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Clogher’s new council of priests sets out its priorities

“Today, the urgency of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and lay ministry and the question of self-care for priests are ones that must be addressed in a meaningful way" - Bishop Larry Duffy.

2019.11.20.

New book tells the story of two “very brave” Irish missionaries

Joe Little of RTÉ launched the book about Columban priests Fr Des Hartford and Fr Rufus Halley’s efforts to foster peace between Muslims and Christians in the Philippines.

2019.07.19.

Tributes as Bishop MacDaid celebrates 50 years of priesthood

“Eucharist is at the heart of priesthood. When Eucharist is celebrated, God walks among his people."

2019.07.16.

Pope signs Apostolic Exhortation to young people at Loreto

Entitled “Christus vivit – Christ lives”, the Apostolic Exhortation is divided into three sections which mirror the three phases of the Synod process.

2019.03.26.

“The campaign to protect the lives of unborn children has only just begun”

Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore speaks to pilgrims in Knock about the outcome of the abortion referendum and pays tribute to “the army of people, young and old, who campaigned to retain the Eighth Amendment”.

2018.06.19.

Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Romero to be canonised in October

Paul VI implemented the changes made by the Second Vatican Council; Oscar Romero was its first martyr.

2018.05.28.

Funeral Mass for Bishop Christy Jones takes place in Sligo today

"Bishop Christy discharged his ministry at a time of seismic and rapid change both in civil society and in the church family."

2018.05.22.

“The truth will set you free” – World Communications Day 2018

There is a challenge to ensure that Christ’s message continues to be communicated in a rapidly developing media age, where “fake news” can seem plausible.

2018.05.13.

Mary McAleese stands by her trenchant criticisms of the Church

"It is not part of the culture of the Church to turn a spotlight on itself.”

2018.03.13.

Paul VI to be made a saint following approval of miracle

The miracle relates to the healing of a baby in the womb whose life, and that of her mother's, were under threat.

2018.02.07.

Traditionalists could set up a schismatic church, warns theologian

“I am convinced that they are doing serious harm to the Catholic Church by their emphasis on rules and regulations and sacramental punishments” – Fr Gabriel Daly OSA.

2018.01.23.

Éamonn Meehan of Trócaire elected President of CIDSE

“With inequality increasing, climate change rapidly advancing and war and displacement destroying the lives of millions, the call to challenge global structural injustices is even more urgent today than when CIDSE was founded.”

2017.01.31.

Archbishop Neary preaches on interrelationship of Marian and Petrine principles

Church is endeavouring “to respond positively and constructively to genuine voices calling for a greater recognition of women and the feminine in the Church”.

2017.01.24.

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.

‘Early doors’ in Ireland as Jubilee Year of Mercy ends

Irish dioceses embraced the Holy Father’s Year of Mercy.

2016.11.12.

ACP disquiet over selection process for new bishops

Priests' representatives question why the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, refuses to meet them to discuss their concerns.

2016.08.20.

Vatican issues new norms for contemplative nuns

Apostolic constitution, Vultum Dei quaerere, calls for ongoing formation for Sisters and “due discretion” in the use of digital means of communication.

2016.07.24.

ACP urge Irish bishops to hold a national synod

“The Church is at a cross-roads,” he said, “and we could get stuck at the cross-roads unless we decide to respond proactively”.

2016.05.22.

“We are looking at how we reimagine the Church”

Limerick diocesan visit to Paris looked at how parishes there have dealt with the vocations decline and changing arrangements in the past decades.

2016.02.03.

Holy Year is itself a gift of grace: Pope Francis

“To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them."

2015.12.09.

Catholics need to protect religious ethos of schools

Without a conscious effort to maintain a distinctly Catholic ethos, it can dissolve into non-descript and vague spiritualism or disappear entirely.

2015.11.17.

“We share in the grief of the entire city of Paris”

Church leaders call for prayers to be said in churches across the country today for those killed and injured in the "barbaric and monstrous attacks" in Paris.

2015.11.15.

Diocese of Clogher marks Year of Consecrated Life

Bishop MacDaid to preside at special Vespers liturgy to honour the witness of religious who have consecrated themselves to a life of prayer and witness.

2015.11.08.

Bishops recall Ad Gentes in mission month

Ad Gentes “Put the missionary agenda firmly at the heart of the life of the Church” - Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly SMA.

2015.10.03.

Mercy theme for World Communications Day

Good communication is never merely the product of the latest or most developed technology but realised through deep interpersonal relationship.

2015.09.30.

Archbishop to bless & dedicate room to Frank Duff

The ‘Frank Duff Room’ is a memorial and celebration of the connection between the Servant of God, St Peter’s Church and the Vincentian Community.

2015.08.21.

Cardinal Pell speaks about role of laity in Cork

Pope Francis' "support is indispensable" to the Secretariat for the Economy Australian Prefect states.

2015.07.09.

CofI service to honour Venerable John Sullivan SJ

Anglican roots of Jesuit priest from Dublin to be recognised in liturgy led by Church of Ireland Primate, Archbishop Michael Jackson.

2015.06.12.

Person-centred education was Bishop Flynn’s passion

“From the beginning he was a teacher, and a very good one by all accounts. The word most often used by people was kind. Quiet in disposition and very discreet.”

2015.06.07.

Archbishop O’Reilly launches book by WMI director

“Each one of us is asked to leave our comfort zones and reach out to others to spread the joy of the Gospel. But in order to evangelise, we need first to be evangelised ourselves."

2015.05.21.
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