There has been controversy about Amoris Laetitia. Some hardliners argue it has gone too far. Others say it hasn’t gone far enough. Some say it is ambiguous – Fr Éamonn Fitzgibbon, MIC.
“He fulfilled everything possible that could be expected of one man or woman’s calling. A beautiful characteristic also was that, by all accounts, he was extremely modest, never seeking attention for, or boasting about, his very considerable achievements.”
Emily Clarke, who has fronted showbands since she was a teenager, sent the Pope a CD along with a lengthy letter promoting Limerick and inviting him to visit.
Philomena’s search for her son Anthony, who was born in a mother and baby home in 1951, has touched millions of people in Ireland and around the world, both through the film and the book on which it was based.
Thanks to the contribution of many to active nonviolence, Limerick is now a city that is beginning to sing a song of co-operation and regeneration, new vitality and effective management, artistic, sport and cultural renewal.
Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland will inject new energy into the process of regenerating the Church, which will be beneficial for the faithful but will also prompt those who are disillusioned to look again and see it as the Church of mercy and caring that Pope Francis wants it to be.
The Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia only recently arrived in Limerick from Nashville Tennessee. At St Saviour’s they will speak about the 800-year-old Dominican Order, its foundation, and how it has been shaped by prayer.
"For these young people this is an adventure but there is also obviously a real commitment – they could be going elsewhere but they have decided to give one week to this.”
Students served dinners in Mallow St Gospel Hall, worked on the garden at Our Lady of Lourdes crèche, cared for animals at Limerick Animal Welfare and helped the Franciscan Friars in Moyross.
In 1940s and 1950s, Governments would not have been in a position to organise social services without support of the volunteer religious orders,
“We are, of course, very excited about the prospect of the Pope visiting Ireland and are awaiting word on this. It would be a huge boost to the Church here."
50 refugees who have fled violence in Syria will resettle throughout Limerick city and county at the end of this month, and another 50 over the course of the year.
“Save for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Limerick in 1979, this is probably the most important moment for the Church in this diocese since the last Synod, all of 80 years ago.”
“They had courage in abundance to follow their patriotic convictions. But they also drew courage from their faith to know how to live life and face death” - Bishop Leahy.
“How beautiful; tell your parishioners to pray for me," Pope responds to image of 'Our Lady Undoer of Knots' from the shrine of Corpus Christi Church in Limerick.