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Mercy theme for World Communications Day

Good communication is never merely the product of the latest or most developed technology but realised through deep interpersonal relationship.


Political parties must give a real voice to citizens

Archbishop Martin tells MacGill Summer School "A democratic political system must not limit the role of citizens to voting in elections and referendums."


Bishop questions arguments based on emotion

“It is not for us to judge people, but that doesn't mean that we should not make objective moral judgements,” Bishop Kevin Doran.


Priest calls for structured conversation in the Church

Irish Church needs a church leadership which empowers the laity – the “sleeping giant”.


NI school remembers nuns killed in car crash

Commemoration Mass held at Mercy Primary School in Belfast and special memorial garden opened at the nuns’ former home.


Church leaders “acutely aware” of cost of divisions

"Threat to social cohesion arising from growing socio-economic inequality is a particular concern, notably in its implications for the younger generations."


Pope releases World Communications message

Archbishop Eamon Martin, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Communications, welcomes this year’s message from Pope Francis.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015

Official inaugural ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon at 3pm in St Bartholomew’s Church Dublin.


Events in Paris last week shocked us: Archbishop

"It was an attack on a city, on a nation, on a culture, and on democracy."


President to attend Mass in solidarity with France

Religious leaders, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and French community to attend Mass in Pro Cathedral in Dublin.


Dublin to hold dialogue on enhancing family life

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin urges every parish and organisation concerned with the future of Christian marriage to take part in conversation.


Fr Lombardi honoured for communications role

Head of the Vatican's Press Office awarded an honorary doctorate by Rome university.


Primate appeals to NI’s politicians over new talks

Archbishop Martin says courageous and creative leadership needed to secure the peace.


Laity mustn’t be left on margins by synod process

Irish Church’s reform groups highlight need for baptised to get involved in the debates going on at the synod.


Church must listen to married couples: Archbishop

Lived experience and struggle of spouses can help find more effective ways of expressing fundamental elements of Church teaching Archbishop Martin tells Synod.


World Communications Day focuses on family

“Today the Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful."


Archbishop offers to dialogue with young people

A “huge new generation is emerging whose faith has to be nourished in a new way”.


Religious leaders to attend Antwerp peace conference

Sant'Egidio Community’s ‘Peace is the Future’ conference to dialogue against backdrop of the centenary of the First World War.


Evangelicals and Catholics drawing closer

There is a recognition that evangelisation exists across all denominations.


Church leaders and NI Secretary of State meet

Issues such as health, education, employment and welfare the immediate priority of many.


Sorrow at murder of last priest in Homs

Italian nun who knew Fr Frans van der Lugt tells CatholicIreland.net he was man of dialogue.


Cardinal Brady hails success of UK state visit

"Great fear is that too many will conclude that the peace process is now done and dusted."


Pope calls for dialogue to resolve crisis in Ukraine

"Heartfelt appeal" to international community to support initiatives for dialogue and harmony.


Archbishop opens new centre for faith and dialogue

Faith should enrich our reflection, as a society, on the value of life, Archbishop Martin suggests.


NI bishop concerned at political alienation among poor

Conference to discuss faith contribution to public debate on social need.


Dynamic tension between theology and spirituality needed says US academic

Professor Arthur Holder rejects separation of spirituality and theology.


Irish Church Urged to Move on from its Bickering

Archbishop appeals for serious dialogue about the contribution of faith and religious people.


Church leaders endorse campaign supporting Haass talks

Political leaders begin process of dialogue led by Richard Haass next week.


100,000 join Pope Francis in prayer vigil for Syria

“Cry out forcefully: violence and war are never the way to peace!” Pontiff urges.


Pope and King agree dialogue the “only option” for Syria

Church leaders oppose intervention as British Govt motion on military action defeated.

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