.11.29.

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for the Liturgy of Witness

Eighty percent of all acts of religious persecution around the world today are being committed against Christians – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.11.29.

ACN book launch takes place this evening

Everybody will have an opportunity to have a direct encounter with witnesses — that is, people who have directly experienced violence in defending their faith — and that’s a rare opportunity for people in Ireland - Dr Michael Kinsella.

2019.11.29.

Red Wednesday in solidarity with persecuted

ACN points out that 80 per cent of people persecuted throughout the world are Christians. This amounts to 245 million Christians who face extreme persecution for their faith.

2019.11.28.

Bishops’ Advent calendar launched

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic new year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.11.28.
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