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Faith podcast to offer daily reflections during Holy Week

There are many people feeling alone and isolated at the moment and we hope that our short pieces of audio can assist people in living Holy Week in their homes – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.04.04.

Christians “denied” food aid in Pakistan

Why did [the NGO] discriminate against Christians? Are they not citizens of Pakistan? We are all suffering from COVID-19 – Adnan, a Muslim in Karachi, quoted by AsiaNews.

2020.04.03.

No funerals in Clogher, says Bishop Duffy

“All priests who are aged 70 years or older and those who have underlying health conditions are not expected to take part in frontline pastoral ministry,” says Bishop Duffy, excusing more than a third of his priests from face-to-face duties.

2020.03.30.

Text me your prayer intentions, says Bishop Dermot Farrell to Ossory faithful

“Prayer is hope in action,” says the Bishop of Ossory.

2020.03.30.

Pilgrim blessing goes ahead at St James’s, Dublin, despite suspension of Camino activities

Despite the curbs on movement and travel because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Camino season was launched yesterday with a blessing of pilgrims at St James’s Church in Dublin city centre. “This will pass, we will go on pilgrimage again when this is over,” said parish priest Fr Eugene Taafe, in a blessing broadcast on

2020.03.29.

Ecumenical group of church leaders releases joint statement regarding pandemic

As the island battles this pandemic, standing alongside other denominations and Christian organisations, we are today issuing a call to pray — Ireland's church leaders.

2020.03.28.

RTÉ to broadcast Pope Francis’ extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing today

Pope Francis’ blessing will be an opportunity to avail ourselves of Divine Grace. I encourage everyone to watch this special broadcast – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.27.

TDs attempt to “rush” proposals harmful to life

We urge supporters to contact their TDs immediately to ensure that these proposals are wholly rejected during the debates – Eílís Mulroy, spokesperson for the Pro Life Campaign.

2020.03.27.

Church leaders pray Our Father in response to Covid19 crisis

Bishop Brendan Leahy and his Church of Ireland counterpart Bishop Kenneth Kearon will participate in the ecumenical prayer live on webcam from Mount Saint Alphonsus in Limerick city at 11am today.

2020.03.25.

Consecration of Ireland to Immaculate Heart of Mary as world prays together

“Social distancing cannot be allowed to create social isolation and, through prayer, as Pope Francis said on Sunday, we can overcome,” said Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.25.

Church is showing solidarity while ‘distancing’ says Archbishop Eamon Martin

“I may be looking out at empty pews, but in my mind’s eye and with the eyes of my heart, I can see you in your living rooms, in nursing homes, hospital wards or perhaps driving in your cars, all linked spiritually in the ‘family of families’ that is the Church,” said Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.24.

Apocalyptic worldview will help overcome Covid-19 crisis, says Bishop Farrell

“Like the flight attendant’s instructions ‘Put on your own mask first’, hope never encourages any kind of disdain for common sense and responsibilities of protecting human life and the common good,” said Bishop Farrell.

2020.03.23.

Pope calls on world to unite in ‘Our Father’ prayer this Wednesday

“I would like to propose to all Christians that, together, we lift our voices towards Heaven,” said the pope, who will start saying the ‘Our Father’ in Rome on Wednesday at 10am Irish time. 

2020.03.23.

Public Masses are suspended, but the Church is not, says Bishop Dennis Brennan of Ferns

"Jesus Christ, come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love," says prayer of Bishop of Ferns

2020.03.21.

“Everyone should do their part” say Catholic bishops of Munster

It has been a time to discover the value of quiet time of prayer in the home and prayer as a family, "the Domestic Church" – Catholic bishops of Munster.

2020.03.21.

Fr Paul Dempsey PP postpones his Episcopal Ordination 

This decision has been difficult but it would not have been appropriate to proceed with the ordination at this time – Fr Paul Dempsey.

2020.03.20.

RTÉ airs daily Mass during COVID-19 pandemic

We want people of all faiths to know that RTÉ is with them in spirit – RTÉ’s Head of Religious Content, Roger Childs.

2020.03.20.

Priest urges people to try and turn a negative into a positive

Fr Michael Toomey has appealed to the public to think about and respect those still working and serving during the Covid-19 pandemic.

2020.03.19.

Prayers for “brave and selfless health workers” on St Patrick’s Day

The Covid19 crisis, Archbishop Eamon Martin has said, is “a time for an outpouring of the works of mercy towards the sick and vulnerable, and for a spirit of generosity and self-sacrifice, compassion and charity in Ireland, and across the world”.

2020.03.17.

Pandemic creates unprecedented demand for ChurchServices.TV

In ‘normal conditions’, the CSTV website usually has about two million visitors a month, but this weekend the audience for online Parish TV more than trebled, said Church Support Group CEO Tony Bolger.

2020.03.16.

Bells to be rung on St Patrick’s Day to express social solidarity

Archbishop Eamon Martin supports Bishop Phonsie Cullinan’s initiative which aims to encourage people to care for one other "at this difficult time.”

2020.03.16.

Primate’s St Patrick’s Day prayer in pandemic : ‘Dia idir sin agus an olc’

"When we ask God for his protection, like St Patrick did, we are asking for serenity and peace of mind," says Archbishop Eamon Martin amid rising anxiety about coronavirus spread.

2020.03.15.

Catholic primate calls for Northern Irish school closures, but DUP says ‘No’.

"It is important to give very strong consideration to the closure of all schools in the very near future. We need to fight this virus together," said Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.15.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan: “God will not abandon His people”

While many are tempted to fear, people of faith can use this crisis to pray and strengthen their relationship with God – Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan.

2020.03.14.

“Isolation alone will bring challenges” Bishop Leahy warns

Cancellation of Masses and directives on funerals are necessary as the Church puts its shoulder behind the national effort to protect the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

2020.03.14.

Irish bishops’ general meeting: from coronavirus to synodality

Irish bishops welcomed the recent announcement by Pope Francis that the theme of the synod in October 2022 will be “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”.

2020.03.13.

Irish Catholic bishops release new liturgical guidelines on coronavirus

Jesus calls on us, his followers, to serve the common good by taking responsibility for each other and to prioritise the most vulnerable in our community ahead of our own individual wants and aspirations – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

2020.03.13.

Top Vatican Cardinal’s visit to Ireland cancelled over Covid-19 crisis

Senator calls for greater attention to containment measures aimed at older and vulnerable members of the community.

2020.03.10.

State of emergency in Bethlehem to curtail coronavirus

The Church of the Nativity and other places of worship in Bethlehem are shut, all tourism and religious sites across the West Bank are closed and all tourists banned from the West Bank for an unspecified period.

2020.03.10.

Church pews sit empty in Northern Italy as religious services banned to halt virus spread

“Live this difficult moment with the strength of the faith, the certainty of hope and the ardour of charity,” said the pope in a message to all those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

2020.03.09.
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