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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.


Pope pushes for response to human trafficking

"The trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights”.


Pope calls student by telephone in response to letter

Nineteen-year-old and Pope Francis 'joked' during conversation.


Reports of Vatican appointment for Archbishop dismissed

Dublin Archdiocese say claims are “totally without foundation.”


Mystical experience prompted Benedict’s resignation

The "charisma" of Pope Francis affirms his decision to resign the papacy.


Pope Francis appeals for peace and reconciliation in Egypt

Coptic Church criticises western media's coverage of violence which has left 600 dead.


Papal decree tightens regulation of Vatican bank

Motu proprio increases powers over IOR and its financial activities.


Pope issues message for World Mission Day 2013

Pontiff concerned by lack of fervour, joy, courage and hope in proclaiming message of Christ.


Pope extends “deep gratitude” to Brazilian people

Large turnout of young people at Sunday Angelus prompts Pontiff to discuss meaning of World Youth Day.


Pope Emeritus will not publish again

“His literary work is completed” says Mgr Georg Ratzinger.


Over 300 young people take part in Dublin prayer vigil

Follow up event to WYD2013 and Rio in Dublin planned for September.


Pope pays tribute to grandparents’ role in passing on faith

Catholic Grandparents Association launches new branch in the Philippines.


Dialogue offers alternative to selfish indifference and violent protest – Pope

Pontiff says building a more just society is not some vague utopian ideal but the fruit of a concerted effort.


Two Irish WYD pilgrims selected for role in prayer vigil with Pope

One million young people to take part in vigil tonight.

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