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Spiritual fill-up of Divine Mercy has enduring appeal

“People are wounded, are hurting. They come to Divine Mercy to receive God’s healing.”

2019.02.23.

Church cash crisis as donations dwindle

Congregation numbers are declining and the value of donations are falling as a result.

2019.02.23.

People expect not “predictable condemnations” but “concrete measures”

Pope calls upon those present at vital safeguarding conference to “hear the cry of the little ones who plead for justice” and to be concrete.

2019.02.22.

Story on Sidewalk Advocates was “sensationalist”

Iona Institute warns against introduction of broad all-encompassing legislation on exclusion zones.

2019.02.22.

Trócaire and Girl Guides for Climate Action

The badge was inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

2019.02.21.

Evangelical church congregations growing in Ireland

These evangelical churches report a good ethnic mix and a young age profile, with 46 per cent of members aged under 30, and 75 per cent aged under 50.

2019.02.21.

Anti-human trafficking conference for Dublin

“It is the little island of Ireland stepping up as much as it can in terms of awareness so that people realise that human trafficking is hidden in plain sight, and there is so much trafficking beyond the sex trade” – Anne Kelleher, Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT).

2019.02.20.

Abuse survivors are “precious members of the Body of Christ”

In a message issued ahead of the Vatican’s abuse summit this week, Archbishop Eamon Martin tells survivors, “I am truly sorry for what was done to you.”

2019.02.20.

John Paul II’s sanction on Nicaraguan priest–poet lifted

During his visit to Nicaragua in 1983, Pope John Paul II publicly reprimanded Fr Ernesto Cardenal as the priest knelt to welcome the pope at Managua airport.

2019.02.19.

Diocese turns to parish funds to pay priests’ salaries

Waterford and Lismore and the Archdiocese of Dublin count the cost of declining contributions to envelope collections.

2019.02.19.

Ballymurphy Massacre priest called for army help minutes before being shot, inquest hears

“We’re going to get no help, there’s no help and we’re on our own.”

2019.02.18.

Irish exorcist makes Late Late Show appearance

“Some people who will have persistent thoughts of committing suicide could be oppressed by an evil spirit.”

2019.02.18.

Former US cardinal defrocked by Vatican for abusing children

“No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church.”

2019.02.17.

Bishops say refugees must be accommodated, but locals should be consulted

“The well-being of local communities and of refugees alike requires that the provision of facilities for those who have lost everything must be carefully planned.”

2019.02.17.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell is the new Vatican chamberlain

In event of the death or resignation of the Pope, the Irish-born prelate who oversaw World Meeting of Families in Dublin will be Vatican city's acting sovereign.

2019.02.16.

Prayers and candles lit across the country yesterday for victims of sexual abuse

"I am hoping we in Ireland can share the terrible things that have happened here, so that other countries in the world that have not yet recognised or noticed among them that abuse is happening may be alerted."

2019.02.16.

Knock Marriage Introductions maintains its attraction

But numbers of couples getting married are down, says chief matchmaker, Leona Connery.

2019.02.15.

There is still mistrust of Church in Ireland over abuse, says Primate

“The example of Ireland is a very good one if the Church would look at it more closely and extrapolate from it out to the wider Church and then from that into society, in areas where there are not good practices” – anti-abuse campaigner Marie Collins.

2019.02.15.

Pope Francis authorises canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman

For me the truly remarkable nature of this moment is that this is an English parish priest being declared a saint ... I hope every parish priest in England will hold his head high today knowing Cardinal Newman is declared a saint – Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

2019.02.14.

Religious educators of young people can learn from Don Giussani

The Church should no longer be satisfied “with simple recognition of fragments of residual faith that are still present from one generation to the next. They are important, but insufficient today to build strong faith.”

2019.02.14.

10,000 set to take part in Galway Cathedral’s annual novena

A team of 12 Redemptorists will preach on the theme 'the Joy of Love and Family Life Today’ from 18 to 26 February.

2019.02.13.

Social media and finances cause difficulty in marriages – Accord

“The love of a married couple is a very special kind of love, a love that is life-giving, permanent and exclusive” – Bishop Denis Nulty.

2019.02.13.

Candles of Atonement to mark Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse

Lighting the candles of atonement will bring to mind those who have been left “with lifelong suffering as a result of abuse, whose trust was so deeply betrayed and whose faith has been so cruelly tested within the sanctity of the Church”.

2019.02.12.

“A Church without women in its leadership is a weaker Church”

Arts and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan speaks to We Are Church Ireland forum on why the Catholic Church should open all ministries to women.

2019.02.12.

Portlaois Parish eyes the odds after paying out six lotto jackpots in a row

In the last two months, the weekly parish lotto at Sts Peter and Paul's has paid out a total of €83,000 to winners, plus an additional €6,000 to sellers of winning tickets.

2019.02.11.

Bishop Larry Duffy answers ‘call within a call’ in Monaghan Cathedral consecration

“Imagine if everyone could find their unique ‘call within a call’; say their personal ‘Here I am, Lord’ and become part of the new evangelisation in Ireland!”

2019.02.11.

New Bishop of Clogher chooses “God is love” as his motto

"I am Larry Duffy – a human being; I enjoy people; I love the Church and I try to follow Christ – poorly at times. I am a sinner like the rest – that is the package.”

2019.02.10.

Spirit radio rides the waves during first 2019 pledge drive

“There are days when we fear that people will get fed up with our pledge drives. But then, answering the phone and talking with listeners, it is clear that our station provides a whole lot of things for people.”

2019.02.10.

Sacraments are not conveyor belts but moments of faith

Archdiocese of Dublin seeks the advice of parents, guardians, teachers and parish personnel to improve the preparation and celebration of the sacraments.

2019.02.09.

Highlighting the plight of human trafficking victims is an essential Christian duty, says Pope

Pope addresses the topic of slavery on the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking victims.

2019.02.09.
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