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Pope blesses icon and rosaries for Syria

ACN has reported that 13.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria and 6.3 million people have been internally displaced, while 5.5 million people have fled the country.

2019.09.17.

Fewer refugees and migrants arriving states JRS Europe Annual Report

“Of course it is good news that fewer people are forced to seek an alternative to their lives. But the figures cannot hide the fact that behind them there are many stories of frustration and suffering. People may be reduced to numbers, but their lives cannot” – Jose Ignacio Garcia SJ.

2019.09.17.

Catholic Truth Society publishes a prisoners’ edition of its best-selling prayer book

“When someone asks the question ‘How do I pray?’ there is neither a quick nor a simple answer.”

2019.09.16.

Jesuit deacon ordained in Co Louth

“Ordinations are much rarer events in Ireland today than 100 years ago, but this beautiful and uplifting celebration is a reminder to all that the Lord never ceases to bring new life to the Catholic community.”

2019.09.16.

Lourdes is the star of today’s “Songs of Praise” TV programme

“It’s safe to say that that was a pretty emotional thing that we’ve just done. It’s something I’ll never forget,” says TV vicar after Lourdes immersion.

2019.09.15.

Biodiversity celebrated at the Phoenix Park

"Simple actions like mowing your grass less often, retaining soft landscaping over hard paved surfaces, and letting the odd flowering weed spring up in your garden here and there can have can be hugely beneficial to pollinators."

2019.09.15.

About that gift – Pope sends explanatory letter regarding relics to Constantinople

"The joining of the relics of the two brother Apostles can also serve as a constant reminder and encouragement that, on this continuing journey, our divergences will no longer stand in the way of our common witness and our evangelising mission."

2019.09.14.

Prince Charles will lead UK delegation at Newman canonisation in Rome

“His ministry, especially among the poor, is a permanent sign of the Church’s pastoral compassion and a challenge to us all today.”

2019.09.14.

President salutes defence force values and those who uphold them

Awards were given to service men and women, active and retired, who especially exemplify respect, loyalty, integrity, selflessness, moral courage and physical courage.

2019.09.13.

Astonishing Pakistani response to Irish woman’s rosary relay initiative

In total over half a million Catholics took part around the country, representing a huge proportion of the total Catholic population of the Islamic Republic, says parish priest in Karachi.

2019.09.13.

Fifteen men begin studies for the priesthood

“While we are all aware of the great challenges facing the Church and society at this time, we know also that God the all-powerful is always with us. These formation figures released today offer us a sign of hope,” said Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Chair of the Bishops’ Council for Vocations.

2019.09.12.

German nun given Google’s pride of place

Google’s social media quotes Sr Ruth Pfau who said about her first impressions of a Pakistani leper colony: “I could not believe that humans could live in such conditions.”

2019.09.12.

Barnardos supports more children than any year on record

The organisation appeals for more government funding as the gap between the demand for services and the funding it receives from government increases.

2019.09.11.

Oxfam bid for greater sustainability with Second Hand September

Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – and it’s not sustainable.

2019.09.11.

More families and children homeless in July

There has been a failure to stem the flow of families and individuals into homelessness every month, says Focus Ireland CEO, Pat Dennigan.

2019.09.10.

Robert Mugabe leaves mixed legacy in Zimbabwe says Trócaire

“I am constantly struck by the complexity of this beautiful country where the people are its richest asset. Yet this beauty is often overshadowed by the devastating impacts of those who rule and leave a very mixed legacy behind them” – Sarah McCan, Trócaire.

2019.09.10.

March for their Lives protests Northern Ireland abortion law

"More than 20,000 people, from every tradition, attended the March because people are outraged that Westminster has hijacked our democratic process and has sought to impose abortion on Northern Ireland."

2019.09.09.

We need to challenge throwaway attitude towards the elderly, warns Bishop of Elphin

“A society that has no room for the elderly or discards them because they create problems has a deadly virus.”

2019.09.09.

Pope Francis meets with measles survivors during Madagascar outbreak

The disease continues to spread in Madagascar because immunisation levels are low.

2019.09.08.

Church venues gear up for Culture Night

"Faith and culture go hand in hand, and this annual nationwide night of culture offers a perfect opportunity to the parish to be involved.”

2019.09.08.

British arms fair sparks Catholic protests at London weapons fair venue

“As a nation, we claim to support refugees and oppose persecution, while simultaneously selling weapons to those responsible for killing innocent civilians and driving families from their homes.”

2019.09.07.

Bringing faith to politics is not an optional extra, Archbishop Martin tells summer school

“These values are defended by the Church precisely because they are human even before they are Christian; they are rooted in the natural law and accessible to reason.”

2019.09.07.

Electric Picnic windfall for homeless

Portlaoise Action to Homelessness gathers sleeping bags and tents after festival.

2019.09.06.

Honorary doctorate for Catherine Corless for research into Tuam babies

The citation said she received the honorary doctorate for the values of humanity she exemplifies and for the difference she has made to the world.

2019.09.06.

Harry Potter books banned from US Catholic school

“The curses and spells used in the books are actual curses and spells, which when read by a human being risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text,” said Tennessee school chaplain Fr Dan Reehil.

2019.09.05.

Ninety-nine-year-old is the “senior” pilgrim on Dublin’s diocesan trip to Lourdes

"Our prayer is that in this holy place you will experience something of that spirit of the Beatitudes and realise how you have a special place in the heart of Jesus,” Archbishop Martin tells pilgrims to Lourdes.

2019.09.05.

Appeal for mourners to attend elderly Irishman’s funeral

Eighty-seven-year-old Joseph Tuohy passed away alone in a London nursing home earlier this summer without any family or friends.

2019.09.04.

Only one week left to find Ireland’s favourite prayer and to write new prayers for environment

“If every family in the world consumed the same as the average Irish family consumes today, we would need 3.3 planets to supply our needs. This is simply unsustainable,” says Bishop Nulty.

2019.09.04.

Archbishop condemns drug traffickers’ trade in death

At a Mass to remember deceased members of the women’s forum, Dr Martin hit out at the traffic in drugs as “a horrific example of the exploitation of the vulnerable”.

2019.09.03.

Acknowledgement of Knock healing

“I recognise that Marion was healed from her long-standing illness while on pilgrimage in this sacred place” – Bishop Francis Duffy.

2019.09.02.
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