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UK bishops to review Church’s safeguarding structures

Ahead of their meeting on Friday with Pope Francis, the bishops of England and Wales have asked the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission to carry out an independent and comprehensive review.

2018.09.25.

China and Vatican sign provisional agreement on bishops

The Vatican will have a say in the naming of bishops in China, and the Pope will have the power to veto candidates.

2018.09.23.

Acknowledge rather than defend errors of the past: Bishop McKeown

Bishop of Derry tells pilgrims at National Padre Pio Pilgrimage in Knock, “It is a dangerous form of Christianity that believes we have to be a strong and influential organisation giving the lying impression of being pure and perfect.”

2018.09.18.

Francis summons all bishops’ conference leaders to Rome

The Body of Christ of the Church is “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse”, US bishops tell Pope Francis at private meeting yesterday.

2018.09.14.

Former Green Party leader warns of homelessness, climate change

Former Government Minister and Green Party leader ordained to the priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford.

2018.09.10.

Back-to-school message from the Pope

Pope Francis reveals he was not always a model schoolboy.

2018.09.09.

Archbishop says Irish Church needs to reflect “with urgency” on the future

The Church in Ireland must work towards becoming “more authentically the Church of Jesus Christ in a culture that is different”.

2018.09.09.

New Bishop of Meath will prioritise vocations

“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.”

2018.09.07.

The Pope Video – September 2018 – Young People in Africa

Pope Francis: "...If young people don't have the possibility of education, what future can they have?"

2018.09.05.

Syrian Archbishop accuses Kurds of discrimination

“The Kurdish officials had assured us that they would not even look at the private [Catholic] schools, but they not only looked at them, they closed them.”

2018.09.05.

Pope prays for seas “littered by endless fields of floating plastic”

Describing the threat to the planet's oceans as an “emergency”, Pontiff warns “We need to pray as if everything depended on God’s providence, and work as if everything depended on us.”

2018.09.04.

“Let us begin again!” – Bishop of Limerick

The Irish Church, Bishop Brendan Leahy has suggested, is a Church that has faced the evil within, has worked tirelessly to cast it out and put stringent measures in place to protect against its return.

2018.09.04.

Dublin parishes charged with drawing up an agenda for renewal following Pope’s visit

"One challenge facing the Church in Ireland is that of discerning where the essentials of the Christian life lie and how our institutions witness to what is essential."

2018.09.03.

Reflecting on Pope Francis’ visit to WMOF in Ireland

A day of rich celebration for the Catholic faithful. We were very proud of our Catholic identity together – Portlaoise parish.

2018.08.30.

“The sense of joy and exuberance at Festival of Families was unbelievable”

Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore responds to the papal visit and says he hopes that the Pope will introduce the necessary structures of accountability to ensure that child safeguarding will be an integral part of church life.

2018.08.29.

Pope’s Skoda to be given to Crosscare to help homeless

Staff will assist homeless families at the Mater Dei hub move on from this temporary facility to more secure, long-term accommodation.

2018.08.28.

“An extremely special experience”

Engaged and newly married couples pay tribute to Pope Francis’ words of encouragement and practical advice.

2018.08.28.

Find new pathways, Pope tells Irish bishops

"Genuine religious formation needs joyful teachers who can shape not only minds but also hearts in the love of Christ and in the practice of prayer." - Pope Francis

2018.08.27.

Pope asks for forgiveness for abuse and exploitation

"Lord, sustain and increase this state of shame and repentance and give us the strength to commit ourselves so that these things never happen again and justice may be done.”

2018.08.27.

Pope recognises Good Friday Agreement’s role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland

“We can give thanks for the two decades of peace that followed this historic agreement, while expressing firm hope that the peace process will overcome every remaining obstacle.”

2018.08.26.

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

2018.08.26.

Eleven-year-old one of the first to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland

“Jane was such a worthy winner. Her design shows that she understands what the World Meeting of Families is all about.”

2018.08.25.

Irish bishops farewell oil and gas investments

“Avoiding further climate change and protecting our common home requires a major shift away from highly polluting fossil fuels towards cleaner renewable energy.”

2018.08.25.

VIDEO: Pope in Ireland ahead of his visit – WMOF 2018

Pope Francis: ‘I’m excited to return to Ireland’

2018.08.22.

“I am excited at the thought of returning to Ireland!” – Pope Francis

Pontiff offers warm words of greeting to the Irish people in a special video message and shares his hope that the WMOF2018 will be a source of encouragement to families.

2018.08.22.

Worldwide response to clerical child abuse needed, says Pope

“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.”

2018.08.21.

Archbishop Martin hopes the Pope will challenge the Irish Church to be different

My hope is that he will speak kindly but also speak frankly, the Archbishop said.

2018.08.19.

Primate hints at return visit by Pope Francis – to Northern Ireland

“A visit to Northern Ireland, particularly with our history and with all that we've been through, is going to require a dedicated time,” says Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.08.18.

Vatican expresses “shame and sorrow” at latest clerical child abuse revelations

“Victims should know that the Pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent.”

2018.08.18.

Pope Francis – An Irish Welcome music CD released

“It is a lovely mix of music. It’s not in your face religious, it is very broad and it’s inspirational ... I got very emotional when I finished it.”

2018.08.18.
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