“When Christ invited his own disciples to follow him, it was an invitation. That word of encouragement from priests, bishops and parishioners is part of it. We have to invite men to priesthood.”
Other dioceses host 24 hour vigil as part of the Church’s Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.
The sixth century saint is remembered as one of the greatest of the Irish missionary monks and revered across parts of Europe.
At their peak, the PBVM's schools in the town were catering for 1,000 pupils.
On first visit to Ireland, Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz says Church is in need of purification.
Expressing his gratitude to priests, Archbishop says, “At times, it is not easy for them."
Parents of 100-year-old prelate emigrated from Ireland to Buenos Aires.
Camino Walk in north Westmeath has links with Santiago de Compostella in Spain.