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Msgr Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope emeritus Benedict, has passed away

“My brother and I were both altar boys, we both served Mass. It was soon clear to us, first to me and then to him, that our life would be at the service of the Church” – Msgr Georg Ratzinger

2020.07.03.

Bishop McKeown delivers heart-warming homily at Funeral Mass of Bishop Lagan

Last Saturday, I was in his room in the hospital. His only concern was to talk about his funeral ceremony – and he wrote with his felt-tipped pen, ‘Keep the Mass simple.’ And music? ‘Simple.’ – Bishop Donal McKeown

2020.06.12.

English Bishop welcomes decrease in executions around the world

I am very encouraged that global use of the death penalty has decreased for another year. However, hundreds of people are still being executed by their governments and in some countries, the number has increased dramatically – Bishop Declan Lang.

2020.04.25.

Chaplains tell of heartbreak in hospital ‘front line’

"Please continue to pray for all of us and especially for the patients and their families and all staff at the front line," says hospital chaplain Fr Damien O'Reilly.

2020.04.19.

Fr Kevin Doherty delivers moving homily at Funeral Mass for McGinley children 

“And so, a bit like Good Friday, darkness is having its day. But the light is there and like the rising Son, it will become brighter and brighter until there is only the Light of Resurrection," – Fr Kevin Doherty.

2020.02.01.

Funeral Mass celebrated for murdered man from homeless community in Cork

“The next homeless person we meet, we might treat them with a little more sympathy and kindness. For whatever we do to the least of our sisters and brothers, we do it to Jesus” – Fr Howard.

2020.01.10.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin “saddened” by news of Marian Finucane’s death

“Today there are thousands of children and young adults who are alive because of their [Marian and her husband, John's] work," Melanie Verwoerd, former South African Ambassador to Ireland.

2020.01.04.

Bishops of Cork: celebrating Christmas without denying the reality of evil

This was the moment God changed the course of human history – Bishop Fintan Gavin and Bishop Paul Colton.

2019.12.20.

ACN book launch takes place this evening

Everybody will have an opportunity to have a direct encounter with witnesses — that is, people who have directly experienced violence in defending their faith — and that’s a rare opportunity for people in Ireland - Dr Michael Kinsella.

2019.11.29.

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.

2017.09.03.

“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.

2017.02.21.

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.”

2016.03.11.

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.

2015.11.23.

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.

2015.11.08.

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.

2014.12.27.

Vatican really upset my health: Fr Brian Darcy

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

2014.11.18.

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”.

2014.11.03.

Renewal in Irish church must be rooted in parish

Bishop Denis Nulty opens second annual Alpha conference in Maynooth.

2014.09.11.

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.

2014.08.24.

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.

2014.06.25.

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.

2014.04.07.

Be brave priest urges friends of dead Carlow teen

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

2014.02.06.

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.

2014.01.14.

New programme helps those suffering prolonged grief

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

2014.01.10.

Derry diocese holds Mass for deceased young people

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

2013.11.20.

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

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

2013.11.11.

‘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’.

2012.10.02.

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 [...]

1999.11.30.

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 [...]

1999.11.30.

Mourning

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.

1999.11.30.
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