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Media viewing and press conference at the restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford  

You or a representative, are invited to a viewing and a press conference ahead of the reopening of the restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.  Details: Date:                           Friday 19 December 2014 Time:                          11.00am Venue:                        Media are invited to assemble in the Civic Room of Saint Joseph’s Temperance Hall, […]

Address of Bishop Denis Nulty at the Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Launch of Towards Peace

This day two weeks we celebrate Christmas Day – December 25th, the birth of Christ, the Prince of Peace.  Counsellors and therapists remind us of the high demand for support services around these festive times, when the family gathered together can occasion difficult memories of the past.  There are none more disturbing than the memories […]

Launch of Towards Peace Spiritual Support Service in the Diocese of Ferns

The Towards Peace Spiritual Support Service was launched today, 10 December 2014 in the Diocese of Ferns. Please see below the address of Bishop Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns at the launch in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford: Two/three years ago I was one of a small group of bishops who had a series of meetings with […]

Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark International Human Rights Day

Bishops call for the protection of human rights, and for the upholding of the dignity of the human person, concerning people living in poverty, asylum seekers living in Ireland, other displaced people around the world, and for those subjected to human trafficking  To mark International Human Rights Day today, the Irish bishops are calling for […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown at the annual memorial service for those who died and suffered in the 1982 explosion at the Droppin’ Well disco, Ballykelly, Co Derry

Rm 8:14-23; Mt 11:25-30 “The problem for our politicians is not so much that they can’t agree on a new economic strategy. The real core problem is that they are still fighting over which narrative about the past will obtain supremacy. History is told by the victor. While the war is over, the conflict is […]

Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark International Human Rights Day tomorrow, 10 December 2014

Bishops call for the protection of human rights, and for the upholding of the dignity of the human person, concerning people living in poverty, asylum seekers living in Ireland, other displaced people around the world, and for those subjected to human trafficking

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland on the future of Adoption Services with the Catholic Church

“It is unreasonable for legislators to oblige faith based organisations to act against their fundamental and reasonable religious beliefs in the provision of services that contribute to the common good.” The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland announce, with regret, that the long established relationship between the Catholic Church and the adoption services provider The Family […]

Winter 2014 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concludes in Maynooth

The Winter 2014 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concluded this evening in Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The following issues were discussed by the bishops during their meeting: · Caring for our neighbour · Advent and the Sacrament of Reconciliation · Publication of the pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage · […]

Launch of The Meaning of Marriage, a pastoral statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

At a media conference today at Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Bishop Liam MacDaid, chairman of the Council for Marriage and Family, along with Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, officially launched the pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage on behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.  The pastoral statement advises the faithful that […]

Archbishop Martin makes property available for Homeless Services

Archbishop Diarmuid  Martin has said that following consultations with staff, he is in a position to make a substantial Diocesan Property available for emergency homeless accommodation in Dublin city centre. Archbishop Martin has advised staff to make contact with the city’s Homeless Executive today in order to proceed as quickly as possible.  With appropriate support, it […]

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