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McAleese dismisses Pope’s Synod on the Family

Critical of males celibates who have no adult experience of family life advising on the family.


Pope announces September visit to Albania

Pontiff critical of 'throwaway culture' and neglect towards young and old in "tired Europe".


Church must involve itself in debates on the family

Archbishop Martin speaks in defence of the family as a fundamental institution within society.


Pope Francis defends Pius XII’s wartime record

In wide-ranging interview, Pope says persecution of Christians today “stronger than in the first centuries of Church.”


New priest to be ordained today for Tuam

Irish seminarians to serve at Pentecost Papal Mass in Rome.


Irish Church urged to pray for peace in Holy Land

Pope hosts “unprecedented prayer initiative” for two Middle Eastern leaders and Patriarch.


Papal tribute for D-Day soldiers’ ‘heavy sacrifice’

Pope entrusts path of peace to St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Virgin Mary.


Archbishop consecrates Syria to Mary

Archbishop pleads with Our Lady to defend Syria and "guard it as your own property; make Jesus reign, conquer and rule in it. Outside of Him there is no salvation."


Pope Francis opens 37th National Convocation of the “Renewal in the Spirit”

Invites charismatics of the world to celebrate their 2017 Jubilee at the Vatican.


Pope: ‘a culture of wellbeing’ leads some couples to prefer pets to children

"Fidelity, perseverance and fruitfulness" are pillars in Christian marriage Pope tells couples celebrating wedding anniversaries.


Regina coeli: Jesus remains with us

Pope Francis tells crowds, "He is always with us, and even now is here with us in the Piazza. The Lord is with us!”


Pope Francis says internet is a gift from God

In first message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis chooses: Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter.


Pope Francis reflects on the meaning of Christian joy

"Be courageous in suffering and remember that the Lord will come after, joy will come after and after the dark comes the sun".


Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to meet Pope Francis

Focus of visit to be on modern slavery and human trafficking.


Pope’s prayer intentions for June focus on Europe and jobs crisis

"There is an entire generation of people that is not studying or working. This culture of waste is very serious," Pope tells journalists.


Pope announces meeting with clerical abuse survivors

Irish survivor to be among group of eight representatives to meet Pontiff in June.


Pope and Patriarch sign Common Declaration

They pledge to continue on the path towards unity between Catholic and Orthodox Churches.


Pope Francis begins Middle East visit

Pontiff calls for "urgent" solution to Syrian conflict.


Nuncio launches new range of IHS tiles

Devotional tiles promote honour and devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus.


Vatican denies Bertone embezzlement probe

Claims ex Vatican Secretary of State probed over €15m transaction to TV company.


Pope Paul VI moves step closer to sainthood

Miracle opens way for beatification process to go ahead.


Vocations Sunday underlines call of every Christian

Coadjutor bishop of Armagh encourages prayers for vocations.


Bishop Nulty challenges parishes on vocations

"Potential vocations are all around us."


“Let’s not get soft on drugs” Senator appeals

The number of drug-related deaths in Ireland increased from 597 in 2010 to 607 in 2011.


Pope Francis’ vocations message welcomed

“To choose a life as a priest or religious in contemporary Ireland is a radical option, although a hugely fulfilling one.” – Bishop McKeown.


UN Secretary General to meet Pope today

Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis to discuss fight against poverty and inequality.


Young Christian Workers celebrate May day

Ethical shopping promoted by YCW since Bangladeshi factory collapse last year.


Concern over demolition of churches in China

Ten Christian places of worship targeted in crackdown in Zhejiang province.


More survivors to join Vatican abuse commission

Pope to address the commission once all members have been appointed.


Pope weeps for crucified Christians

Laments that “In some countries you can still go to jail for possessing a Gospel.”

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