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More than 100,000 children to benefit from SVP and Sally Army joint Christmas appeal

"Last year alone more than 50,000 gifts were distributed to families in need locally," said Major Paul Kingscott, the Salvation Army’s divisional leader.

2019.11.10.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas in Ireland

The most recent Irish census showed that the fastest growing religious belief was what it called the Orthodox branch of Christianity.

2019.01.10.

British Foreign Secretary makes ending persecution of Christians a priority

With Christianity on the verge of extinction in its birthplace, it is time for concerted action that begins to turn the tide, says British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

2018.12.29.

Abortion is “a huge moral mistake which this country will live to regret”

Archbishop Eamon Martin urges people to continue to witness to the fact that there are two lives worthy of protection.

2018.12.25.

“God is really present on our streets this Christmas, but do we recognise him?”

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ponders implications of Irish people’s expressed concern that the celebration of Christmas has become too commercial.

2018.12.25.

Emmanuel, the source of true light, is focus of Christmas message

“May all of us, by our love, bring light and hope to all whose lives are troubled this Christmas.”

2018.12.24.

Belvedere College students sleep out for homeless charities

Students at Dublin school are hopeful they can match last year's donations which raised almost €200,000 for Focus Ireland, the Peter McVerry Trust and Home Again.

2018.12.23.

New impetus needed to provide housing, says bishop in Christmas message

“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.

2018.12.20.

St Patrick’s College marks 200th anniversary of Silent Night

“In the clear, cold night of Christmas Eve, his voice carried very far. The shooting had stopped and in that silence he sang and the British knew the song and sang back.”

2018.12.15.

Archbishops urge faithful to think of the homeless this Christmas

“Think for a moment of what it would be like this Christmas to be without a home. To be without a place of shelter. To be out in the cold. To be on your own, living on the streets.”

2018.12.15.

Bishops’ online Advent calendar has more features than ever

"Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time. As Christians, we must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord." – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.12.03.

Get ready for Christmas with the Society of Missionary Children

Schools and families can enjoy an Advent calendar for children, Advent teaching resources for schools and homes, and enter a Christmas-themed colouring competition.

2018.12.03.

Veritas to close three shops

The Catholic bookseller will focus on online sales, which were up 52 per cent this year.

2018.12.01.

SVP and Salvation Army hope “Stuff A Bus” will bring a Christmas three-bell load

“The effects of poverty don’t stop just because it’s Christmas – they endure throughout the year.” 

2018.11.24.

Special focus on the family for 2018 Advent Calendar

An opportunity to “reflect on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland last August when he invited us to welcome Christ in the bits and pieces, the ordinary moments of everyday life” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.11.20.

SVP looks ahead to another busy year in 2018

There are 70,000 more Irish children living in poverty than there were in 2008 and more than one in ten of our children experience persistent poverty.

2018.01.13.

Without Jesus there is no Christmas, Pope tells pilgrims

Gives voice to international project which aims to put Christ back in the centre of Christmas.

2017.12.29.

Church leaders express concern for homeless and migrants

“Courageous and decisive plans and sufficient funding to overcome the suffering and the deprivation of those who live on the precarious margins of society” is needed, Archbishop stresses.

2017.12.26.

Pope Francis prays for children caught up in conflict

“May beloved Syria at last recover respect for the dignity of every person through a shared commitment to rebuild the fabric of society, without regard for ethnic and religious membership.”

2017.12.26.

WMOF2018 Christmas Cards at Masses today and tomorrow

The Icon card includes the official WMOF2018 prayer and is designed so that it can be set up on the mantelpiece and used throughout the year or used as the prayer before the family sits down to Christmas dinner this year

2017.12.24.

More than 3,500 Christmas dinners will be provided by Knights of Columbanus

A key part of the event is that guests are given a spiritual and a festive welcome.

2017.12.23.

Christmas messages focus on homeless crisis and direct provision

“Christmas asks of us that we turn from singing carols to raising our voices to ensure the voices of the vulnerable are heard and their needs recognised” - Archbishop Michael Jackson.

2017.12.19.

Archbishop expresses concern over level of child homelessness

The annual Black Santa Sit Out, which raises up to €50,000 for charity, was launched on Wednesday by Archbishop Michael Jackson and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

2017.12.15.

Online Advent calendar launched by Archbishop of Armagh

Put Christ to the centre of our Christmas preparations during this special liturgical season

2017.12.03.

25 December established as a holiday in Ukraine

“It is great joy to the faithful, who often had to go to work or school and who will now be able to celebrate Christmas in full.” - Archbishop of Lviv

2017.12.02.

SVP launches Christmas Appeal

“Irish society cannot and must not accept that living in, or on the verge of, poverty is normal - SVP

2017.11.16.

Poll shows public split on Good Friday drinking laws

“There are only two days in the year when the pubs close, the other one being Christmas Day. In time will they open on that day too?"

2017.06.20.

Bóthar sends its 1000th heifer to Rwanda

This 1000th heifer adds to an already strong ‘Irish herd’ now in Rwanda. The herd is multiplying every year as Bóthar returns with artificial-insemination straws from Ireland to put the cows back in calf.

2017.01.26.

Pope Francis condemns child abuse in letter to bishops

“Let us find the courage needed to take all necessary measures and to protect in every way the lives of our children, so that such crimes may never be repeated. In this area, let us adhere, clearly and faithfully, to ‘zero tolerance’” – Pope Francis.

2017.01.04.

“Christmas is a time for family life”: Cardinal Farrell

Prefect of the Vatican’s new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has said he believes Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland will change some of the negativity here towards the Catholic Church.

2016.12.28.
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