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Pope Francis’ special message to the Irish people on ‘cherishing life, accepting death’ welcomed by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Pope Francis has sent a special message (see below) to the people of Ireland to mark the celebration of ‘Day for Life’ Sunday today. Day for Life is celebrated each year by the Catholic Church in Ireland, Scotland, and in England & Wales, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of […]

  Archbishops Eamon Martin and Diarmuid Martin to attend the Synod of Bishops on the family

Synod theme: “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World” Explanation below on the role of a Synod in the life of the Catholic Church Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, President and Vice-President respectively of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, will represent the Irish bishops at the XIV […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to Brian Friel RIP

“It is with a great sense of sadness that I learned of the death today of the incomparable Brian Friel. ” – Archbishop Eamon Martin

Bishops publish ‘Day for Life’ message: Cherishing Life, Accepting Death

The theme for Day for Life 2015 is ‘Cherishing Life, Accepting Death’, and it will be celebrated in Ireland this Sunday on 4 October.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA to be invested with the Pallium in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles

Archbishop Kieran will be formally invested with the pallium in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly at 12.00 noon Mass, this Sunday 4 October 2015. Pope Francis blessed and presented the pallium to Archbishop Kieran privately after concelebrated Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome on the Feast of […]

Comments by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the launch of “Thinking Anew – Faith in a World of Change and Doubt’ by Gordon Linney

“I like the title of Gordon Linney’s book.  Even though at first sight the book might seem to be a look back at past writings and events, I see the title as an agenda for the future of all our Churches today. One of the big challenges that believers and Church institutions must ask themselves […]

Bishops express solidarity with the suffering of refugees and asylum seekers

  The Autumn 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discussed the issue of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and issued the following statement: Summary Special prayer for refugees for use at Masses and in the home; Our parishes need to be places of welcome to all.  We encourage all members of our […]

Statement of the Autumn 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The following statement details issues discussed at the Autumn 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference which concluded this evening in the Columba Centre of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth: · World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018 · Synod of Bishops: “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and […]

Murphy Family’s request for privacy at the funeral Mass of Alan Murphy RIP

At the request of the Murphy family, who have asked for complete privacy, and with the support of the presiding Parish Priest Father Mícheál Ó Loingsigh, of Grenagh Parish in the Diocese of Cloyne, all media are asked not to attend, or take photographs or video footage, at today’s funeral Mass for the late Alan […]

Bishop Brendan Leahy launches new Catholic religious education curriculum and programme

Launch at the Presentation Girls School, Maynooth · The Catholic Preschool and Primary Religious Education Curriculum for Ireland and The new primary school Religious education series, Grow in Love Firstly, I am delighted that we are gathered here today, having just heard the wonderful news that Pope Francis has chosen Dublin as the venue to […]

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