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Opening address by Archbishop Eamon Martin at First National Safeguarding Conference Athlone

Our discussions this weekend should be rooted in a promise that we are now doing everything possible to ensure that the terrible things which happened them in the past shall not happen again – Archbishop Eamon The first National Safeguarding Conference hosted by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland […]

Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Saint John’s Parish, Tralee, “Journeying in Hope” The Church in Ireland – signs of hope – new challenges

“On Sunday last I presided at a ceremony in the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin during which I welcomed over seventy new catechumens or adults who are preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil.   It is one among many discreet signs of hope that you can discern regarding the Catholic Church in Ireland today and looking towards […]

Pope Francis Represented at Anniversary Celebrations for Historic Belfast Church

On Thursday, 5 March, Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, will celebrate Mass with the priests, people and friends of Saint Patrick’s Parish, Belfast.  The Mass will mark the 200th anniversary of the Parish. For 200 years, Saint Patrick’s has faithfully provided for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the people of inner-city Belfast, as well […]

Meetings between the Northern Ireland Catholic Commission on Social Affairs and political parties in Stormont, Belfast, regarding the proposed Northern Ireland Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill

At the invitation of Mr Paul Givan MLA (DUP), and as part of the consultation process in respect of his private members Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill, a delegation from the Northern Ireland Catholic Council for Social Affairs (NICCOSA), led by Bishop of Down and Connor, Most Rev Noel Treanor, met with a delegation of […]

Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at Mass to celebrate the recognition of Father John Sullivan S.J. as venerable servant of God

“The Gospel reading we have just heard reminds us of how central the care of the sick was in the ministry of Jesus.  Jesus, in fact, reserved not just a special place for the sick, but caring for the sick became a pillar of his activity almost always accompanying his preaching of the Good News. […]

Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor concerning James Donaghy

The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith has informed the Diocese of Down and Connor that His Holiness, Pope Francis has dismissed James Donaghy from the clerical state on his own authority and for the good of the Church (ex officio et pro bono Ecclesiae). This means that Mr Donaghy is not permitted to […]

Notice to Dublin priests and parishes regarding campaign literature

The following information has been distributed to priests and parishes by the Communications Office of the Archdiocese of Dublin: Experience has shown that during political campaigns, Churches, because of their public accessibility, are prone to the placement of political and campaigning literature.    In light of the announcement that some Referendums will be held later this […]

Launch of Trócaire Lenten Campaign 2015, Ash Wednesday, Saint Mary’s Chapel Lane, Belfast

Earlier today, Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor Diocese, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass in St Mary’s, Chapel Lane, Belfast. In his homily he reflected upon the line of scripture from 2 Corinthians 6:1 “not to neglect the grace of God that you have received”. Following his homily, he invited Eithne McNulty, regional director […]

CPSMA welcomes announcement by Minister O’Sullivan concerning sustainable school communities

Father Tom Deenihan, the General Secretary of the Catholic Primary School Management Association, has welcomed the announcement today by Minister for Education & Skills, Ms Jan O’Sullivan, concerning sustainable school communities. Father Deenihan said that CPSMA, with their colleagues in the INTO, have been engaging with the Minister’s officials for some time in relation to […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin launches new Facebook page for Lent 2015

“During this Lenten season I invite everyone to look into their heart, see the things which might be closing our heart to God’s love and make a special effort to open ourselves up to the grace that God offers during this Lenten season” – Archbishop Eamon Martin Theme of Trócaire’s 2015 Lenten campaign is ‘Fighting drought […]

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