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Death of late Archbishop Michael Bowen RIP

Archdiocese of Southwark announces the death of Archbishop Michael Bowen, who died in the early hours of Thursday 17 October 2019.

2019.10.18.

Marriage offers more satisfaction and commitment than cohabiting, survey finds

“Being married seems to add an extra layer of commitment and stability to a relationship,” said Professor Patricia Casey.

2019.03.14.

Former band member tells WMOF2018 about love and family life

"“I was never getting married, I was never having kids, but it’s an amazing moment when you know.”

2018.07.22.

Archbishop outlines vision for parish communities of the future

“We must seek the ways to restore the place of God in society and above all in the hearts of our young people.”

2017.12.05.

Over 100,000 people expected to attend Limerick Novena

The focus of this year’s novena will be on family life, with the theme ‘Home isn’t a Place, It’s You and Me’.

2017.06.11.

Fatima statue visit is an opportunity to pray for peace and healing

“We are reminded of the value of peace by the passing of Martin McGuinness, who threw away weapons of war for an embrace of peace and how we have all prospered as a result.”

2017.03.22.

Founder of Culture of Life Africa to speak in Dublin

“The threat of the Culture of Death is now real and imminent ... in the form of population control measures being emphatically proposed, promoted and propagated from one nation to the next.”

2016.11.23.

“Human life is the most fundamental right of all”

President of the World Meeting of Families 2018, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, told reporters that the right to life “is a fundamental issue for the Church everywhere” and the Church “is not going to change its position on that”.

2016.10.25.

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.

Lá le Pádraig is a day of celebration and challenge

We cannot think of Patrick - the captive, the slave in exile, the undocumented, the migrant - without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian challenges facing so many.

2016.03.17.

‘Temperance prevents excess getting a grip’

“It has become so difficult for people to resist the culture of artificial and chemical enhancement for all kinds of performances and entertainment” - Bishop Éamonn Walsh.

2016.02.05.

Walsingham Shrine becomes a minor basilica

Rare designation is given by the Holy Father to places of worship which are of particular historical significance.

2016.01.03.

‘Synod has provided manifesto for pastoral action’

The synod faced the “delicate task of trying to balance mercy and truth, doctrine and pastoral care, justice and forgiveness” - Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.10.25.

‘Ireland is still marked by a very strong family culture’

Archbishop suggests it is too simplistic to infer that an authentic Christian culture of marriage has disappeared on the basis of the referendum.

2015.10.13.

Working document is too negative, Synod fathers say

Instrumentum laboris deemed to be overly preoccupied with the problems of marriage and family life and doesn't provide enough encouragement.

2015.10.10.

Irish archbishops selected for roles at Rome Synod

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin elected as rapporteur of one English-speaking group, while Archbishop Eamon Martin elected as moderator of his group.

2015.10.08.

Pope defends Church’s teaching on marriage

God’s dream for his creation is to see it fulfilled “in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self”.

2015.10.05.

Become “revolutionaries of tenderness” – Primate

“A culture of machismo, superficial ideas of love, unreal and illusory notions of romance - all of these can undermine tenderness in relationships today."

2015.09.27.

Grandparents can play a key role in catechesis

Bishop Brendan Leahy urges grandparents to help their grandchildren in the faith at 2015 Catholic Grandparents Pilgrimage in Knock.

2015.09.15.

Call for worldwide celebration of Grandparents

A dedicated day for grandparents would recognise that “grandparents are the anchor in families - they are anchored by faith.”

2015.07.18.

ACI & Archbishop discuss marriage and the family

The bishops are to set up a special review group to examine how best the Church can continue to support marriage and family life in Ireland.

2015.06.14.

Every child should have its ‘mammy and daddy’

"Will the terms ‘father’ and ‘mother’ have any real meaning in the future?" - Bishop Phonsie Cullinan.

2015.05.12.

Bishop Smith decries lack of debate over CFR bill

The search for equality in our society will not be advanced by undermining the very cornerstone on which a just and stable society is built.

2015.05.04.

1916 centenary offers chance to rediscover values

Easter proclamation “would hardly have meant that in respecting differing lifestyles we prioritise adults over children” - Bishop Leahy.

2015.04.08.

Support for marriage and the family remains strong

Survey carried out for ACCORD finds marriage remains a desirable outcome for most people and most expect it to be for life.

2015.02.11.

Clogher outlines timeline for synod discussions

“Truly this is a rather special moment in history when the successor of St Peter humbly invites all the baptised to assist in finding solutions to pastoral problems."

2015.01.27.

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.

2014.12.08.

Open letter to Synod says family is bulwark of society

International marriage experts warn synod delegates that children need marriage and their mothers and fathers to raise them together.

2014.09.30.

Pope Francis marries 20 couples in St Peter’s

Couples are reminded that marriage is “a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times turbulent”.

2014.09.15.

PLC accuses UN of ignoring ‘right to life’ of unborn

Ireland in breach of international human rights legislation by not having wider access to abortion UN Rapporteur suggests.

2014.07.16.
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