"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."
"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
Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.
Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalised.
This is the Pope’s fourth visit to South America since becoming Pontiff. Previously, he has made visits to Brazil, Equador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Colombia.
We all need each other, none of us is an island, an autonomous and independent ‘I’ separated from the other, and we can only build the future by standing together.
The legacy of the Treaty of Rome is to continue the work begun by previous generations who courageously and prophetically sought to establish a better future for all – Bishop Noel Treanor.
Starting with a shrine in Siberia, 84 Marian shrines all the over the world will host thousands of people reciting relays of the rosary over a 24-hour period.