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Labour TD urges Tánaiste to re-open Vatican embassy

Ireland should consider re-appointing a resident ambassador to the Vatican Deputy Michael McNamara suggests.


Bishop Nulty rejoices in year of ‘firsts’ in KandLe

Kildare and Leighlin to ordain seven Permanent Deacons in Carlow on Sunday.


Catholic schools can never be exclusivist – Archbishop

Education is not aimed just at exam results Archbishop highlights at centenary celebrations.


Religious education is a lifelong project – Archbishop

Implementation of Share the Good News has not been “as forceful as is needed.”


Church urged to strip itself of “vanity, arrogance and pride”

Pontiff rails against culture of rejection and throwaway mentality.


Council of Cardinals signals major changes to Pastor Bonus

Vatican’s C8 discuss revised and reformed Curia.


Primate expresses regret at retirement of Bishop Lee

Leader of the Church in Waterford and Lismore steps down due to ill health.


100 Catholic reform movements send letter to Pope

Three Irish groups among organisations seeking radical changes in Church structures.


Drink culture must be confronted Archbishop warns

Pope Francis pays tribute to the work of the Pioneers in a letter to mark 115th anniversary.


Bishop Treanor launches pastoral plan for Down and Connor

Parishes to activate culture of volunteering.


Pope Warns Against Spiritual Harassment and Theological Brainwashing

"The fundamental challenge is not a technological one ... but of bringing people to Christ."


Pope Condemns Deadly Bomb Attacks on Pakistan Church

As many as 78 dead following suicide attacks on Peshawar church.


The First Right of a Human Person is Life Pope Highlights

Pope expresses dismay over throwaway culture that discards human beings not considered valuable.


Heal Wounds and Warm Hearts of the Faithful Pope Urges

The Church is the “home of all, not a small group of select people.”


Irish Church Urged to Move on from its Bickering

Archbishop appeals for serious dialogue about the contribution of faith and religious people.


Archbishop warns against self-centred narcissistic Church

Church must rediscover how to reach out and welcome the sinner and unbeliever.


Archbishop Martin criticises sectarian Catholic blogs

Church needs a media “that is not afraid to expose mistakes and failures."


Pope responds to newspaper’s questions on faith

“Without the Church I would never have been able to meet Jesus,” Pontiff states.


IEC2012 covered costs and made a surplus bishop confirms

International Eucharistic Congress cost a total of €9.5m and made a surplus of €38,057.


100,000 join Pope Francis in prayer vigil for Syria

“Cry out forcefully: violence and war are never the way to peace!” Pontiff urges.


Pope exhorts G20 to set aside military solution for Syria

Violence never begets peace Pontiff says as he invites everyone to pray and fast for Syria.


2,000 Dublin pilgrims to pray for Syria in Lourdes

Seven planes will leave Dublin airport on Saturday for French shrine.


Church in England and Wales to target lapsed Catholics

Survey indicates rise in the number of confessions since the election of Pope Francis.


Cardinal warns of ‘crisis in the vocation of parenting’

Primate concerned by under-valuing of the stability and commitment within marriage.


“War, never again” pleads Pope Francis

Pontiff condemns the use of chemical weapons in Syria.


Pope names seasoned diplomat as new Secretary of State

Archbishop Pietro Parolin replaces Cardinal Bertone whose tenure was beset by scandals.


Pope reassures rape victim with personal telephone call

"It was like being touched by the hand of God" mother of six enthuses.


Pope and King agree dialogue the “only option” for Syria

Church leaders oppose intervention as British Govt motion on military action defeated.


Pope calls for peace solution to end Syria’s woes

8.4m people in urgent need of humanitarian aid according to Trócaire.


Argentina’s oldest bishop has Irish roots

Parents of 100-year-old prelate emigrated from Ireland to Buenos Aires.

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