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International day of prayer for persecuted church 

More than 245 million Christians live in a place where they experience high levels of persecution – IDOP.

2019.11.02.

St Oliver Plunkett is “a saint for the whole world”

Primate recalls “outstanding” example martyred Saint gave as the 350th anniversary of the appointment of Oliver Plunkett as Archbishop of Armagh is marked.

2019.07.09.

Racism is never respectable, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin tells Muslim gathering

“History shows that when racism and religious intolerance are not addressed they contain within themselves a frightening power for fostering hatred and social destruction.”

2019.06.03.

Ninth priest from abroad as Kildare and Leighlin prays for vocations

Fr Ciprian Matei, from the Archdiocese of Bucharest, Romania, is to become Curate (CC) in Portlaoise parish.

2019.05.29.

“Seek to make a difference” Primate tells TCD students

“Seek to be remembered because you saved lives – even one life – by your empathy, your words, your actions," Archbishop Eamon Martin said at the Trinity Monday Service of Thanksgiving and Commemoration at TCD chapel.

2019.04.30.

Sri Lankans in Ireland grieve loss of life and loss of freedom of religion

“Further militarisation has been called for in a country where the density of soldiers to civilians is one of the highest in the world” – Sri Lankan academic Dr Jude Lal Fernando of the Irish School of Ecumenics.

2019.04.30.

Mass of Remembrance offered for victims and survivors of Sri Lankan bombings

"Men and women of violence betray the deep desire of humanity the world over for a future of peace."

2019.04.29.

Divine Mercy prayers in Armagh for Easter Sunday bomb victims in Sri Lanka

Archbishop Eamon Martin will hold a special Mass of Remembrance at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, on Sunday.

2019.04.27.

Places of worship must be free from fear

Tánaiste expresses shock at the “appalling attacks on innocent civilians in Sri Lanka” as death toll rises to 290 dead with over 500 injured.

2019.04.23.

Pope prays for Sri Lanka terror victims in Urbi et Orbi address

“I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished, and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”

2019.04.22.

Pope prays that Religious minorities in Asia may practice their faith in full freedom

The Church faces many risks and her task is made more difficult by the fact of her being a minority.

2018.01.07.

There are limits to freedom of expression: Pope

Killing in the name of God “is an aberration” Pontiff warns but adds that responsible people should recognise the boundaries of civility.

2015.01.16.

Pope Francis canonises Sri Lanka’s first saint

St Vaz Pope Francis said, “shows us the importance of transcending religious divisions in the service of peace."

2015.01.15.

Process of healing needs to include truth: Pope

Pontiff calls on Sri Lankans “to accept one another, to respect legitimate diversities, and learn to live as one family.”

2015.01.14.

Pope begins his visit to Sri Lanka and Philippines

The first stop on his two-nation journey is Sri Lanka where it is hoped the Pope’s visit will help spur reconciliation efforts after the country's 30-year civil war.

2015.01.13.

Pope decries indifference to Mid East Christians

Pontiff and Vatican Secretary of State call for an adequate response to Christians' suffering by the international community to prevent new genocides.

2014.10.21.

Pope to visit Sri Lanka and Philippines

Pontiff told reporters in May he wished to visit the Philippines as a gesture of solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

2014.07.30.

Pope Francis may be preparing to visit Sri Lanka

Declaration of 124 Korean martyrs may pave way for visit there too.

2014.02.09.
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