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Vatican paper discusses allowing women preach

Three articles in the 1 March issue of L’Osservatore Romano argue that the current prohibition on women preaching should be reconsidered.

2016.03.03.

‘Priesthood must not be treated as a job’: Pope

Priests should be “authoritative, not authoritarian; firm, but not hard; joyful, but not superficial…in short, shepherds, not functionaries”.

2015.11.21.

Archbishop Neary defends celibate life of priests

Marking the 10th anniversary of the World Priest apostolate, Archbishop describes it as an affirmation of the men who commit their lives to the Lord.

2015.10.28.

Pope appeals to laity for more active engagement

Pontiff to celebrate outdoor Mass for over a million pilgrims at World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

2015.09.27.

Primate pays tribute to those in consecrated life

Though their numbers are smaller today, Irish religious still make “an immense contribution” to Ireland and the world by living their particular apostolates and charisms.

2015.08.16.

Former seminary to host international reunion

For the first time ever, former students who did not reach ordination, have also been invited back to international reunion at St Patrick's College Thurles.

2015.08.09.

200th anniversary of the ordination of St John Vianney

Dublin parish to honour Curé d’Ars’ feast day and his priesthood with a novena.

2015.08.02.

Valentia Island to be left without resident priest

Decline in vocations makes itself felt in the Diocese of Kerry as retiring parish priest will not be replaced.

2015.07.13.

Two priests robbed at gunpoint in Co Tyrone

Clerics unharmed when presbyteries targeted by armed robbers on Saturday morning.

2015.07.12.

Boring long sermons? Tell the priest!

Homiletic directory gives guidelines for preaching but the most important thing is 'authenticity of preaching' says Director of Priory Institute, Fr John Littleton.

2015.07.03.

Do not be afraid to answer God’s call: Bishop Duffy

"For some, God is an irrelevance, for some an irritant and for others an invention. For those who have faith, God is the centre of all things.”

2015.06.23.

Religious orders’ contribution to Limerick honoured

“It was very moving to hear the councilors speak from the heart of their own personal stories of indebtedness to orders and congregations” - Bishop Brendan Leahy.

2015.06.18.

Global Rosary Relay for Priests to set new record

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.

2015.06.11.

CSTV to live stream Bill O’Herlihy’s funeral

High profile broadcaster described Vatican's treatment of Fr Tony Flannery as an "outrageous injustice".

2015.05.28.

Church may opt out of marriage registration role

In the event of marriage being redefined as a consequence of a Yes vote in the referendum, the bishops may instruct priests not to act as civil registrars for marriages.

2015.04.15.

“The Church today cannot cling to the status quo”

“If you want to be a fisher of people you have to push the boat out": Bishop Donal McKeown.

2015.04.07.

Bishop appeals on behalf of Middle East Christians

Good Friday collection supports the Holy Land shrines connected with the life of Jesus as well as for providing pastoral care to the region's Catholics.

2015.04.03.

Irish dioceses participate in ’24 hours for the Lord’

Special opportunities will be available in dioceses for prayer and confession over today and tomorrow.

2015.03.13.

Mickey Harte extolls values of 50s and 60s Ireland

“It was not a time of plenty, but it was spiritually rich” recalls Tyrone football manager.

2015.03.07.

Kilmore Pastoral Centre marks 10th anniversary

New website will support and promote the activities of the pastoral centre as well as other pastoral initiatives throughout the diocese of Kilmore.

2015.03.03.

The key to child protection is education: expert

Over 5.2 million adults and children have gone through the safe environment programme in the US - Mgr Steve Rossetti.

2015.03.02.

No room for complacency on safeguarding: Primate

First national safeguarding conference hosted by the National Board marks a significant milestone on the safeguarding journey: Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.02.28.

Priests influential in bishops selection: Nuncio

“There is no group that is more influential in the process than priests. They are even more influential than bishops."

2015.02.27.

70 new catechumens: “discreet signs of hope”

There are many examples of renewal in the Church in Ireland today Archbishop of Dublin suggests.

2015.02.25.

Pope warns criminals against using religion

External forms of piety without “a real conversion are not enough to be considered in communion with Christ and his Church”.

2015.02.23.

Bishop McAreavey: “Be proud of our schools”

Tribute paid to teachers' contribution to the holistic development of their pupils.

2015.01.29.

Number of catholics has grown globally by 15m

The total number of priests in the world increased by 895 to 414,313.

2015.01.03.

Fundraising deadline looms for Silverstream priory

Ireland’s newest monastery - the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory in Co Meath - need €150,000.

2014.12.21.

ACP writes to Pope Francis about Fr Tony Flannery

The CDF has never communicated directly with Fr Flannery or afforded him an opportunity to explain his position, ACP leadership tell Pontiff.

2014.12.20.

1,000 Religious open Year of Consecrated Life

“Religious life is only authentic when it is marked by humility” - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2014.12.01.
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