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8 permanent deacons to be ordained for Dublin

First ever meeting of permanent deacons, candidates for the permanent diaconate and their wives from all around Ireland.

2016.06.04.

National collection for World Meeting of Families

This weekend’s collection will be followed by another national collection next year and a final one in 2018, all aimed at defraying some of the large costs involved.

2016.05.24.

‘Voting for those who will govern is a moral act’

Northern bishops outline ten questions for catholic voters to put to candidates standing in the Assembly elections.

2016.04.28.

Actor Jeremy Irons backs Church on abortion

“In a way, thank God the Catholic church does say we won’t allow it, because otherwise nobody’s saying that it’s a sin.”

2016.04.02.

Family is active agent of mission: Bishop Leahy

'Art of accompaniment' of families must not be "outsourced" to a few volunteers in a marriage agency.

2016.03.19.

St Mel’s Cathedral to mark Feast of St Joseph

An Teaghlach Naofa is a prayer network founded to pray for the protection of the sanctity of marriage, the family and human life.

2016.03.12.

Pope and Patriarch hold historic meeting in Cuba

Joint declaration pleads on behalf of world's persecuted Christians especially in the Middle East where families, villages and cities are being exterminated.

2016.02.13.

Increase in numbers at marriage preparation course

“It seems to suggest that the more communicative devices we have in life, the less communicative we are in our relationships” - President of Accord.

2016.02.10.

CofI Primate defends decision on US Church

Archbishop Richard Clarke, who attended the Canterbury meeting, said people need to read the statement “very carefully rather than the headlines that have been put on it”.

2016.01.18.

Walsingham Shrine becomes a minor basilica

Rare designation is given by the Holy Father to places of worship which are of particular historical significance.

2016.01.03.

Forget perfection at Christmas counsellor advises

Marriage Counsellor warns couples not to put themselves under pressure to provide the perfect family, the perfect Christmas and perfect presents.

2015.12.24.

Same sex marriage vote was an error: Bishop Cullinan

Bishop questions whether the State really cares about marriage in view of the fact that it doesn't have marriage preparation courses.

2015.12.02.

Couples do not divorce or separate lightly: Accord

As Ireland marks 20th anniversary of introduction of civil divorce, one in four marriages are ending in separation or divorce.

2015.11.27.

DUP uses veto to block NI gay marriage motion

Northern bishops highlight how motion was "completely silent" on the "vital issue" of respect for individual religious conscience and protections for Churches.

2015.11.03.

‘Ireland is still marked by a very strong family culture’

Archbishop suggests it is too simplistic to infer that an authentic Christian culture of marriage has disappeared on the basis of the referendum.

2015.10.13.

Working document is too negative, Synod fathers say

Instrumentum laboris deemed to be overly preoccupied with the problems of marriage and family life and doesn't provide enough encouragement.

2015.10.10.

Pope defends Church’s teaching on marriage

God’s dream for his creation is to see it fulfilled “in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self”.

2015.10.05.

Primate calls for renewed mission to the family

Challenges currently facing the Irish Church are a springboard of opportunity for a new evangelisation of the Church in Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.09.28.

Vocations outreach at ploughing championships

It was a year of listening, observing and seeing where the real needs are & work has started on helping vocations directors up-skill: Vocations Ireland.

2015.09.24.

Knock Eucharistic Congress aims to build on IEC2012

The pastoral care of marriage and the family will be the key focus of the national congress this weekend.

2015.09.23.

Pope substantially reforms annulment process

“It will probably not help Catholics who are validly married and who unfortunately are in trouble with their relationship.”

2015.09.09.

Bishop urges families to pray grace at mealtimes

“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.

2015.08.17.

Delaying marriage till after 32 increases divorce risk

US research shows optimum time to wed is between 28 and 32. Accord advises couples to work out the things "you don't want to let go of" before marrying.

2015.07.25.

Bishop Phonsie presides at his first ordination

Fr Shane (27) is the newest priest in Waterford & Lismore and one of fifteen ordinations to the Irish Church this summer in what has been a bumper year for vocations.

2015.07.20.

Diocese criticises political parties’ church collections

Political parties which have advocated policies and introduced legislation undermining marriage and the right to life of the unborn unwelcome at church gates.

2015.07.13.

ACI & Archbishop discuss marriage and the family

The bishops are to set up a special review group to examine how best the Church can continue to support marriage and family life in Ireland.

2015.06.14.

Retrouvaille hears powerful forgiveness testimony

Couple who both spent time on death row for crimes they did not commit tell Retrouvaille leaders that "forgiveness is the only way, in marriage too."

2015.06.05.

Bishop Leahy draws lessons from Referendum result

"We haven’t perhaps communicated sufficiently the art of critical discernment in the light of the Gospel and faith," says bishop of Limerick.

2015.05.30.

Yes vote was show of solidarity towards gays: Bishop

Iona Institute chairman calls on Irish Church “to start teaching its teachings”.

2015.05.25.

Church leaders respond to referendum outcome

No vote was "a principled vote. People, I hope, will respect that” - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2015.05.24.
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