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CPSMA congratulates Minister Jan O’Sullivan on her appointment as Minister for Education and Skills

Father Tom Deenihan, General Secretary of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association (CPSMA) has congratulated Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan on her appointment today as Minister for Education and Skills. Father Deenihan assured Minister O’Sullivan of the cooperation and support of CPSMA as she takes over this important ministry.  Father Deenihan said, “Minister O’Sullivan’s appointment […]

Statement issued by Bishop Noel Treanor in relation to the attack on Our Lady of the Angels Oratory in Kilkeel

Earlier today I learned of the overnight attack on Our Lady of the Angels Oratory in Kilkeel. This attack caused substantial damage to property and sacred furnishings. The police (PSNI) were called to the scene and are currently investigating the situation. The perpetrators of this callous and cowardly action violated a place of worship and […]

Pope appoints Dublin Priest to new Vatican Media Committee

The Holy See has announced the appointment by Pope Francis of a Dublin priest to a new high profile committee tasked with reforming the Vatican media around the world. Monsignor Paul Tighe, currently Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication has been appointed Secretary to a new Committee for Vatican media, headed up by […]

Statement by the Diocese of Down and Connor in response to media inquiries regarding St Colm’s High School, Belfast.

The Diocese of Down and Connor was surprised to learn this morning from an article published in The Irish News that the DUP Education spokesperson Mervyn Storey MLA has written to Bishop Noel Treanor in reference to Gaeltacht Scholarships offered to two pupils from St Colm’s High School, Twinbrook. Such bursaries being part of the […]

Episcopal Ordination of Father Kevin Doran as Bishop of Elphin

You, or a representative, are invited to attend the Episcopal Ordination Mass of Father Kevin Doran as Bishop of Elphin.  Details: Venue                         The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo Date and time        Sunday 13 July 2014 at 5.30pm In attendance        Laity, religious, clergy, family and guests Episcopal Ordination Mass The […]

Introductory address by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Archbishop to Anglophone Conference 2014

Pontifical Irish College, Rome, 7 July 2014  “The Anglophone Conference is a unique gathering.  It is unique in the first place in that it does not have a website, almost a mortal sin of omission by today’s Conference standards!  The Anglophone Conference is an informal gathering, by its nature unstructured or at least under-structured.  And indeed […]

Homily of Pope Francis who met survivors of abuse in the Vatican today

The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation… Peter whose eyes meet the gaze of Jesus and weeps… This scene comes to my mind as I look at you, and think of so many men and women, boys and girls. I feel the gaze of Jesus and I ask for the grace […]

Ireland co-hosts ‘Anglophone Conference’ on child safeguarding in the Catholic Church

The annual ‘Anglophone Conference’, which brings together child safeguarding experts and representatives from throughout the English-speaking Catholic Church, takes place this week in the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.  This year the Irish Episcopal Conference is co-hosting the event along with the Episcopal Conference of Chile. . The Anglophone Conference offers delegates an opportunity to share […]

Cardinal Brady and Bishop Smith to lead procession for the Feast of Saint Oliver Plunkett

Procession will cross from Diocese of Meath to Archdiocese of Armagh Dom Aidan Bellenger, Abbot of Downside Abbey, to preach homily at festival Mass Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, will lead the 2014 Festival of Saint Oliver Plunkett in Drogheda, County Louth […]

Bishop Éamonn Walsh statement on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday and on alcohol misuse in Ireland

“Good Friday is a day when Christians of all denominations throughout the world take time to reflect on the Passion and death of Christ.  On Good Friday, Catholics are asked to share in that sacrifice through the traditional practises of prayer, the veneration of the Cross and through fast and abstinence.  Many people in Ireland […]

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