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Thai Catholic bishops announce ‘Holy Year’

First Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Thailand to be held in April 2015.


Time to rebuild trust between Church & media

"The Church and media share similar goals - to seek out the truth and highlight injustice," Archbishop Eamon Martin tells Radharc Trust awards ceremony.


Jesuits celebrate 200th anniversary of Restoration

The Society was suppressed in 1773 by Pope Clement the XIV and restored in 1815 by Pope Pius VII.


Ploughing2014: Church in the ‘market square’

Priests, Religious and lay people promote faith and mission alongside all things agricultural.


Symposium explores Ratzinger’s theology

Over forty scholars gather in Maynooth to discuss pope emeritus' theological anthropology.


CatholicIreland.net celebrates 12th anniversary

“We have, since the 'getgo' traditionally been innovators."


Father of Friar Alessandro training to be a deacon

'Voice from Assisi' on tour in Ireland this week.


Diocese of Cloyne to roll out parish pastoral councils

Bishop concerned that so many families “labouring under strain of severe financial burdens.”


Attempted rape of nuns in Central African Republic

Two nuns from Europe and volunteer sexually assaulted in Seleka attack on mission near Chad border.


Archbishop Neary highlights discipleship and mission

JPII awards aim to inspire young people to greater participation in their local Church.


Radio documentary pays tribute to slain Irish missionary

Programme recalls murder of Fr Rufus Halley in Philippines in 2001.


Irish aid agencies launch emergency appeal for Syria

Trócaire and Concern have launched emergency appeals for Syria. Trócaire warns that the situation in the region threatens to reach catastrophic levels following the dramatic deterioration in the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries.

“Over eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid,” said Maurice McQuillan, Trócaire’s Head of Humanitarian [...]


Bishops ask faithful to pray with Pope for coming of ‘Gospel of Life’

The Catholic bishops of Ireland have asked the faithful in parishes all over the country to join Pope Francis this weekend in praying in support of the “Gospel of Life”.  Celebrating the encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, Pope Francis will join in the special event entitled, ‘Believing, May They Have Life’ which [...]


Minister pays tribute to “enormous work” of Irish missionaries

The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, has paid tribute to the “enormous work” done by Irish missionaries throughout the world.

Speaking to ciNews following his address to the ‘Mission, Today and Tomorrow’ conference in All Hallows in Dublin, Minister Costello said, “We feel that the work that they [...]


Parishioners are with me says singing priest

A member of the singing sensation, The Priests, says that the people of his two parishes are “very much part of the journey” and when he sings,  he brings them with him.

Fr Martin O’Hagan is part of the internationally acclaimed classical music group called the Priests, made up of three [...]


Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

Fr Robert Barron has written this book as the script for a ten-part documentary 'Catholicism'. It is part of the New Evangelization to promote the Christian gospel in the third millenium.


Stepping Stones to Other Religions – Dermot Lane

Dermot A. Lane presents a hopeful book that could enable serious dialogue to develop between religions and so contribute to peaceful co-existence in the world of tomorrow.


Catholic Voices: Putting the case for the church …

A contemporary apologetics, covering questions such as: the Church and politics, equality and religious freedom, defending the unborn. Editors: C. Jamison, A. Ivereigh and K. Griffin.


Missionary Memoirs

294 pp. The Columba Press. To purchase this book online, go to www.columba.ie

THE BOOKThe author gives an account of his visits to missionary countries on all the continents over a period of half a century. He offers vivid [...]


The place of Christian Ashrams in the journey towards spiritual perfection

44 pp. A manuscript for private circulation among Christian Ashramites and well-wishers of Ashram by Swamy Saranananda (Fr Korko Moses SJ).

ContentsIntroduction1. Stages in Spiritual Evolution2. Place of ashrams in the spiritual evolution3. Place of monastic and religious life in the spiritual evolution4. Monastic or Religious [...]


Young evangelists

Mary Maume looks at the Kairos Retreat experience and how this form of youth ministry can be a means for growth in personal faith.


Giving witness through CatholicIreland.net

Cardinal Seán Brady commends CatholicIreland.net as a method of proclaiming the Gospel.


On mission to a media-saturated world: Xavier’s legacy to us in the 21st century

Fr Richard Leonard SJ is a visiting professor at the Gregorian University, Rome. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting and is the author of “The Mystical Gaze of the Cinema”, “Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith in the Light of Christian Faith” [...]


Can Irish Catholicism live with secularism?

Irish Catholics should welcome the open space that secularism provides, not fear it, writes Sean O’Conaill.


A “community of communities”

How a parish of 30,000 people can become a vibrant community if lay volunteers are trained and used well – former leader of the Columbans in England, Ed O’Connell, now back in Peru, explains.


God’s missionary agenda

Michael McCabe SMA views missionary activity as a manifestation of God’s purpose for his creation and an active involvement in the transformation of the world on the model of Christ’s resurrection.


All God’s children

Jackie Pallas tells about her work as National Secretary of the Society of Missionary Children, and how it links children in Ireland with children in Africa in helping and praying for one another.


Our participation in God’s mission

Michael McCabe SMA views missionary work as an extension of contemplation and as participation in a dialogue already established between God and his people.


Beyond faith and adventure: Irish missionaries in Nigeria tell their extraordinary story

Irene Christina Lynch lived in Nigeria from 1998 to 2003 as the wife of the Irish ambassador. During that time she got to know many Irish missionaries there. Her book is a celebration of the many sisters and priests – along with some Nigerians – with whom she talked freely [...]


The myth of the perfect parent

Carmel Wynne challenges the notion that parents must be perfect and argues that mothers, especially, must look after themselves, after their own physical and emotional needs – for the good of the whole family.

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