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Homily of Bishop McAreavey for Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2015

“With the experience of a good Catholic education our young people will reach out and serve others, especially the sick and the needy … [it offers] the opportunity of a life lived to the full – now – and, in the world to come, eternal life with God and all the saints”– Bishop McAreavey  Background […]

Clogher walks with Pope Francis in preparation for October Synod on the Family

    Letter from Bishop MacDaid to the priests and people of the diocese invites diocesan-wide discussions Introduction Bishop Liam MacDaid, Bishop of Clogher, has invited priests and parishioners of the diocese to take part in a diocesan-wide discussion in advance of the Synod on the Family in the Vatican in October on the theme ‘The […]

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Catholic Schools Week 2015

“In this day and age no young person should be turned away from a Catholic school on the basis of their mark in an entrance test at the age of ten or eleven” “It is worrying that two thirds of young people in Northern Ireland from socially disadvantaged backgrounds are not getting 5 GCSEs at […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day

Archbishop Eamon Martin, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Communications, today welcomed this year’s message by Pope Francis for the 49th World Day for Social Communications. The theme of the text is Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love. The 2015 communications message is the second by Pope Francis […]

Irish bishops call for prayers and support for Christians in the Holy Land

 Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly and Bishop Ray Browne both participated in a delegation of European bishops which travelled to the Holy Land from 10 – 15 January.  The purpose of the pilgrimage was to promote prayer and support for the Christian community in the Holy Land, and to encourage peace and the building of human dignity.  […]

Dublin Catholics invited to take part in worldwide discussion on the family

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has invited priests and parishioners to take part in a diocesan wide discussion process in advance of the Synod of the Family this year. Archbishop Martin will attend the second session of the Synod, called by Pope Francis, in Rome this October on the theme “The Vocation and Mission of the Family […]

Launch of Catholic Schools Week 2015

You or a representative are invited to attend the launch of Catholic Schools Week 2015.  Catholic Schools Week runs next week from the 25 January to 1 February, and is an all-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. This year’s theme for […]

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Noel Treanor on the themes of slavery and human trafficking

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Noel Treanor on the themes of slavery and human trafficking

Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, has issued a pastoral letter on the themes of slavery and human trafficking. In his pastoral Bishop Treanor reflects on the significance of the World Day of Peace initiative and the theme for this year which is ‘No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters’. An excerpt from […]

Pastoral Letter on the Holy Name of Jesus from Bishop Philip Boyce OCD

The Name of Jesus is held in veneration by all who believe in Christ. We bow our head reverently when it is pronounced. It becomes a prayer keeping us in contact with our Lord and God, and deepening our friendship with Christ, our Saviour. The Franciscan Saint, Bernadine of Siena (1380 – 1444) was a […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin leads delegation to meeting with Minister for Justice (NI) David Ford MLA on proposals to extend abortion laws

Instead of removing the right to life of a terminally ill unborn child, we ask the Minister to change the law to make it a right to adequate peri-natal and post-natal care.” – Archbishop Eamon Martin Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, today led a group of Catholic parents, doctors, lawyers […]

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