“Today our celebration is a gesture of recognising publicly the place of the Muslim community as an integral part of the family of the Irish."
“Many people living in Ireland who are members of the Muslim faith call Ireland ‘home’. Croke Park as a venue for Eid Al Adha celebration will be symbolic to Irish Muslims in their ‘dual-identity’ as being both Irish and Muslim,” said Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri.
"I look forward to meeting with hundreds of Irish pilgrims on the banks of the Danube next September," says Bishop of Elphin.
"The Church must learn anew the ability to speak the things of God – not to flee from the realities of life, but to challenge the men and women of our time and the culture of our time to become the seedbed of a new humanity."
“On this special day let us renew our commitment to equality, social justice and care for all our vulnerable people, so many of whom continue to struggle for the very necessities of life.”
“The love of a married couple is a very special kind of love, a love that is life-giving, permanent and exclusive” – Bishop Denis Nulty.
The complete Papal Mass programme reached an audience that beat the All-Ireland Hurling Final viewership, with 1.1 million viewers tuning in at some point during the Papal Mass broadcast.
Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore responds to the papal visit and says he hopes that the Pope will introduce the necessary structures of accountability to ensure that child safeguarding will be an integral part of church life.
“We can give thanks for the two decades of peace that followed this historic agreement, while expressing firm hope that the peace process will overcome every remaining obstacle.”
In his homily for Sunday's televised Aifreann na Clainne, the Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin warned that "The pursuit of the material is miles away from gospel values.”
Knock Shrine event, Croke Park Festival of Families and RDS Congress booked out. 285,000 already signed up for WMOF2018 closing Mass in Phoenix Park.
Secretary General of WMOF2018, Fr Timothy Bartlett, delighted at having reached milestone in volunteering numbers, but thousands more volunteers needed.
“As a diocese, as a faith family, we have so much this Chrism Night to give thanks for; our priests and the witness they give, sometimes at a cost to their own health and mental well-being” - Bishop Denis Nulty.
Special focus on the family in preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018 as pilgrims invited to wear a special sticker as a symbol of bringing families with them in prayer as they made their ascent to the summit.
David Hall, who stood in as interim CEO of Console as the financial and governance crisis unfolded, told the conference: “Console was the exception.” He said that the majority of charity and voluntary workers do their business without controversy.