They have one special prayer intention – the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. “Many people, of all faiths and none, strongly support the protection of life from the moment of conception to natural death,” said John Carlin, one of the organisers.
Archbishop Eamon Martin is convinced that a constructive culture of engagement, rather than a pointless culture war, is the best way to ensure that the voice of faith, communicating the Family, can be heard.
“Many people fear social suffering because most people who are suffering in an incurable way lose their friends as people do not visit them any more. That is the most severe thing for them.”
"The slope of the aging population, along which Ireland is sliding, presents major challenges. Perhaps never before has there been such a need to care for the aging poor."
The SVP is calling on government to introduce an interest rate cap that reduces the total cost of credit that moneylenders can legally charge.
We will never again have a more important vote. There is no cause more noble than to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. Never before in history have we had so much scientific proof that the unborn baby is a living, breathing human being.
“All reasonable and fair options should be considered as possible, so this neither rules in or rules out various outcomes” – Mgr Gearoid Dullea, executive secretary to the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
“I ask forgiveness from all those I offended and I hope to be able to do so personally, in the coming weeks, in the meetings I will have with representatives of the people who were interviewed.”
Indigenous peoples of the area and environmental organisations have spoken out against the ongoing destruction of the Amazon, but they have been met with silence and violence.
“We wouldn’t abandon our children to the streets of Dublin on a Saturday night at twelve o’ clock ... Yet in effect that is what parents are doing when they give their children unfettered access to the internet,” said Jeremy Pagden.
Claire Culwell told her story at a number of rallies in Ireland last week in order to speak up for babies in the womb who are at the same risk of abortion that she herself faced.
“In our two communities or in our various communities we are happy enough the way we are and we couldn’t be bothered,” says Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe.
With this Exhortation I would like to insist primarily on the call to holiness that the Lord addresses to each of us, the call that he also addresses, personally, to you: “Be holy, for I am holy”
“I am asking all Masses to offer prayers this weekend for the farming community and to pray for an end to the wet and unseasonably cold weather,” says Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross
Speakers will include Camino guidebook author John Brierley, who will be focusing on how the Camino can be “a path of awakening, an inner-journey of self-discovery”.
Ciara Ferry continues her weekly series looking back at the week’s coverage of the forthcoming referendum. This week, Ciara looks at Senator Catherine Noone and her attack on the Church.
In his last letter before being executed in Kilmainham Gaol, Cmdt Michael Mallin wrote: “Joseph, my little man, be a priest, if you can.”