"The pandemic has revealed that ‘faith matters’, not just for faith communities but for wider society,” says Dr Gladys Ganiel.
“Very many are under great strain because accommodation and housing is scarce or beyond their reach. A new political impetus is required along with real determination to make inroads into this critical need in so many people’s lives” – Bishop William Crean, Cloyne.
“It is going to become more and more a normal feature of life ... because many of those ordained will be coming in contact with us at funerals and weddings, baptisms, etc.”
At a Mass to celebrate the visit of the relics of St Anthony, Archbishop Martin criticised “unscrupulous people” who feel that “their financial supremacy can authorise them to take life through violence and exploitation”.
“At a time like this I realise that any words of mine are totally inadequate. The enormous tragedy that has struck this family has stunned us all into silence."
Bishop of Ossory says it is hard to wish a 'happy Christmas' knowing it will not be a happy Christmas for the sick, the unemployed, the bereaved, the troubled.
A booklet is currently being drawn up on funeral liturgies in Kerry but it does not have suggestions how to deal with those wishing to sympathise with the bereaved.