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First ever Seirbhís Eocairisteach as Gaeilge at Christ Church Cathedral

When the cathedral was established and consecrated in 1030, the liturgical language in use was Latin. Following the Anglican Church’s break with Rome, the main language of worship was English.


“Dochas linn Naomh Pádraig” is prayer of Dún Laoghaire’s Gaelgeoirí

“If Mass can be celebrated in Irish on St Patrick’s Day, it can be celebrated in Irish every Sunday.”


Northern Irish stalemate concerns raised in Dublin by Church leaders

A resolution has been made more difficult because of disagreement over the Northern Ireland Language Act, which would give legal status and protections to the use of the Irish language in Northern Ireland.


Aifreann nua ag tús Aidbhint – New Irish language Mass launched today

It is my hope that this new edition of An Leabhar Aifrinn Rómhánach will serve those who celebrate the liturgy in Irish, and that it may help to strengthen our Irish language as a living language of prayer


Stormont should bring in Irish Language Act, says Bishop of Raphoe

I would like to see DUP supporters and other people beginning to find some affinity with the Irish language and not see it as a threat.


“Every human life is unique” – Archbishop of Dublin

“We gather here this afternoon to reflect and to pray.  We gather to reflect on the gift and on the meaning of human life.  We pray for the fostering in our society and in our nation of a new culture of life.  We gather as disciples of Jesus Christ [...]


Govt should introduce a universal pension: SJI

Government should increase basic social welfare rates by €5 in Budget 2014. This is essential because the value of basic social welfare payments has fallen when measured against average weekly earnings across all employment sectors since the downturn began.  The Old Age Pension system should be replaced with a universal [...]


Archbishop Martin records choose life appeal and prayer

Archbishop Eamon Martin has recorded a powerful and direct appeal on EWTN for the Irish people to choose life and for the faithful to pray that abortion legislation will not be voted in.

In a second recording he asks people to join with him as he prays the Choose Life prayer.

You can view [...]


Abortion law passes second stage vote

The Pro Life Campaign said it is disappointed at the result of the Second Stage vote on abortion in the Dáil but welcomed the fact that an initial four Fine Gael TDs voted against the bill.

The Dail the first vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill saw [...]


President receives Magdalene survivors at Áras

Remarks by President Higgins

Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

You are very welcome here today to Áras an Uachtaráin.

I wish to thank Steven O’Riordan for requesting this visit for the Magdalene Survivors. While each of you has her own unique story of a great wrong, as a group is it important that the [...]


Cardinal raises concerns about proposed abortion legislation

Cardinal Seán Brady raises legal and Constitutional concerns about the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013

I am conscious that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, is entering the final stages of the legislative process in the Oireachtas.  In addition to the fundamental ethical concerns already raised by [...]


Creighton speaks out against proposed abortion laws

In her statement on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 Second Stage, Minister Lucinda Creighton T.D. yesterday (1st July 2013) said that she never imagined when she stood for election to Dáil Éireann that she would find herself, just two years later, speaking on a Government sponsored Bill [...]


School costs too much – St Vincent de Paul

It’s not rocket science – school costs too much. This was the simple message SVP Social Justice brought to the Oireachtas Committee which yesterday launched their Tackling Back to School Costs report. While SVP welcomes the Joint Oireachtas report on the costs of education it is impatient to press on and [...]


Sisters welcome Magdalene report

The Magdalene laundries redress scheme, announced this week, will offer survivors enhanced state pensions and tax-free lump sums of between €11,500 and €100,000, depending on their length of stay.

Details of the ex-gratia scheme and supports for the women affected are published this week in the report by Justice John Quirke, [...]


Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014

Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014 argues that: There should be no more cuts in expenditure in Budget 2014. A minimum effective corporate tax rate (6%) and a maximum effective income tax rate (45%) should be introduced. Tax credits and welfare rates should rise by €5 a week. Budget 2014 [...]


Archbishop launches ‘Rio in Dublin’ ahead of WYD

World Youth Day is one of the most extraordinary experiences a young person can have Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said.

Speaking at the launch of a specially organised Dublin youth faith festival which will coincide with WYD2013 in Brazil at the end of July, the Archbishop said one of [...]


Ordination of permenant deacons

Three men were ordained as Permanent Deacons in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday evening (June 23rd). Jimmy Fennell, Michael Giblin and Derek Leonard are the second group of men to be ordained in Dublin to this revived ministry in the Irish Church. Last year eight were ordained [...]


Paintings stolen from Galway church

Six paintings of the stations of the cross by renowned artist Evie Hone have been stolen from a church in Co Galway. The works are part of the 14 stations of the cross at the Church of St Peter and [...]


Ex DPP proposes AG as advocate for unborn

A former Director of Public Prosecutions has asserted that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 may be inconsistent with the Constitutional clause which recognises the right to life of the unborn and the equal right to life of the mother and promises to “defend and vindicate that [...]


First Irish symposium on Ratzinger’s theology

The first ever symposium on Joseph Ratzinger’s theology to be held in Ireland took place in Maynooth this weekend and brought together former students of the pope emeritus as well as speakers from Ireland, Poland and Germany.

‘The Dynamism of Ratzinger’s Theology’ was held at the Divine Word Missionaries’ house in Co [...]


Glencairn sisters refused grant on religious grounds

The Cistercian sisters at St Mary’s Abbey in Glencairn, Co Waterford, have been turned down for a grant for a green energy education project because they are a religious organisation.

Sr Lilly, who manages the farm which grows the green energy crop [...]


Strong support for free vote on abortion: poll

More than 80 per cent of voters would prefer to see the abortion issue resolved by referendum than by the politicians in Leinster House, and 70 per cent believe that if legislators are to decide the issue they should be allowed a free vote.

These are the findings of a poll [...]


New head of CORI pledges to promote Religious life

The new director general of the Conference of Religious of Ireland has said one of his priorities will be to promote and develop religious life in Ireland.

Capuchin Fr Peter Rodgers (68) replaces Ursuline Sr Marianne O’Connor as head of the umbrella body which represents 9,000 men and women religious in [...]


State failed to protect Magdalens: IHRC

The Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has called on the State to provide a comprehensive redress scheme that provides individual compensation, restitution and rehabilitation for women who were in Magdalene Laundries.

The IHRC yesterday published its Follow-up Report on State Involvement with Magdalen Laundries saying the State failed in its obligation [...]


Obama speaks of peace as G8 prepares to address poverty

US President Obama has urged young people to constantly  remind people about peace in Northern Ireland. The American President visited  Belfast before attending the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh, and told the many schoolchildren among the audience of 2,000 in Waterfront Hall:

“There are still wounds that have not been healed [...]


Church is alive and well at heart of community – Archbishop of Dublin

Homily Notes of Most Rev Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Saint Finian’s Church, Newcastle, Co. Dublin,16th June 2013

“Since accepting to be come here to Newcastle for this celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of this Church of Saint Finian, I have been trying to imagine something [...]


Pastoral Letter in defence of unborn human life by Bishop of Cork & Ross

Very Reverend and Dear Father,

The Government is proposing to introduce legislation for the first time in Irish history which will provide for the direct and intentional ending of the life of innocent human beings.  Few other actions of a Government undermine our values as a people more profoundly. It is [...]


Irish aid agencies launch emergency appeal for Syria

Trócaire and Concern have launched emergency appeals for Syria. Trócaire warns that the situation in the region threatens to reach catastrophic levels following the dramatic deterioration in the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.

“Over eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid,” said Maurice McQuillan, Trócaire’s Head of Humanitarian [...]


Archbishop Neary’s address at the launch of the Mayo Suicide Liaison Project

Suicide is one of the most challenging contemporary problems in Ireland. It is a major concern for families and communities throughout the country. It is claiming an average of 500 lives per year in the Republic and 300 in Northern Ireland. A cross border report published last January found that [...]


Bishops ask faithful to pray with Pope for coming of ‘Gospel of Life’

The Catholic bishops of Ireland have asked the faithful in parishes all over the country to join Pope Francis this weekend in praying in support of the “Gospel of Life”.  Celebrating the encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, Pope Francis will join in the special event entitled, ‘Believing, May They Have Life’ which [...]

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