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Homily of Bishop Fintan Monahan for the opening of the 61st annual Lourdes Pilgrimage

The Catholic Dictionary describes a pilgrim as one making a pilgrimage to a place of religious significance or a shrine of particular devotion; one making a sacred journey for the purpose of becoming familiar with the place, in praying to get closer to God, it may be in fulfilling a vow, in petition of some […]

Bishop Éamonn Walsh welcomes Vatican message marking the international day against drug abuse

See below message from Cardinal Peter Turkson for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Bishop Éamonn Walsh of the Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative has welcomed today’s message from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse.  See text of full message below.  Bishop Walsh […]

Homily of Bishop Fintan Monahan for the Jubilee Mass of Celebration & Thanksgiving

Saint Senan’s Parish, Shannon, Co Clare Welcome I extend a very warm welcome to you all again this evening as we celebrate the golden jubilee (1967-2017) of the dedication of the Parish of Saint Senan here in Shannon.  It is an occasion to rejoice and celebrate and savour memories and look to the future with […]

Bishop Michael Smith celebrates Confirmation for members of the Irish community in Paris

Bishop Michael Smith celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for five members of the Irish community in Paris.  The ceremony took place yesterday, Sunday 25 June, in the chapel of the Irish College in Paris. The candidates for Confirmation were prepared by Father Dwayne Gavin, a priest of the Diocese of Meath, whose ministry in Paris […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for Mass in celebration of the golden jubilee of Saint Aengus’ Church, Burt, Inishowen, Co Donegal in the Diocese of Derry

This wonderful church was built at a stage when there was much ferment on this island.  In 1967, the Second Vatican Council had finished in December 1965 – and Ireland had just celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.  I was an optimistic teenager then – and we had no idea of the conflict […]

Church leaders encourage politicians “To go the extra mile”

As this week’s talks deadline draws near, Ireland’s Church Leaders have written to the leaders of the five main political parties involved in the current Northern Ireland talks process to strongly encourage them “to go the extra mile” to reach an accommodation that works “for the common good of all in our society.” The letter, which has […]

Information for media on the Funeral Liturgy for the late Des Hanafin RIP

Today at midday the Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, for the late Des Hanafin RIP. The chief mourners were the wife of the deceased, Mona, their daughter Mary, son John and grandchildren Mary Claire, Darragh and John. The chief celebrant for the Mass was Father Tomás O’Connell CC, Bóthar […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin unveils ‘Blue Plaque’ to honour the late Archbishop John Hughes

– Special message from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York Today, at 10.30am, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, unveiled a ‘Blue Plaque’ in Saint Macartan’s Church in Augher, Co Tyrone, to commemorate the late Archbishop John Hughes (1797 – 1864), the first Archbishop of New York. The Ulster History Circle organises and prepares each […]

Bishop William Crean to ordain Reverend John Magner to the priesthood in Saint Colman’s Cathedral

First Mass of Thanksgiving to be celebrated on Monday 26 June Reverend John Magner will be ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Cloyne on Sunday 25 June at 3.00pm in Saint Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork. John is a native of Castletownroche, born into a farming family.  He is currently resident […]

Homily of Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan for the ordination of Father Liam O’Donovan SAC

  ‘Priesthood is not a trophy, but a service to the people of God’ – Bishop Cullinan The giving of self I was struck by your choice of Gospel for this your ordination.  It is a sobering text. Peter getting on in years is told by Jesus that he will from now on not go […]

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