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Fifteen students begin their studies for the priesthood for Irish dioceses

Fifteen seminarians have begun their formation and academic programme for 2019 – 2020.  The new students are currently in formation in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and the Pontifical Beda College, Rome; with a number beginning their propaedeutic programme in other locations in Ireland and abroad.  This brings to 68 the total number studying for the […]

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for the National Pilgrimage of the Catholic Grandparents Association to Knock Shrine

From time to time, since I was first ordained as a priest, I have been asked to move from one parish or pastoral situation to another.  There has always been a certain amount of sadness in saying goodbye to people but, over the years, some of those relationships have become real friendships, and have remained […]

Edward M Kennedy Lecture at the Kennedy Summer School by Archbishop Eamon Martin: ‘What is the role of faith in our politics?’

Saint Michael’s Theatre, New Ross, Co Wexford Forty years ago this month, Pope John Paul II came to Ireland.  I was just beginning my last year in school at Saint Columb’s College, Derry.  It was a tense time.  In the three months leading up to the pope’s visit, 36 people were killed in the Troubles […]

Homily of Bishop Denis Nulty for the launch of the Season of Creation 2019

The Season of Creation is a very timely reminder that the clock is ticking. Recycling is no longer an optional habit; it is the very basic and nothing more. Illegal dumping needs to be exposed and uncovered. Incorrect recycling needs to be corrected, what goes where and into which bin. If we are consuming too […]

Bishop William Crean announces clerical changes for the Diocese of Cloyne

Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, has accepted the resignation, on the grounds of retirement, of the following priests in the diocese to come into effect at noon on Saturday 21 September 2019:   V Rev Donal Coakley, PP Inniscarra V Rev Canon David Herlihy, PP Youghal V Rev Canon Michael Fitzgerald, PP, VF, Mitchelstown […]

Comments by Archbishop Michael Neary on the recognition by the Church of the healing experienced by Marion Carroll

Joining with the Parish Priest, Father Richard Gibbons, I extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to Bishop Francis Duffy and all the pilgrims from the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, the baptised faithful, religious and priests and all pilgrims from elsewhere. I reserve a very special welcome for Marion Carroll, her husband Jimmy and family.  Thirty […]

Bishop Francis Duffy leads the 2019 Ardagh and Clonmacnois pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine of Knock

3.00pm Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo  “Without doubt there was a healing, a cure of the illness that beset Marion for several years” – Bishop Duffy Homily The Gospel today is about God knowing us and God knowing what is best for us.  God is indiscriminate in his love […]

A cycle of violence will lead to further tragedy and loss of life … we have an obligation to pray for peace and a renewal of respect for human life – Bishop Router

Extract from homily “I want to, on behalf of all of us here and on behalf of the people and priests of the Archdiocese of Armagh, condemn in the strongest possible terms the callous murder last Tuesday of Keith Branigan in the Ashling Holiday Park in Clogherhead, Co Louth, and to offer our condolences to […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin celebrates Mass with the Polish community to commemorate 80th anniversary of the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the Second World War

Archbishop Eamon Martin celebrates Mass with the Polish community to commemorate 80th anniversary of the invasion of Poland and the outbreak of the Second World War Bilingual Mass with the Polish community at 12 noon in the Cathedral of Saint Patrick & Saint Colman, Newry, Co Down · You, the Polish people, have known first […]

Opening address by Bishop Donal McKeown at the Derry Diocesan Religious Education Conference

“I believe that criticism of Catholic education will continue to grow, not because we are doing a bad job, but because we are doing such a good job of daring to speak a counter-cultural message into our society.  We will increasingly be condemned for being heretics if we are crazy enough to speak openly about […]

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