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Archbishop Eamon Martin speaking notes for ‘Growing Up In Between – a conversation about parish and diocese’ – The Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy, Co Derry

Every year the diocese of Derry issues a directory listing all the priests of the diocese. It was with a sense of loss that I discovered in the January 2014 edition that, having moved to Armagh, I was no longer counted among the priests of Derry. It wasn’t that I hadn’t settled in Armagh, or […]

Holy See Press Office reports on Pope Francis’ audience with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The Holy Father Francis today received in audience the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Enda Kenny, who subsequently met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States. The cordial discussions evoked the historic bond between the Holy See […]

Archbishop of Dublin comments on Taoiseach’s meeting with Pope Francis

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he was very pleased to hear that Pope Francis told Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning that he hopes to visit Ireland for a short visit for the World Meeting of Families in 2018.  He said it confirms the importance of the World Meeting for the Church in Ireland and around the […]

Address by Bishop John McAreavey at the launch of Aid to the Church in Need’s Religious Freedom in the World Report 2016

“I’d like to welcome you all to the Diocese of Dromore for the launch of the ‘Religious Freedom in the World’ Report 2016. I would like to begin with the words of Father Jacques Mourad, a Syriac-Catholic priest who was held by ISIS for five months. Father Mourad states in the foreword to this report […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin officially opens new Irish missionary seminary

Redemptoris Mater Seminary opens in Dundalk in the Archdiocese of Armagh Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has opened a new Irish missionary seminary, the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, Co Louth, in the Archdiocese of Armagh. There are currently sixteen seminarians studying for the priesthood in the seminary and […]

Online Advent Calendar 2016 goes live on Sunday

Advent starts on Sunday and it marks the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year “As Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of our Lord, I encourage the faithful, notwithstanding our hectic schedule over the coming weeks, to make time to pray – alone and with loved ones – and by so doing […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin launches online Advent Calendar for 2016

“As Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of our Lord, I encourage the faithful, notwithstanding our hectic schedule over the coming weeks, to make time to pray – alone and with loved ones – and by so doing to draw nearer to Christ.” – Archbishop Eamon Martin Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of […]

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin – The Feast of Christ the King – 20 November 2016

Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, celebrating the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Over the past year thousands of people have visited Cathedrals and other designated churches around Ireland to pass through the Holy Doors of Mercy. Today, on the last day of this Jubilee Year I thank God for all the […]

Words of welcome by Archbishop Michael Neary at the John Paul II Awards, Knock

– Over 350 young people in the diocese participated in this year’s John Paul II awards I am delighted to welcome the recipients of this year’s John Paul II awards. It is a justly proud day for you, but also for your parents, grandparents, families and friends. A special welcome too for your teachers, principals, […]

Address by Bishop Donal McKeown at the blessing of the extension to All Saints Primary School

Tallysallagh, Omagh, Co Tyrone in the Diocese of Derry “Evidence suggests that such an early division of children actually damages educational outcomes of our society … I have seen a non-selective seamless approach to the transfer from primary school, and I know that it is both a huge relief to the primary schools and can […]

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