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Religious leaders in UK call for cancellation rather than suspension of debt

“To insist on debt repayment in the face of the suffering caused by this pandemic would be an affront to the faith traditions that we represent. There is an overarching moral case for debt relief in many faiths,” state the bishops and religious leaders in the UK.

2020.07.14.

Pope backs call for global ceasefire to help fight Covid-19

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution last Thursday demanding a general and immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations in order to provide aid to countries to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

2020.07.06.

Fr Martin Hayes appointed new Bishop of Kilmore

In a statement on Monday, the bishop-elect said, “The Church of the future is about the increased involvement of lay people; of people and priests working together.”

2020.06.30.

Seek common good, bishop urges, as he congratulates new Taoiseach

The bishop noted that Pope Francis has asked people to pray for political leaders as they seek the common good, and to be courageous in caring for people on the margins, those whose life needs special protection, and all who are vulnerable.

2020.06.29.

New invocations for Litany of Loreto

“Mother of mercy”; “Mother of hope”; and “Solace of migrants” are the new invocations which were announced by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in Rome on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on 20 June.

2020.06.24.

Rescheduled date announced for the episcopal ordination of Fr Paul Dempsey

It is a source of joy for me to know that we now have a rescheduled date of Sunday 30 August for my Episcopal Ordination as Bishop of Achonry – Fr Paul Dempsey, PP of Newbridge and Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Achonry.

2020.06.19.

Prayer to God and solidarity with the poor are inseparable, says pope

“Time devoted to prayer can never become an alibi for neglecting our neighbour in need,” says Pope Francis.

2020.06.15.

The Pope Video – June 2020

JUNE : Compassion for the world

2020.06.05.

Pope and church leaders speak out against racism and violence in US

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,” said Pope Francis.

2020.06.04.

Bishop McKeown speaks out about “moral pygmies”

“We will perhaps look back on these years, remembering not just COVID-19 but also a pandemic of banality that expects little for and from human beings.”

2020.06.03.

Gabriel Award for Knock docudrama

"Our Lady’s appearance at Knock gave people a sense of hope. Ireland needs to hear that message again at a time when so many are under pressure, depressed, and fearful” - Campbell Miller, director of 'Hope'.

2020.06.01.

Pope warns many pandemics are infecting the world

In his Pentecost message for the 'Thy Kingdom Come' movement, the Pontiff expressed the desire that Christians would be more deeply united as “witnesses of mercy” for the human family in a world experiencing a “famine of hope.”

2020.06.01.

Son of Irish immigrants and Knights’ founder for beatification

“Father McGivney has inspired generations of Catholic men to roll up their sleeves and put their faith into action,” Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson said.

2020.05.28.

Bishops to release guidance to parishes on returning to public worship

“It is important that we as Church are ready to respond to any change in the current proposed timescale” - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2020.05.26.

Reach out to those who don’t use social media urges Fr Liam Lawton

Speaking to the Digital Parish, the popular composer and singer appealed to people not to forget those who are cocooning and do not have access to the web or social media.

2020.05.26.

Catholics miss community dimension of their faith

Not being able to receive the Sacraments during the pandemic, "we were not being nourished and strengthened by them in the usual way” Bishop Dermot Farrell warns in his Pastoral Letter.

2020.05.25.

Jesuit urges people to celebrate National Holy Wells Day

According to Fr Brian Grogan, within Irish culture holy wells remain places to visit to ask for healing and solace in times of difficulty and personal need. “Such times are with us now both in Ireland and globally due to the coronavirus.”

2020.05.25.

Archbishop Eamon Martin invites grandparents and grandchildren to share and record their 2020 stories

Encouraged by Pope Francis, Archbishop Eamon Martin invites grandparents and grandchildren to share their own stories this weekend – whether that’s over the phone, on social media, or by video call – about how they are “coping during the coronavirus crisis”.

2020.05.23.

New book by Irish theologian marks Laudato Si anniversary

‘Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si’ by Fr Dermot Lane seeks to build bridges between theology and ecology.

2020.05.21.

Reek Sunday pilgrimage cancelled

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam stated that the National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday is an important annual occasion for many people, and has a long and distinguished history. The Archdiocese of Tuam and the Parish of Westport took the decision to cancel in order to support the public authorities, and everyone’s efforts to suppress COVID–19

2020.05.20.

LC exam is not the “be-all and end-all” Bishop tells students

Diocese of Limerick will host an online liturgy for Leaving Cert students on the evening of the day their exams were due to start.

2020.05.18.

54th World Communications Day to take place on Ascension Sunday

I would like to devote this year’s Message to the theme of storytelling, because I believe that, so as not to lose our bearings, we need to make our own the truth contained in good stories – Pope Francis.

2020.05.15.

Pope leads tributes on International Nurses Day

Stressing that nurses deserve to be more fully valued and their working conditions improved, Pope Francis said the pandemic had brought to light healthcare deficiencies in some countries.

2020.05.13.

Bishop calls for support for Day of Prayer and Fasting to end COVID-19

Believers of all religions and people of goodwill have been invited to implore the divine to help humanity in overcoming the pandemic caused by Coronavirus.

2020.05.11.

UK bishop calls on government to tackle disproportionate impact of COVID-19

The experiences of Catholic charities and clergy reflect a growing body of evidence that BAME and Gypsy, Roma, Travellers (GRT) communities are being harmed particularly by this pandemic – Bishop McAleenan.

2020.05.08.

Primate expresses solidarity with students over exams crisis

Archbishop Eamon Martin has told Leaving Cert and A Level students that the Covid-19 emergency has "gatecrashed what is such an important and special year in your lives, and it has left you wondering: what happens next?”

2020.05.07.
2020.05.06.

Pope Emeritus claims “People want to switch off my voice”

In a new biography, 'Benedict XVI: A Life', the retired pope rejects accusations of interfering in church debates since his resignation in 2013, claiming this is a “malicious distortion of the truth.”

2020.05.05.

Keep hope alive and value your time, urges Bishop Leahy

Speaking in St John's Cathedral, the Bishop of Limerick said the restrictions over these past weeks have taught people that "time is something we can’t control. Time is a gift.”

2020.05.04.

The Pope Video – April 2020

April: Liberation from addictions

2020.04.30.
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