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‘The scale of the conflict & casualties should scare us’

At Battle of the Somme service, Bishop Colton urges people to champion an outlook that builds bridges, includes rather than excludes, welcomes rather than alienates, and fosters reconciliation, justice and peace.


Historic Cork church set to close due to lack of priests

“We appreciate that there are manpower issues both within the Vincentian community and the diocese. We do not believe the announcement is the correct solution to this situation."


‘Real challenge today is not atheism but idolatry’

Archbishop of Tuam stresses that Corpus Christi procession ought to be a reminder that Jesus Christ can never be confined to a tabernacle or a Church building.


Street Pastors help bring calm to city at night

Drink is at the root of "vast majority of incidents". The entertainment & hospitality industries & stakeholders on the streets "need to address drink issues together".


Ireland in 2016 needs a new social ethic: Archbishop

"People of belief and people with a secular inspiration must learn again to how speak with one another constructively and respect one another."


Barnardos warns of ‘hidden’ homeless children

In addition to children who are homeless, thousands more are living in overcrowded, unsuitable and unsafe sub-standard accommodation.


Cardinal Murphy O’Connor to speak on Mercy

Pope Francis commissioned hundreds of ‘Missionaries of Mercy’ during Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, including Irish Jesuit, Fr Tony O’Riordan.


Holy Family were refugees Cork bishops highlight

As the country prepares to welcome refugees, we are "challenged to engage with the poverty, homelessness sub-standard accommodation that many are living in".


End of an era for Bon Secours Sisters in Belfast

Departure of Sr Consilia Dennehy brings to a close congregation's presence in the city after 143 years.


Five NET youth ministers start work in Cork

Bringing National Evangelisation Teams to Cork is an initiative of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart & the Dominicans and their aim is to regenerate the Church.


Benedictine monk for Bere Island festival

Festival provides an opportunity for the public and musicians to share how meditation can enhance their creative lives.


Dominican church in Cork to host open day

St Mary's church celebrates the 175th anniversary of its establishment this year and is currently undergoing a €500,000 restoration project.


Fr McVerry awarded ‘Spirit of Mother Jones’ honour

“We are satisfied that Mother Jones, if she was alive today, would have been very proud of Fr Peter for his ability to highlight the social injustice of homelessness.”


Hundreds of Cursillo pilgrims finish walk in Knock

Annual five-day Cursillo camino ends at the National Shrine as pilgrims from Derry, Dublin, Cork and Belfast pour into Knock later today.


Cardinal Pell speaks about role of laity in Cork

Pope Francis' "support is indispensable" to the Secretariat for the Economy Australian Prefect states.


Tribute to Irish nun who lived out vocation in Lourdes

Bishop John Buckley led mourners at the funeral Mass of Sr Thérèse Marie O’Connell who spent fifty-seven years as a Poor Clare at the French shrine.


Crisis as 71 families become homeless in April

Of the 71 families referred to Focus Ireland by four Dublin authorities, 63 had never been homeless before.


Jailed priest to face canonical proceedings: bishop

59-year-old Fr Francis Kelleher paid €4,000 to three men to threaten his nephew.


Mother Mary Aikenhead on path to sainthood

Pope Francis declares Irish foundress of Religious Sisters of Charity Venerable.


Planning granted for Nano Nagle centre in Cork

Presentation Sisters want historic 244-year-old South Presentation Centre to be a place that preserves the ethos and philosophy of founder, Venerable Nano Nagle.


Roy Keane says faith means a lot to him

Cork-born legend says "the man upstairs looks after me" in his recent autobiography ‘The Second Half’.


Poor Clares in Cork mark centenary

Monastery has been a “powerhouse of prayer” for a century - Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross.


Bishop in solidarity call for those hit by recession

Annual Corpus Christi procession in Cork celebrates 89th anniversary.


Mother of Good Counsel novena begins Monday

Popular novena runs from 21 to 30 April at Augustinian church in Cork city.


New centre in Cork to celebrate Venerable Nano Nagle

‘South Pres’ to undergo €10m development for 300th anniversary of Nano's birth in 2018.


Teens launch SHARE fundraiser for elderly in Cork

Students from 22 schools fast for SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly).


Presentation nuns host Cork celebration for Nano Nagle

Bishops concelebrate Mass for 'the Lady of the Lantern'.


Presentation Sisters’ Foundress declared Venerable

1,200 members of the congregation around the world celebrate Irishwoman's step towards canonisation.

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