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Advent and Christmas 2014

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…” Advent Calendar Please check out our online Advent Calendar and our Thought for the Day pieces which will be made available right up to and including Christmas Eve, December 24th. You can access the Advent Calendar by clicking here. Pope Francis schedule for Christmas […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Richard Clarke record their Christmas Message in the Shambles Market with the students from St Catherines College Armagh and the Royal School Armagh.

A joint Christmas message from the Archbishops of Armagh Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Richard Clarke

The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah,*the Lord.’ Luke 2:10-11

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Intercom Christmas 2014

Content from the Christmas 2014 issue of Intercom, including an article by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, ‘The Family – the Future’, which reflects on the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

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World Day of Prayer for Peace 2015: ‘No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters’

The Vatican has published the text of Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Prayer for Peace on 1 January 2015 on the theme ‘No Longer Slaves, but Brothers and Sisters’.

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Year of Consecrated Life 30 November 2014 – 2 February 2016

Pope Francis: “May this Year be an occasion for bearing vigorous and joyful witness before the world to the holiness and vitality present in so many of those called to follow Jesus in the consecrated life.”

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The Meaning of Marriage

The Meaning of Marriage, a pastoral statement on behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, advises the faithful that to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society.

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2014 Advent Calendar now live

Advent (from ‘ad-venire’ in Latin or “to come to”) is the Church season encompassing the four Sundays and weekdays leading up to the celebration of Christmas. 

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Pope Francis: Address to European Parliament

Pope Francis urges a “lonely” “self-absorbed” Europe to recover its soul

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Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

On Saturday 22 November His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA as Archbishop of Cashel & Emly. Bishop O’Reilly  succeeds Archbishop Dermot Clifford whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on the grounds of age. Welcoming the announcement Arcbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, said: “I congratulate Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA on his […]

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A Future Full of Hope – Pastoral Letter from Bishop Kevin Doran

  Since becoming Bishop of Elphin in July 2014, I have had the opportunity to visit quite a few parishes and schools. The idea has gradually taken shape that I would share some thoughts with you, the people of the diocese, on our contribution to the education of our children, which is so important to […]

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