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Irish Agriculture aid helps combat poverty and food insecurity

“More than 800 million people in the world suffer from severe levels of food insecurity” – Minister Michael Creed.

2019.12.27.

Attacks on Christians in Nigeria increased during 2019

Preliminary data states that over 1000 Christians have been killed since January.

2019.12.26.

2020 marks the start of a “decade of delivery”, hopes Trócaire CEO

“We can all play our part to support a movement that puts the furthest behind first,” says Caoimhe de Barra.

2019.12.26.

National Gallery’s 12 Artworks of Christmas include nativity

The gallery stated that the sharing of 12 seasonal artworks was “a National Gallery of Ireland advent calendar of sorts.” Each day a painting was chosen from the national collection and highlighted on social media such as Facebook.

2019.12.25.

“There is something special about Christmas and the Christmas message”

In his Christmas homily, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says Christmas is a moment when our faith emerges, even if we have drifted away from regular practice of that faith.

2019.12.25.

Be conscious of throwaway mentality this Christmas – Primate

“I can’t understand why people would choose to attack Greta Thunberg. She is passionate about what she believes; she is only a young girl and she is speaking prophetically to the world and what do we do – we attack her. We attack her message."

2019.12.24.

Church leaders call for Northern Ireland’s restored devolution in new year

While we acknowledge that points of difference obviously remain, the goal of restoring devolution remains within reach – Ireland’s church leaders.

2019.12.24.

Seeking refuge is the central theme of Christmas, says President Michael D. Higgins

“I wish each and every one of you a peaceful and happy Christmas and a new year of hope and possibility,” says President Michael D. Higgins.

2019.12.23.

BAI rejects complaint over negative comments regarding Funeral Mass and the Rosary

“It is very disappointing when media agendas succeed in trampling over and insulting faith practice," - Martin Long, Director of the CCO.

2019.12.22.

Catholic adoption agency Cúnamh closes after 106 years

Cúnamh has facilitated 5,700 adoptions and 1,700 reunions between adopted persons and their birth relatives.

2019.12.21.

Bishop and President of Maynooth concerned by racism

“A new language of racism, mostly opportunistic, understated, but no less toxic, has emerged in our public and political discourse, stoking hostility towards the ‘other’ and testing our own sense of hospitality for the first time,” warned Fr Michael Mullaney.

2019.12.21.

Christmas message 2019 from Bishop Kevin Doran

My thoughts turn to families in our own diocese who have welcomed the birth of a child during this past year and to those who are expecting a baby in the near future – Bishop Kevin Doran.

2019.12.20.

Christmas parcels go to 19,000 children in Syria this year

For the eighth year running, ACN is providing Christmas parcels for displaced children, including warm clothes, shoes, toys, devotional items and other essentials.

2019.12.20.

Bishops of Cork: celebrating Christmas without denying the reality of evil

This was the moment God changed the course of human history – Bishop Fintan Gavin and Bishop Paul Colton.

2019.12.20.

Archbishop highlights scandal of human trafficking

“Christians are called to make the connection between faith and earth, between theology and ecology, constructing common cause with those who challenge confinement and usher in freedom. This is where we will find Jesus Christ today” – Archbishop Michael Jackson.

2019.12.19.

NI bishops urge non-cooperation with abortion services

In a statement issued on Tuesday 17 December 2019 the bishops state that all Christians and people of good will are obliged in conscience not to cooperate formally in abortion services, “even if permitted by civil legislation”.

2019.12.19.

Pontifical secret abolished for cases of sexual abuse

Dioceses can no longer “quote the pontifical secret to avoid either cooperating or sharing with the authorities” Archbishop Charles Scicluna warns.

2019.12.18.

Christmas message from Bishops of Clogher focuses on homelessness

Bishops urged Christians to stand and work together to show solidarity and pastoral outreach and to give hope to people, assuring them that they do not have to face this problem of homelessness alone.

2019.12.18.

Maynooth celebrates 50th Christmas Carol Service

Newly commissioned music performed to mark the carol service's golden jubilee and the 225th anniversary of the founding of St Patrick's College.

2019.12.17.

Dundalk Church Launches 24-hour Streaming Service

Rector and parish administrator of St Joseph’s in Dundalk, Fr Noel Kehoe CSsR, described the new initiative as “an exciting new tool in our mission to preach plentiful redemption.”

2019.12.17.

Pope celebrates golden jubilee with new HQ for his Scholas Occurrentes foundation

“Express oneself with the three languages – the language of the mind, what I think; the language of the heart, what I feel; and the language of the hands, what I do!” says Pope Francis.

2019.12.16.

A blessed row! Beatification of Irish-American postponed amid claims of sabotage

“It is hard not to believe that the Diocese of Rochester acts more to sabotage the cause and less to protect the good of the Church,” says Vicar General of Diocese of Peoria.

2019.12.16.

Parishioners urged to ‘share with the hungry’

This weekend, the third Sunday of Advent, the faithful in Kildare & Leighlin are invited to take home from church a Christmas card with a greeting from Bishop Denis Nuty and a trolley coin keyring with the message ‘Share with the hungry’.

2019.12.15.

“My faith is really just part of my identity”

New diocesan youth coordinator in Derry, Lizzie Rea, believes her mission is “to try and get young people back into the Church by helping them to see its good points and its value.”

2019.12.15.

Irish bishops to partake in annual pilgrimage to Holy Land this January

"The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine."

2019.12.14.

Primate calls for a rebuilding of trust in the wake of GE2019

Archbishop Eamon Martin urges people and parties of different political perspectives “to progress peace", tackle poverty and homelessness, tackle the pressure on hospitals and schools, and "to promote a culture of life.”

2019.12.14.

Bishop threatens “boys” who want to kidnap him with excommunication

"Until the population dialogues with their children and gives me a written guarantee of the safety of the pastors who work for them, the parishes will remain without pastors,” - Bishop Nkea.

2019.12.13.

Papal Nuncio says process of merging dioceses has “already started”

“It will be slow and steady – to avoid hurts, shocks, and surprises” – Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

2019.12.13.

Pro Life Campaign claims that babies with disabilities are routinely in danger

“Dramatic decrease in the number of babies born with Down Syndrome in England will be replicated here” – Pro Life Campaign.

2019.12.13.

New book records voices of young people on religion and education

“Young people, parents, schools and faith communities will find this book an invaluable resource in reflecting on how the interaction between religion and education can contribute to the fullest development of young people in Ireland today, both spiritually and morally,” said Dr Gareth Byrne.

2019.12.12.
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