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Information for media on the preparations for the canonisation ceremonies for Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II

For the canonisation of Blesseds John XVIII and John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday 27 April 2014, participation is open to all those able to find space in St. Peter’s Square, Piazza Pio XII and Via della Conciliazione, without any need for tickets. A digital platform has been provided, the aim of which is […]

Ecumenical service to mark the occasion of the Battle of Clontarf, Saint John the Baptist Church, Dublin

We are gathered in a multi-faith context of prayer, as people committed to fostering peace and reconciliation.  The occasion is the millennial anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, April 23rd 1014, in which the High King of Ireland through battle rather than descent, referred to in the Book of Armagh as the ‘Emperor of the […]

Irish College Deacons

Bishop Buckley ordains two deacons of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome

The two deacons will be ordained to the priesthood in the next year A former marketing consultant, and a music graduate, both students of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome were ordained deacons today by Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross.  The liturgy was celebrated in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, […]

World famous musicians to visit Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth to celebrate rebuilding of College Chapel Organ

To celebrate the complete rebuilding of the Great Chapel Organ in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, a special international organ recital series will be held to mark this significant event.  The first recital will be given by the world famous Oliver Latry (Notre Dame, Paris) on Sunday, 27 April at 16:00 in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  […]

Special web feature to mark the canonisations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

RTÉ to broadcast canonisation ceremonies live from Rome Masses at Ballybrit Racecourse, Knock Shrine and Clonmacnois Canonisation ceremony showing in 3D in some Irish cinemas Audio recordings of Pope John Paul II when he was a pilgrim in Ireland in 1979  On Sunday 27 April Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be […]

EASTER 2014 Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

EASTER 2014 Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 19th/20th April 2014 “He is not here, he is risen”. This phrase belongs to the central core of our Christian belief. “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain”, Saint Paul writes in […]

WAY OF THE CROSS 2014 through Phoenix Park Dublin Reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin

PRESS RELEASE GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 18 Please see below for your information, Reflections on the Way of the Cross from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Archbishop Martin will lead the way of the Cross through the Phoenix Park this afternoon, starting at 12 noon at the Wellington Monument and proceeding to the Papal Cross. WAY OF THE […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for Chrism Mass in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry

“A Church that seems to prioritise the welfare of the pious and the well-off will not bear witness to the Jesus who died on the Cross” – Bishop McKeown Our Mass this morning is the only one celebrated in the diocese of Derry before the evening liturgy later on today. Our Mass is not just […]

Bishop McAreavey accepts Sinn Féin apology but criticises attempt to misrepresent the Church’s pro-life position

Bishop John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore, has today strongly criticised Sinn Féin party political literature for quoting his name and for misrepresenting the pro-life position of the Catholic Church to constituents. Please see full statement below: When I became aware of party political literature which was jointly issued in the names of Sue Ramsey MLA […]

Holy Week and Easter Feature now live on

A special Holy Week and Easter feature is now available on The feature includes details on:  Pope Francis’ itinerary for Holy Week and Easter An explanation of the ceremonies and services for Holy Week and the Easter Triduum A video series on the Easter Triduum featuring Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin […]

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