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Pope Francis concludes World Day of Prayer for Peace

Pope Francis presided over the closing ceremony of the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi on Tuesday afternoon. The ceremony followed an early afternoon of prayer – not in common, but separately, according to religious tradition. Thirst for peace: religions and cultures in dialogue was the theme of this 30th anniversary celebration of […]


Ireland to host European Prayer Initiative from 19 – 25 September 2016

‘The Spiritual Presidency of the EU – from the heart of Europe’ is an initiative which was launched on 1 July on the occasion of the start of Slovakia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Spiritual Presidency of the EU is a prayer initiative encouraging Christians to pray for each EU member […]

World Day of Prayer for the Care of All Creation

World Day of Prayer for the Care of All Creation 2016

The second World Day of Prayer for the Care of All Creation takes place on 1 September 2016. Many local Church communities around the world also are preparing to mark Creation Time, which also begins today and continues until 4 October, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Creation Time celebrates the joy of creation and encourages […]

Maynooth by Brenda Drumm

Trustees of the National Seminary meet in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, this week welcomed fourteen new seminarians to start their training for the priesthood.

Mother Teresa Canonisation 4 September 2016

Canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa on 4 September

    The Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office has unveiled a special postage stamp which it is releasing two days before Pope Francis officially declares Mother Teresa a saint. The philatelic office has said it will print and sell a maximum of 150,000 sheets of 10 stamps each. A number of events are planned around the […]

Bishop Farrell

Pope Francis sets up new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Pope Francis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. The Prefect of the new Dicastery will be the Irish-born Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently serving as Bishop of Dallas. In his Apostolic Letter the Pope wrote that the new Dicastery will be “governed by special Statutes” and all […]

Bishop Daly funeral

Pope Francis mourns death of Bishop Edward Daly

Pope Francis sent a special message expressing his condolences for the death of Bishop Edward Kevin Daly on Thursday, recalling his generous ministry in the service of peace and justice. The message was read by Msgr. Amaury Medina Blanco – Secretary of the Apostolic Nunziature to Ireland – at the funeral Mass celebrated for Bishop […]

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Knock Novena 2016 on the theme ‘Merciful Like The Father’

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