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Pope Francis makes announcements regarding Galway, Killaloe and Ossory Dioceses

  In a series of announcements made in Rome at 12.00pm local time (11.00am Irish time) today, Pope Francis has: Appointed Father Fintan Monahan as Bishop of Killaloe Accepted the resignation on health grounds and on medical advice of Bishop Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway and Kilmaduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora Accepted the resignation […]

Today (25.7.16) 300 young people from throughout the Archdiocese of Dublin will join 1600 Irish pilgrims travelling to Krakow in Poland for the largest global gathering of young Catholics at World Youth Day 2016. Pope Francis is travelling to Poland to attend World Youth Day which is expected to attract Two million pilgrims. Despite it's name it's a week long event with hundreds of different aspects involving prayer, reflection, gathering and entertainment. The high point will be an open air mass next Sunday celebrated by Pope Francis. Before departing for Poland the Dublin pilgrims were joined by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for a prayer service at the Dublin Airport Chapel. Pic shows Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with the Dublin pilgrims as they depart from Dublin Airport on Monday for World Youth Day in Krakow in Poland. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE.

All roads lead to Krakow for World Youth Day

  All roads lead to Krakow this week for the beginning of World Youth Day 2016. All of the Irish pilgrims have now departed for Krakow with 300 from Dublin, 100 from Limerick, 35 from Kerry, and 50 from Dromore departing on Monday. These pilgrims bring to 1600 the total number from Irish dioceses participating […]

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Pilgrims from Dioceses of Derry and Clogher depart for World Youth Day 2016

Sixty young pilgrims from the Dioceses of Derry and Clogher have departed from Dublin airport this afternoon for this year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. Led by Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, the pilgrims will arrive in Katowice Airport later this evening to begin their participation in the ‘Days in the Diocese’ programme. […]

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Archbishop Eamon Martin calls for prayers for victims of tragedy in Nice, France

Archbishop Eamon Martin has called for prayers for those killed and injured in last night’s terrorist attack in Nice, France. He said: The horrific scenes on the streets of Nice once more send shock waves into our homes and hearts.  How helpless we all are when someone decides to deliberately and indiscriminately target human life. […]

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1600 pilgrims to travel to World Youth Day from Ireland

Bishops have asked for prayers for World Youth Day which will take place in Krakow, Poland, during 26-30 July.  The theme for WYD 2016 is “Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).  World Youth Day will provide the backdrop for Pope Francis’ first pilgrimage to Poland and it is anticipated that over […]

Reek Sunday 2016

Annual National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick to take place on Sunday 31 July

The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage takes place on the last Sunday in July on Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick in the Archdiocese of Tuam. The pilgrimage will be led by Most Reverend Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and Most Reverend Charles J. Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland who will deliver the homily for this years […]


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin appointed to oversee board on Vatican communications

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin as one of 16 Members of the newly established Vatican Secretariat for Communications. The body consists of six cardinals, seven bishops and three laypersons. Its aim is to oversee the coordination and streamlining the Holy See’s multiple communications outlets. When Pope Francis began his reform of […]

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Father Donal O’Sullivan’s priesthood and sacrifice remembered 100 years after his death in The Battle of the Somme

Father Donal O’Sullivan, who served as a World War I chaplain and who was killed in the first week of the Battle of the Somme on 5 July 1916 while ministering to the wounded, is being remembered and prayed for at Masses across the Diocese of Kerry today. Bishop Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, has asked […]

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Irish Church Music Association Summer School to take place in Maynooth

Up to two hundred participants are expected to attend the annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School which opens this week in Maynooth with the theme ‘God, Full of Mercy’.  This will be the 47th ICMA summer school which runs from 6 to 9 July. The four-day programme provides musicians from around the country and beyond […]

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