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Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland on the coming in to effect of Westminster abortion legislation in Northern Ireland

Today across NI, all of us, especially our medical staff, are doing all we can to save life. As the number of deaths caused by Coronavirus continues to rise, news reporters frequently remind us that behind the statistics are real people.  Their lives matter regardless of age or ability, gender or background. To limit the […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Jesus was very often hard to understand. Regularly, he seemed to be at least one step ahead of his listeners. Thus, when he says to his apostles that Lazarus is ‘resting’, they assume that he will get better and be fine. When Jesus arrives at Bethany, Martha complains that he should have been there earlier. […]

A huge collective required to stave off potential dreadful COVID-19 impact – Bishop Leahy

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that as a general public we are and will continue to up our game in a collective fight to limit the potentially dreadful impact that COVID-19 can have on our nation. In a statement after weekly Mass today at St. John’s Cathedral, Bishop Leahy said that that the […]

Pastoral Letter by Bishop Dermot Farrell, ‘Apart But Not Alone: Hope and Strength in a Time of Crisis and Fear’

“To pray is to love. When we pray together – as couples, as families, as communities  … our prayer is also our response to God’s promptings, to our trust in his hope, our faith in the Lord’s abiding presence” – Bishop Dermot Farrell Please see the below pastoral letter published this weekend by Bishop Dermot […]

Bishop Larry Duffy issues further guidelines in response to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions

Following consultations and discussions, and having taken into account the various restrictions that have been imposed throughout Ireland over recent days, the Bishop of Clogher, Bishop Larry Duffy, has put in place a series of further guidelines for clergy and parish communities across the diocese, with immediate effect. Bishop Duffy says that he is ‘saddened […]

Church Leaders encourage the community and call Ireland to pray

In a joint statement today (27 March), following a video conference, the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in Ireland, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Irish Council of Churches, have paid tribute to everyone in the health and social care services and those in the frontline, for their courage […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Friday’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing by Pope Francis

Blessing to be broadcast live by RTÉ News Now tomorrow at 5.00pm “Pope Francis’ blessing will be an opportunity to avail ourselves of Divine Grace.  I encourage everyone to watch this special broadcast” – Archbishop Eamon Tomorrow Friday, 27 March, at 5.00pm Irish time, the Holy Father Pope Francis will preside over an extraordinary global […]

People of Ireland to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for protection against COVID-19

Pope Francis invites all Christians to unite in praying the Our Father at 11.00am Faithful are invited to view the Consecration on webcams livestreaming in churches and cathedrals At noon today, the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord, Archbishop Eamon Martin will join with bishops and priests from all over the island of Ireland in consecrating […]

Homily by Bishop Larry Duffy at Mass for the Feast of Saint Macartan

“Saint Macartan calls on us at this time to care for and carry the aged, weak and vulnerable… “None of us knows when this virus will pass. But what we do know is that Christ in His love healed the sick and died for sinners – for all of us. We place our trust in […]

Diocese of Down and Connor Covid-19: Directives

Effective Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice In addition to previous directives issued,  these directives are effective immediately Public Health Advice The Government has issued new and strict directions restricting public movement.  We call on every person in the Diocese to adhere strictly to these instructions. Churches, Parish Offices and Parochial Properties As per […]

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