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Bishop John Kirby’s address at the launch of Welcoming the Stranger – Irish Migrant Welfare in Britain since 1957 by Patricia Kennedy

Embassy of Ireland, London “Regardless of available resources, the Church will always serve the common good, and will prioritise those on the margins … Though emigration should never be justified as a tool of economic policy, one can only be grateful for the freedom of movement between Britain and Ireland, and wonder what can policy-makers learn […]

Irish bishops offer prayers as Archbishop Oscar Romero is beatified tomorrow

Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified tomorrow 23 May. The ceremony will take place in San Salvador, at the city’s Divine Savior monument

Royal visit for historic Belfast church

Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to Saint Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street, today. Saint Patrick’s celebrated its 200th anniversary in March, and the visit is one of the highlights in the Parish’s year-long calendar of celebrations.

Reflection on the Beatitudes by Bishop Doran on the occasion of the visit of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

Service of Peace and Reconciliation, Saint Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo There was a crisis in the parish and a meeting of the Parish Council was called to discuss what should be done.  One of the younger members, who was very idealistic, suggested that they should all take time to consider what Jesus would do.  […]

Speaking notes of Bishop Donal McKeown at a public meeting on the marriage referendum

· 8.00pm Malin Hotel, Malin, Inishowen Co Donegal Although a citizen of Ireland I am not resident in the Republic and thus am not entitled to vote this Friday in the marriage referendum. I am delighted to have been invited here this evening to Malin, Inishowen in County Donegal, as Bishop of Derry, to contribute […]

Bishop Liam MacDaid Pastoral Letter to the Catholic People of the Diocese of Clogher and to Christians and people of good-will

The following pastoral letter from Bishop Liam MacDaid was read at Masses in the diocese of Clogher on the weekend of 16/17 May 2015: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ and people of good-will, I am very conscious this weekend that you are gathering your thoughts before making a final decision on how you […]

Homily for Mass of Rededication of Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford Bishop Colm O’Reilly, Bishop Emeritus of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

  Ascension Sunday, 17 May 2015 When I was celebrating the Silver Jubilee of my ordination to the priesthood in 1985 the priests of Ardagh and Clonmacnois gave me a gift to mark the occasion.  It was a painting by the distinguished artist, Patrick Pye.  It was entitled “The Vision of Saint Peter”.  It showed […]

Words of Welcome of Bishop Francis Duffy on the occasion of the Rededication of St Mel’s Cathedral

We give thanks for all the work of restoration. We thank God for the imagination, the talents and the skilled work of those involved at all stages of this project.

Pastoral message on marriage by Bishop Seamus Freeman

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On my appointment as Bishop of Ossory in December 2007, I chose the words Libertas in Veritate, The truth will make you free (John 8: 32), from scripture to guide me in my ministry.  Now, over seven years later, these words resonate with me more strongly than ever as […]

“Marriage really matters; reflect carefully before changing its definition” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Pastoral Reflections

Pastoral reflections of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  for use at all Masses on 16th and 17th May  Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. “I write on the subject of marriage and the family in the light of the upcoming referendum. I have asked parishes to make available in Churches some material to aid your reflection. […]

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