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Bishops welcome “no fee” decision for Europeans staying in UK after Brexit

Bishop Paul McAleenan paid tribute to people from across Europe who have contributed to the Church and society in the UK and who are what he called “an integral and valued part of our parishes, schools and communities”.

2019.01.23.

Forty killed on missions in 2018

Priests, religious, and lay people share the same daily life as the common people, bringing them the witness of love and service as a sign of hope and peace.

2019.01.02.

Royal Irish Academy to host lecture on St Columbanus and the making of modern Europe

Columbanus, born c.550 on the Carlow/Wexford border, is the best known of the many Irish missionaries who re-evangelised Europe during the Middle Ages.

2018.11.12.

COMECE issues new reflection on the future of work

“The spread and use of new technologies has increased autonomy, but for many it has also led to an intensification of work, shrinking the space for life in family and society.”

2018.11.06.

Global Catholic population grows for third consecutive year

Europe was the only continent to see a drop in its Catholic population, down by 240,000.

2018.10.21.

Commonwealth leaders urged to promote common good

The biennial meeting of the Commonwealth nations is taking place in London and Windsor from 16 - 20 April.

2018.04.18.

Bishops visit EU in advance of Brexit

“Essentially we must always promote the human and insist that the human is put at the centre of the European project” – Bishop Nicholas Hudson.

2017.09.28.

New Franciscan novices and noviciate in Killarney

The friary, which over many years had been the novitiate of the Irish Franciscans, is now an inter-provincial novitiate, with novices coming from Ireland, Great Britain, Germany and Holland.

2017.08.17.

Families of Irish prisoners abroad suffer says chaplain

“Because of the situation at the moment and the lack of action [on this issue] many prisoners and their families are living lives of quiet desperation,” said Fr Gerry McFlynn.

2017.07.20.

Courage of unarmed Gardaí praised by Bishop of Elphin

“Being unarmed does seem to suggest that, as a matter of policy, Gardaí will seek to respond to crime in a non-violent way. By doing this, they contribute to reducing the level of violence, rather than escalating it.”

2017.01.03.

Pope Francis to celebrate Mass for martyred Fr Hamel

“Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe?” asks Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna on Sunday.

2016.09.14.

CofI Archbishop recalls murder of Fr Jacques Hamel

“In a multi–cultural world, people will not stop witnessing to their faith, however irritating and embarrassing they might be" - Archbishop Michael Jackson.

2016.09.12.

Europe is a continent in crisis warns Pope Francis

“These walls are made of fear and aggression, a failure to understand people of different backgrounds or faith. They are walls of political and economic selfishness, without respect for the life and dignity of every person.”

2016.07.04.

Europe must be attentive to its soul says Bishop Leahy

Against background of Brexit, Together for Europe gathering in Munich is a prophetic sign. "We need to keep the ideals of the founders of the EU alive."

2016.07.01.

‘Ireland and its Church have always been European’

“We may be facing a period of renewed nationalism, as well as strident regionalism within some current states,” Bishop McKeown warns.

2016.06.24.

UK bishops profoundly shocked by killing of MP

In a statement, a spokesman for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales said, "Our society has lost a dedicated public servant.”

2016.06.18.

COMECE welcomes Pope’s speech on Europe

Pope Francis stressed the need to move away from a “liquid economy" to create dignified and well-paying jobs.

2016.05.09.

COMECE hails Pope’s ecumenical visit to Lesbos

Pope Francis says visit aims to “express closeness & solidarity" to the displaced & the citizens of Lesbos & the people of Greece "who are so generous in their welcome”.

2016.04.14.

Europe needs to be constructive actor for peace

Peace and security policies were at the centre of the debate of the spring plenary assembly of COMECE's bishops in Brussels.

2016.03.07.

First Catholic service at Hampton Court in 450 years

Saying that the service was a “celebration of a common agenda”, Bishop Chartres concluded, “Welcome home Cardinal.”

2016.02.11.

Documentary explores Columbanus’ vision for Europe

Former president, Mary McAleese, presents “the story of a great Irish monk” who “literally changed the fate and faith of Europe” in the dark ages.

2015.11.04.

Pontiff marks 50th anniversary of Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Vincent Nichols highlights the importance and influence of the Synod of Bishops on the life and mission of the Church in Europe.

2015.10.18.

The Holy Family were refugees in Egypt: Bishop

“Once again the ugly consequences of war have caused multitudes of good people to take great risks as they seek refuge in foreign lands.”

2015.09.13.

Trócaire welcomes Govt decision on 4,000 refugees

It is “heartening to see that priority will be given to unaccompanied minors and that family reunification will be supported” - Eamonn Meehan.

2015.09.11.

Bishop Doran seeks Dáil recall over refugee crisis

Parish communities asked to consider whether there are vacant properties - houses, granny-flats or spare-rooms which might accommodate refugees.

2015.09.07.

Parishes urged to offer shelter to a migrant family

Pope’s appeal for solidarity and welcome is a call for a creative and generous response in preparation for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

2015.09.07.

‘I hope people will find Ireland a welcoming place’

Archbishop of Dublin calls for a generous response to those caught up in the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

2015.09.04.

Dublin exhibition of the photographs of Fr Browne

Irish Jesuit is increasingly acknowledged as one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century.

2015.08.14.

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."

2015.07.29.

‘Europe is a project of reconciliation not division’

President of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), Cardinal Reinhard Marx comments on the Greek crisis.

2015.07.17.
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