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Fifty Irish at European Focolare gathering

“We believe that through sharing our stories, our cultures and our histories – getting to know each other – we can lay the foundation for a more united Europe,” say organisers of event.

2019.07.24.

Irish Focolare group prepares for first European Mariapolis

“We truly believe the gain will be a testimony for the unity of all Europe”

2019.06.02.

Pope Francis legislates for protection of minors

New legislation for Vatican State brings in mandatory reporting of abuse charges for minors and vulnerable adults, backed up with fines and / or imprisonment for not reporting.

2019.03.30.

Fragmented Europe calls for Europe-wide gathering

Our dream is to have an event which underlines the beauty of the European continent in all its diversity, where the richness of every culture emerges in the splendid tapestry that is Europe – Peter Forst, Focolare.

2019.03.10.

There is only ‘us’ – revealing this truth is the work of reconciliation

Irish experience of reconciliation in focus at Swedish ecumenical conference addressed by Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops.

2018.11.16.

Ireland centre stage at international prophetic economy conference

“We have to cease destroying and harming our planet if we want a good and not life-threatening future.”

2018.11.03.

Interfaith prayer for planet is powerful witness to global family

“The planet is our home, home for all of us, regardless of what faith or background we come from.”

2018.08.31.

Impasse in Northern politics due to indifference says bishop

“In our two communities or in our various communities we are happy enough the way we are and we couldn’t be bothered,” says Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe.

2018.04.11.

Belfast Agreement in focus at Focolare weekend

BBC journalist, Brian Rowan will address annual all-Ireland weekend in Belfast.

2018.04.06.

Irish team to build dairy in Africa over Christmas

Group from Economy of Communion will give hands-on treatment to their project in Burkino Faso.

2017.12.22.

Catholic priest explains Luther in Presbyterian church

Christians are rediscovering a monk who was a Catholic, a reformer, a figure around whom much unity in faith is being re-forged, comments Bishop of Down and Connor, Noel Treanor.

2017.11.11.

Christians join together for Belfast talk by Luther expert

in the history of 500 years there are many wounds, and that Churches have lived separately with different mentalities. However in the last 50 years there has been good dialogue.

2017.11.01.

Bishop Monahan highlights Legion of Mary’s role in vocations

19 new seminarians have begun their formation for Irish dioceses, eight of whom have begun a propaedeutic year in locations in Ireland and abroad.

2017.09.26.

Peace and family – where the light gets in

Rev Ken Newell encouraged the more than 300 participants at the Focolare Mariapolis to forge links between their own churches and those of other denominations in their local area.

2017.07.13.

Universal brotherhood has never been more vital

Focolare summer gathering in Dungarvan will focus on meaning of suffering and reaffirm goal of universal brotherhood.

2017.06.30.

Journeying together is already step towards unity

Ecumenism is not just doctrinal dialogue, but “a dynamic reality” including all dimensions of our witness to the world, “since we are becoming one while together on the way” – Dr Martin Robra, World Council of Churches.

2017.05.20.

Families Matter in advance of world meeting

It has made me stop and think as a parent how to best live out the gospel.

2017.04.20.

Concert for homeless charity

A significant moment for Factor One as a young band was representing Ireland at the Genfest youth rally in front of an audience of 20,000 at the Palaeur football stadium in Rome.

2016.11.17.

Focolare hosts party for Syrian refugees

Language of love creates event like ‘meeting of two families’ in Kildare.

2016.10.21.

Maynooth crisis raises questions about model of seminary formation

“I think the days of a big big seminary are over. I think if anything good comes from this it is an examination of a better way” - Fr Brendan Purcell.

2016.08.07.

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.

Focolare gathering to focus on mercy in politics & climate justice

In the current climate of mistrust, Focolare's message of dialogue and unity has a vital role to play in forging "bonds of understanding" between people says Focolare Co-director.

2016.06.23.

Conference aims to nourish & encourage lay groups

“There is a whole world out there and I think it is very important that we don’t become holy huddles with our own people and our own groups."

2016.03.05.

Focolare in Syria: our only need is to live in peace

Christians pray that God stirs the "consciences of the leaders of powerful nations to work for the peace Syrians long for".

2016.02.21.

Bishops from sixteen Churches explore unity

40 churchmen pray for safe release of Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, kidnapped in 2013 and the release of Metropolitan Boulos.

2015.12.12.

New book evaluates Ireland’s response to Vatican II

“I think it is profoundly unfortunate that the voice of the bishops is not heard in this book and I know that voice was sought" - Baroness Nuala O'Loan.

2015.11.28.

True love for God leads to unity: Shia Imam

The problem is that people love God but in a way that is not right." Some have a "possessive love for God: 'That is my God, not your God': Dr Mohammed Ali Shomali.

2015.08.07.

Great signs of hope for inter-religious dialogue

Strong Irish presence and involvement at first jointly hosted Focolare summer gathering at Hope University in Liverpool.

2015.08.04.

Irish bishop and leader of Sikh community to address Liverpool conference

Large Irish contingent travel to joint Ireland / UK hosted summer gathering of Focolare in Liverpool. "Here we are almost at the 100th anniversary of 1916, signing up with England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in a moment of unity, of reconciliation, of prayer.  It is a poignant moment," remarks Bishop Brendan Leahy.

2015.07.27.

Centenary celebrations of Bro Roger’s birth

People urged to commit to some act of solidarity or kindness in memory of Taize founder Bro Roger Schutz (1915-2005).

2015.05.13.
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