Cardinal Nichols stated that the Sacrament of Holy Order is based, not on a command structure, but on humble service. He said in his homily: “Service is the permanent and underlying foundation of all that is done by deacon, priest and bishop.”
The volume of essays takes the reader through the life and thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th pontiff – priest, bishop, cardinal, pope and theologian.
“Today we are remembering a paragon of peace, a giant of a statesman whose legacy of unstinting service to the Common Good is internationally acclaimed, even though it is still perhaps only unfolding” - Archbishop Eamon Martin.
“My brother and I were both altar boys, we both served Mass. It was soon clear to us, first to me and then to him, that our life would be at the service of the Church” – Msgr Georg Ratzinger
In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Archbishop Eamon Martin laments, “The harshest criticisms and mockery nowadays tends to come in social media - often from trolls, or people who have never met me.”
Speaking about the annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Abuse, Archbishop Eamon Martin said he believed reparation and repentance need to be part of the ongoing life and prayer of the Church.
Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, has warned that official pilgrimages should not be “interpreted as an authentication of well-known events, which still require examination by the Church”.
Fr John Gallagher alleges he was pushed out of his parish by Bishop Gerald Barbarito and the Diocese of Palm Beach because he refused to cover up for another priest’s sexually inappropriate behaviour with a child.
“I felt our World Meeting of Families had been hijacked in a way by this particular letter,” Archbishop Eamon Martin says of controversial 25 August missive calling on Pope Francis to resign.
In supporting the family, the State cares for its citizens, but also strengthens and nurtures the foundations of society itself – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
“The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it.”
“It is a great grace for me to be surrounded in this last, sometimes a little tiring, piece of road, by such love and goodness that I could not have imagined,” Pope Benedict
“I want to encourage lay people and Catholics generally to stay involved in social media. You could say it’s a negative environment, there’s a lot of nasty comment, a lot of rough dealings with people. But then we’d abandon that field and let the trolls have it” - Bishop Paul Tighe.
Mgr John Kennedy from Dublin is to oversee the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which processes clerical sex abuse cases.
The book will trace the history of St Mary’s, from its foundation by the Church to provide teachers for the poor, to its current status as Britain’s premier Catholic university.
The Vatican Museums include the Sistine Chapel and more than 50 different galleries with 200,000 objects in its collections, 20,000 of which are on public display. There are 27,000 square feet of frescoes, and 4.35 miles of exhibit space.
ACP founder responds to Archbishop's criticism over the lack of catholic intellectuals by warning "there’s little if any acceptance in the leadership of our Church for the free flow of ideas".
In his Easter homily, the Primate of All Ireland reminds the faithful - “We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song." Tá Críost éirithe! Go deimhin, tá sé éirithe!
“We are close to coming to a decision," the Pontiff told press on flight back to Rome from Sarajevo regarding the investigation into the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje.