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Violence leaves India’s Christians fearful

Church and civic leaders warn “These acts of violence are not isolated incidents."


Christmas is the embodiment of hope

In their joint message, the Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops of Clogher say Christmas brings hope.


Live crib a reminder of why Christmas celebrated

Huge community effort in Clondalkin sees enactment of Christmas story five times each day this weekend, bringing patrons inside the story to 'Bethlehem'.


Irish church leaders pray for Christians in Middle East

In their Christmas messages, Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops express concern for those living in the "grip of fear".


Crosscare centre provides 35 beds for homeless

New residence in Dublin will enable 26 long-stay residents have a permanent base for six months and will also offer nine emergency beds every night.


Don’t take peace for granted: Archbishop Clarke

Church leaders attend ecumenical carols with students from both communities in Armagh.


€1m donated towards restoration of St Mel’s

“From the start we set ourselves a five-year target to achieve a functional cathedral for Christmas 2014" - Fr Tom Healy.


Homelessness should be a priority issue: bishops

Faithful and people of goodwill urged to support their neighbour, the vulnerable and the elderly.


Kildare & Leighlin sow seeds this Christmas

Parishioners invited to take a packet of chamomile seeds for their home and one for someone they would like to reach out to.


Plaque will honour first Black Santa

Dean Sammy Crooks, who died in a road accident in 1986, staged his first Christmas sit-out for charities in 1976, establishing a tradition continued by all his successors.


Irish writer launches new book on Mother Teresa

Saint of the Gutters had a great love of Christmas and Advent in particular.


Take Pioneer pledge for November

Temporary pledge is about taking time-out to reflect on our relationship with drink.


Orthodox Christmas celebrated

Orthodox Church in Ireland sees faithful grow from 250 in 1993 to 45,000 in 2011.


Cathedral appeals for unwanted Christmas gifts

Hundreds of people alone for Christmas received gifts that were unwanted in 2012.


Somali government bans Christmas celebrations

“It is prohibited to celebrate those days in this country.”


Pope Francis focuses on peace in Urbi et Orbi

Pontiff called on God to protect the earth “frequently exploited by human greed and rapacity.”


Pope Francis makes Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus

Time spent in prayer followed by a private meeting at Mater Ecclesiae monastery.


Cardinal Brady calls for end to world hunger by 2025

Primate invites politicians to support Pope Francis' call for all out action on global hunger.


Bishop Crean hits out at Troika’s unjust austerity

Recovery of economic sovereignty may appease markets but austerity has been "most unjust".


Keep Christ at the heart of Christmas Bishop urges

For too many Christmas is marked by “over indulgence, extravagance and selfishness.”


Bishop prays that Haass talks will energise political realm

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


Fr McVerry calls for Homeless Act as numbers double

Homeless Act would give homeless a legal right to suitable accommodation.


Increased sales for Veritas thanks to Pope Francis

'Pope Francis effect' results in marked upsurge in interest in the papacy in 2013.


ALONE shares ‘The Twelve Faces of Christmas’

Public urged to remember older people in need at this time of year.


Church in Ireland on the way to renewal: Archbishop Martin

Archbishop notes churches are increasingly filled and parishes have a renewed enthusiasm.


Operation Santa to transform Christmas for thousands

“We not only want to ensure that no child is left disappointed, but that no family is left struggling because of the cost of Christmas.”


Nativity Play

Susan Gately provides a clear and simple version of the Christmas story, ideal for a nativity play for young children in school or youth groups.


The Stealing of Christmas

(Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.)http://www.preda.org/main/archives/2010/r10120801.html


O come let us adore: exploring the crib at Christmas

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