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Irish bishops’ general meeting: from coronavirus to synodality

Irish bishops welcomed the recent announcement by Pope Francis that the theme of the synod in October 2022 will be “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”.

2020.03.13.

Irish Catholic bishops release new liturgical guidelines on coronavirus

Jesus calls on us, his followers, to serve the common good by taking responsibility for each other and to prioritise the most vulnerable in our community ahead of our own individual wants and aspirations – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

2020.03.13.

Viatores Christi will celebrate six decades of lay mission and development 

The mission of Viatores Christi is to work in solidarity with partner organisations to improve the lives of local people by improving access to basic services.

2020.02.21.

Bishop Dermot Farrell publishes “Opening the Way to the Scriptures”

“In a time where some speak of a ‘post-truth’ society, one in which ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ are the order of the day, we know that ‘the word of God is alive’ (Heb 4:12)” – Bishop Dermot Farrell.

2020.01.24.

Green theme for Catholic Schools Week 2020

“The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures,” says Fr Paul Connell.

2020.01.23.

Irish bishops to partake in annual pilgrimage to Holy Land this January

"The Holy Land Coordination stands in solidarity with all Christians in Israel and Palestine."

2019.12.14.

Monaghan parish priest appointed new executive secretary of Bishops’ Conference

"I thank him for his outstanding service to date in our Diocese and know that you will all join with me in wishing him every blessing in his new role" – Bishop Duffy.

2019.12.07.

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discusses refugees, homelessness and Advent

"We encourage all Catholics to make time during the season of Advent to celebrate and receive the gift of God’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation” – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

2019.12.06.

Bishops’ Advent calendar launched

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic new year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.11.28.

International ecumenical meeting of bishops for Northern Ireland

‘We are very excited. We hope it will be a moment of grace for us here in the North and for all of Ireland as well’ – Manuel McGivern, spokesperson for Focolare.

2019.10.17.

Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore retires on health grounds

“Bishop Leo has worked untiringly with many others to bring the various stakeholders within the Catholic educational sector into dialogue, and promoted increased co-operation and collaboration.”

2018.12.31.

Veritas to close three shops

The Catholic bookseller will focus on online sales, which were up 52 per cent this year.

2018.12.01.

Irish bishops to comment on right to conscientious objection to abortion

Referring to the referendum to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution of Ireland, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference stated that the law is "largely obsolete”, but that the promotion of freedom of religion and conscience greatly enriches the social fabric of a country.

2018.10.04.

Bishops to set up new Council for Life

“It is essential for us as a Church which cares passionately about the gift of life, and wants to support both mothers and their unborn children, to seek better ways of responding to this new and very challenging reality.”

2018.06.14.

Pope Francis to visit Ireland

We are deeply honoured that Pope Francis will come to our country to participate in this universal Church celebration of faith and joy, as well as of the contemporary challenges which face families. - Irish Bishops

2018.03.21.

Supreme Court decision clears way for referendum

This ruling makes the forthcoming referendum more important than ever, according to the Iona Institute, which said that the Eighth Amendment is now the “only constitutional protection” that children have before birth.

2018.03.08.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway

A native of Craughwell, and a priest of longstanding, dedicated service in the diocese of Galway, is returning to his roots - Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.12.11.

Bishops visit Government Buildings for bilateral meeting

“We had a constructive discussion with the Taoiseach and his ministers and we focused on issues which are fundamental to sustaining the common good of Irish life” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.09.04.

Families of Irish prisoners abroad suffer says chaplain

“Because of the situation at the moment and the lack of action [on this issue] many prisoners and their families are living lives of quiet desperation,” said Fr Gerry McFlynn.

2017.07.20.

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.

Irish bishops set off to meet Pope in Rome

Twenty-nine men representing twenty-six dioceses begin their five-yearly pilgrimage to Rome this weekend.

2017.01.14.

Call by Bishop Brennan to stop human trafficking

Annual profits generated from trafficking in humans are as high as $32 billion (€29.1 billion) as 2.4 million people are trafficked globally.

2016.10.26.

Irish Church marks World Day of Prayer for Creation

“It demonstrates to our elected representatives that protection of creation is important to us” - Bishop John McAreavey.

2015.09.01.

Bishops welcome mother and baby Inquiry

Terms of reference to include mortality rates, burial practices, forced adoption and clinical trials.

2014.06.11.

Irish Church urged to pray for peace in Holy Land

Pope hosts “unprecedented prayer initiative” for two Middle Eastern leaders and Patriarch.

2014.06.08.

Govt cuts force ACCORD to make four staff redundant

Bishop Jones expresses regret as cuts to Family Support Agency grants blamed.

2013.12.20.
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