The Covid19 crisis, Archbishop Eamon Martin has said, is “a time for an outpouring of the works of mercy towards the sick and vulnerable, and for a spirit of generosity and self-sacrifice, compassion and charity in Ireland, and across the world”.
“The Church must reach out to new generations, to a new culture. It must be in touch with the new anguishes and challenges of people. It must reach out to those who are marginalised and abused,” said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
“We live an era of astonishing progress in medical science” and have among us “doctors, nurses and carers of extraordinary quality and dedication” yet “so many aspects of our healthcare system are scandalous”.
“As a community of faith, we need to take proper care of ourselves. We must take care not to spread the flu,” says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
On World Day of Consecrated Life, bishops urge religious not to wear themselves out ensuring the survival of structures inherited from previous centuries which no longer correspond to life today.
At a Mass to mark 120 years since its founding, the PTAA was praised for taking a stand against "the huge investment and false idealisation of a drinking culture by the drinks industry".
“Today there are thousands of children and young adults who are alive because of their [Marian and her husband, John's] work," Melanie Verwoerd, former South African Ambassador to Ireland.
In their World Day of Peace homilies, the Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin focus on racism, fear of the immigrant, ecological conversion, the Rosary and Brexit.
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.
"We encourage all Catholics to make time during the season of Advent to celebrate and receive the gift of God’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation” – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
New approach, which will be centred on supporting parents in sharing faith with their children, will see voluntary lay catechists trained to prepare children for Baptism, Confession, First Communion and Confirmation.
At a service marking the Church of Ireland’s 150th anniversary of its Disestablishment, Archbishop Justin Welby describes the Archbishop of Dublin as "a wonderful man of God whose courage and leadership is known well beyond these shores".
The Mass for the feast of St Laurence O’Toole was “a sign of the continuity of the mission of the Church and the way that the message of Jesus shows its relevance from one generation to the next”, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Muire na Trócaire company of Girls Guides, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin appealed to young Guides not to be afraid to stand up against intolerance and disregard for those who are different.
‘The kindly light will never be defended by nastiness and bitterness,’ Archbishop Diarmuid Martin tells social media pundits and online trolls.
Ahead of the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman on Sunday, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin spoke at the Irish College in Rome about the Saint’s relevance in Ireland today.
Tributes paid to Dr Walsh's roles with the Irish Bishops Drugs Initiative, the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Care, Cura, and as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ferns.
Fr Oliver O’Reilly of Ballyconnell warned that, “There is an obvious cancer of evil in our midst that needs to be exorcised before someone is murdered.”
Since the publication of the report in 2009 there has been a decline in the number of child abuse allegations coming to the attention of the Diocesan Child Safeguarding and Protection Service.
"Our prayer is that in this holy place you will experience something of that spirit of the Beatitudes and realise how you have a special place in the heart of Jesus,” Archbishop Martin tells pilgrims to Lourdes.
At a Mass to remember deceased members of the women’s forum, Dr Martin hit out at the traffic in drugs as “a horrific example of the exploitation of the vulnerable”.
Archbishop Martin paid tribute to Fr Tony Coote's 28 years of priestly ministry saying he "represented the love of God to so many who bore in their heart troubles and doubts".
"The Church must learn anew the ability to speak the things of God – not to flee from the realities of life, but to challenge the men and women of our time and the culture of our time to become the seedbed of a new humanity."
The bishops’ delegation raised the issues of conscience, care of the marginalised and support for parents who want a faith-based education for their children.