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Pilgrims from Dioceses of Derry and Clogher depart for World Youth Day 2016

Sixty young pilgrims from the Dioceses of Derry and Clogher have departed from Dublin airport this afternoon for this year’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. Led by Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, the pilgrims will arrive in Katowice Airport later this evening to begin their participation in the ‘Days in the Diocese’ programme. […]

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Archbishop Eamon Martin calls for prayers for victims of tragedy in Nice, France

Archbishop Eamon Martin has called for prayers for those killed and injured in last night’s terrorist attack in Nice, France. He said: The horrific scenes on the streets of Nice once more send shock waves into our homes and hearts.  How helpless we all are when someone decides to deliberately and indiscriminately target human life. […]

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1600 pilgrims to travel to World Youth Day from Ireland

Bishops have asked for prayers for World Youth Day which will take place in Krakow, Poland, during 26-30 July.  The theme for WYD 2016 is “Blessed are the Merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7).  World Youth Day will provide the backdrop for Pope Francis’ first pilgrimage to Poland and it is anticipated that over […]

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Annual National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick to take place on Sunday 31 July

The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage takes place on the last Sunday in July on Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick in the Archdiocese of Tuam. The pilgrimage will be led by Most Reverend Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and Most Reverend Charles J. Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland who will deliver the homily for this years […]


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin appointed to oversee board on Vatican communications

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin as one of 16 Members of the newly established Vatican Secretariat for Communications. The body consists of six cardinals, seven bishops and three laypersons. Its aim is to oversee the coordination and streamlining the Holy See’s multiple communications outlets. When Pope Francis began his reform of […]

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Father Donal O’Sullivan’s priesthood and sacrifice remembered 100 years after his death in The Battle of the Somme

Father Donal O’Sullivan, who served as a World War I chaplain and who was killed in the first week of the Battle of the Somme on 5 July 1916 while ministering to the wounded, is being remembered and prayed for at Masses across the Diocese of Kerry today. Bishop Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, has asked […]

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Irish Church Music Association Summer School to take place in Maynooth

Up to two hundred participants are expected to attend the annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School which opens this week in Maynooth with the theme ‘God, Full of Mercy’.  This will be the 47th ICMA summer school which runs from 6 to 9 July. The four-day programme provides musicians from around the country and beyond […]

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40 years of Knock Basilica remembered with re-dedication ceremony on 16 July

A special ceremony of re-dedication will take place at Knock Basilica on Saturday 16 July to mark 40 years of the original dedication of Knock Basilica on 18 July 1976. The Basilica has recently been completely modernised and transformed into a warm and welcoming sacred space with top of the range technology incorporated to facilitate […]

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Archbishops of Armagh to lead young people on Somme Centenary Pilgrimage from 22-24 June

The Archbishops of Armagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Richard Clarke, are leading a group of young people on a special centenary pilgrimage to significant sites at the Battle of the Somme from Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June. The Battle of the Somme also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought […]

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Lough Derg: Island of Quiet Miracles

This book is timely in bringing the story of Lough Derg up to date and it complements the many books already available to readers. Is it a joy to read. – Bishop Liam MacDaid

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