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New blow to Church unity: Ukrainian Church breaks with Moscow Patriarchy

"This day is a sacred day, the day we created an autocephalous local Orthodox Church. It is a day of final independence from Russia." – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

2018.12.17.

UN General Assembly to endorse Global Compact on Refugees today

“The lessons we have learned in the European Union during the 2015 migration crisis should serve to remind us of the need to address migration in a cooperative and comprehensive manner. ”

2018.12.17.

Nun tweets a prayer to President Trump every day

“When you pray for someone every day for more than a year, you start to build some sort of a relationship, even if one-sided.”

2018.12.16.

British parishes told to help EU citizens stay in UK after Brexit

“We strongly oppose the decision to charge people for securing the rights they already have. This is not only unprincipled but will also create a barrier for larger families or people facing financial difficulties."

2018.12.16.

St Patrick’s College marks 200th anniversary of Silent Night

“In the clear, cold night of Christmas Eve, his voice carried very far. The shooting had stopped and in that silence he sang and the British knew the song and sang back.”

2018.12.15.

Archbishops urge faithful to think of the homeless this Christmas

“Think for a moment of what it would be like this Christmas to be without a home. To be without a place of shelter. To be out in the cold. To be on your own, living on the streets.”

2018.12.15.

Lack of interpreter services causing hardship for migrants

Crosscare Report highlights how government’s own policies are not being implemented at Intreo offices.

2018.12.14.

Archbishop heartened to see work of Trócaire in Iraq

On a visit to region devastated by war, Archbishop Eamon Martin appeals to Christians to support Trócaire Christmas appeal which “eases people’s suffering and allows them to dream of brighter days ahead”.

2018.12.14.

WMOF documentary to feature on RTÉ

“We filmed in the months leading up to it and from the day [Pope Francis] arrived. That is captured and the highs and lows, the anticipation and the preparation for the event and then Croke Park and the days in the RDS and the papal mass” – Ciara Nic Chormaic.

2018.12.13.

All amendments rejected in latest stage of abortion debate in Seanad

“As a society and as elected representatives, we cannot hide from the inconvenient truth of what legalised abortion involves” – Senators Rónán Mullen and Brian Ó Domhnaill.

2018.12.13.

Big increase in people seeking housing help from Simon

To be adequately housed means having security of tenure – not having to worry about eviction. It means having the right to live somewhere in peace and dignity with access to appropriate services, schools, and employment.

2018.12.12.

The State is failing in its duty to protect life warns former taoiseach

John Bruton tells Irish Catholic Doctors’ Learning Network, “A law that forces someone to take part in, or to facilitate, an action that that person believes is contrary to a deeply held religious conviction could be in conflict with Article 44.2.1.”

2018.12.12.

Vocations will be a priority for Bishop-elect Duffy

“We have to face the fact that at the moment there are [fewer] priests than we were used to, and this has an effect on how parishes operate. Obviously, there is a whole richness within the laity that hasn’t been tapped into.”

2018.12.11.

Columbans urge youth to tackle climate change through media

Students aged 15 to 18 are invited to write an article or make a video report on the topic: ‘The Challenge of Climate Change’.

2018.12.11.

New book documents Fr Sean’s journey from grief to priesthood

“I wanted to share with other people the awesome consolations of faith that I have received so that they will know that God is real, and that Jesus is present in the world and available to us – if we can just tune in and reach out.”

2018.12.10.

Syro-Malabar Church to be headquartered in Rialto

Archbishop also announces the merger of three Dublin parishes.

2018.12.10.

Popular local priest is to be new bishop in Monaghan

“He works easily with others and has no illusions about the pastoral challenges facing the Irish and universal Church today.”

2018.12.09.

Bishops urge support for Trócaire’s Yemen appeal

Ongoing conflict sees Yemen suffering the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

2018.12.09.

Filipino president calls for bishops to be killed

Remarks were made in jest, the President's press office claims – but three priests have been killed in targeted attacks this year.

2018.12.08.

Human Dignity Award goes to Br Kevin Crowley

“It is our hope and prayer that one day there will be no need for our service because everyone will have the social and financial resources to live life to the full as God intended.”

2018.12.08.

Meeting investigates beatification cause for young Tipperary priest

Is Fr Colm O’Brien a candidate for sainthood?

2018.12.07.

Abortion law has no moral force and can be resisted in good conscience say bishops

Bill introducing abortion in Ireland passes through Dáil with few amendments.

2018.12.07.

Housing difficulties worsen

“It must be remembered that these are not just statistics, these are real people – men, women and children with lives, and hopes, and dreams” – Threshold.

2018.12.06.

Family publication launched at Winter meeting of Bishops’ Conference

We have talked at length about how the Church can support couples in preparing for marriage as well as at various stages during their married lives; how the Church can help families to embrace hope even in the face of adversity – Bishop Kevin Doran.

2018.12.06.

Diocese of Limerick introduces Pastoral Units and Team Ministry

“We need to promote arrangements that encourage greater co-operation and exchange between parishes” – Bishop Brendan Leahy.

2018.12.05.

Energy price increases leave families out in the cold this Christmas – SVP

Data from Eurostat show that among EU peer countries Ireland has the second highest rate of households who cannot afford to adequately heat their home and the highest percentage of utility arrears.

2018.12.05.

Palestrina Choir issues festive new CD for Christmas

The CD features timeless carols as well as modern compositions by Irish composers, and choral pieces that are instantly evocative of the Christmas season.

2018.12.04.

Irish Ambassador praises Talitha Kum anti trafficking network

Addressing a panel discussion, Ambassador Derek Hannon described the nuns’ advocacy as “vital and occasionally dangerous” and said it was work the Irish government supported both morally and financially.

2018.12.04.

Bishops’ online Advent calendar has more features than ever

"Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time. As Christians, we must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord." – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.12.03.

Get ready for Christmas with the Society of Missionary Children

Schools and families can enjoy an Advent calendar for children, Advent teaching resources for schools and homes, and enter a Christmas-themed colouring competition.

2018.12.03.
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