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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.

4 Corner Festival looks towards a “forgiving Belfast”

It is beginning the process of “putting people together” to find a common identity.

2019.02.08.

Historic document lays foundation to spread world peace

Pope Francis and Great Imam of Al-Azhar sign Document on Human Fraternity affirming brotherhood of all men and women and condemning every form of violence, especially those “clothed with religious motivations”.

2019.02.08.

Pope’s car handed over to Derry’s Foyle Search and Rescue

“From my time as a priest ministering in Derry, I know well at first-hand how the local Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers work selflessly, and in their own free time, each week to help those who are vulnerable and in need. Critically, the volunteers save human lives ” – Archbishop Eamon Martin (August 2018).

2019.02.07.

Government policies to help homeless not working

“Rebranding private rent as social housing has not worked. Removing homeless families from official data as a policy response has not worked. Rebuilding Ireland has not worked” – Social Justice Ireland.

2019.02.07.

ACP priest says new style of leadership is needed for Irish Church

Bishops need courage not to keep looking over their shoulders to Rome and to confront – respectfully but robustly – those who want to lead us back to the nineteenth century.

2019.02.06.

Féile Bríde celebrations continue

“Education, (including self-education) is an essential dimension of transformative action, and compassion in all we do has never been more necessary. Our speakers this year embody all of these vital qualities.”

2019.02.06.

Bishop Nulty bids “a faith-filled farewell” to Fr John Cummins

“At a time when the Church needs more good priests on the pitch, it feels as if God scored an own goal last Wednesday evening. John was not just a good priest, he was a great one, as tributes of recent days vouch.”

2019.02.05.

COMECE reaffirms primacy of human person in response to robotisation

While robots in the workplace bring opportunities and advantages, the research team warns that the most vulnerable groups in society, particularly young people and the less well educated, will be adversely affected.

2019.02.05.

Vatican child protection meeting given seven-point action plan by Irish clerical abuse survivor

The secrecy surrounding the Church's accountability process for those failing to report child abuse increases the pereception that there is no process in place, says Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins.

2019.02.04.

Pope Francis becomes the first Pope to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula

The theme of the visit is “Make me a channel of your peace”, which reflects the urgent need in the region to pursue peaceful coexistence.

2019.02.04.

Dying priest described compulsory celibacy as “a kind of sin”

Fr Daniel O’Leary, who died on 21st January, said he wanted to point out that one of the fall-outs of a mandatory celibate life is "the violence it does to a priest’s humanity, and the wounds that it leaves on his ministry”.

2019.02.03.

Cobh Cathedral prepares for centenary celebrations

The key events will take place this August to coincide with the actual centenary of the cathedral’s dedication on 24th August 1919.

2019.02.03.

SVP calls for government housing strategy to be abandoned

“A social housing policy that relies so heavily on the private rented sector can never be the answer to the housing problem.”

2019.02.02.

The greatest threat to Catholic education is a lack of parental involvement

“The family is the privileged place of encounter and growth – parents are the first teachers, the home is the first school of humanity.”

2019.02.02.

Homeless emergency services not fit for purpose – Fr McVerry

“A lot of people don’t feel safe going into emergency one-night hostels because they get robbed, they get assaulted, they are offered drugs,” Jesuit campaigner warns.

2019.02.01.

UK’s enquiry into worldwide persecution of Christians welcomed by Catholic primate

Being a Christian always involves giving a critique of power, says Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

2019.02.01.
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