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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.”


The Irish Bishop’s Emigrant Information Pack 2013

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


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


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


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


Pope Francis recognises Redemptoristine founder as venerable.

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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


Gardiner Street Gospel choir’s new album

The Gardiner Street Gospel choir has had a busy weekend launching a new album with a concert on Friday and then on Sunday opening the Soul Picnic at Merrion Square in Dublin.


Adorers rejoice at Papal invitation to Eucharistic Adoration

The National Apostolate of Adoration is delighted that Pope Francis will on 2nd June 2013 take part in a period of global Eucharistic Adoration.


‘Taster Day’ to whet vocation appetite this Sunday

ExploreAway is a programme which provides the opportunity for young, single, men and women between the ages of 21-40, to explore religious life.


Bishop O’Reilly launches exhibition at new missionary centre

A new missionary centre which brings together missionary resources and the offices of the IMU is located at Pearse Street in Dublin city centre.


PLC welcomes Savita inquest recommendations

The inquest jury into the death Savita Halappanavar has made nine recommendations to ensure such a situation will not arise again.


Churchmen highlight threat to Palestinian Christians

Archbishop Hannah said that the three leaders, Greek Orthodox, Anglican and Roman Catholic, were in Ireland as one family with a message of peace and justice.


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.

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