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Churches close in latest restrictions in fight against COVID-19

“This action, which is not taken lightly, is ... the only way of guaranteeing that vulnerable people, who might be so inclined to call into the church to pray or light a candle, are more encouraged to stay at home and keep within the regulations” – Bishop Nulty.

2020.04.01.

Papal prayers for those living in fear of COVID-19 pandemic

Bishop Leahy pays tribute to the Limerick COVID-19 Community Response which is ensuring that the daily needs of the elderly, unwell or those with a confirmed diagnosis or those isolating on suspicion of having COVID-19 are met.

2020.03.31.

Pope tells the city and the world: Be not afraid amid the storm of COVID pandemic

"Just like those disciples, we too have realised that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this," said Pope Francis.

2020.03.28.

RTÉ to broadcast Pope Francis’ extraordinary ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing today

Pope Francis’ blessing will be an opportunity to avail ourselves of Divine Grace. I encourage everyone to watch this special broadcast – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.27.

Church leaders pray Our Father in response to Covid19 crisis

Bishop Brendan Leahy and his Church of Ireland counterpart Bishop Kenneth Kearon will participate in the ecumenical prayer live on webcam from Mount Saint Alphonsus in Limerick city at 11am today.

2020.03.25.

Consecration of Ireland to Immaculate Heart of Mary as world prays together

“Social distancing cannot be allowed to create social isolation and, through prayer, as Pope Francis said on Sunday, we can overcome,” said Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.25.

Pope calls on world to unite in ‘Our Father’ prayer this Wednesday

“I would like to propose to all Christians that, together, we lift our voices towards Heaven,” said the pope, who will start saying the ‘Our Father’ in Rome on Wednesday at 10am Irish time. 

2020.03.23.

Easter ceremonies to go ahead in Vatican without the faithful

The Easter ceremonies will take place in Rome but it is still uncertain how these celebrations will be conducted and who will participate in them, as this is currently under review and evolving.

2020.03.17.

Bells to be rung on St Patrick’s Day to express social solidarity

Archbishop Eamon Martin supports Bishop Phonsie Cullinan’s initiative which aims to encourage people to care for one other "at this difficult time.”

2020.03.16.

Irish bishops’ general meeting: from coronavirus to synodality

Irish bishops welcomed the recent announcement by Pope Francis that the theme of the synod in October 2022 will be “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”.

2020.03.13.

The Pope Video – March 2020

Catholics in China

2020.03.11.

State of emergency in Bethlehem to curtail coronavirus

The Church of the Nativity and other places of worship in Bethlehem are shut, all tourism and religious sites across the West Bank are closed and all tourists banned from the West Bank for an unspecified period.

2020.03.10.

Church pews sit empty in Northern Italy as religious services banned to halt virus spread

“Live this difficult moment with the strength of the faith, the certainty of hope and the ardour of charity,” said the pope in a message to all those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

2020.03.09.

Vatican promotes subsidiarity and solidarity for persons with rare diseases

There are over 300 million people in the world suffering from over 6000 identified rare diseases – European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS).

2020.03.06.

Pope Francis announces Laudato Si’ Week

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who will come after us, to children who are growing up?" the Pontiff asks in a video message.

2020.03.05.

‘Lent is a time of ecological conversion’

Bishop Leahy says that by focusing on Lent in terms of ecological conversion, we are taking steps that benefit not just ourselves and society but we are building up our community for the future.

2020.03.03.

Trócaire planning more Laudato Si’ workshops as first event sells out

“The idea is that we equip parishes to bring Laudato Si' to life in local parish communities,” says Jane Mellett of Trócaire.

2020.03.01.

Candles of atonement lit in cathedrals and churches across Ireland

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.

2020.02.29.

#LivingLent initiative launched by Archbishop Eamon Martin

The objective of our Lenten digital initiative is to assist our spiritual preparation for the joy and hope of the Easter season – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.02.29.

Priestly ordinations in Europe totalled 1,272 in 2017

Some 350 priests or one in four of the total number of priests ordained in Europe in 2017 were Polish.

2020.02.19.

Vatican’s diplomats must undertake missionary assignments

The change in the formation of the Holy See’s diplomats was announced by Pope Francis in a letter to the new president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Archbishop Joseph Marino.

2020.02.18.

Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on Amazon published

Pope Francis emphasises that he is offering his “own response” evoked by last year’s Synod on the Amazon.

2020.02.13.

‘Coronavirus forces us to reflect on the fragility of life’ – Bishop Router

The chair of the Council for Healthcare of the Bishops’ Conference has encouraged people to pray for those affected by the virus and for the efforts to bring the outbreak under control.

2020.02.11.

‘The Church needs to build a bridge with Fr Tony Flannery’

The treatment of the Redemptorist "is scandalous to most Catholics in Ireland" and "destroys people’s faith and confidence", according to Fr Roy Donovan of the Association of Catholic Priests.

2020.02.11.

Archbishop Martin decries health system that fails children and elderly

“We live an era of astonishing progress in medical science” and have among us “doctors, nurses and carers of extraordinary quality and dedication” yet “so many aspects of our healthcare system are scandalous”.

2020.02.10.

Apostolic exhortation on the Amazon due on Wednesday

Pope Francis's response to the Synod's call for the ordination of married men and for women deacons eagerly awaited.

2020.02.08.

The Pope Video – February 2020

Hear the cries of migrants

2020.02.07.

Bishop William Crean on Church, society and politics at book launch

We seem to be embracing in the name of tolerance and diversity an illiberal liberalism whereby for ideological reasons we stifle expressions of identity and culture – Bishop William Crean.

2020.02.07.

Angelus gathering goes ahead despite call for controls to curb coronavirus

“The Church must consider whether to suspend masses and religious services,” said Italian consumer protection activist Carlo Rienzi.

2020.02.03.

Knock choir sings at Vatican Mass

Fr Richard Gibbons said he was delighted that Knock Shrine was being honoured at such an important Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

2020.01.29.
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