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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.

Government plan to tackle poverty needs firmer commitments

“Over the coming years, we will continue to advocate to ensure that measures to tackle poverty are a key priority” – SVP.

2020.01.15.

Stolen tabernacle recovered after Co Kildare church ransacked

Two separate churches vandalised in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin over the weekend.

2020.01.14.

Shock at Pope Emeritus’ intervention on celibacy

Commenting on the retired pope’s new book, Dr Austin Ivereigh, Vatican expert and biographer of Pope Francis said, “It’s a totally imprudent and ill thought-out intervention which has the effect of undermining Francis’s authority.”

2020.01.14.

Derry says goodbye to Bishop Jim Mehaffey RIP

“Why are you here? In the short gift of a lifespan you must grasp every opportunity to do things for the good of all,” said Archbishop Robin Eames, remembering his colleague.

2020.01.13.

Name part of Carlow bypass after priest, say Laois county councillors

“Fr John Fingleton did an awful lot of work. To me he is a saint,” said Independent Cllr Ben Brennan, who first proposed the road renaming.

2020.01.13.

Spain’s bishops launch two-year marriage preparation course to combat ‘El Divorcio’

"To be a priest, you need to spend seven years in the seminary, so what about being a husband, a wife, a mother or a father? Just twenty hours?” commented the Bishop of Bilbao.

2020.01.12.

Australian bishop appeals for donations and prayer in face of bush fire disaster

"Expressions of solidarity are important, but they are not enough," says Archbishop of Brisbane in the face of unprecedented disaster.

2020.01.12.

Irish and international delegation of bishops promotes peace in the Holy Land

The bishops are determined to go to Gaza to help remind the small Christian community that they are not forgotten as Christians.

2020.01.11.

Church leaders welcome deal that means Stormont is back in business today

Today provides an opportunity for a new start for Northern Ireland’s political institutions and one that can also offer fresh hope, say the leaders of Ireland’s four main Churches.

2020.01.11.

Diocese of Limerick hiring a “Pastoral Outreach and Formation Worker”

Essential requirements for the role(s) available include relevant qualification or experience in catechetics, religious education, theology, leadership, pastoral care or youth ministry.

2020.01.10.

Bishop calls out Nigerian and Western governments for allowing attacks on Christians

“Western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than the ordinary people," Bishop Kukah.

2020.01.10.

Funeral Mass celebrated for murdered man from homeless community in Cork

“The next homeless person we meet, we might treat them with a little more sympathy and kindness. For whatever we do to the least of our sisters and brothers, we do it to Jesus” – Fr Howard.

2020.01.10.

Priest speaks out against RIC commemoration

“The idea of celebrating and commemorating the Black and Tans is demonstrative of how out of touch this government is with the grass roots of Irish Citizens” – Fr Paddy Byrne.

2020.01.09.

Students For Life Ireland slams Minister’s abortion comments

“We share the Garda Commissioner’s view ... that the existing legislation around harassment is sufficient and we believe that an introduction of ‘exclusion zones’ would be unconstitutional and undemocratic,” says spokesperson.

2020.01.09.

Marian Finucane’s charity work was “simply outstanding”

Mgr Ciaran O’Carroll, rector of the Irish College in Rome and a first cousin of the esteemed broadcaster, admitted to mourners in St Brigid’s Church, Kill, Co Kildare that the news of her death “came as a dreadful shock”.

2020.01.08.

Twenty-nine missionaries killed during 2019

According to information gathered by Agenzia Fides, 29 missionaries were killed throughout the world including 18 priests, 1 permanent deacon, 2 religious men, 2 nuns and 6 laypeople.

2020.01.08.

Security stepped up following desecration of Cork graves

“There have been a number of smaller incidents of vandalism of graves in that cemetery over recent months but we have never seen anything on the scale of damage that we witnessed last Friday morning" - Cork City Council.

2020.01.07.

Group meets Redemptorists over plight of Fr Tony Flannery

Some of those involved in his “withdrawal” have been “shown up to be a lot less white than they presented themselves, and some of them have become more oppositional, even ‘heretical’, than I or my censored colleagues in the Irish Church ever were”.

2020.01.07.

As tensions escalate following US drone assassination, Pope calls for “self-control”

“I call upon all parties to fan the flame of dialogue and self-control – and to banish the shadow of enmity,” said Pope Francis.

2020.01.06.

Church unity blow as US Methodists to split over same-sex marriage and gay clergy

“It became clear that the line in the sand had turned into a canyon. This protocol graciously allows us to continue to live out the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, albeit in different expressions,” says Methodist Bishop Thomas Bickerton.

2020.01.06.

Parish Facebook account deleted after Health Minister criticises pro-life post

"As Catholics we are unapologetically pro life and are proud and honoured to stand up for the voiceless," said the Tullamore Parish Facebook post that prompted an apology.

2020.01.05.

2020 is UN WHO International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

“Nursing and Midwifery embodies the best of human endeavours, positively contributing to the health and well-being of so many lives," says European Federation of Nurses Associations President, Elizabeth Adams.

2020.01.05.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin “saddened” by news of Marian Finucane’s death

“Today there are thousands of children and young adults who are alive because of their [Marian and her husband, John's] work," Melanie Verwoerd, former South African Ambassador to Ireland.

2020.01.04.

SVP annual Christmas raffle in Cork gives donated car

The winner of this year’s car is Eoin Duggan from Ballincollig, with runners-up from around County Cork receiving cash prizes from €500-€1,500. 

2020.01.04.
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