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Big jump in calls to SVP for help in wake of COVID-19 closures

"Our fear is that the impact of the pandemic will be most acute for individuals and families already living in poverty," said SVP president Kieran Stafford.

2020.04.05.

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.

RTÉ’s daily Mass has average audience of 34,600

The daily broadcast by RTÉ is facilitating a spiritual communion of worshippers who, while not physically present within the church, are digitally united in faith – Bishop Alan McGuckian.

2020.04.03.

Jump in calls to telephone service for older people

SeniorLine is receiving 700 calls a week from traditional callers who are generally lonely and living alone, and from a new cohort who are suddenly cocooned and find it very difficult.

2020.04.02.

Bishops dismayed as new abortion regime takes effect

Northern Ireland now has “one of the most liberal abortion regimes anywhere in the world” in which “some unborn children will be left completely defenceless”.

2020.04.01.

Churches close in latest restrictions in fight against COVID-19

“This action, which is not taken lightly, is ... the only way of guaranteeing that vulnerable people, who might be so inclined to call into the church to pray or light a candle, are more encouraged to stay at home and keep within the regulations” – Bishop Nulty.

2020.04.01.

Nuns’ and monks’ prayers and tips on enclosure and self-isolation

Mother Fahy of Glencairn invited people to join the 31 or so sisters at Glencairn in “keeping up a constant and trusting prayer for all our medical and healthcare workers and for all humanity”.

2020.03.31.

Papal prayers for those living in fear of COVID-19 pandemic

Bishop Leahy pays tribute to the Limerick COVID-19 Community Response which is ensuring that the daily needs of the elderly, unwell or those with a confirmed diagnosis or those isolating on suspicion of having COVID-19 are met.

2020.03.31.

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.

Pope tells the city and the world: Be not afraid amid the storm of COVID pandemic

"Just like those disciples, we too have realised that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this," said Pope Francis.

2020.03.28.

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.

Extra support needed for those already under stress, say charities

“In the coming weeks, we expect to see an increased demand for our support as families find themselves in financial stress and hardship,” said Kieran Stafford, National President, SVP.

2020.03.26.

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.

SVP issues moneylender warning as pandemic increases financial woes

"We fear moneylenders will end up targeting people who will just not be able to repay loans at the exorbitant interest rates they are charging," says SVP president Kieran Stafford.

2020.03.22.

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.

Religious nuns and friars offer prayers and wisdom for COVID-19

It is understandable to feel fear and anxiety when the way we need to respond to this crisis separates us from the very things that help to keep us grounded and connected.

2020.03.19.

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.

Call for support for front-line charities and social services

Charities provide approximately one-quarter of acute hospital services and approximately two-thirds of services to people with disabilities, so they are an integral part of the overall system.

2020.03.18.

“This is a time for heroism and creativity”

Bishop of Derry appeals for churches to remain open, priests to be highly visible in churches and communities, and that technology be used to reach the lonely, frightened and self-isolating.

2020.03.18.

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.
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