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Please pray for kidnapped SMA missionary, asks Archbishop O’Reilly

‘It is good at this moment of prayer to remember the missionaries who may be in difficult situations because of war and civil unrest. I particularly ask that you remember a colleague of mine, Fr Pier Luigi Maccalli SMA, kidnapped in Niger,’ says Archbishop O’Reilly.


Flags fly for American Carmelite founder

"Mother Mary Angeline would make a very good official saint of the church for the times we are living in."


Abuse survivors describe meeting with Pope as “very powerful”

“I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education.” - Pope Francis


Archbishop outlines vision for parish communities of the future

“We must seek the ways to restore the place of God in society and above all in the hearts of our young people.”


Archbishop Martin defends Church’s role in public discourse

“When we attempt as Church to speak in the public sphere about the right to life of the unborn, some are quick to point to the scandals and to shameful stories of the past.”


Irish born bishop represents Vatican at global tech conference

“God loves you and cares for you whether you pitch well or not” – Bishop Paul Tighe.


Ireland needs New Evangelization says bishop

Bishop Cullinan cautions against 'circling the wagons'.


More dialogue between state & faiths urged

Head of the Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, gives address at symposium on St Thomas a Becket at Lambeth Palace.


Archbishop O’Reilly launches book by WMI director

“Each one of us is asked to leave our comfort zones and reach out to others to spread the joy of the Gospel. But in order to evangelise, we need first to be evangelised ourselves."


Conference focuses on role of women in Church

Rome Synod ought to be addressing issues such as the child sex ratio in India and interfaith marriages according to Dr Astrid Lobo Gajiwala.


Primate launches Year of Consecrated Life in Armagh

Bishop Nulty suggests religious congregations consider having an ‘Open House’ in an effort to allow society gain a deeper understanding of their charism and life.


Millions to join in global Rosary Relay for Priests

Pope Francis bestows Apostolic Blessing on prayer initiative which will take place in 85 shrines across 46 countries.


Parents of beatified teen to attend UK youth event

Chiara Luce Badano died in 1990 and was beatified by Pope Benedict in 2010.


Pope stands down four cardinals overseeing Vatican bank

Pontiff demands “spending review” to cap canonisation costs for would-be saints.


Mary McAleese stirs up debate on Catholicism and gays

Former president draws comparisons between the Church's view of homosexuality and its past attitude towards the Jews.


Francis Campbell to lead UK Catholic College

Co Down native takes up role as principal of St Mary's University College Strawberry Hill.


Pope venerates relics of St Peter at close of Year of Faith

Pontiff prays for peace in the Holy Land, Syria and the Middle East.


Archbishop pays tribute to Trócaire at anniversary Mass

A Catholic agency can never renounce its Catholic identity, Archbishop Martin warns.


Two kidnapped Syrian bishops may still be alive

Turkish intelligence services reportedly have seen the bishops close to border.


Catholic Comment seeks new speakers

Panel of up to 20 men and women sought following busy first year.


Theologian challenges “totally incorrect picture of Ratzinger”

Church must look critically at both the novus ordo form of the Mass and the extraordinary form.

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