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Faith and reason must come together to avert climate crisis

Katowice agreement was not sufficient to give us confidence that the Paris agreement would be implemented says Irish delegate at Climate Conference.

2018.12.21.

Irish Ambassador praises Talitha Kum anti trafficking network

Addressing a panel discussion, Ambassador Derek Hannon described the nuns’ advocacy as “vital and occasionally dangerous” and said it was work the Irish government supported both morally and financially.

2018.12.04.

Archbishop says young people need greater roles in the Church

“How can I bring more of these talented, articulate, faith-filled young people into the daily life and decision-making roles of the Church?”

2018.10.27.

China and Vatican sign provisional agreement on bishops

The Vatican will have a say in the naming of bishops in China, and the Pope will have the power to veto candidates.

2018.09.23.

Vatican expresses “shame and sorrow” at latest clerical child abuse revelations

“Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent.”

2018.08.18.

Pope calls for dialogue over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme

Comments follow recent war of words between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the US President Donald Trump over their respective nuclear weapons capability.

2018.01.09.

Children of clergy: child welfare paramount

Founder of website championing rights of children of clergy recommends that guidelines approved by the Irish Episcopal Conference concerning the responsibilities of priests who father children should be adopted by Holy See and applied globally.

2017.08.25.

Delegation of bishops welcomes new Nuncio to Ireland

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo is the first African to hold the role of Papal Nuncio to Ireland.

2017.08.15.

Pope Francis appoints Irish priest to CDF role

Mgr John Kennedy from Dublin is to oversee the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which processes clerical sex abuse cases.

2017.04.05.

Pope’s Irish visit will be landmark moment says Minister Flanagan

Ireland and the Holy See have some different perspectives and at times will have “difficult conversations”, but will also have many fruitful conversations about shared values – Minister Flanagan.

2017.03.23.

Vatican announces Papal Nuncio to leave Ireland for Albania

“To everyone in Ireland I just want to say a massive ‘thank you’ for the way you received and welcomed me in these years. You made me feel that I was at home” – Archbishop Brown.

2017.03.10.

Holy See speaks out against death penalty

Justice is never reached by killing a human being.

2017.03.03.

Primate prays for priests and Irish Church at tomb of St Peter

Dublin-born Cardinal Kevin Farrell welcomes members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference for their first visit to the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

2017.01.17.

Pope Francis condemns “homicidal madness” misusing God’s name

In his annual new year’s address to the diplomatic corps, Pontiff stresses need to promote peace in a time of mass migrations, economic stagnation and violent extremism.

2017.01.10.

Pope will visit Ireland for WMF2018: Taoiseach

“He has his own ideas as to why he wants to come to Ireland – he looks on it as a contribution he wishes to make to the renewal of the Church in Ireland and also to the renewal of family life in Ireland” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2016.11.29.

St Joseph’s Church in Carrickmacross marks 150th anniversary

St Joseph’s church was dedicated to the service of God on Sunday 22 April 1866 by the then Bishop of Clogher, James Donnelly.

2016.08.07.

Archbishop of Dublin appointed to Vatican Communications Secretariat

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will be one of sixteen strong board.

2016.07.14.

New research centre honours Benedict XVI

St Mary’s University, Twickenham in London officially opened the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society on 5 May.

2016.05.15.

Irish Ambassador pays tribute to Irish missionaries

In the tradition of Mgr Hugh O'Flaherty they are “not walking away from conflict, but stepping towards it, to help the most vulnerable, at the time of their greatest need.”

2016.05.14.

Jubilee of Mercy needed now more than ever

"We must go on living by building peace and mutual trust," Vatican spokesman Fr Frederico Lombardi appeals.

2015.11.16.

Irish-born comedian awarded papal knighthood

Comic Jimmy Cricket announced by tweet that the Pope had made him a papal knight for services to charity.

2015.09.21.

Irish Embassy in Vatican cost €32,000 to run in 2014

The bill is one of the smallest bills the Irish Government has had to pay for its embassy service.

2015.07.16.

Vatican calls for abolition of death penalty at UN

"Irreversibility of this punishment does not allow for eventual corrections in the case of wrongful convictions."

2015.03.08.

Cardinal Turkson pays tribute to St Columbanus

President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace pays first visit to Belfast.

2015.03.05.

Drug companies must end excessive focus on profit

Vatican urges “creative and innovative approach” to intellectual property in order to ensure medicines get to the people who need them.

2015.02.20.

Pope Francis names 15 new cardinal electors

Fourteen different countries are represented, including some that do not currently have a cardinal, and some that have never had one.

2015.01.05.

Figures show ‘Francis Effect’ is still drawing crowds

Nearly 6 million people attended papal events at the Vatican in 2014.

2014.12.30.

February consistory to appoint new cardinals

Pope Francis could name 10 new cardinal-electors or even as many as 12.

2014.12.13.

New Irish ambassador meets Pope Francis

Ambassador Madigan looking forward to exploring areas of common interest with the Holy See such as freedom of religion.

2014.11.12.

Govt announces new ambassador to Vatican

High profile diplomat was heavily involved in the State Visit of President Higgins to the UK in April.

2014.05.07.
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