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Pope John Paul II

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.


Countdown to World Meeting of Families is ticking

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


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.”


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.


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.


Limerick would welcome Pope Francis – Bishop Leahy

Bishop recalls how “the Pope’s eyes lit up” in 2013 when he told him he was from Limerick during a meeting at the Vatican.


Bishop Doran pays tribute to poetry of WB Yeats

“True art has a close affinity with the world of faith ... art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience”.


High profile environmentalists praise new encyclical

"Laudato Si is an astonishing document - there is no longer any excuse for people not knowing about this issue”: author and environmental activist Bill McKibben.


Theologian calls for synod to discuss new encyclical

Three years would give people an opportunity to address Laudato Si’s recommendations in the local church in the first year, nationally in the second year and globally in the third year.


Shannon church renovations uproot pope’s tree

Tree given to diocese of Killaloe by St John Paul II in 1979 has been cut down and its wood will be used by students from St Caimin’s to create a piece of sculpture.


The Auschwitz Jesuit Priest of Divine Mercy

"Although Jews were the main victims of Nazi barbarism, the people of Poland were not spared."


Pure in Heart appoints new general manager

One of the teachers at a school in Galway recently said, ‘I believe my students might never hear this message again’.


Christian unity shouldn’t be “for one week only”

Chairperson of the Dublin Council of Churches urges members and patrons not to return unchanged to their various Christian communities.


Big Bang compatible with divine Creator: Pope

"God created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that He gave to each one so they would reach fulfilment.”


Shock resignation of Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

Bishop Conry confesses he has been “unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest”.


Link between John Paul II and Limerick recalled

As a man of culture, John Paul II, would be delighted to be celebrated during Limerick's Year of Culture: Bishop.


Warm wishes sent to Pope Francis for 1st anniversary

Pontiff “has truly captured the imagination, hearts and minds" of the people of Ireland.


John Paul II ‘notes’ to be published

Some of  the writings of Blessed John Paul II, which he had asked to be destroyed, are to be published in February.  

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz the then Personal secretary to John Paul II, now Archbishop of Krakow, said he “did not [...]


Fr Iggy to be made the last Freeman of Drogheda

Civic recognition will honour all the work done in the town by the Augustinian priest.


Bishop Daly pays tribute to former press secretary

"A man who served the Church and people with unfailing courtesy, respect and professionalism.”


Death of former press secretary to Irish Bishops

Jim Cantwell oversaw John Paul II's visit to Ireland during 25 years as press director.

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