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Is it a good idea to hide rows from children as Pope advises?

Children will be aware of tensions between parents but "it’s better not to have rancorous and fractious conflict in front of them because they’ll be upset by it".

2019.01.20.

Ecumenism is not optional says Pope, as unity octave begins

“We just work together and try to provide a Christian witness in a world which is becoming increasingly secular and anti-Church. So I think we feel we have a common purpose.” – Rev Leslie Robinson

2019.01.19.

Andrea Bocelli credits Tolstoy in helping him refind his faith

“Over the years I have come to believe that faith cannot be acquired effortlessly: just as any other discipline, it requires commitment, perseverance and sacrifice.”

2019.01.16.

Young Irish Catholics travel to Panama for WYD2019

Group of 30 young people from Dublin will arrive in Panama this Friday (18 January) and will stay with families in a host parish, where they will take part in a social justice programme with local parishioners.

2019.01.15.

Abuse survivor fears February summit won’t deliver concrete action plans

Marie Collins tells We Are Church gathering, “If there is no consistent agreement across the Church as to what is sexual abuse of a minor, then how can we have any hope of consistent handling of the issue?”

2019.01.15.

Reform group says Irish lay Catholics should nominate new bishops

Episcopal vacancies are an opportunity for the Church in Ireland to lay new foundations, says We Are Church Ireland.

2019.01.13.

The Pope Video – January 2019 – Young People and the Example of Mary

"You young people have, in the Virgin Mary, a reason for joy and a source of inspiration..."

2019.01.11.

Irish missionary linked to Pope Francis’s first days

The story of Sr Oliva Maria demonstrates “the far-flung places to which Irish missionaries went and the diverse nature of their work and supports that they provided for the poor and marginalised”.

2019.01.09.

Popular priest decries portrayal of nuns

“Are you seriously telling me that all these Sisters were all evil psychopaths? That is not my experience.”

2019.01.04.

Bishop pays tribute to those who took risks to defend right to life

Politicians who supported the campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment are “clearly out of communion” with the Church warns Bishop Kevin Doran.

2019.01.02.

Pope Francis appeals for fraternity in Yemen and Syria

In his traditional Christmas day Urbi et Orbi message, the Pontiff prayed that Syrians might “find fraternity after long years of war” and that Yemen’s recent truce would bring relief to its people and children “exhausted by war and famine”.

2018.12.26.

One hundred cribs at Vatican show the true meaning of Christmas

So many persons stop every Christmas before the mystery of God made man, represented in the crib with statuettes, which in many cases are authentic masterpieces of art to pray, to reflect and to discover the love of God who becomes a child for us – Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

2018.12.26.

The Church will never seek to hush up child abuse again, promises Pope

“Let it be clear that before these abominations the Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes.”

2018.12.22.

New impetus needed to provide housing, says bishop in Christmas message

“Very many are under great strain because accommodation and housing is scarce or beyond their reach. A new political impetus is required along with real determination to make inroads into this critical need in so many people’s lives” – Bishop William Crean, Cloyne.

2018.12.20.

The Pope Video – December 2018 – In the service of the transmission of faith

"For those who are involved in the service and transmission of faith..."

2018.12.19.

Pope’s peace message highlights importance of political office

In the 52nd World Day of Peace message, Pope Francis admonishes those whose political addresses blame every evil on migrants as “unacceptable”.

2018.12.19.

Pope pleads on his birthday for an end to the death penalty

Capital punishment is “contrary to the Gospel as it implies suppressing a life that is always sacred in the eyes of the Creator, and of which only God is the true judge and guarantor”.

2018.12.18.

Bishops’ online Advent calendar has more features than ever

"Advent also prepares us for the second coming of Christ at the end of time. As Christians, we must always be prepared for the coming of the Lord." – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.12.03.

Bishop of Ossory laments “very clerical” Irish Church

There is “little sense of mission within the Catholic Church in Ireland” and no sense of what that mission should be, Bishop Dermot Farrell tells conference in Kilkenny.

2018.11.27.

Ahead of Red Wednesday “horrific reality” of persecuted Christians highlighted

“We state definitively that those who do not respect freedom of thought, conscience and religion must be held to account” – Chair of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alan McGuckian.

2018.11.27.

Don’t drown out the congregation, Pope tells choristers

“You are the musical animators of the whole congregation. Don’t take its place, depriving the people of God of the chance to sing with you.”

2018.11.25.

Pope shares wisdom of global and Irish elderly in new book

It is Pope Francis’s hope that the book will create inter-generational dialogue and he asks young and old to join forces for the betterment of the world.

2018.11.22.

Buildings start turning red in solidarity with persecuted Christians

Rialto Bridge and waters of the Grand Canal in Venice bathed in crimson to draw attention to the discrimination that Christians like Asia Bibi suffer in many parts of the world.

2018.11.21.

ACP appeals to bishops to dialogue over crisis in Irish Church

“This is not a time for wringing our hands in frustration or for sitting on our hands in despair. We need to talk. We need to work together. We need to stop deferring decisions that need to be made now.”

2018.11.20.

Special focus on the family for 2018 Advent Calendar

An opportunity to “reflect on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland last August when he invited us to welcome Christ in the bits and pieces, the ordinary moments of everyday life” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.11.20.

Pope marks World Day of the Poor by sharing his lunch

The lunch included lasagne, chicken pieces and mashed potato, with tiramisu for dessert.

2018.11.19.

Pope urges Christians: Get involved personally with the poor

“We are so trapped in a culture that induces us to look in the mirror and pamper ourselves, that we think that an altruistic gesture is enough, without the need to get directly involved.”

2018.11.18.

Lead us not into temptation?

Italian bishops introduce new translation of line from the Lord's Prayer, but Irish bishops have no immediate plans to change the wording.

2018.11.17.

No price lists for sacraments, warns Pope

“Celebrations must be beautiful, not worldly, because worldliness depends on the god of money, which is idolatry.”

2018.11.10.

The Pope Video – November 2018 – In the Service of Peace

"We all want peace. It is desired above all by those who suffer its absence".

2018.11.07.
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