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Justin Kilcullen to step down as director of Trócaire

Justin Kilcullen will step down as Executive Director of Trócaire in October 2013 after serving 20 years in that post and a total of 32 years with Trócaire.


Love and you will see, says new bishop of Limerick

St John's Cathedral in Limerick was packed to capacity with a 1,200 strong congregation to witness and celebrate the episcopal ordination of Fr Brendan Leahy as Bishop of Limerick.


Adopt ‘common sense’ approach to Holy Communion spending: SVP

SVP calls for a “commonsense and dignified” approach to dropping of the “First Communion / Confirmation grant”.


Handel celebrations help Dublin Charities

Two homeless projects will benefit from a unique concert celebrating the music of Handel in Dublin on 14th April.


Be the proof of Christianity for people today, nuncio tells pilgrims at Knock

The papal nuncio has appealed to Irish people to be ‘apostles at home’ and to be the proof of Christianity for non believers.


Irish deacons ordained in Rome

Four Irish seminarians have been ordained deacons at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.


New Presentation school opened in Waterford

“The official opening of this new building for a Catholic girls ’school in the 21st century is a rare event,” said Principal, Mary Ryan.


SVP contributes over €4 million annually towards education

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) spends €4-5million annually to help people access education and training in Irish schools.


First four volunteers for Sacred Hearts in Africa

The four will spend the summer working with the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and the team in the Holy Family Centre in Ofcolaco, South Africa.


Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict in historic meeting

Pope Francis has met with his predecessor, Benedict XVI, in the papal summer residence at Castelgandolfo, south of Rome.


Children deserve ‘state of the art’ hospital – Archbishop Martin

Read text of Homily given by Archbishop Martin at 'Blessing of Hands' Mass at Crumlin Hospital on 22nd March 2013.


Church leaders meet Irish EU presidency

Irishman COMECE General Secretary, Fr Patrick Daly (pictured), led the delegation of church representatives from Ireland and Europe.


Pope Francis inauguration

“Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!”


SVP pays out more on fuel and energy arrears

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) almost trebled the aid it spent for householder's fuel costs between 2008 and 2011.


Habemus Papam! – Pope Francis I

Read the first words from Pope Francis and details of the Inauguration Mass to be held on Tuesday 19th March


Pope Benedict’s last General Audience

Pope Benedict thanked the large crowds who packed St Peter's Square for his final General Audience. Read full text of his parting address.


4th National Parish Youth Conference a big hit

There was a definite thumbs-up from the more than150 young people and adults who met in Tullamore last Saturday for the Fourth National Parish Youth Conference.


Marriage Encounter celebrates 40 years in Ireland

50 delegates representing12 countries joined another 120 Irish members for a gathering to mark 40 years of Marriage Encounter in Ireland.


Trócaire 2013 Lenten campaign focuses on Odisha in eastern India

This Lent, Trócaire invites you on a journey of discovery to a small community in Odisha in eastern India.


Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will resign the papal office on February 28th and will retire to a life dedicated to prayer.


Prayers and Reflections for those affected by addiction – IBDI

The Irish Bishops Drugs Initiative (IBDI) have a launched a pocket booklet of prayers and reflections for those affected by addiction


Religious respond to report on Magdalene Laundries

CORI and the individual Congregations involved have issued statements on the State report into the Magdalene Laundries.


Brigid’s ‘camino’ launched – Slí Bhride

The Brigid’s Way Celtic Pilgrimage or Slí Bhride takes nine days to complete and runs 70 miles or so between St Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart, Co Louth to St Brigid’s monastic city in Kildare town.


Feile Bhride keeps St Brigid’s legacy alive

Feile Bhride 2013 comprises a week long programme of events and this year's theme is “Gathering around the Hearth”. The festival is organised by a team led by Brigidine sisters.


Trócaire joins Enough Food For Everyone IF… campaign

Trócaire has joined other Irish and UK development agencies in a campaign that calls on politicians to take steps to end hunger.


Don Bosco Relic Pilgrimage around Ireland

Fr. M. Casey SDB introduces the Don Bosco Relic Pilgrimage around Ireland in Feb 2013 and also speaks about the significance of this pilgrimage for the whole Salesian family here.


Redemptorists express sadness at Fr Flannery’s situation

Statement refers to the “breakdown in communication” between Fr. Tony Flannery C.Ss.R. and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).


25,000 gather in Dublin for Unite for Life vigil

The huge gathering in Dublin's Merrion Square was preceded by a prayer service in St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row which was addressed by Archbishop Martin.


Pope appoints Msgr Eamon Martin as Primate in waiting to Irish Church

Monsignor Martin said “I am humbled and honoured to serve as bishop in this historic Archdiocese of Armagh".


Govt failing to reach EU poverty and employment targets

A Social Justice Ireland study shows that Ireland is further away from its targets on employment, poverty and social inclusion than when these targets were set two years previously.

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