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Priest killed in Syria

On Sunday, 23rd June a Syrian priest, François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria. Fides Agency has confirmed priest’s death but stated that the circumstances are not fully understood. Mainstream newspapers say the priest was beheaded and a video of the killing was broadcast. Fides states that the monastery where Fr Murad was

2013.07.03.

Six thousand young people bear witness to their vocation

It is hoped that some six thousand young people from 66 different countries will participate in the initiative.

2013.07.02.

Priest killed in Syria

On Sunday, 23rd June a Syrian priest, François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria.

2013.07.02.

Pope Francis: Courage in spite of our weaknesses

We must recognize that we are weak and that, at times, we have to flee from sin without nostalgia, without looking back.

2013.07.02.

Vatican Bank – Director and deputy resign

President Ernst von Freyberg to assume General Director duties ad interim – IOR-Directorate offers resignations – Promontory seconding top level executives to fill the roles of Deputy Director and Chief Risk Officer Vatican/Holy See 1. July 2013 – IOR-Director Comm. Paolo Cipriani and Deputy Director Dott. Massimo Tulli have offered their resignations from their current

2013.07.02.

Creighton speaks out against proposed abortion laws

In her statement on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 Second Stage, Minister Lucinda Creighton T.D. yesterday (1st July 2013) said that she never imagined when she stood for election to Dáil Éireann that she would find herself, just two years later, speaking on a Government sponsored Bill to liberalise abortion law in

2013.07.02.

Cardinal Brady raises concerns about proposed abortion legislation

This Bill represents a legislative and political ‘Trojan Horse’ which heralds a much more liberal and aggressive abortion regime in Ireland.

2013.07.02.

Creighton speaks out against proposed abortion law

“I can only hope that logic and verifiable evidence will prevail and substantive amendments will be accepted ..."

2013.07.02.

Vatican Bank – Director and deputy resign

IOR-Director Comm. Paolo Cipriani and Deputy Director Dott. Massimo Tulli have offered their resignations from their current positions.

2013.07.02.

Technological innovations at Vatican TV

On 27 June in the Holy See Press Office, there was a presentation of the agreement between Vatican Television and Canal 21 (the television channel of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Argentina) as well as of the new Master Control Room that will make digital archiving possible. Speaking at the press conference were: Archbishop Claudio Maria

2013.07.01.

Pope speaks about importance of conscience

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus on Sunday with faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square. In remarks before the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father spoke of the conscience as the interior space in which we can listen to and hear the truth, the good, the voice of God. Pope Francis praised his predecessor,

2013.07.01.

Pope Francis speaks about importance of conscience

The Holy Father spoke of the conscience as the interior space in which we can listen to and hear the truth, the good, the voice of God.

2013.06.30.

Technological innovations at Vatican Television

Vatican Television is in the process of completely digitizing its television signals and building a new Master Control Room.

2013.06.30.

Dialogue doesn’t distance us from truth – Pope

“Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, which had arrived in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul. The

2013.06.30.

USCCB Chairman commends Immigration law reform

WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, commended, June 28, the U.S. Senate for passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The U.S. Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Competitiveness, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, by a vote of 68-32. He

2013.06.30.

Parishishioners are with me on journey says singing priest

A member of the singing sensation, The Priests, says that the people of his two parishes are “very much part of the journey” and when he sings, he brings them with him.

2013.06.30.

USCCB Chairman commends Immigration law reform

Archbishop Gomez stated that while the USCCB Committee on Migration disagrees with elements of the bill, they see the legislation as an overall improvement upon the status quo.

2013.06.30.

Dialogue doesn’t distance us from truth – Pope Francis

Catholics and Orthodox share the same conception of dialogue that doesn't seek a theological minimalism

2013.06.30.

Pope Francis: the Mystery of God’s patience

The Lord asks us to be patient, after all He is always patient with us. Moreover there is no “set protocol” for how God intervenes in our lives; sometimes it’s immediate, sometimes we just have to have a little patience. This was the lesson drawn by Pope Francis from the daily readings at Mass Friday

2013.06.29.

School costs too much – St Vincent de Paul

It’s not rocket science – school costs too much. This was the simple message SVP Social Justice brought to the Oireachtas Committee which yesterday launched their Tackling Back to School Costs report. While SVP welcomes the Joint Oireachtas report on the costs of education it is impatient to press on and get real results on

2013.06.29.

Sisters welcome Magdalene report

The Magdalene laundries redress scheme, announced this week, will offer survivors enhanced state pensions and tax-free lump sums of between €11,500 and €100,000, depending on their length of stay. Details of the ex-gratia scheme and supports for the women affected are published this week in the report by Justice John Quirke, President of the of

2013.06.29.

Sisters welcome Magdalene report

The Good Shepherd Sisters issued a statement welcoming the report and stated they plan to continue caring for women who continued to reside with them after leaving laundries.

2013.06.29.

School costs too much – SVP

School costs too much was the simple message SVP Social Justice brought to the Oireachtas Committee which yesterday launched their Tackling Back to School Costs report.

2013.06.29.

Pope Francis: The Mystery of God’s patience

There is no "set protocol" for how God intervenes in our lives; sometimes it's immediate, sometimes we just have to have a little patience stated Pope Francis at Friday morning Mass

2013.06.29.

USCCB reacts to US Supreme Court on DOMA

The US Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for marriage and our nation,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and

2013.06.28.

Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014

Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014 argues that: There should be no more cuts in expenditure in Budget 2014. A minimum effective corporate tax rate (6%) and a maximum effective income tax rate (45%) should be introduced. Tax credits and welfare rates should rise by €5 a week. Budget 2014 should provide a

2013.06.28.

Archbishop launches ‘Rio in Dublin’ ahead of WYD

World Youth Day is one of the most extraordinary experiences a young person can have Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said. Speaking at the launch of a specially organised Dublin youth faith festival which will coincide with WYD2013 in Brazil at the end of July, the Archbishop said one of the things anybody who

2013.06.28.

Pope Francis: The joy of fatherhood

The desire to be a father is ingrained in all men, even priests, who are called to give life, care, protection to their spiritual children entrusted to them. This was the focus of Pope Francis homily at morning Mass Wednesday, in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta. Mass was concelebrated by the Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus

2013.06.27.

Vatican mourns killing of monk in Syria

The Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches is mourning the brutal murder of Fr Franҫois Mourad, a Syrian monk. In a statement issued Tuesday the Prefect Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, expresses “the deepest condolences to the Syro-Catholic Church, with the Patriarch SB Ignace Youssef III Younan, the Custody of the Holy Land and all the faithful of

2013.06.26.

Ordination of permenant deacons

Three men were ordained as Permanent Deacons in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday evening (June 23rd). Jimmy Fennell, Michael Giblin and Derek Leonard are the second group of men to be ordained in Dublin to this revived ministry in the Irish Church. Last year eight were ordained to the permanent deaconate, for

2013.06.26.
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