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Pope reaches out to lapsed Catholics

Pope Francis prays that “all the Church” may be steeped in “the joy of evangelising”.


Pontiff leaves voicemail for nuns busy at prayer

Pope urges Carmelites never to lose hope because sadness leads to a lack of spirituality.


Over 6.6m attend Vatican papal events

Figures show big increase on attendances in 2012.


Twenty-two missionaries killed last year

Twice as many missionaries lost their lives in 2013 as in 2012.


Foster peace and reconciliation Archbishop urges

Children of wars among the largest group of victims in 2013.


CoI Primate “hopeful for future rapprochement” in North

Bishop Treanor warns of “disengagement" by many in churches from work of reconciliation.


Pope Francis nominated for Tipperary peace award

Nominated for his commitment to dialogue between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.


Pope shocked by Maltese gay adoption bill

Pontiff strongly opposed to same sex marriage.


Refugees and the elderly are outcasts warns Pope

The elderly may be "hidden exiles" who are marginalised and treated as burdens within their own families.


30,000 young Europeans to attend Taizé gathering

Young people to provide sign of 'visible communion' in Strasbourg.


Pope Emeritus joins Pope Francis for lunch

From January, Roman parishes to apply to attend Pope’s daily Mass at Casa Santa Marta.


Pope appeals for victims of religious persecution

Some of those discriminated against live in countries where human rights are guaranteed 'on paper'.


Pope Francis focuses on peace in Urbi et Orbi

Pontiff called on God to protect the earth “frequently exploited by human greed and rapacity.”


Welcome Holy Family Troika urges Bishop Leahy

"We easily forget how deeply the narrative of Jesus, Mary and Joseph has shaped Ireland and Europe."


Pope Francis makes Christmas visit to Pope Emeritus

Time spent in prayer followed by a private meeting at Mater Ecclesiae monastery.


Pope Francis to visit Israel next May

Papal trip will include Mass in Bethlehem.


Pope Francis appeals on behalf of homeless families

“Family and home go together.”


Joy of the Gospel sells out in Veritas stores

Unprecedented interest has people queuing in Dublin store waiting for reprints to arrive.


Pope and Black Santa provide Christmas cheer

Annual charity appeal to be launched by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin.


Pope highlights symbolism of Christmas tree lights

Twenty-five metre Christmas tree gifted by Bavarian town to Vatican City.


Women must be more involved in Church’s decision-making

"We must discover ways and structures to do so," Bishop Brendan Leahy suggests.


Pope issues message for World Day of Peace

Pontiff warns of “tragic phenomenon” of human trafficking, in which the “unscrupulous prey on the lives and the desperation of others.”


Increased sales for Veritas thanks to Pope Francis

'Pope Francis effect' results in marked upsurge in interest in the papacy in 2013.


Pope Francis is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

"The speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all."


Irish bishops pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

"A true visionary and a powerful advocate for the need to engage in the harsh realities created by conflict in a spirit of truth, justice and human rights."


Senator Norris calls for Irish embassy to Vatican to reopen

Pope Francis described as a man of "extraordinary prophetic vision and stature."


Archbishop Martin deplores knife and gun culture

Church leader expresses “horror” at brutal killing in the Phoenix Park.


Pope Francis to dedicate 2015 to consecrated life

Pontiff tells leaders of religious orders they should not tolerate corruption.


Pope venerates relics of St Peter at close of Year of Faith

Pontiff prays for peace in the Holy Land, Syria and the Middle East.


Catechists urged to promote contemplative religious life

"Most striking witness” to contemplative life given by Pope Emeritus - Bishop Boyce.

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