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Bishop Donal McKeown

RE in Catholic schools isn’t just a bit of fluff on the side

Bishop Donal McKeown gives a message of affirmation to over 800 Catholic educators attending the first Derry Diocesan Religious Education Conference.

2019.08.31.

Nine hundred delegates expected to attend Derry conference on religious education

"Our teachers are very much at the coal face in a society where there is so much pain, so much anger and so much distress."

2019.08.24.

Bishop of Derry expresses Brexit concerns on Vatican Radio

“Those who are leading Brexit have to recognise not just the benefits for East Sussex but the challenges for West Derry.”

2019.08.15.

Brexit is being led by English nationalism, bishop warns

“We don’t want to go back to a new hard border right behind my bishop’s residence.”

2019.08.13.

NI bishops alarmed by Westminster’s reckless undermining of devolution

“Citizens deserve the fullest participation in the democratic debate about the legislation which governs it.”

2019.07.18.

New priest ordained for Derry diocese

Bishop Donal McKeown tells Fr Declan McGeehan, “In a ‘throwaway culture’ where young people face many challenges, including mental health issues, you are called to proclaim hope and not condemnation, grace and not anger.”

2019.06.25.

Killing of journalist saddens community but strengthens peace resolve

“This is a strong community that will put pressure on those who have brought violence into the community.”

2019.04.20.

Bishops welcome Pope Francis’ publication for young people

“The early publication of the document is a welcome sign that Pope Francis recognises the urgency of a renewed emphasis on creating new young disciples of Jesus” – Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry.

2019.04.04.

Pray for politicians with big hearts, says bishop

Weigh your words carefully to respect the integrity of those who conscientiously differ from you, and speak with grace, warn church leaders in joint statement on Brexit.

2018.11.23.

Primate hits out at Viganò for hijacking WMOF2018

“I felt our World Meeting of Families had been hijacked in a way by this particular letter,” Archbishop Eamon Martin says of controversial 25 August missive calling on Pope Francis to resign.

2018.10.23.

Religious superiors seek greater role for women at Synod of Bishops

Two groups representing nearly a million members of male and female religious orders plan to present Pope Francis with a proposal concerning women’s role at future synods.

2018.10.17.

Acknowledge rather than defend errors of the past: Bishop McKeown

Bishop of Derry tells pilgrims at National Padre Pio Pilgrimage in Knock, “It is a dangerous form of Christianity that believes we have to be a strong and influential organisation giving the lying impression of being pure and perfect.”

2018.09.18.

Bells herald start of World Meeting of Families 2018

The family is not a closed place but must always be missionary and have that same drive towards the periphery, towards those who are marginalised – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2018.08.23.

Bishop Donal McKeown marks anniversary of Omagh bombing

“Many people continue to limp through life because of the brutal actions of others. For this town, something changed forever that day,” he said.

2018.08.15.

DUP MP raps Bishop McKeown over his Fahan Street appeal

“You cannot claim to love your country and at the same time cause pain and destruction to the people who live there.”

2018.07.16.

Irish bishop on international delegation to Holy Land

“Our first purpose is to give support and encouragement to the increasingly small Catholic community in the Holy Land,” says Bishop Donal McKeown.

2018.01.13.

Catholic Bishop of Derry Pledges Support to Cofl Community after Church Vandalism

The Catholic Bishop of Derry, Dr Donal McKeown, has said that the Catholic community in Derry City will do all it can to help the Church of Ireland community, after the city’s Protestant Christ Church was vandalised in a sickening attack. Vandals defecated and urinated in Christ Church during the break-in where extensive damage was

2017.09.17.

New priest Fr Malachy Gallagher ordained for Derry diocese

“Your lifestyle will be a protest against the stifling hedonism that is presented as the best we can hope for. Belief in God is not repression of our dignity but an invitation to the individual greatness that is God’s dream for each of us.”

2017.08.01.

Derry’s Catholic and CofI bishops undertake joint walk for peace

Between 27 to 29 April, Bishops Donal McKeown and Ken Good will undertake a 30-mile walk together to promote reconciliation and highlight their shared Christian heritage.

2017.04.25.

Irish society needs to undergo a lot of truth-telling – Bishop McKeown

“We have buried many people and many facts – and often hope that time will erase their memory. But Resurrection tells me that you cannot kill the truth and bury it.”

2017.04.18.

National Collection for WMF2018 takes place on 1 and 2 April

“Obviously the World Meeting of Families is going to involve a huge expenditure and an enormous investment by the Irish Church but it is an investment in our future and not just an event over five or six days in August 2018.”

2017.03.28.

Derry’s ‘Captain Fantastic’ footballer laid to rest

“These crosses come to us unbidden and unwanted as occasions for deep and anguished faith,” priest tells congregation at funeral of Ryan McBride.

2017.03.24.

Death of Martin McGuinness announced

Martin McGuinness “made an immense contribution to sustaining peace by reaching out a hand of friendship and reconciliation and being prepared to model alternatives to dispute and division” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.03.21.

Tributes to Bishop Edward Daly’s physical and moral courage

"It takes enormous courage to be a peacemaker and he was an apostle of mercy, whether as a curate, as a bishop or as chaplain in the Foyle Hospice.”

2016.08.12.

World needs united witness to the Gospel: Together for Europe

Pope tells Munich rally Europe should be an open and welcoming continent, and continue to establish ways of working together that are not only economic but also social and cultural.

2016.07.07.

Europe must be attentive to its soul says Bishop Leahy

Against background of Brexit, Together for Europe gathering in Munich is a prophetic sign. "We need to keep the ideals of the founders of the EU alive."

2016.07.01.

Bishop McKeown ordains new priest for Derry diocese

"Make sure that the sacrifice of celibacy is matched with simplicity of life-style. A pampered celibacy is a counter-sign of Christ’s call.”

2016.06.28.

‘Ireland and its Church have always been European’

“We may be facing a period of renewed nationalism, as well as strident regionalism within some current states,” Bishop McKeown warns.

2016.06.24.

Church leaders welcome WMoF announcement

The Pope has expressed his desire to attend and a visit by the Pope would bring great joy to Irish Catholics, but confirmation unlikely before the end of 2017.

2016.05.25.

‘Her death is a huge cross for her family’: Bishop

Sr Clare's "life and death have posed questions for many of her contemporaries – what is worthwhile doing in life, what makes a beautiful person, who we want as our idols?”

2016.05.03.
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