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England will be reaffirmed as Mary’s dowry at noon today

"We can look to Mary with confidence and trust in times of sorrow and joy," say the Catholic and Anglican rectors of Wallsingham, England's national Marian shrine.

2020.03.29.

Pope tells the city and the world: Be not afraid amid the storm of COVID pandemic

"Just like those disciples, we too have realised that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this," said Pope Francis.

2020.03.28.

Plenary Indulgence available to all affected by pandemic

Normally, you must obtain the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Communion to obtain a plenary indulgence, but in these extraordinary circumstances that requirement is reduced to "the will to fulfil the usual conditions as soon as possible", says Cardinal Mauro Piacenza

2020.03.22.

SVP issues moneylender warning as pandemic increases financial woes

"We fear moneylenders will end up targeting people who will just not be able to repay loans at the exorbitant interest rates they are charging," says SVP president Kieran Stafford.

2020.03.22.

Primate’s St Patrick’s Day prayer in pandemic : ‘Dia idir sin agus an olc’

"When we ask God for his protection, like St Patrick did, we are asking for serenity and peace of mind," says Archbishop Eamon Martin amid rising anxiety about coronavirus spread.

2020.03.15.

Catholic primate calls for Northern Irish school closures, but DUP says ‘No’.

"It is important to give very strong consideration to the closure of all schools in the very near future. We need to fight this virus together," said Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.15.

Caritas boss and Vatican high-flyer Cardinal Tagle to address the Young Church Dublin tomorrow

Cardinal Tagle has been a strong critic of the Filipino government's 'war on drugs', which has left more than 22,000 people dead. Two years ago, the Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte called for the Catholic bishops who criticised him to be killed.

2020.03.08.

No bones about it: Archaeologists convinced remains are those of Britain’s first abbess

"It is remarkable that we can place Folkestone’s patron saint in the very church that bears her name," says Dr Andrew Richardson of the Finding Eanswythe Project.

2020.03.08.

Drain your holy water fonts, says HSE coronavirus guidance to churches

Pastoral care can be provided over the telephone/skype if resources permit, says HSE calling on priests not to make visits to those at risk of carrying the COVID-19 virus.

2020.03.01.

Trócaire planning more Laudato Si’ workshops as first event sells out

“The idea is that we equip parishes to bring Laudato Si' to life in local parish communities,” says Jane Mellett of Trócaire.

2020.03.01.

More than 1,000 pilgrims have completed the Bray Celtic Camino

"It appears to be the most popular Camino route in Ireland – we are getting people travelling from England and the United States to complete it," says Joe Maguire

2020.02.23.

Blessed John Sullivan – a model of an ecumenical saint

"Catholics must learn from the faith and the expressions of faith and holiness in other Churches," says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.

2020.02.23.

Dowry of Mary to be enriched by England’s national re-dedication

The "Act of Entrustment of England to The Virgin Mary" is a prayer of profoundly historic and spiritual nature, say the country's bishops, awakening memories of Albion as the Dowry of Mary.

2020.02.16.

Nearly 100 SVP projects benefit from Galway publican’s multi-million euro legacy

The SVP Resource Centre in Galway, 'Croi na Gaillimhe', has been renamed Maureen O’Connell House as a lasting tribute to the benefactor's memory

2020.02.16.

Anti-Irish discrimination in US greatest against Catholics. Famine-era census study reveals

"Children born in Ireland, even those who spent nearly their entire life in the US, fared worse that those born in the US, potentially reflecting exposure to famine condition," say Vanderbilt University researchers.

2020.02.09.

Up the Union! Twelfth of July might become a day for Catholic celebration of marriage

Today is World Marriage Day in the United States, when prayers are said for all married couples at all parish Masses. We may soon see a similar observance in Ireland, but on July 12th, Feast Day of SS Louie and Zélie Martin, the Church's first canonised couple.

2020.02.09.

‘Move beyond the divisions,’ says Cardinal Nichols in post-Brexit plea

Separately, there is a call to pray for all those affected by the Chinese corona virus outbreak

2020.02.02.

From Ballygiblin to Burkina Faso – Irishman made Apostolic Nuncio to West African country

"This is a great personal honour for Msgr. Michael as it is for his family and the Diocese of Cloyne," said Bishop William Crean, wishing his colleague well in Ougadougou.

2020.02.02.

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

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Gongs galore as five Northern Irish priests named in Queen’s New Years Honours list.

"The Priests Charitable Trust has been able to assist several charitable causes and, as long as we sing, will continue to do so," say Frs Eugene O'Hagan, Martin O’Hagan and David Delargy.

2019.12.29.

Turbulent priest, St Thomas Becket to feature in major British Museum exhibition in 2020

"You can find images of his murder in churches across Latin Christendom, from Germany and Spain, to Italy and Norway. Becket was, and remains, a truly European saint," says Lloyd de Beer of the British Museum.

2019.12.29.

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.
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