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Year of Mercy

New booklet reflects on the meaning of mercy

We are challenged to become Missionaries of Mercy and Ambassadors of Reconciliation

2017.11.27.

Presentation Brothers’ ‘Monday at the Monastery’ talks a big hit

The Presentation Brothers are really trying to re-engage with their mission, which is to form Christ in the young, and the way that they do that is through youth ministry and evangelisation.

2016.12.08.

Pope Francis closes Year of Mercy with apostolic letter

‘Misericordia et misera’ extends a number of initiatives begun in the Holy Year, asks the Missionaries of Mercy to continue their ministry, and grants all priests the right to absolve sin of abortion.

2016.11.22.

Brexit is ‘reality call to those in power’ says Nuala O’Loan

"The vote said 'You have been doing it wrong for so many years and now change your ways'. Somehow in our priorities as politicians we have failed the people," says UK peer.

2016.07.12.

1,200 young people for Youth2000 faith festival in Roscrea

“We have regional meetings throughout the year and (this year) all past records have been broken in terms of numbers, which have just been huge."

2016.07.06.

Five parishes in Kerry diocese without a resident priest

Over the coming year the diocese will see Sean Jones ordained a priest - exactly ten years since the last priestly ordination in Kerry.

2016.07.05.

Festival Day of St Oliver Plunkett to be celebrated today

"In new and unfamiliar countries the Irish pub, GAA club, provide a kind of home from home, a familiar place to gather, but so too the Church can provide a sense of home from home.”

2016.07.03.

Bishop praises value of ‘pilgrimaging’ with others

“I hope we can rediscover something of our great Celtic tradition of walking, with eyes and ears open for the God who is never far from us, greeting strangers, being welcomed by parish communities.”

2016.06.29.

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.

We must not “close down in fear”: Bishop Leahy

The instinct would, understandably, be to pull back and close in on ourselves but that would give in to those behind such attacks, who want separation, mistrust and fear.

2016.03.24.

Tralee priests take to streets to spread the Gospel

‘Mercy in the Square, Mercy in Manor’ initiative will see priests engage with the people of Tralee for a blessing, confession, prayer or a chat.

2016.03.19.

Lá le Pádraig is a day of celebration and challenge

We cannot think of Patrick - the captive, the slave in exile, the undocumented, the migrant - without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian challenges facing so many.

2016.03.17.

Develop your heart during Year of Mercy

Technology and social media are leading to a loss of sensitivity to the fullness of human encounter warns Professor of Faith and Culture.

2016.03.12.

Nuncio concerned by narcissism’s effects on society

It is “important for us to see some of these psychological dysfunctions in society as the manifestation of, perhaps, an underlying spiritual dysfunction”.

2016.03.08.

Conference aims to nourish & encourage lay groups

“There is a whole world out there and I think it is very important that we don’t become holy huddles with our own people and our own groups."

2016.03.05.

Mullingar Cathedral hosts “24 Hours of Mercy”

Other dioceses host 24 hour vigil as part of the Church’s Jubilee of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.

2016.03.02.

We must show mercy to others & forgive them

“It means not keeping grudges, not seeking revenge, but letting mercy and forgiveness guide our attitudes and actions” - Bishop Philip Boyce.

2016.03.01.

Build up respect across traditions: Archbishop

CofI Primate appeals to people to do more to respond to the “plight and devastation of those who carry the cross of suffering in the Middle East."

2016.02.23.

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.

Focolare in Syria: our only need is to live in peace

Christians pray that God stirs the "consciences of the leaders of powerful nations to work for the peace Syrians long for".

2016.02.21.

Holy Door is a symbol of welcome: Bishop Duffy

“I encourage priests and parish pastoral councils to provide opportunities for people to participate in the Year of Mercy.”

2016.02.20.

Irish priest offers bus confessions in UK

Double-decker ‘Mercy Bus’, which seeks to bring people back to confession, is an initiative of Fr Frankie Mulgrew, son of comedian Jimmy Cricket.

2016.02.18.

Cardinal Murphy O’Connor to speak on Mercy

Pope Francis commissioned hundreds of ‘Missionaries of Mercy’ during Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, including Irish Jesuit, Fr Tony O’Riordan.

2016.02.12.

Féile Bríde 2016 ‘lends itself to the Year of Mercy’

Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin opens door of Mercy in Kildare on the eve of St Brigid’s day.

2016.02.02.

Redemptorists leave Marianella after 50 years

“Our ministries continue to thrive despite difficulties like older age, lack of vocations."

2016.01.19.

Pope’s first book goes on sale in Ireland

In its nine chapters, 'The Name of God is Mercy' expands on the Pope's understanding of God's mercy which he describes as "God's identity card".

2016.01.15.

Pope Francis baptises 26 babies in Sistine Chapel

In new book, Pontiff states “The Church does not exist to condemn people, but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy.”

2016.01.11.

We must re-read our history & heal our memories

Bishop Leahy pays tribute to DUP leader Arlene Foster as an example of how we can deal with the past.

2016.01.02.

New bishop of Argyll & the Isles has Irish roots

Diocese "has an ancient and proud heritage whose roots stretch back almost one and a half thousand years preceding even its spiritual father, St Columba.”

2015.12.30.

Mgr Tighe ‘intrigued & happy’ about Vatican role

Year of Mercy should contribute not just to the life of the Church but to secular culture, says new secretary to Pontifical Council for Culture.

2015.12.27.
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