Lighting the candles of atonement will bring to mind those who have been left “with lifelong suffering as a result of abuse, whose trust was so deeply betrayed and whose faith has been so cruelly tested within the sanctity of the Church”.
The Church in Ireland must work towards becoming “more authentically the Church of Jesus Christ in a culture that is different”.
There will be no further allocation of tickets to the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park and the public will not gain access without a ticket, say WMOF organisers.
It may be centuries before another pope comes to Ireland as the axis of influence in the Church has shifted to the Southern hemisphere, says Bishop of Limerick.
We are deeply honoured that Pope Francis will come to our country to participate in this universal Church celebration of faith and joy, as well as of the contemporary challenges which face families. - Irish Bishops
The parish is not an “outdated institution” because it has flexibility and can assume different “contours” depending on the missionary nature of pastor and community.
“It is an occasion where hundreds of thousands of people gather. Wherever people gather is the place to be and it is what Pope Francis wants us to do – to get out and be out among the people,” says Bishop Fintan Monahan.
The most asked question at the Ploughing was “Is Pope Francis coming to Ireland?” That has not been confirmed yet – not even by Bishops Denis Nulty and Fintan Monahan who visited the World Meeting of Families 2018 stand on the first day.
"On the 24th (September) we always have Mercy Day celebrations. But this year on our 190th anniversary of the founding of the house, we will live stream to the ‘Mercy family’, so to speak. We are in 44 countries of the world.. "
Child of Prague statue is out and “Hail, rain, snow or sunshine the picnic is on this Sunday, and it’s going to be great,” says Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty.
“As religious art, these works must awaken awareness of Christ’s presence in us and to us in our home environment. They must speak of the timeless Christian values of love, forgiveness, redemption and everlasting life” – Brian Quinn.
Aidan Davitt urges the Government and Department of Foreign Affairs to work with Church figures to arrange for Pope Francis to speak to both Houses of the Oireachtas
Archbishop Martin recalls Pope telling him “There is something about the message of the synod and something about the difficulty Ireland has gone through that offers me an opportunity to say things I want to say about the family.”