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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 [...]


“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, [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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.


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.

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