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Catholic Schools Partnership calls for balance in any amendment of employment equality laws

Address of Father Michael Drumm at recent meeting of the Council of the Catholic Schools Partnership There has been public comment on section 37 of the Employment Equality Acts over recent months.  Much of this comment has been negative in tone and has stated that this section seriously undermines the human rights of teachers working […]

MLA’s meet Church Leaders

Church leaders meet chair of the Social Development Committee Alex Maskey MLA, and Sinn Féin delegation on welfare reform

Church leaders appeal to politicians not to allow the urgent needs of the poorest to become a hostage to the wider political impasse.

Words of Bishop Donal McKeown at funeral Mass for Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy at the Sacred Heart Church, Carndonagh

We hear about terrible events every day in the media.  Most of them pass us by.  But when something tragic happens in our own community then it can really shake us. Today we gather in our confusion to mark one such event. The deaths of Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy have caused tears, fear and anxiety […]

Diocesan Vocations Directors meet in Maynooth for annual conference

“Vocations to the priesthood and religious life are firmly on the agenda of the Irish Catholic Church and any opportunity for a group like this to come together to discuss and to plan for vocations strategies is to be welcomed” – Bishop Donal McKeown “Vocations Directors are not paper pushers filling in and checking forms […]

Pope Francis sends his blessing to Kilmore Diocesan Assembly

Pope Francis has sent a message to those attending this weekend’s Assembly in the Diocese of Kilmore. The message was relayed to Bishop Leo O’Reilly through the office of the Apostolic Nuncio.

Speaking notes of Archbishop Eamon Martin at the 2014 Radharc Trust awards ceremony

• The spirit of Radharc is alive and well in Pope Francis who said, “The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ”. • It is time for us to build afresh mutual respect and trust between […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry at Mass to mark 40 years of ACCORD in Derry Diocese

 Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Steelstown “Broken relationships break hearts. Broken homes break children’s spirits. You are part of the ministry of Jesus who wants people to be healed.” “Never see yourselves as merely a counselling and training organisation that had Catholic roots away back in the past. Going that way would mean that […]

Address by Archbishop Michael Neary for the launch of Earthing the Word by Mgr Tommy Waldron RIP

In 1950 The Furrow periodical came to birth, a monthly journal for the contemporary Church. I understand that it was the brainchild of a Tuam priest in Maynooth, the late Canon J G McGarry.  The late Tommy Waldron was a Tuam student in Maynooth at that time and was just about to commence his theological […]

Letter from Bishop Fleming to the faithful of the Diocese of Killala and to the people of the parishes of Ballina and Crossmolina

My dear priests and people, News of the recent court case which involved Father Gabriel Rosbotham came as a complete shock to me, to the priests of the diocese and I am sure to all of you. This news has caused deep distress and I want you to know that all of you are in […]

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on “extraordinary” address by Pope Francis

The Archbishop of Dublin has welcomed the publication of the final text at the closing of the Synod of Bishops in Rome this evening. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the text must be read in the context of Pope Francis’ extraordinary final remarks to the Synod, after which the Pope received a five minute standing ovation […]

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