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Requiescat in pace, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor was a deeply spiritual priest, known for his warmth, good humour and humility.


“Faith should leave you challenging yourself” – Archbishop Martin

Primate of Ireland speaks about resilience at fundraiser in aid of Aware’s services to the suicidal and depressed at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.


Euthanasia is not palliative care: COMECE

“Intentionally bringing on the death of a patient, even if he asks for it, does not constitute caring for him.”


Bishop launches Kerry funeral guide & pastoral plan

Five-year pastoral plan (2016-2020) outlines the diocese’s priorities and is a response to the increased appetite for ongoing training.


Death of Jesuit theologian Fr Michael Paul Gallagher

"Heaven is a place where we experience God's love in a new way and we enter into communion with that God” - Archbishop Martin.


PLC responds to High Court decision

Judge rules doctors may end life support treatments to a pregnant woman who has been clinically dead for a number of weeks.


Vatican really upset my health: Fr Brian Darcy

Inability to cope with the stress of church censure "gave me cancer”.


Pope calls for prayers for forgotten souls

Pontiff marks Feast of All Souls and hails “the anonymous who rest in common graves as unknown saints”.


Renewal in Irish church must be rooted in parish

Bishop Denis Nulty opens second annual Alpha conference in Maynooth.


Priest pays tribute to former Taoiseach’s memory

Removal of Albert Reynolds on Saturday evening to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, Dublin.


Remembrance service for those lost in farm accidents

Rugby players, Munster's John Hayes, Ulster's Rory Best and Leinster's Sean O'Brien lend support to Embrace FARM ecumenical service.


Tuam Diocesan Youth Council to host remembrance service

An opportunity to hear from others about the loss a young person and how they live with that loss.


Be brave priest urges friends of dead Carlow teen

Peer pressure brings risks and challenges that were unknown in my time PP admits.


Memorial Prayer Vigil for Tom O’Gorman

“The tragic death of our dear friend Tom O’Gorman over the weekend has come as a huge shock and a painful loss to everyone in the pro-life movement" - PLC.


New programme helps those suffering prolonged grief

Irish Hospice Foundation programme will support people 'overwhelmed by their grief'.


Derry diocese holds Mass for deceased young people

Families and friends to come together to remember their loved ones.


Archbishop pays tribute to priests’ role in people’s lives

Despite criticisms of the Church, people still appreciate their priests.


‘The Communion of the Sick and Dying’ – Prof Desmond O’Neill

Professor Desmond O’Neill is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine. On Friday 15th June at IEC2012 he delivered a talk under the title ‘The Communion of the Sick and Dying’.


Last testament of a murdered monk

Fr Christian de Chergé, Superior of his monastery and one of the seven French Trappists killed by Algerian terrorists in 1996, wrote a last testament to be opened in the event of his death. This is it. If it should happen one day – and it could be today – that I become a victim


What’s out there?

A concerned mother of a young family writes: At a mission recently in our parish one of the speakers stated that he did not know where our deceased went when they die. His exact words were: “They either go to the unknown, heaven or hell.” Neither I nor any of my family had ever heard



Paul Andrews SJ looks at some perspectives on mourning for the dead from his experience of watching some Maori funerals in New Zealand. He also tells how they have turned alcohol consumption to social advantage.


Catholics and the dead

There are strong links that bind us to others who are part of the vast community of the living and the dead, writes Fr Lawrence Cunnignham.


Welcomed home

Dervilla writes: Dear Father, I’m writing to you in despair. My daughter died suddenly and unprepared about a year ago. She hadn’t been to confessions for years although in the period before her sudden death she visited churches and lit candles most days. The priest assured me that she had been duly anointed but I


Only as far as God

Fr Morgan Costelloe finds a source of hope as he reflects on bereavement and grief.


Unexpected endings: miscarriages

For most parents, the sudden and unexpected loss of a child through miscarriage is an emotional as well as a spiritual crisis. M. Fran Rybarik describes the unique sense of loss parents experience and suggests ways in which family and friends can support them in their grief.


Prayer for the wake

During a wake it may happen that family members would like to have a structured time of prayer beside the deceased. Sometimes, however, they find it difficult because they can’t find the words or because no-one feels comfortable taking the lead. In these circumstances, the rosary – even a single decade – is the ideal


The liturgy of All Souls Day

 Ritual responses to death have changed often in the Church’s history. Liam Tracey OSM, Professor of Liturgy in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, examines especially the history of All Souls Day and some problems of perception raised by the liturgy of that day.


Keeping alive our connection with the dead

Fr Lawrence Cunningham writes on the strong links that bind us to others who are part of the vast community of the living and the dead.


Celebrating a life through liturgy

These extracts from A Celebration of Life provide a helpful introduction to the different elements of the funeral liturgy.


The Church’s healing presence

Fr James A. Wallace, C.Ss.R. describes the wonderful comfort and hope that he and his family experienced in the prayers and liturgies of the church following the death of his mother.

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