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Young people are agents of evangelisation and Church – Archbishop Eamon Martin at Synod

With formation and accompaniment, young people can be the missionary disciples who will bring the light of faith to their peers and even to those who are far away from Church.

2018.10.24.

Religious superiors seek greater role for women at Synod of Bishops

Two groups representing nearly a million members of male and female religious orders plan to present Pope Francis with a proposal concerning women’s role at future synods.

2018.10.17.

“Our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!”

Pope Francis releases message for 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

2017.12.06.

Don’t be afraid to engage with young people

“Young people appreciate authenticity and if what we say is real, then it resonates for them,” Bishop of Limerick advises in run-up to Synod on youth.

2017.09.06.

Pope confirms date & theme for World Meeting of Families

9th World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin from 22 to 26 August 2018 with the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’.

2016.05.24.

Pope’s apostolic exhortation on the family due today

Guide on document states: “The Pope's vision of society is inclusive. Such inclusion involves the effort to accept diversity, to dialogue with those who think differently..."

2016.04.08.

Pope’s synod document on family due 8 April

The Apostolic Exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' meaning ‘The Joy of Love’ will be unveiled by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

2016.04.01.

“Cherish all the children of the nation equally”

“As a society our progress should be measured against how effectively we care for the most vulnerable amongst us,” bishops state.

2015.12.03.

Pontiff marks 50th anniversary of Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Vincent Nichols highlights the importance and influence of the Synod of Bishops on the life and mission of the Church in Europe.

2015.10.18.

Primate offers prayers for victims of Louth shootings

Archbishop Eamon Martin describes double shooting as a "tragic incident which has devastated families" & rocked a "peaceful parish community.”

2015.10.12.

Working document is too negative, Synod fathers say

Instrumentum laboris deemed to be overly preoccupied with the problems of marriage and family life and doesn't provide enough encouragement.

2015.10.10.

Pope may visit for 2018 World Meeting of Families

Dublin selected as venue for 9th World Meeting of Families by Pope Francis as Archbishops Diarmuid Martin and Eamon Martin welcome announcement.

2015.09.28.

Archbishop welcomes pilgrims to Knock Novena

“I can only hope you understand how much I love Ireland – love all of you – and thank you for this privilege of opening the novena at a shrine so dear to my heart.”

2015.08.15.

Primate meets with pro-gay faith groups

Archbishop of Armagh hears that a lack of affirmation of gay persons by the Churches has contributed to the raised rate of suicide, particularly among gay men.

2015.07.29.

Instrumentum laboris for October’s synod released

78-page document says divorced and remarried couples should be “integrated” into the Church.

2015.06.25.

National Eucharistic Congress to be held in Knock

September Congress will be an opportunity to reflect on the fruits of IEC2012 and a preparation for the International Congress in Philippines in 2016.

2015.04.04.

Archbishop Martin pays tribute to “great families”

Letters sent to Archbishop from no supporters in marriage referendum containing "obnoxious, insulting and unchristian" language towards gay and lesbian people.

2015.03.20.

Bishop calls for prayer on Feast of the Holy Family

"Church must always offer a place of welcome to families in all circumstances, especially to those who find themselves in difficulties."

2014.12.28.

Burke confirms transfer from Apostolic Signatura

ACP's Fr Sean McDonagh accuses Cardinal of “lopsided moral perspective” in his rigid views on sexuality while ignoring climate change.

2014.10.21.

Cardinal Baldisseri calls for free discussion at Synod

Important for participants to feel free to express themselves “without fear or suspicion.”

2014.10.07.

Faithful urged to support day of prayer for Synod

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri says married couples will have a prominent role in the Synod.

2014.09.28.

Mercy International celebrations in Dublin

Challenge for the Synod is to be “open to ways of applying the primacy of mercy to particular situations while remaining faithful to fundamental truth."

2014.09.25.

Archbishop prays for Irish peace-keepers

Archbishop Martin also suggests "Church must find new ways of listening to the special witness of married couples."

2014.09.01.

Archbishop reveals some Vatican survey findings

Little attempt made to explain Church's teachings on marriage and the family.

2014.02.28.

ACP criticises failure to publish survey findings

"Secretive approach confirms need for Irish Catholic Church to learn value of transparency.”

2014.02.16.

UK archbishop urges parishes to be a place of welcome

Parish must always offer a place of welcome for those who no longer find themselves in stable or conventional family situations.

2013.12.30.

New cardinals to be announced at February consistory

By then there will be 106 cardinals under 80 who are therefore eligible to vote in a conclave.

2013.11.03.

Council of Cardinals signals major changes to Pastor Bonus

Vatican’s C8 discuss revised and reformed Curia.

2013.10.04.
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