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Bishops issue statement on divorce referendum

“It is imperative that we continue to work together to promote marriage and family.”

2019.05.19.

Pope authorises pilgrimages to Medjugorje

Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, has warned that official pilgrimages should not be “interpreted as an authentication of well-known events, which still require examination by the Church”.

2019.05.14.

Archbishop calls for help in vocations project

"I am very keen to encourage and nurture vocations to the priesthood from among our own young people, many of whom have strong faith and great gifts to offer our Church. How might this be done?” asks Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.05.12.

There is no greater joy than risking one’s life for the Lord, says Pope in Vocations Sunday message

Pope Francis admits it is not always easy to discern our vocation and to steer our life in the right direction and, for this reason, he calls on Church personnel to provide young people with opportunities for listening and discernment.

2019.05.11.

The Pope Video – May 2019

The Church in Africa, a Seed of Unity

2019.05.10.

Tributes paid to Jean Vanier

“Rest in peace Jean Vanier and thank you for your inspiring, compassionate presence among us” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.05.08.

Fr Michael Router appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh

Kilmore priest warns that the Church must never hanker for the certainties of the past but work towards creating a new expression of what it means to be Church in this time and this place.

2019.05.07.

Pope Francis pays tribute to first bishop of Kildare

Pontiff joins parish of Newbridge and diocese – 1500 years after St Conleth died on 4 May 519 – in "giving thanks to Almighty God for the example of this saintly bishop and abbot”.

2019.05.07.

UK 2050 net zero target for greenhouse gases welcomed by bishops

“In achieving this target, we must all play our part, and I’m proud that the Catholic community has taken a leading role in showing what can be achieved.”

2019.05.06.

Pope accused of heresy – but are his critics divorced from pastoral reality?

The Pontiff's accusers say that the words and actions of Pope Francis amount to a comprehensive rejection of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexual activity, on the moral law, and on grace and the forgiveness of sins.

2019.05.05.

“Seek to make a difference” Primate tells TCD students

“Seek to be remembered because you saved lives – even one life – by your empathy, your words, your actions," Archbishop Eamon Martin said at the Trinity Monday Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration at TCD chapel.

2019.04.30.

Pope leads prayer on Divine Mercy Sunday

“Let us draw close to Jesus and touch his wounds in our brothers.”

2019.04.29.

Bishops’ conference needs to do its business in a different way

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin talks about the workings of the Irish Episcopal conference, Irish seminaries and the need to amalgamate some of the country’s 26 dioceses.

2019.04.23.

Places of worship must be free from fear

Tánaiste expresses shock at the “appalling attacks on innocent civilians in Sri Lanka” as death toll rises to 290 dead with over 500 injured.

2019.04.23.

Pope prays for Sri Lanka terror victims in Urbi et Orbi address

“I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished, and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”

2019.04.22.

Easter defines our life as Christians

“So often we associate our faith as being the Church is against this, that or the other. Easter is about what we are for, what we are promoting – joy and new life.”

2019.04.21.

Prayers for Lyra McKee at Way of the Cross in the Phoenix Park

"Violence is always a blind alley that only leads to further violence."

2019.04.20.

Bells of St Patrick’s Armagh to be rung in solidarity with Notre Dame

Fr Jean-Marc Fournier, chaplain to Paris Fire Brigade, was praised for his bravery in saving the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns from the burning cathedral on Monday night.

2019.04.17.

Extraordinary peace gesture by Pope in plea to Sudanese political rivals

"I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward."

2019.04.13.

Benedict XVI blames clerical paedophilia crisis on 1960s

Catholic commentators dismayed by claims that the crisis stems from the sexual revolution, the disappearance of God from public discourse and liberal theological ideas that eroded morality after Vatican II.

2019.04.12.

Capuchin Day Centre to help Peter McVerry Trust in building homes

Brother Kevin said that there had been very generous donations from the public over the last year and the Pope’s visit had been a huge boost.

2019.04.10.

The Pope Video – April 2019

Doctors and their Collaborators in War-Torn Areas

2019.04.09.

Pope Francis appoints Dublin priest as new bishop of Cork and Ross

Fr Fintan Gavin is the current Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dublin and a highly regarded canon lawyer with extensive pastoral experience.

2019.04.08.

Bishops welcome Pope Francis’ publication for young people

“The early publication of the document is a welcome sign that Pope Francis recognises the urgency of a renewed emphasis on creating new young disciples of Jesus” – Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry.

2019.04.04.

Rome and Rabat unite in effort to preserve freedom of worship in Jerusalem

Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI of Morocco called for the special character of Jerusalem to be recognised, and for “full freedom of access to the faithful and the right of each to exercise their own worship”.

2019.03.31.

Pope Francis legislates for protection of minors

New legislation for Vatican State brings in mandatory reporting of abuse charges for minors and vulnerable adults, backed up with fines and / or imprisonment for not reporting.

2019.03.30.

Bishop appeals on behalf of Trócaire’s Cyclone Idai relief efforts

“The terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in southern Africa as a result of Cyclone Idai cries out for a generous response on our part.”

2019.03.26.

Pope signs Apostolic Exhortation to young people at Loreto

Entitled “Christus vivit – Christ lives”, the Apostolic Exhortation is divided into three sections which mirror the three phases of the Synod process.

2019.03.26.

As drought becomes more common, Pope says access to water is a human right

"The aridity of the planet is extending to new regions, and more and more are suffering as a result of the lack of water."

2019.03.23.

Cyclone destroys parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi

Food, shelter, medicines, safe water and other basics are the most immediate needs of flood victims who are staying in evacuation centres.

2019.03.21.
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