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Maynooth by Brenda Drumm

Trustees of the National Seminary meet in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, this week welcomed fourteen new seminarians to start their training for the priesthood.

Mother Teresa Canonisation 4 September 2016

Canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa on 4 September

    The Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office has unveiled a special postage stamp which it is releasing two days before Pope Francis officially declares Mother Teresa a saint. The philatelic office has said it will print and sell a maximum of 150,000 sheets of 10 stamps each. A number of events are planned around the […]

Bishop Farrell

Pope Francis sets up new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Pope Francis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. The Prefect of the new Dicastery will be the Irish-born Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently serving as Bishop of Dallas. In his Apostolic Letter the Pope wrote that the new Dicastery will be “governed by special Statutes” and all […]

Bishop Daly funeral

Pope Francis mourns death of Bishop Edward Daly

Pope Francis sent a special message expressing his condolences for the death of Bishop Edward Kevin Daly on Thursday, recalling his generous ministry in the service of peace and justice. The message was read by Msgr. Amaury Medina Blanco – Secretary of the Apostolic Nunziature to Ireland – at the funeral Mass celebrated for Bishop […]

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Knock Novena 2016 on the theme ‘Merciful Like The Father’

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Statement of Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry on the death of Bishop Edward Daly, Bishop Emeritus of Derry

Bishop Daly provided an example of priestly ministry which was exemplary, inspired by service of God and the people he encountered.

Father Fintan Monahan

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 […]

Bishop Donal McKeown with Derry WYD pilgrims PIC Brenda Drumm

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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