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The Pope Video – October 2018 – The Mission of Religious

Pope Francis: "Religious, with their prayer, poverty, and patience, are essential to the Church’s mission".

2018.10.18.

Religious superiors seek greater role for women at Synod of Bishops

Two groups representing nearly a million members of male and female religious orders plan to present Pope Francis with a proposal concerning women’s role at future synods.

2018.10.17.

Seven to be canonised in Rome today

Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio will be made a saint today, in line with Pope Francis's desire to canonise a teenage saint during the month-long meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on Young People.

2018.10.14.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna RIP – her faith sustained her says priest at funeral

Priest thanked Emma for the hope she expressed: “that people are good and have a capacity to learn from mistakes and that what happened to you should not happen to any other woman in our land.”

2018.10.11.

The Pope Video – October 2018 – #PrayForTheChurch

Pope Francis: "I renew the invitation to everyone to pray the Rosary every day in October..."

2018.10.10.

Pray the Rosary daily in October, asks Pope Francis

Ask the Holy Mother of God and St Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other, says Pope Francis.

2018.10.05.

Authentic Church over clericalism – message of papal visit

Change and uncertainty should not cause Catholics to turn in on themselves and develop a siege mentality or rush for comfort to what is familiar, but to reach out and change men and women into people who reflect the God of love revealed in Jesus Christ – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2018.10.04.

Homeless crisis is not abating bishops warn

New pastoral letter on the housing and homelessness crisis, ‘A Room at the Inn?’, calls on Irish society to commit itself to work towards the provision of warm, decent, affordable and secure homes for all.

2018.10.02.

Sadness as “maestro” Gerard Gillen bows out after 42 years

Archbishop Martin pays tribute to Maynooth professor’s life of dedicated “service to the Church and to the beauty and dignity of music in the liturgy”.

2018.10.02.

Pope calls for greater inclusion on World Day of the Deaf

Pontiff pays tribute to those who value the life of every human being, particularly the dignity of deaf people.

2018.09.30.

“Tolerance is never the fruit of rejection of the other”

In his homily at a Mass to open the academic year, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warns that removing the Church entirely from Irish education could be “a deliberate misreading of Irish history”.

2018.09.26.

UK bishops to review Church’s safeguarding structures

Ahead of their meeting on Friday with Pope Francis, the bishops of England and Wales have asked the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission to carry out an independent and comprehensive review.

2018.09.25.

China and Vatican sign provisional agreement on bishops

The Vatican will have a say in the naming of bishops in China, and the Pope will have the power to veto candidates.

2018.09.23.

Acknowledge rather than defend errors of the past: Bishop McKeown

Bishop of Derry tells pilgrims at National Padre Pio Pilgrimage in Knock, “It is a dangerous form of Christianity that believes we have to be a strong and influential organisation giving the lying impression of being pure and perfect.”

2018.09.18.

Francis summons all bishops’ conference leaders to Rome

The Body of Christ of the Church is “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse”, US bishops tell Pope Francis at private meeting yesterday.

2018.09.14.

Former Green Party leader warns of homelessness, climate change

Former Government Minister and Green Party leader ordained to the priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford.

2018.09.10.

Back-to-school message from the Pope

Pope Francis reveals he was not always a model schoolboy.

2018.09.09.

Archbishop says Irish Church needs to reflect “with urgency” on the future

The Church in Ireland must work towards becoming “more authentically the Church of Jesus Christ in a culture that is different”.

2018.09.09.

New Bishop of Meath will prioritise vocations

“When Christ invited his own disciples to follow him, it was an invitation. That word of encouragement from priests, bishops and parishioners is part of it. We have to invite men to priesthood.”

2018.09.07.

The Pope Video – September 2018 – Young People in Africa

Pope Francis: "...If young people don't have the possibility of education, what future can they have?"

2018.09.05.

Syrian Archbishop accuses Kurds of discrimination

“The Kurdish officials had assured us that they would not even look at the private [Catholic] schools, but they not only looked at them, they closed them.”

2018.09.05.

Pope prays for seas “littered by endless fields of floating plastic”

Describing the threat to the planet's oceans as an “emergency”, Pontiff warns “We need to pray as if everything depended on God’s providence, and work as if everything depended on us.”

2018.09.04.

“Let us begin again!” – Bishop of Limerick

The Irish Church, Bishop Brendan Leahy has suggested, is a Church that has faced the evil within, has worked tirelessly to cast it out and put stringent measures in place to protect against its return.

2018.09.04.

Dublin parishes charged with drawing up an agenda for renewal following Pope’s visit

"One challenge facing the Church in Ireland is that of discerning where the essentials of the Christian life lie and how our institutions witness to what is essential."

2018.09.03.

Reflecting on Pope Francis’ visit to WMOF in Ireland

A day of rich celebration for the Catholic faithful. We were very proud of our Catholic identity together – Portlaoise parish.

2018.08.30.

“The sense of joy and exuberance at Festival of Families was unbelievable”

Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore responds to the papal visit and says he hopes that the Pope will introduce the necessary structures of accountability to ensure that child safeguarding will be an integral part of church life.

2018.08.29.

Pope’s Skoda to be given to Crosscare to help homeless

Staff will assist homeless families at the Mater Dei hub move on from this temporary facility to more secure, long-term accommodation.

2018.08.28.

“An extremely special experience”

Engaged and newly married couples pay tribute to Pope Francis’ words of encouragement and practical advice.

2018.08.28.

Find new pathways, Pope tells Irish bishops

"Genuine religious formation needs joyful teachers who can shape not only minds but also hearts in the love of Christ and in the practice of prayer." - Pope Francis

2018.08.27.

Pope asks for forgiveness for abuse and exploitation

"Lord, sustain and increase this state of shame and repentance and give us the strength to commit ourselves so that these things never happen again and justice may be done.”

2018.08.27.
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