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Restrictions on Mass gatherings eased – More than 50 worshippers allowed where it is safe

"Parishes will work diligently to observe the new norms to ensure people can attend Mass safely," said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2020.07.04.

Let us open our doors, pleads UK cardinal in Pentecost address

Why have churches not been allowed to open for private prayer, when car showrooms and outdoor markets can open tomorrow? asks Cardinal Vin Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

2020.05.31.

Why did COVID-19 hit Irish nursing home residents so badly?

"It is distressing that more than half of all COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing care facilities," said Bishop Michael Router, chairman of the Episcopal Council for Healthcare.

2020.05.31.

Faith matters in COVID crisis, say faith leaders in Queen’s University survey

"The pandemic has revealed that ‘faith matters’, not just for faith communities but for wider society,” says Dr Gladys Ganiel.

2020.05.30.

Let largest churches open now, says Newtownpark PP

"We propose that, in addition to wearing face masks, ministers of the Eucharist would wear gloves, so there would be no contact of hands during the distribution of Communion," says Fr Dermot Leycock.

2020.05.24.

Mater Dei survey to focus on ‘The Coronavirus, the Church and You’

"Will virtual ministry become part of the post-pandemic landscape, and will this be a good move for your church?" ask the Mater Dei research team.

2020.05.24.

Balally Church becomes memorial for all victims of COVID-19

"We have a Christian duty to pray for the dead," says parish priest Fr Peter Byrne.

2020.05.23.

Mark the fifth anniversary of Laudato ‘Si with special prayer, suggests Bishop O’Toole

On the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’s landmark encyclical letter, Laudato ‘Si, Bishop Mark O’Toole of Plymouth has called on the faithful to reflect on how they may work to protect and preserve the glory of God’s creation. Noting that this month is a month that Catholics set aside for venerating Our

2020.05.17.

Mass for motorists in Moyvane with drive-in Church services

“To not be able to receive communion at this most difficult time is very hard on people," says Fr Kevin McNamara, PP of Moyvane, Co. Kerry.

2020.05.17.

Archbishops meet with An Taoiseach to discuss safe return to public worship

"The protection of life and the common good are guiding principles as we continue planning for safe and responsible return to Mass and sacraments," said Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.05.16.

Darkness Into Light events raise millions of euro for Pieta House

COVID-19, the lockdown and social isolation are resulting in more people calling Pieta House for help, says the charity's chief executive Elaine Austin.

2020.05.10.

Schools should reopen in September, says CPSMA Gen Sec

"If the Department of Education listens to people on the ground, provides additional resources and puts in place a proper road map we will see a return to school in the Autumn," says Seamus Mulconry.

2020.05.10.

Remembering V.E. Day: Church leaders hope for a ‘new dawn’ after COVID-19 war is won

"Let us not forget the efforts that lie ahead," said Ireland's Church leaders quoting the British prime minister Winston Churchill.

2020.05.09.

‘New voices, please!’ as Palestrina Choir starts recruiting campaign

“No prior musical education or training is necessary. However, we are ideally looking for boys and girls who love to sing and enjoy music," says musical director Blánaid Murphy.

2020.05.03.

School closures are increasing educational disadvantage, warns SVP policy officer

But it could also be an opportunity for the new government to learn some lessons about how education could be designed more equitably.

2020.05.03.

Plans to reopen Churches under discussion with Whitehall, say English and Welsh archbishops

“We desire the opening of our churches and access to the sacraments. Until then, we are continuing to pray and prepare," says Cardinal Vin Nichols and four other archbishops.

2020.05.02.

Archbishop drops-in to Simon Community hostel in Armagh

It was humbling to visit Simon Armagh to offer our support and to speak and pray with the residents and staff, says Archbishop Martin.

2020.04.26.

Home abortion provision strongly criticised by Scotland’s bishops

"Vulnerable women in unsatisfactory domestic circumstances are particularly at risk," says Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB.

2020.04.26.

Another virtual first as Dublin stages diocesan e-pilgrimage to Knock tomorrow

"The virtual pilgrimage will give us an opportunity to pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Knock for all our intentions.  Please God, we will be in a position to visit Knock again in person in the not too distant future," said Archbishop Martin.

2020.04.25.

Chaplains tell of heartbreak in hospital ‘front line’

"Please continue to pray for all of us and especially for the patients and their families and all staff at the front line," says hospital chaplain Fr Damien O'Reilly.

2020.04.19.

Deserted streets are a sign of love, say Ireland’s Church leaders in ‘Thank You’ message

Thee vast majority of people on this island are working together, in a way that has perhaps never been seen before, says the leaders of Ireland's four main Churches.

2020.04.19.

Mass of the living God from the living room

"I would not like to be celebrating Mass on my own and I have never had to do it in my 45 years as a priest," says Meath parish priest.

2020.04.18.

Food banks and other Catholic social services remain operational in Dublin

“I am extremely proud of the way the team in Crosscare have responded to the crisis,” said Conor Hickey, director of Crosscare.

2020.04.12.

We will come through pandemic, as surely as Christ rose at Easter, says Dr Eamon Martin

"We will come through this, hopefully as better people, strengthened by the experience," says Archbishop of Armagh.

2020.04.12.

‘Light Up! Light Up!’ is call to all churches in Cork

“Although our Church buildings might be closed, Christ our Light is still present and alive in so many ways as our light and hope," say Cork's bishops.

2020.04.11.

Call to Pray at 3 p.m. today

Ireland’s Church leaders are calling on the faithful of all denominations to join in prayer from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. The initiative is in response to the absence of normal Palm Sunday liturgies because of the ban on public communal worship during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Catholic primate of all-Ireland,

2020.04.05.

Big jump in calls to SVP for help in wake of COVID-19 closures

"Our fear is that the impact of the pandemic will be most acute for individuals and families already living in poverty," said SVP president Kieran Stafford.

2020.04.05.

By bough, branch or twig, you can mark Palm Sunday tomorrow, say ACP

"We may be physically isolated, but we are not separated. We are untited as the body of Christ. We are the Church," says the Assoication of Catholic Priests of Ireland.

2020.04.04.

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.
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