The large influx of pilgrims, the humble and simple prayer of God’s people, the fulfilment of so many graces and the natural beauty of these places allow you to see how the shrines express an irreplaceable opportunity for evangelisation.
"How could anyone in the name of compassion or choice remove the right to life of an innocent unborn child?" - Archbishop Eamon Martin at Rosary Rally in Knock.
“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger and exploitation, much like our forefathers at the time of the famine."
Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns issues pastoral letter for Year of Mercy which will be distributed in parishes across the diocese this coming weekend.
Challenges currently facing the Irish Church are a springboard of opportunity for a new evangelisation of the Church in Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Thousands of pilgrims expected to attend two-day celebration of faith in Knock which will also be attended by the Primate of All Ireland and the Papal Nuncio.
Seven modern 'dolors': abortion, neglect of the earth, displacement of refugees, trafficking, addiction, assisted suicide or euthanasia & indifference.
Irish Church may “look at the way we do marriage preparation and to what extent our families are involved in preparing new families for marriage” - Primate.
“We have to be careful of the fear factor that is sometimes generated on this issue and instead look at more creative ways of welcoming people into the country”: Primate.
“It can be very difficult for parents to provide for the material needs of their children" and there are children who live and sleep in very inadequate situations.
Though their numbers are smaller today, Irish religious still make “an immense contribution” to Ireland and the world by living their particular apostolates and charisms.
“I can only hope you understand how much I love Ireland – love all of you – and thank you for this privilege of opening the novena at a shrine so dear to my heart.”
“Similar to how 'One Million Dubliners' offered an exploration of Irish attitudes towards death, so Knock the Film will explore Irish attitudes towards religion.”
Some accuse the Church of not doing enough to stop the amendment; others criticise Church for stridently presenting a message that was out of touch with the people.