At Battle of the Somme service, Bishop Colton urges people to champion an outlook that builds bridges, includes rather than excludes, welcomes rather than alienates, and fosters reconciliation, justice and peace.
Rector of Holy Cross Church in Belfast, Fr Gary Donegan, has revealed that his great grand-uncle fought with an Irish Regiment at the Somme and was later decorated for his courage.
COMECE president says the decision of the British electorate confronts the European Union and its Member States with questions about their goals and their tasks.
This year’s theme was ‘Forced to Flee’ which inspired a moving and thought-provoking selection of poems on the themes of displacement and seeking refuge.
"How could anyone in the name of compassion or choice remove the right to life of an innocent unborn child?" - Archbishop Eamon Martin at Rosary Rally in Knock.
Pope Francis says visit aims to “express closeness & solidarity" to the displaced & the citizens of Lesbos & the people of Greece "who are so generous in their welcome”.
“Here before the door of this Jubilee of Mercy, let us ask that the world discover the ability to weep for its crimes, for what the world does with war.”
“We are being confronted with a human tragedy that requires a generous political and church partnership to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people."
"He and others sowed the seeds of the flowering of a new political dispensation which would become the Republic of Ireland, of which we are all beneficiaries."
Nuclear bombings in August 1945 are a “symbol of the enormous destructive power of humanity when it makes a distorted use of scientific and technical progress”.
“The loss of such high numbers of innocent lives at sea resonates strongly with the Irish experience of the ‘coffin ships’ during the time of the Great Famine” – Bishop Crean.
“I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated" - Pope Francis.
"We remember the fallen and are still numbed by recollection of the scale of the human loss the conflict engendered: almost 1 million soldiers died in the Battle of Verdun."