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Bishop Dermot Farrell publishes “Opening the Way to the Scriptures”

“In a time where some speak of a ‘post-truth’ society, one in which ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ are the order of the day, we know that ‘the word of God is alive’ (Heb 4:12)” – Bishop Dermot Farrell.

2020.01.24.

Green theme for Catholic Schools Week 2020

“The theme for Catholic Schools Week this year encourages us to see that we all have a responsibility to care for the earth, not just for our own future, but for the future of every one of God’s creatures,” says Fr Paul Connell.

2020.01.23.

Dublin gears up to celebrate world’s first Word of God Sunday next week

“You may be surprised at the power you find in the Bible,” says Fr Pádraig McCarthy.

2020.01.20.

Pope praises those clearing sea of plastic, but Irish researchers find pollution is rife

Local civil society can and must contribute to tackling issues of global importance, says Pope praising Fishing for Plastic initiative.

2020.01.19.

Shock at Pope Emeritus’ intervention on celibacy

Commenting on the retired pope’s new book, Dr Austin Ivereigh, Vatican expert and biographer of Pope Francis said, “It’s a totally imprudent and ill thought-out intervention which has the effect of undermining Francis’s authority.”

2020.01.14.

Group meets Redemptorists over plight of Fr Tony Flannery

Some of those involved in his “withdrawal” have been “shown up to be a lot less white than they presented themselves, and some of them have become more oppositional, even ‘heretical’, than I or my censored colleagues in the Irish Church ever were”.

2020.01.07.

As tensions escalate following US drone assassination, Pope calls for “self-control”

“I call upon all parties to fan the flame of dialogue and self-control – and to banish the shadow of enmity,” said Pope Francis.

2020.01.06.

Pope Francis apologises after striking wrist of woman who grabbed his arm

“Love makes us patient,” says Pope. “So many times we lose patience, even me, and I apologise for yesterday’s bad example.”

2020.01.03.

The Pope Video – January 2020

Promotion of World Peace

2020.01.02.

Women must be respected and honoured, states Pope Francis

Women’s bodies must be freed from consumerism. They must be respected and honoured, said Pope Francis in his homily on the first day of the year, which is dedicated to the figure of Mary, Mother of God.

2020.01.02.

Bishop Noel Treanor highlights wish for peace to continue in Northern Ireland

Peace cannot and should not be taken for granted and is a precious value that requires cultivation and tending in every generation.

2020.01.01.

“Racism and intolerance are dangerous explosives” – Archbishop Martin

In their World Day of Peace homilies, the Archbishops of Armagh and Dublin focus on racism, fear of the immigrant, ecological conversion, the Rosary and Brexit.

2020.01.01.

WMF2018 company owes half the figure reported by media

Company set up to run the WMF2018 and Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland owes €2.5m not €4.5m as quoted in media reports.

2019.12.31.

Mount Merrion to host Dublin Diocesan World Day of Peace Mass on Wednesday

This path of reconciliation is a summons to discover in the depths of our heart the power of forgiveness and the capacity to acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters, says Pope Francis.

2019.12.30.

Be conscious of throwaway mentality this Christmas – Primate

“I can’t understand why people would choose to attack Greta Thunberg. She is passionate about what she believes; she is only a young girl and she is speaking prophetically to the world and what do we do – we attack her. We attack her message."

2019.12.24.

Pontifical secret abolished for cases of sexual abuse

Dioceses can no longer “quote the pontifical secret to avoid either cooperating or sharing with the authorities” Archbishop Charles Scicluna warns.

2019.12.18.

Dundalk Church Launches 24-hour Streaming Service

Rector and parish administrator of St Joseph’s in Dundalk, Fr Noel Kehoe CSsR, described the new initiative as “an exciting new tool in our mission to preach plentiful redemption.”

2019.12.17.

Pope celebrates golden jubilee with new HQ for his Scholas Occurrentes foundation

“Express oneself with the three languages – the language of the mind, what I think; the language of the heart, what I feel; and the language of the hands, what I do!” says Pope Francis.

2019.12.16.

Parishioners urged to ‘share with the hungry’

This weekend, the third Sunday of Advent, the faithful in Kildare & Leighlin are invited to take home from church a Christmas card with a greeting from Bishop Denis Nuty and a trolley coin keyring with the message ‘Share with the hungry’.

2019.12.15.

Cardinal Tagle appointed Prefect of Vatican Congregation

Pope Francis has chosen the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, reflecting the Pontiff's desire for a missionary church and a greater outreach to Asia.

2019.12.09.

‘Business’ was brisk at Mercy on the Mall

Confession at Shannon shopping centre was an initiative introduced "in response to the call from Pope Francis to go to the marketplace, and that was what we did - bring the church out to the people” - Fr Arnold Rosney.

2019.12.08.

We are fast reaching the tipping point, eco theologian warns

As the 25th UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) continues in Madrid, Fr Sean McDonagh has warned that climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing humans and all of the planet's species.

2019.12.08.

The Pope Video – December 2019

The future of the very young

2019.12.06.

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discusses refugees, homelessness and Advent

"We encourage all Catholics to make time during the season of Advent to celebrate and receive the gift of God’s love in the Sacrament of Reconciliation” – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

2019.12.06.

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for the Liturgy of Witness

Eighty percent of all acts of religious persecution around the world today are being committed against Christians – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.11.29.

Bishops’ Advent calendar launched

The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic new year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord’s coming at Christmas. It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.11.28.

Clogher’s new council of priests sets out its priorities

“Today, the urgency of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and lay ministry and the question of self-care for priests are ones that must be addressed in a meaningful way" - Bishop Larry Duffy.

2019.11.20.

Pope celebrates his third World Day of the Poor

“I encourage you to seek, in every poor person whom you encounter, his or her true needs, not to stop at their most obvious material needs, but to discover their inner goodness,” Pope Francis told the faithful.

2019.11.18.

Irish nun appointed by Pope Francis to Pontifical Council for Culture

Sr Pat Murray is a Loreto nun from Dublin and is currently Secretary of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), a Rome-based worldwide organization of Superiors General of Institutes of Catholic Women Religious.

2019.11.16.

Maynooth poised for dynamic role in 21st century as it celebrates 225th anniversary, says primate

"Maynooth’s potential for encounter and exchange is unique: three partner institutions, side by side on this historic campus, perfectly situated in one of most attractive towns in this country - the possibilities for study, research, community building and dialogue are endless."

2019.11.10.
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