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Authentic Church over clericalism – message of papal visit

Change and uncertainty should not cause Catholics to turn in on themselves and develop a siege mentality or rush for comfort to what is familiar, but to reach out and change men and women into people who reflect the God of love revealed in Jesus Christ – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2018.10.04.

“An extremely special experience”

Engaged and newly married couples pay tribute to Pope Francis’ words of encouragement and practical advice.

2018.08.28.

Find new pathways, Pope tells Irish bishops

"Genuine religious formation needs joyful teachers who can shape not only minds but also hearts in the love of Christ and in the practice of prayer." - Pope Francis

2018.08.27.

Pope asks for forgiveness for abuse and exploitation

"Lord, sustain and increase this state of shame and repentance and give us the strength to commit ourselves so that these things never happen again and justice may be done.”

2018.08.27.

Abuse survivors describe meeting with Pope as “very powerful”

“I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education.” - Pope Francis

2018.08.26.

Eleven-year-old one of the first to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland

“Jane was such a worthy winner. Her design shows that she understands what the World Meeting of Families is all about.”

2018.08.25.

Bells herald start of World Meeting of Families 2018

The family is not a closed place but must always be missionary and have that same drive towards the periphery, towards those who are marginalised – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2018.08.23.

“I am excited at the thought of returning to Ireland!” – Pope Francis

Pontiff offers warm words of greeting to the Irish people in a special video message and shares his hope that the WMOF2018 will be a source of encouragement to families.

2018.08.22.

The wearing of the green: Pope Francis’ Irish vestments

Seventy green vestments, twelve gold and twelve red vestments, and thousands of green chasubles will be a gift to the Irish Church for use in major celebrations in years to come.

2018.08.17.

Families often don’t understand a religious calling: Bishop Nulty

Pope Francis “has huge energy at 81; he won’t spare himself a moment. He has chosen Dublin to host the World Meeting because he knows like St Clare’s family, no family is perfect.”

2018.08.14.

Pope Francis to use Skoda during visit to Ireland

Allianz Insurance is the headline sponsor for the World Meeting of Families, but other companies and corporations in Ireland and the US have made donations towards the €21m cost of the Pope's visit to Ireland.

2018.08.13.

Poll shows two-thirds of Irish in favour of married priests

The survey of 875 adults took place at 64 locations across the country, between 23rd July and 6th August.

2018.08.13.

Irish consulate refuses visas to WMOF2018 pilgrims in Pakistan

About 10,000 families from around Pakistan had applied for visas; 600 from the archdiocese of Karachi alone. All requests were rejected.

2018.08.11.

New documentary on Pope Francis opens in cinemas today

Over two years, Wim Wenders interviewed the Pontiff for the documentary and he was given editorial independence by the Vatican.

2018.08.10.

Glencairn sisters bake 150,000 Eucharist breads for WMOF

The 27 Cistercian sisters each have their own work, but they all gave of their time, as did three lay helpers, to ensure that the breads were baked, cut and packed in time for the WMOF three-day conference at the RDS, Dublin.

2018.08.09.

Relics of Ss Louis, Zélie and Thérèse in Ireland for WMOF2018

Relics will be present at the Opening Ceremony of the World Meeting of Families in the RDS on Tuesday 21 August and they will also be in the sanctuary in the Phoenix Park for the Papal Mass on Sunday 26 August.

2018.08.08.

Andrea Bocelli to headline Festival of Families at Croke Park

“Singing before Pope Francis is a privilege for our soul; it is an honour for what the Supreme Pontiff represents in the world.”

2018.08.05.

Phoenix Park Papal Mass ticket issue delayed by the curse of the car

The available infrastructure in Dublin cannot cater for all those who have indicated that they are coming by car.

2018.08.04.

“Church in Ireland is called to return to penance and prayer”

Archbishop Michael Neary and Bishop Fintan Monahan lead thousands of pilgrims in Reek Sunday climb of Croagh Patrick.

2018.07.29.

Maynooth hosts International Federation of Catholic Universities

Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, and 200 university leaders discuss ‘Catholic Universities, Working in Solidarity as Responsible Agents from the Local to the Global’.

2018.07.24.

Former band member tells WMOF2018 about love and family life

"“I was never getting married, I was never having kids, but it’s an amazing moment when you know.”

2018.07.22.

Veritas and Dealz unveil papal souvenirs

Discount retailer says of ‘Lolli-Pope’ – “The product range is a bit of fun and Dealz is confident that people will find the fun in the product.”

2018.07.17.

WMOF2018 has already exceeded all records – Bishop Nulty

In his homily for Sunday's televised Aifreann na Clainne, the Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin warned that "The pursuit of the material is miles away from gospel values.”

2018.07.16.

Pope’s Mass in Phoenix Park booked out

Half a million free tickets for closing Mass of WMOF2018 snapped up in less than two weeks.

2018.07.10.

Archbishop O’Reilly leads celebrations to mark Columbans’ centenary

The Columbans have left “an amazing legacy” and have made “an amazing investment in people” - Dr Mary McAleese.

2018.07.01.

WMoF not fazed by “Nope to the Pope” campaign

“We are working hard to make the World Meeting of Families 2018 a joyful and welcoming event for all those attending.”

2018.06.29.

Bishop Nulty urges farming families to be alert to farm safety

“The numbers dying are still too great; the occasions of death are still too familiar; the column inches in newsprint, national and provincial, are still too frequent” - Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin warns.

2018.06.27.

Tickets for Papal events available on Monday

Pope Francis to visit Knock and the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Sunday 26 August.

2018.06.23.

Call for lay volunteers to speak up about their faith

“As pilgrims and media from all over the world turn towards Dublin for the World Meeting of Families in August, we at Catholic Comment are preparing a team of media speakers to help throw light on the message of Christ and of the Church, before and during this momentous event.”

2018.06.21.

Youth on the agenda of bishops’ meetings in Ireland and in Rome

Many young people have positive experiences of chaplaincy services, pilgrimages and other dedicated national and international youth encounter events.

2018.06.18.
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