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NO REPRO FEE 9/2/2016 Pictured launching the 2016 Trocaire Lenten Campaign are two and half-year-old Jessie Rogers from Celbridge, Co. Kildare and three-year-old Luka Farrell from Longwood, Co. Meath. For the first time the Trocaire box features Trocaire supporters from across Ireland who are fighting for justice for the world's poor by fundraising, campaigning and volunteering. The Trocaire Box is covered with pictures of families, teachers, school children, volunteers and campaigners who support the organisation's work. The Trocaire Lenten Campaign runs from Ash Wednesday 10th February to Easter Sunday, 27th March 2016 and is Ireland's largest fundraising campaign. For more information please visit Trocaire boxes are available from parishes, through or by phoning 1850 408 408. As well as donating through the Trocaire box and, people can download a free Trocaire box app for their mobile phones or tablets. The app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Playstore. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Trócaire: Join the fight for justice this Lent

Trócaire: Join the fight for justice this Lent

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Bishop Denis Nulty blesses engaged couple at Shrine of Saint Valentine

Blessing of engaged couple Ms Deirdre Eighan from Rochfortbridge, Mullingar, and Mr Sean Whelan from Ballinea, Mullingar at the Shrine of Saint Valentine.

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland on the proposed abortion amendment to the Northern Ireland Justice Bill

  Catholic Bishops call on politicians to defend the humanity and right to life of unborn children with life-limiting conditions.  “Legislators have a duty to acknowledge that an unborn child with a life-limiting condition, including anencephaly, continues in every clinical and moral sense to be alive and worthy of continuing life-supporting intervention and care until natural death.”  “We encourage Catholics and others, […]

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Lent 2016 Resources

Resources for Lent 2016

World Day of the Sick 2016

Message from Pope Francis for World Day of the Sick 2016

Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5) – Pope Francis

Temperance Sunday

Temperance brings balance and prevents excess getting a grip – Bishop Éamonn Walsh

Sunday 7 February is a Day of Prayer for Temperance, a day which offers us an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with alcohol and a day on which we can take time to pray for those who suffer from addiction. Writing about temperance in the current issue of Intercom magazine Bishop Éamonn Walsh, Vice-chair of […]

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Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2016

In his message for Lent 2016, which begins on 11 February, Pope Francis has asked us to live Lent more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy. He said: “God’s mercy transforms human hearts; it enables us, through the experience of a faithful love, to become merciful in turn. In an […]

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Mass for Catholic Schools Week 2016

  Click here to watch the Mass broadcast from the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook in Dublin to mark the beginning of Catholic Schools Week 2016. In his homily for the Mass Bishop Brendan Kelly of Achonry said: The word Mercy is a beautiful word.  The Latin word is “Misericordia”.  This literally means “having a heart […]

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Celebrating the Feast of Saint Brigid

Today, 1 February 2016, is the Feast of Saint Brigid, Abbess and Secondary Patron of Ireland. Saint Brigid is renowned for her hospitality, almsgiving and care of the sick. She was born in 454. Saint Brigid founded a double monastery in Kildare with the assistance of Bishop Conleth. Please see below some resources for sharing […]


Archbishop Eamon Martin: Pope Francis, the Synod and the Future of the Family in Ireland

On Saturday 30 January, Archbishop Eamon Martin delivered the keynote address at the Iona Institute & Irish Catholic conference on the them ‘Challenges for Ireland from the Synod on the Family’. The conference took place in the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. The Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles J Brown also addressed the conference. […]

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