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Pope Francis to visit Ireland

We are deeply honoured that Pope Francis will come to our country to participate in this universal Church celebration of faith and joy, as well as of the contemporary challenges which face families. - Irish Bishops


Pope to receive WMOF2018 ‘Icon of the Holy Family’ today

Papal visit to Ireland expected to be confirmed as two Irish families set to meet the Pontiff at general audience today.


Bishops from Pakistan meet the Holy Father

The Catholic Church is contributing much to society and to the development of the country, especially through education, hospitals and other charitable works such as with the handicapped and drug addicts. 


Mary McAleese stands by her trenchant criticisms of the Church

"It is not part of the culture of the Church to turn a spotlight on itself.”


Save the Eighth rally: most important pro life rally ever

Down’s Syndrome advocate to address Saturday’s march.


Pope Francis leads the way in 24 hours for the Lord

The event underlines the value of Confession and the paternal mercy of God.


British Archbishops call on Israeli Government to protect holy sites in Jerusalem

Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster express deep concern at what they call “unprecedented, punitive and discriminatory” taxation of Christian Institutions.


Pray with Pope Francis in March

that the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels


New memorial day for the Blessed Virgin, Mother of the Church

New votive Mass will be celebrated annually on the Monday after Pentecost.


The Pope Video – March 2018

Formation in Spiritual Discernment


Pope lends solidarity to those persecuted for their faith

Meeting between Pontiff and the husband and daughter of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, as well as Nigerian Rebecca Bitrus, who escaped from Boko Haram after two years in captivity.


Emmanuel kick starts musical preparations for WMF2018 papal Mass

Over 2,500 students from 70 different schools perform three pieces which have been specially written for the World Meeting of Families in August.


European bishops stress importance of common free time in EU

Catholic Church and Trade Unions demonstrate how social, religious and civic engagement is declining in the EU due to the lack of “common free time and free Sundays”.  


Cardinal O’Malley reappointed president of PCPM

Nine new members appointed to the Commission, and seven of the previous members reappointed including Jesuit, Fr Hans Zollner and Mgr Robert Oliver from Boston.


Catholic network dedicated to promoting Laudato Si visits Ireland

“This meeting comes a week after a bishops’ retreat in Knock focusing on Laudato Sí. It also comes as the Irish parliament voted to end climate damaging fossil fuel exploration."


Pope blasts ‘charlatans’ who offer easy but useless solutions to suffering

The ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative is a moment of grace which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration.


Santa Marta Group and the fight against human trafficking

Always remember the victim at the centre of this evil crime; the enslaved person who demands our action in combating trafficking - Cardinal Nichols


Readers in Church are really important, says Liturgy expert

Papal catechesis highlights deficiencies and need for preparation, as 'God speaks through Scriptures'.


Nuncio offers support to ‘shaken’ Irish church ahead of World Meeting of Families

The Nuncio urged the Religious to be prophetic voices in spite of the great challenges that exist in the world of today.


Paul VI to be made a saint following approval of miracle

The miracle relates to the healing of a baby in the womb whose life, and that of her mother's, were under threat.


Pope was informed about Chilean bishop in 2015

A photograph shows Marie Collins handing a letter written to the Pope by Juan Carlos Cruz, detailing Karadima's abuse and Barros' role, to Cardinal Sean O'Malley.


Pope Francis: Say “No” to Corruption

This is corruption: not earning our daily bread with dignity” - Pope Francis


The Pope Video – February 2018

Corruption is not countered with silence.


Marie Collins welcomes Pope’s decision to investigate Chilean bishop

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been tasked with examining new information in the case of Bishop Juan Barros who has been accused by victims of Fr Fernando Karadima of covering up the priest's sexual abuse.


Destroying the life of the unborn is crossing a final frontier, says Bishop Kevin Doran

If we concede ground on abortion, the very same arguments will be used to justify ending the lives of frail elderly people and people with significant disability. This is the final frontier.


Catholic schools called to be a family of families – Bishop Monahan

Catholic Schools Week – the annual all-Ireland celebration of Catholic education – runs from 28 January to 4 February.


In-flight marriage opens new vista for Catholic weddings

Pastorally maybe we need to examine the issue of couples who want to get married outside of a church building: Bishop Brendan Leahy.


Traditionalists could set up a schismatic church, warns theologian

“I am convinced that they are doing serious harm to the Catholic Church by their emphasis on rules and regulations and sacramental punishments” – Fr Gabriel Daly OSA.


Cardinal O’Malley reaffirms Pope’s support for victims of abuse

Pope Francis fully recognises the egregious failures of the Church and it's clergy who abused children and the devastating impact those crimes have had on survivors and their loved ones. 


Do you want me to marry you?  Pope asks flight attendants

Pope Francis performs impromptu marriage ceremony at 36,000 feet over Chile."This is what’s missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage. I hope this motivates couples to marry," he tells couple.

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