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Bishop’s statement – A time to uphold the right to life

We are at a defining moment for our country, according to Catholic Bishops who issued a statement on the proposed abortion laws on the second day of the June General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth. “The Gospel challenges us to work for a world in which the dignity and beauty of

2013.06.12.

60 years of Caritas Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Tireless work to “contribute to the formation and development of man”: is what is carried out by Caritas Hong Kong, one of the largest diocesan Caritas in the world, with over 10 thousand volunteers and projects in India, Japan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia, China. This is what His Eminence Cardinal Robert Sarah,

2013.06.11.

Pope Francis: Christian consolation and the law of the truly free

The Beatitudes are ‘new commandments’, but they are not just a simple do gooders list. They cannot be understood with the mind, only with the heart, so if our hearts are closed to God we will never know true freedom. Christian consolation is the presence of God in our hearts which teaches us to understand

2013.06.11.

Pope Francis: Sunday Angelus 9th June 2013 (full text)

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square this Sunday. In his remarks to the gathered faithful, the Holy Father reflected on the mercy of Our Lord, which is the focus of the Church’s prayerful attention during the month of June, traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

2013.06.10.

President of USCCB Joins Other Bishops’ Conferences in Letter to Leaders of G8 Nations;

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of the Group of 8 nations (G8) to urge national leaders to protect the poor and assist developing countries at the upcoming G8 Summit in the United Kingdom. In a letter dated June 3, 2013,

2013.06.10.

Pope Francis: messages of hope and perseverance to pilgrims

Pope Francis spoke with tens of thousands of pilgrims who made a 28km, all-night pilgrimage on foot from Macerata to the Marian shrine at Loreto, in Italy. Noting that they pilgrims would be praying the Holy Rosary all along the way, and singing hymns under the guidance of their pastors, Pope Francis said, “This is

2013.06.10.

National Vigil for Life Merrion Sq, Dublin 15/6/2013.

40,000 people attend National Vigil for Life

2013.06.10.

IF campaign: Archbishop Nichols on Christian vision of solidarity with poor

Millionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and a host of other well-known names are leading tens of thousands of people in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday in a campaign to help end global hunger. The ‘Enough food for everyone IF..’ campaign is calling on leaders of the world’s wealthiest G8

2013.06.09.

Pope Francis: Religious freedom often affirmed, not always put into practice

Religious freedom was among the topics which Pope Francis touched upon Saturday during his meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. In his address to the Italian Head of State, Pope Francis recalled how 2013 marks the 17th centenary of the Edict of Milan, a document which many consider to be the first example of religious

2013.06.09.

Well over 40,000 people attend National Vigil for Life

The Government must stop misrepresenting its proposed abortion legislation as restrictive and face up to the dangers in its abortion plan, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Caroline Simons told the National Vigil for Life this afternoon. The Vigil in Merrion Square was the largest ever pro-life demonstration in the country and one of the biggest gatherings

2013.06.09.

Pope launches into spontaneous Q&A with students

In a style that seems to have almost become signature of the current pontificate, Pope Francis stepped out of yet another scripted session to engage in a spontaneous question-and-answer period with hundreds of children and teens. The papal audience in the Paul VI Hall with students, teachers and staff of Jesuit grade schools and high

2013.06.08.

Priests working with local communities to prevent suicide and support bereaved families

As citizens and as Christians, committed to a society that cherishes the dignity and value of every human life, we cannot fail to be alarmed at the number of deaths by suicide occurring across Northern Ireland at present.  Since the Good Friday Agreement was signed fifteen years ago, we have significantly reduced the threat to

2013.06.08.

Forget the chores, down tools, take a bus and support life says PLC

This may be the last opportunity to protest before legislation is introduced to allow abortion, and organisers of the Pro Life vigil today, have appealed to the public to “drop” what they are doing, and join them at Merrion Square this afternoon, to register their opposition to the government’s abortion proposals. “This is the time

2013.06.08.

Pope Francis to future diplomats: no to careerism!

Pope Francis on Thursday spoke to the members of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, which is dedicated to training priests to serve in the diplomatic corps and the Secretariat of State of the Holy See. In his address, the Holy Father reminded the students that they must cultivate a deep spiritual life in order to attain

2013.06.07.

Pope Francis to spend Summer at Vatican

Pope Francis will remain at the Domus Sanctae Marthae residence in the Vatican, even during the summer months. The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ affirmed the Holy Father’s intentions after presenting the Pope’s summer schedule on Thursday. Fr Lombardi also announced that that the public celebration of

2013.06.07.

Minister pays tribute to “enormous work” of Irish missionaries

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, has paid tribute to the “enormous work” done by Irish missionaries throughout the world. Speaking to ciNews following his address to the ‘Mission, Today and Tomorrow’ conference in All Hallows in Dublin, Minister Costello said, “We feel that the work that they are doing is very

2013.06.07.

Minister pays tribute to “enormous work” of Irish missionaries

Irish missionaries work with the world's poorest communities in education, health, hunger, nutrition, and disease.”

2013.06.07.

The Irish Bishop’s Emigrant Information Pack 2013

This information pack aims to raise awareness of the effect of emigration on Irish communities.

2013.06.07.

Pope Francis renews appeal for peace in Syria

Pope Francis met with humanitarian groups dealing with the Syrian crisis on Wednesday before his general audience. The event was organized by the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”. “In the face of ongoing and overwhelming violence, I strongly renew my appeal for peace,” said the Holy Father. He encouraged the inititatives of the international community to

2013.06.06.

Pope Francis: Counter a culture of waste with solidarity

When stock markets drop ten points its ‘a tragedy’ but starving children, homeless people dying on our streets, people disposed of like trash – such as the unborn or the elderly – has become the norm. This is the result of a culture of waste, of our being unable to ‘read the signs’ of God’s

2013.06.06.

Redemtoristines founder now venerable

The Redemptoristine sisters are rejoicing in Dublin as Pope Francis has recognised their founder as venerable.   Sr Gabrielle broke what she called the “wonderful news” to the community on Tuesday that Pope Francis had recognised their Italian founder Sister Maria Celeste Crostarosa. The Pope approved eight decrees in total of which four were founders of

2013.06.06.

Pope Francis recognises Redemptoristine founder as venerable.

The Redemptoristine sisters are rejoicing in Dublin as Pope Francis has recognised their founder as venerable.

2013.06.06.

Papal video message for “Ten Squares for Ten Commandments” initiative

This coming Saturday, 8 June, the Holy Father will send a video message to those participating in the “Ten Squares for Ten Commandments” initiative that is being promoted by the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement. It will take place in the Square of the Cathedral of Milan, Italy beginning at 8:30pm and will be

2013.06.05.

Pope Francis: Hypocrisy is the language of the corrupt

Hypocrites may say all the right things, but for the wrong reasons. A Christian should not use a “socially mannered language”, prone to hypocrisy, but speak the truth of the Gospel with the transparency of a child. There is no truth without love; love is the first truth.This was the lesson drawn by Pope Francis

2013.06.05.

Nuns on the bus again

The Sisters of Mercy in America are taking their bus out on the road again this year. The second ‘Nuns on the Bus’ as their action is named, will call for fair immigration reform that puts families and basic human needs first. The Senate immigration reform bill S.744 is to be discussed in the Senate

2013.06.05.

Pope Francis: the corrupt harm the Church; the saints are a light for all

Sinners, the corrupt, and saints: Pope Francis focused on these three groups in his homily for Mass Monday morning in at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope said the corrupt do great harm to the Church because they are worshipers of themselves; the saints, on the other hand, do great good, they are lights in

2013.06.04.

“From the moment of conception, every human life is sacred and precious” – Bishop John Kirby

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb (Lk 1:42) Last Friday was the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady.  It commemorated her trip to the Hill Country in Judaea to greet her cousin Elizabeth who, though getting on in years, was expecting a child, who was to become

2013.06.04.

Irish overseas prisioners group concerned about legal aid cuts in UK

“Working with almost 1,000 Irish prisoners in the UK, we are extremely concerned about the effect these proposals will have on our clients.  Prisoners – including those with learning disabilities and mental health issues – will no longer have access to legal aid to address grievances about their treatment that cannot be addressed through the

2013.06.04.

Parishioners are with me 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. Fr Martin O’Hagan is part of the internationally acclaimed classical music group called the Priests, made up of three Catholic priests from Northern

2013.06.01.

Pope Francis moves on Vatican finance reform

Pope Francis has established a Pontifical Commission charged with drawing up an “exhaustive” report into the juridical standing and activities of the Vatican’s financial institution, the Institute for Religious Works, more commonly known as the IOR. The Commission is composed of 5 people. These include two US natives, Harvard Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon and

2013.06.01.
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