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Pope John Paul II

A new movie about Sister Faustina to be released this autumn

In her visions, Our Lord wore a white garment with red and pale rays emanating from his heart.

2019.07.28.

Fr Brian D’Arcy awarded an OBE

“Thank God I had the opportunity to do something to help community relations in Northern Ireland.”

2019.06.09.
2019.06.01.

Extraordinary peace gesture by Pope in plea to Sudanese political rivals

"I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward."

2019.04.13.

Archbishop Martin pays tribute to victims of Ethiopian air crash

Giving the annual Trócaire Lecture in Maynooth, Archbishop of Dublin addressed the issue of migration and warned “the way we treat migrants and especially refugees is a barometer of our humanity”.

2019.03.13.

John Paul II’s sanction on Nicaraguan priest–poet lifted

During his visit to Nicaragua in 1983, Pope John Paul II publicly reprimanded Fr Ernesto Cardenal as the priest knelt to welcome the pope at Managua airport.

2019.02.19.

Andrea Bocelli credits Tolstoy in helping him refind his faith

“Over the years I have come to believe that faith cannot be acquired effortlessly: just as any other discipline, it requires commitment, perseverance and sacrifice.”

2019.01.16.

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.

Documentary tells how words of St Pope John Paul II led to Good Friday peace agreement

"To all who bear political responsibility for the affairs of Ireland... you must show that there is a peaceful, political way to justice. You must show that peace achieves the works of justice, and violence does not." - Pope John Paul II

2018.09.17.

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.

Exhibition chronicles amazing feat of 1979 papal visit

Archbishop of Dublin recommends exhibit at Phoenix Park Visitor Centre to help people reflect on previous papal visit and the organisational skills required for the largest event ever held in Ireland.

2018.08.03.

Marie Collins welcomes Pope’s decision to investigate Chilean bishop

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been tasked with examining new information in the case of Bishop Juan Barros who has been accused by victims of Fr Fernando Karadima of covering up the priest's sexual abuse.

2018.01.31.

Bishop of Limerick speaks of the death of Dolores O’Riordan

She was a true child of Limerick; talented, honest, full of soul and courageous.  She never lost sight of who she was and where she was from

2018.01.18.

Papal visit likely to culminate in Phoenix Park Mass

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reveals likely cost of Pope Francis’ visit in August 2018 for the World Meeting of Families will be over €20m.

2017.12.19.

545 Young People presented with John Paul II Awards in Knock

Archbishop Neary pays tribute to young people’s “very significant contribution” to the local church, from teaching computers to the elderly to caring for people with special needs on pilgrimage to Lourdes.

2017.11.21.

World Meeting of Families recruits volunteers at Ploughing

The most asked question at the Ploughing was “Is Pope Francis coming to Ireland?” That has not been confirmed yet – not even by Bishops Denis Nulty and Fintan Monahan who visited the World Meeting of Families 2018 stand on the first day.

2017.09.21.

University College Cork honours Siamsa founder Fr Pat Ahern

Fr Ahern embodies the spirit of the expression ‘lán de cheol’/‘full of music’ literally and metaphorically, says Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin, UCC.

2017.07.30.

Forty new Swiss Guardsmen join pontifical bodyguard

The swearing in ceremony always takes place on 6 May, the anniversary of the Sack of Rome in 1527, when 147 Swiss Guards were killed.

2017.05.08.

Limerick celebrities join local singer in encouraging papal visit

Emily Clarke, who has fronted showbands since she was a teenager, sent the Pope a CD along with a lengthy letter promoting Limerick and inviting him to visit.

2017.04.15.

Pope Francis to visit Egypt next month

The two-day visit to Cairo at the end of April is an indication of the growing warmth in relations between the Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

2017.03.20.

Pope will visit Ireland for WMF2018: Taoiseach

“He has his own ideas as to why he wants to come to Ireland – he looks on it as a contribution he wishes to make to the renewal of the Church in Ireland and also to the renewal of family life in Ireland” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2016.11.29.

Concert for homeless charity

A significant moment for Factor One as a young band was representing Ireland at the Genfest youth rally in front of an audience of 20,000 at the Palaeur football stadium in Rome.

2016.11.17.

Countdown to World Meeting of Families is ticking

Family is all about ‘connection’ – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2016.10.23.

Bridgettine Day to mark canonisation of Mother Elisabeth Hessleblad

Swedish nurse who converted to Roman Catholicism and founded the Bridgettine Sisters saved the lives of a number of Jewish people during the Holocaust.

2016.08.21.

Funeral of poet and publisher Mgr Pádraig Ó Fiannachta

Co Kerry priest translated and edited the first modern Irish Catholic Bible – a year before the English version was completed in the early 1970s.

2016.07.24.

Ecclesial movements are not optional extras in the Church

Overdue document Iuvenescit Ecclesia will make ecclesial movements more 'mainstream' in the life of the Church, says Bishop Leahy.

2016.06.25.

Bishop of Limerick hopeful of a papal visit in 2018

“We are, of course, very excited about the prospect of the Pope visiting Ireland and are awaiting word on this. It would be a huge boost to the Church here."

2016.05.29.

Pope Francis sends blessing to Limerick Synod

“Save for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Limerick in 1979, this is probably the most important moment for the Church in this diocese since the last Synod, all of 80 years ago.”

2016.04.05.

Death of the founder of EWTN: Mother Angelica

TV nun established a network which now broadcasts programmes 24 hours a day to 144 countries around the world and over 200 million homes.

2016.03.29.

Kerry priest scholar to receive prestigious US award

Mgr Pádraig Ó Fiannachta (88) will next week receive the American Irish Historical Society’s Cultural Award.

2015.12.13.
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