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Pope calls on world to unite in ‘Our Father’ prayer this Wednesday

“I would like to propose to all Christians that, together, we lift our voices towards Heaven,” said the pope, who will start saying the ‘Our Father’ in Rome on Wednesday at 10am Irish time. 

2020.03.23.

Easter ceremonies to go ahead in Vatican without the faithful

The Easter ceremonies will take place in Rome but it is still uncertain how these celebrations will be conducted and who will participate in them, as this is currently under review and evolving.

2020.03.17.

Church pews sit empty in Northern Italy as religious services banned to halt virus spread

“Live this difficult moment with the strength of the faith, the certainty of hope and the ardour of charity,” said the pope in a message to all those affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

2020.03.09.

Angelus gathering goes ahead despite call for controls to curb coronavirus

“The Church must consider whether to suspend masses and religious services,” said Italian consumer protection activist Carlo Rienzi.

2020.02.03.

Pope Francis apologises after striking wrist of woman who grabbed his arm

“Love makes us patient,” says Pope. “So many times we lose patience, even me, and I apologise for yesterday’s bad example.”

2020.01.03.

Women must be respected and honoured, states Pope Francis

Women’s bodies must be freed from consumerism. They must be respected and honoured, said Pope Francis in his homily on the first day of the year, which is dedicated to the figure of Mary, Mother of God.

2020.01.02.

Pope celebrates his third World Day of the Poor

“I encourage you to seek, in every poor person whom you encounter, his or her true needs, not to stop at their most obvious material needs, but to discover their inner goodness,” Pope Francis told the faithful.

2019.11.18.

Bishops concerned by intolerance towards immigrants

Statement follows Pope Francis' unveiling in St Peter's Square of a sculpture depicting 140 refugees crammed aboard a small raft.

2019.10.06.

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.

Either holiness or nothing!

The saints are close to us and they tell us the way of the Beatitudes is not about doing extraordinary things, but about following every day this way that leads us to Heaven.

2018.11.02.

Famine in South Sudan

Pope Francis urged people to “commit not to stop at making statements, but also to provide concrete food aid and to allow it to reach suffering populations.”

2017.02.23.

Calls to help the vulnerable during cold snap

Refugees and migrants who have survived years of war, violence, and deadly journeys to safety are now freezing to death on Europe’s doorstep.

2017.01.12.

Pope hosts lunch for 1,500 homeless to honour Mother Teresa

“She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity; she made her voice heard before the powers of this world, so that they might recognise their guilt for the crime of poverty they created.”

2016.09.05.

Prayers for Italy’s quake victims as death toll reaches 247

“When I arrived at the break of day, I saw a destroyed village, screams, death... We are truly in a desperate situation" - Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole of Ascoli Piceno.

2016.08.25.

Pope calls for solidarity with refugees on World Refugee Day

Refugees are people like everyone else, who have been deprived by war of their homes, their jobs, their parents and their friends, Pope Francis stresses.

2016.06.20.

Primate to lead 20km pilgrimage for peace in Rome

The “pervasive crime, gangland killings and continued threat of paramilitary violence" as well as poverty & homelessness shows "much still needs to be done to create a culture of life & prosperity for all."

2016.06.14.

Pope to receive 6,000 homeless pilgrims

“This is why I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us." Evangelii Gaudium [198]

2016.05.03.

Pope hears 16 teens’ confessions in St Peter’s Square

“Don’t just prepare your rucksacks and your banners – but your hearts and minds as well”.

2016.04.24.

Dozens killed in attack on Christians in Lahore

Pope appeals to Pakistan's civil authorities and social groupings to restore security and peace especially to the most vulnerable religious minorities.

2016.03.29.

Pope laments “blind & brutal” violence of terrorism

The Easter message speaks especially to those seeking to escape from persecution and poverty.

2016.03.28.

Pope opens his fourth year with message of mercy

“We need to be aware of our sins and have the courage to drop the stones that we aim at others and think about the wrong we do”.

2016.03.14.

Christians urged to work for abolition of death penalty

“The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.

2016.02.22.

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.

Pope worried about impact of Greek debt crisis

Francis "conveys his closeness to the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex & keenly felt human and social crisis”.

2015.07.02.

Bishop Michael Smith meets Pope Francis

Fourth deacon ordained for the Diocese of Meath as Navan prepares for next Sunday's ordination of Rev Robert McGivney.

2015.06.22.

California bishop presides at Mass for Irish students

“Jesus has compassion on those who mourn because the death of a loved one is never without pain for families. This is especially true of parents who lose a child": Pope

2015.06.18.

Tenth anniversary of the death of St John Paul II

Polish saint showed the sick how to “carry the cross of suffering with joy” - Pope Francis.

2015.04.02.

Vatican offers homeless showers and haircuts

New services will open on 16 February in an area under the colonnade of St Peter's Square.

2015.02.01.

Pope orders showers for homeless at St Peter’s

Provision of washing facilities for the homeless sleeping rough near Vatican.

2014.11.14.

Pope Francis bestows blessing on Meath priest

Parish priest Fr John Brogan overcome as Pope imparts blessing following beatification ceremony of Blessed Paul VI.

2014.10.25.
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