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Primate of All Ireland

Primate pays tribute to Irish Church Music Association’s ministry

“You know that when music of beauty is chosen, which is inspired by our faith, and is offered to God from the very best of our efforts, God can work through it to inspire the souls of others, nourish their faith, and bring them closer to him.”

2019.07.03.

Primate’s St Patrick’s Day message highlights uncertainty over Brexit

Families across the island of Ireland - including those who live and work along the border and those who make their living from farming, business and haulage - have expressed anxiety about the future to Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.03.17.

Don’t let season of Lent pass in vain says Pope

Leave behind your selfishness and share your goods, appeals pontiff, by living three pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

2019.03.06.

Abuse survivors are “precious members of the Body of Christ”

In a message issued ahead of the Vatican’s abuse summit this week, Archbishop Eamon Martin tells survivors, “I am truly sorry for what was done to you.”

2019.02.20.

There is still mistrust of Church in Ireland over abuse, says Primate

“The example of Ireland is a very good one if the Church would look at it more closely and extrapolate from it out to the wider Church and then from that into society, in areas where there are not good practices” – anti-abuse campaigner Marie Collins.

2019.02.15.

Primate to meet abuse survivors before crucial conference

“In the early New Year I will plan for further meetings to enable meaningful and constructive engagement with survivors and others in advance of the Rome convention,” says Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.12.29.

Abortion is “a huge moral mistake which this country will live to regret”

Archbishop Eamon Martin urges people to continue to witness to the fact that there are two lives worthy of protection.

2018.12.25.

Archbishop honours the work of Columban missionaries

“Today, Columban missionaries are at the forefront of teaching about reconciliation and justice, caring for the earth, our common home, and pointing out how the poorest peoples of the world suffer most from the throwaway culture of greed and waste.”

2018.09.11.

Pope’s car will be used by Foyle Search and Rescue in Derry

“From my time as a priest in Derry, I know how Foyle Search and Rescue volunteers work selflessly to help those who are vulnerable and in need” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.08.31.

Primate hints at return visit by Pope Francis – to Northern Ireland

“A visit to Northern Ireland, particularly with our history and with all that we've been through, is going to require a dedicated time,” says Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2018.08.18.

Primate welcomes stamps marking papal visit

An Post expects huge interest in the stamps, one featuring Pope Francis and the depicting a family scene.

2018.07.14.

Catholic schools must remain alert to inequalities in educational system

Archbishop Eamon Martin tells Irish Catholic education conference: "In a Catholic school, religion is not an added extra to be fitted in during break time or twilight hours or registration."

2017.10.27.

New translation of the missal in Irish due in the autumn: Primate

Archbishop Eamon Martin would like to see more parishes, not just those in the Gaeltacht, introduce regular Sunday worship in the Irish language.

2017.08.08.

Primate cautions against “disrespect for life” in rush to repeal 8th

“I think there is a huge groundswell for the protection of life.”

2017.07.11.

Archbishop Martin defends Church’s role in public discourse

“When we attempt as Church to speak in the public sphere about the right to life of the unborn, some are quick to point to the scandals and to shameful stories of the past.”

2017.05.09.

Church of Ireland patrons concerned over school admissions proposals

“In recent years, faith schools have been poorly served, at times, by news media. Too often, there is a failure to ensure that hyperbole and opinion are counterbalanced with evidence-based facts.”

2017.04.14.

Vatican announces Papal Nuncio to leave Ireland for Albania

“To everyone in Ireland I just want to say a massive ‘thank you’ for the way you received and welcomed me in these years. You made me feel that I was at home” – Archbishop Brown.

2017.03.10.

Primate “nervous” of any reconstruction of the border

“We want to say as bishops our firm ‘no’ to a harsh language and remind our politicians that their vocation is to work for the common good and exercise their leadership through the careful practice of compromise and agreement.”

2017.02.28.

Primate prays for priests and Irish Church at tomb of St Peter

Dublin-born Cardinal Kevin Farrell welcomes members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference for their first visit to the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

2017.01.17.

Primate leads tributes for Bishop Gerard Clifford

“A tireless peacemaker and bridge-builder” who was one of the “great figures of the ecumenical movement in Ireland – a role he accomplished through gentle friendship and witness”.

2016.12.13.

Pope Francis closes Year of Mercy with apostolic letter

‘Misericordia et misera’ extends a number of initiatives begun in the Holy Year, asks the Missionaries of Mercy to continue their ministry, and grants all priests the right to absolve sin of abortion.

2016.11.22.

Let no one say work of safeguarding is done

“I have at times failed to realise how easily my own words and approach can unintentionally come across as hurtful or defensive to those who have been betrayed by Church leaders,” admits Archbishop Eamon Martin at Safeguarding Conference.

2016.10.15.

Primate “taken aback” by victims’ claim he fobbed them off

“I have always maintained that the Catholic Church must fully accept its responsibilities to those who have suffered abuse."

2016.09.29.

Sr Consilio & Éamonn Meehan receive St Patrick medal for mercy

Archbishop Eamon Martin said he had been told about people of all ages who are reaching out in love and charity to the poor and needy, to the sick and elderly, to the anxious and the troubled.

2016.09.25.

Primate cites NI peace process as an example of hope in Bethlehem

"We intensify our plea for mutual understanding and a just and lasting peace for this land which has known too much conflict, too much pain and division," Archbishop Eamon Martin tells Bethlehem's mayor.

2016.09.14.

Primate leads solidarity pilgrimage with Holy Land’s Christians

“Many of the Christians in the Holy Land feel isolated, alone and discouraged. They are fearful of being neglected or even forgotten."

2016.09.10.

St Joseph’s Church in Carrickmacross marks 150th anniversary

St Joseph’s church was dedicated to the service of God on Sunday 22 April 1866 by the then Bishop of Clogher, James Donnelly.

2016.08.07.

Festival Day of St Oliver Plunkett to be celebrated today

"In new and unfamiliar countries the Irish pub, GAA club, provide a kind of home from home, a familiar place to gather, but so too the Church can provide a sense of home from home.”

2016.07.03.

Complexity and totality of Irish involvement in WWI recalled

Aim of Somme centenary pilgrimage is to instil “A sense of the futility of war and the importance of friendship, peace and understanding” - Primate.

2016.06.23.

Archbishop Martin welcomes St Anthony’s relics to Armagh

Primate of All Ireland implores Saint to help Irish people rediscover the gifts of faith, hope and love.

2016.06.17.
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