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Bishop Noel Treanor

Bishop Treanor decries threats to Belfast priest

“To intimidate clergy, social and community workers and all those who are working tirelessly and peacefully in the service of their local community ... is a weak and cowardly act."


Dismay at news of NI prison officer’s death

“As a society, let us be more determined than ever to work for peace and for the good of each other” - Bishop Noel Treanor.


“We share in the grief of the entire city of Paris”

Church leaders call for prayers to be said in churches across the country today for those killed and injured in the "barbaric and monstrous attacks" in Paris.


Govts urged to agree coordinated refugee action plan

“All of us can play our part in making such a plan work on the ground here in Ireland" - Archbishop Eamon Martin.


Irish priests invested at Bobbio’s co-cathedral

Ceremony of investiture of the two Irish priests as canons highlights the religious heritage shared by the people of both Down and Connor and Piacenza-Bobbio.


Regular Mass attendance at 20% in Down & Connor

"Parents and grandparents today need our ongoing support and challenge to live up to the promises they undertake on behalf of their children” - Bishop Treanor.


NI school remembers nuns killed in car crash

Commemoration Mass held at Mercy Primary School in Belfast and special memorial garden opened at the nuns’ former home.


New priest ordained for Down and Connor

“We need to keep alive among us a spirit of care and support for our priests, as numbers diminish, priests grow older and pastoral expectations increase”: Bishop Treanor.


Church seeks accommodation of religious belief

“Our laws as they stand are having an unjust and disproportionate impact on those of religious faith" - Bishop Treanor.


Bishop encouraged by funding decision on St Mary’s

Plan to claw back £1m from the budget of St Mary's teacher training college overruled.


Bishop salutes St Columbanus at catacombs

Children and young people need to be introduced to this towering figure of Christian heritage of Ireland and Europe.


Two nuns killed in road collision near Newry

Mercy Sisters “struggling to cope with their sudden parting from us.”


Over 600 at Down & Connor Faith & Life Convention

Renowned journalist John Allen Jr suggests papacy of Francis represents a Kairos moment for the whole Church.


Religious leaders react to death of Ian Paisley

Without Dr Paisley “peace would not have been delivered” - Cardinal Brady.


Bishop condemns attack on Oratory in NI

Crosses, statues, pews and windows smashed in “act of pointless destruction”.


Two priests ordained in Raphoe and Down & Connor

Fr Dominic McGrattan ordained by Bishop Treanor in Portaferry and Fr Stephen Gorman ordained by Bishop Boyce in Letterkenny.


Pope Francis appoints Bishop McKeown Bishop of Derry

"Bishop Donal brings many gifts to his new role": Archbishop Eamon Martin.


CoI Primate “hopeful for future rapprochement” in North

Bishop Treanor warns of “disengagement" by many in churches from work of reconciliation.


Bishop prays that Haass talks will energise political realm

Concern over "recent violent threats to public safety and security on our streets."


Bishop prays for those locked in conflict at Fr Alec’s funeral

Describing Fr Alec as an "artisan of peace", Bishop pleads with minority still in thrall to violence.


NI Minister affirms Churches’ role in creating a just society

Faith communities bring a deep understanding of social needs - Bishop Treanor.


NI bishop concerned at political alienation among poor

Conference to discuss faith contribution to public debate on social need.


Bishop Treanor pays tribute to SDLP founding member

Praise for Eddie McGrady's tireless promotion of the virtues of constitutional democracy.


Reinstated Belfast priest delighted to be back in ministry

Fr Hugh Kennedy has “not been charged with any criminal offence or allegation" Bishop confirms.

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