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Confession drive for Lent in England and Wales

New Confession 2014 initiative aims to bring faithful back to sacrament of confession.

2014.02.27.

Pope Francis decries scandal of war’s many victims

Faithful urged to overcome indifference towards the innumerable victims of war.

2014.02.26.

Cardinals told to avoid intrigue, gossip and cliques

Pontiff urges cardinals to avoid the habits and ways typical of a court.

2014.02.24.

Pope Emeritus attends consistory in St Peter’s

Pope warns “Whenever a worldly mentality predominates, the result is rivalry, jealousy, factions.”

2014.02.23.

Church reform groups seek meeting with Pope Francis

End use of Communion as a reward for doctrinal orthodoxy letter urges Pontiff.

2014.02.23.

World’s oldest nun attends Pope’s Mass in Vatican

107-year-old Italian Camillian Sister has lived through the pontificates of 10 popes.

2014.02.22.

Too many young lives lost to depression: Archbishop

"Creeping despair and emptiness ... has tragically taken the lives of too many of our young people through suicide.”

2014.02.21.

Bishops host major conference on migration

Archbishop welcomes forum in which to "calmly and rationally" look at all dimensions of migration.

2014.02.20.

Pope Francis warns against poison of gossip

Pontiff warns gossip can kill because it kills the reputation of the person.

2014.02.17.

Korean martyrs a step closer to canonisation

Over 124 Koreans who lived between 1791 and 1888 recognised as martyrs for their refusal to renounce their faith.

2014.02.12.

Priest calls on bishops to open talks with ACP

“The days of fear, of secrecy, of oppression are happily in the past."

2014.02.09.

Pope Francis may be preparing to visit Sri Lanka

Declaration of 124 Korean martyrs may pave way for visit there too.

2014.02.09.

Pope Francis releases World Youth Day 2014 message

“Say No to an ephemeral, superficial and throwaway culture."

2014.02.07.

Archbishop challenges religious to ‘wake up’

"Religious have to learn to share their prayer life with others."

2014.02.06.

Day of prayer for trafficking victims on feast of St Bakhita

Human trafficking now ranks as the second most profitable worldwide criminal enterprise after the illegal arms trade.

2014.02.05.

New sculpture of St Brigid unveiled at Féile Bríde

New 9ft bronze of Ireland’s famous female saint created by Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmalz.

2014.02.04.

Church without nuns is unthinkable warns Pope

Church and world needs the witness of religious and consecrated lay people.

2014.02.03.

Difficult and delicate time for religious life – Cardinal

Crisis in religious life is not an "antechamber of death" but an opportunity to grow in depth and hope.

2014.02.02.

Pope Francis makes the cover of Rolling Stone

Feature article on 'Cool Pope Francis' hits the news stands today.

2014.01.31.

Irish intern at Vatican Radio meets pope

History made as ambassador with Down Syndrome Ireland completes week-long internship

2014.01.28.

Pope challenges all to become ‘citizens of the digital world’

Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, Archbishop Eamon Martin affirms.

2014.01.26.

Women must have expanded presence in the Church

Mary, Pope Francis underlines, will show women the path to understanding their role within society.

2014.01.26.

Former leader of Opus Dei to be beatified

Alvaro del Portillo, who died in 1994, had strong links with Ireland and is well remembered here.

2014.01.25.

Catholic schools key to mission of the Church: Bishop Nulty

Key to a culture and society shaped with justice and integrity CSW2014 launch hears.

2014.01.21.

Redouble ecumenical efforts Pope Francis urges

Call for “spiritual ecumenism” born of a change of heart and holiness of life.

2014.01.19.

Many challenges face migrants warn bishops

“We remember those who have left our shores in the hope of making a new life for themselves abroad."

2014.01.19.

400 priests laicised by Benedict XVI for abuse

Figures show Vatican stepped up efforts to remove clerical abusers in recent years.

2014.01.18.

Delegation of bishops describe Gaza as “a shocking scandal”

"We pray that the visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land will reinforce hope in the region."

2014.01.17.

Pope stands down four cardinals overseeing Vatican bank

Pontiff demands “spending review” to cap canonisation costs for would-be saints.

2014.01.16.

Pope’s Harley-Davidson to raise funds for charity

Motorbike signed on the tank by Pope Francis to raise funds for homeless.

2014.01.15.
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