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Pope Francis signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II

Pope Francis had approved the cause for canonization of two of his venerable and much loved predecessors Blessed John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II.

2013.07.06.

Govt should increase a universal pension – Social Justice Ireland

Social Justice Ireland has published a fully-costed Budget for 2014

2013.07.05.

The Light of Faith

Pope Francis’ first encyclical entitled "Lumen fidei" or “The Light of Faith” was released Friday at a press conference in the Vatican.

2013.07.05.

Pope Francis: the courage of children of God

We are sons of God thanks to Jesus: no one can take away this “identity card.” That was Pope Francis’ message during Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope’s homily centred on the Gospel of the healing of a paralytic. In the beginning of the day’s Gospel, Jesus says to him: “Courage,

2013.07.05.

Vatican finances presented to Economic Council of Cardinals

On Tuesday Wednesday (July 2 and 3rd), the meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See took place in Vatican City, presided over by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone . Particularly noteworthy was the visit on Wednesday 3 by Pope Francis, who addressed the

2013.07.05.

Archbishop Martin records choose life appeal and prayer

Archbishop Eamon Martin has recorded a powerful and direct appeal on EWTN for the Irish people to choose life and for the faithful to pray that abortion legislation will not be voted in. In a second recording he asks people to join with him as he prays the Choose Life prayer. You can view both recordings on

2013.07.05.

Pope Francis: the courage of children of God

We are sons of God thanks to Jesus: no one can take away this “identity card.”

2013.07.05.

Vatican finances presented to Economic Council of Cardinals

The consolidated financial statement for the Holy See for the year 2012 closes with a profit of € 2,185,622,.

2013.07.05.

Archbishop Eamon Martin records choose life appeal and prayer

Archbishop Eamon Martin has recorded a powerful and direct appeal on EWTN for the Irish people to choose life.

2013.07.05.

Six thousand young people bear witness to their vocation

This morning (1st July) in the Holy See Press Office a presentation was given for the “Great Event of the Year of Faith, a Day for seminarians, novices, and all those who have taken the path of vocation”. The participants were Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, Archbishop Jose

2013.07.04.

Pope Francis: We encounter the Living God through His wounds

To meet the living God we must tenderly kiss the wounds of Jesus in our hungry, poor, sick, imprisoned brothers and sisters. Study, meditation and mortification are not enough to bring us to encounter the living Christ. Like St. Thomas, our life will only be changed when we touch Christ’s wounds present in the poor,

2013.07.04.

Abortion law passes second stage vote

The Pro Life Campaign said it is disappointed at the result of the Second Stage vote on abortion in the Dáil but welcomed the fact that an initial four Fine Gael TDs voted against the bill. The Dail the first vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill saw 138 TDs vote for the

2013.07.04.

President receives Magdalene survivors at Áras

Remarks by President Higgins Wednesday, 3rd July 2013 You are very welcome here today to Áras an Uachtaráin. I wish to thank Steven O’Riordan for requesting this visit for the Magdalene Survivors. While each of you has her own unique story of a great wrong, as a group is it important that the overall story

2013.07.04.

Abortion law passes second stage vote

The Pro Life Campaign said it is disappointed at the result of the Second Stage vote on abortion in the Dáil but welcomed the fact that an initial four Fine Gael TDs voted against the bill.

2013.07.04.

Pope Francis: We encounter the Living God through His wounds

To meet the living God we must tenderly kiss the wounds of Jesus in our hungry, poor, sick, imprisoned brothers and sisters.

2013.07.04.

President Higgins receives survivors of the Magdalene Laundries at Áras an Uachtaráin

"Your story has caused important questions to be asked so as to ensure that such mistakes of the past are never repeated." - President Higgins

2013.07.04.

Cardinal raises concerns about proposed abortion legislation

Cardinal Seán Brady raises legal and Constitutional concerns about the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 I am conscious that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, is entering the final stages of the legislative process in the Oireachtas.  In addition to the fundamental ethical concerns already raised by Bishops and others, this Bill

2013.07.03.

Pope Francis: Courage in spite of our weaknesses

Christians are called to be courageous in their weakness. We must recognize that we are weak and that, at times, we have to flee from sin without nostalgia, without looking back. We must not let temptation or fear keep us from God. Instead we must learn that ‘he who fights and runs away, lives to

2013.07.03.

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.
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