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Athlone parishes decide not to resume public Masses just yet

"I wish to remind all parishioners that the Sunday and Holy Day obligations are dispensed with for the time being,” said Bishop Cullinane of Waterford, urging caution among the faithful.


Pope and church leaders speak out against racism and violence in US

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,” said Pope Francis.


Franciscans to leave Waterford

“The contribution of the sons of St Francis for almost 800 years since the mid 13th century is almost incalculable” – Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan.


Franciscans bless jarveys’ horses

“We decided there are ponies and horses here that are so much part of Killarney, they are beautiful creatures and they bring so much joy to so many tourists and especially children who maybe have never been in a jaunting car before,” Fr McCarthy explained.


Tributes paid to the late Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh

Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin served under Cardinal Desmond Connell and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin between 1994 and his retirement in 2009.


Pope will visit Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin in August

Homeless clients “very excited” and can’t believe pontiff is coming to visit them, says Brother Kevin Crowley.


Ploughing offers encounters and time for pause

“It is an occasion where hundreds of thousands of people gather. Wherever people gather is the place to be and it is what Pope Francis wants us to do – to get out and be out among the people,” says Bishop Fintan Monahan.


Zimbabwe honours “dedicated missionary and man of God”

Fr Paschal Slevin’s life as a Catholic missionary “highlights his basic humanitarian, rather than strictly political, contribution to the quality of life of the citizens of his adopted country.”


Irish OFMs have a new provincial – Fr Aidan McGrath

Before his election, Fr Aidan had been serving as General Secretary to the Franciscan Order in Rome.


Damaged plaster at Clonmel Friary reveals 600 years of history

A fundraising drive will now take place to raise funds to preserve the tower.


Vocations Ireland expands training

We are refocusing our way of communicating with young people – Vocations Ireland


Archbishop and Minister open exhibition on role of Church in 1916

Exhibition gives a unique glimpse into the hearts of those who ministered and those to whom they ministered during the Rising in Dublin.


Less faith on show at 2016 Ploughing Championships

Smaller Church representation this year than in previous years.


St Anthony is an ‘Apostle of charity’ – Archbishop Neary

Thousands of devotees in Knock told, “Wherever he went, crowds flocked to him. Hardened criminals and heretics alike were converted by him.”


Relics of St Anthony return to Ireland

Outpouring of devotion by thousands of devotees expected in Cahir, Killarney, Knock, Sligo, Dublin, Longford, Derry and Armagh.


No short-term solution to housing crisis: Respond!

There is a 36-month lead-in from a greenfield site to delivering a housing development. So we won't see houses coming though until 2019 or 2020.


Galway abbey launches restoration fundraiser

The Abbey of St Francis was built in 1836 and dedicated to ‘The Immaculate Conception’ - the first church in Ireland to bear this title.


Fears for Franciscan priest taken in Syria

Franciscan Order lost contact with Fr Dhiya Aziz, parish priest at Yacoubieh, during the afternoon of 4 July and they believe he was taken by militants.


US Franciscans pay tribute to pioneering Irish friars

Delegation from St Francis University trace the footsteps of six friars who left Connemara in 1847 and established one of the most prestigious universities in the US.


Waterford celebration of Year of Consecrated Life

Former East End gangster John Pridmore and the new Bishop of Waterford & Lismore will speak at the Little Sisters of the Poor's special vocations day later this month.


Papal blessing to be transmitted via radio Mass

"In effect, it is the same as if Pope Francis himself said the Mass and gave the blessing”.


Franciscans hope new book will prove a bestseller

‘The Simplest Prayer’ includes practical advice on meditation and simple reflections for times of anxiety, weak faith, troubled conscience and letting go.


Bishop announces priest’s leave from ministry

Recent court case involving Fr Gabriel Rosbotham “came as a complete shock to me" - Bishop John Fleming of Killala.


Priest and 20 parishioners abducted in Syria

Rebels linked to Jabhat Al-Nusra blamed for kidnappings close to Turkish border.


Franciscan formation goes international

During novitiate in the US, candidates will be given an intense experience of Franciscan life.


Kilmore diocese celebrates Year of Holy Name

Jesus's name used thoughtlessly and carelessly but more often nowadays "deliberately and blasphemously”: Bishop O'Reilly.


Kilmore diocese hosts devotion to Holy Name

Triduum of Prayer will take place from 11-13 July as part of Kilmore's pastoral plan for the year.


Father of Friar Alessandro training to be a deacon

'Voice from Assisi' on tour in Ireland this week.


Pope Francis grants indulgence for Holy Name Year

Jubilee year and plenary indulgence for those faithful who participate in IHS devotion.


Relics of St Anthony proving a huge draw for the faithful

Thousands queue in Dublin and Cork to venerate popular Saint.

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