The recent attempt made on the life of a police officer over the past weekend at his home is deplorable. This cold act of calculated terror, perpetrated in this Christmas Season of peace and goodwill, put in danger the life of a PSNI officer, his wife, family, neighbours and the public. It is utterly reprehensible and to be condemned by all.
Counsellors working with ACCORD, the Catholic marriage care service, delivered 49,000 counselling sessions during the calendar year 2011, an increase of 12% when compared to the preceding year of 2010. ACCORD serves the pastoral needs of couples at different stages of their relationship through its two key and separate services: marriage preparation courses, and, marriage [...]
Key Points: – I appeal to all those who go to Church or visit a crib this year, to reflect deeply on why you are a follower of Christ – The real gift of Christmas is to meet and know this loving Saviour who wants to come, through faith, into our hearts – Unprecedented financial [...]
Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at Midnight Mass in Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin The Gospel we have just heard is about two kingdoms. There is the kingdom of Cesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who calls a census of the entire world. He is anxious to consolidate his reign politically and financially and to extend [...]
Extracts from the Homily by Bishop Noel Treanor at the ‘Misa de Gallo’ St. VINCENT de PAUL, Ligoniel Parish, Belfast Christmas Eve 2012 I Thanks for Sharing a Faith Tradition My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as you conclude this novena of Advent Simbang Gabi Masses, celebrated each morning since 16 December here in [...]
The Christmas story is more than 2000 years old, but we never tire of hearing it again. It’s the original love story – the story of God’s love for us when he took on our human flesh and became one of us, Emmanuel, God-with-us. And it’s not just the fact that God came into our [...]
Statement by Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross in response to the decision by the Government to legislate for abortion
In 1983 the Irish people voted to amend the Constitution to provide explicit protection for the unborn. Even the European Court of Human Rights acknowledges that there is no reason to believe that the Irish people have significantly changed their approach since then. Therefore, there is no democratic mandate in Ireland to introduce abortion in [...]
Statement by the four Archbishops of Ireland in response to the decision today by the Government to legislate for abortion
Statement by the four Archbishops of Ireland in response to the decision today by the Government to legislate for abortion The four Catholic Archbishops of Ireland: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin; Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly; and Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, have issued [...]
A delegation from the Council for Marriage and Family of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, led by Bishop Christopher Jones, met with Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in her Departmental offices on Mespil Road, Dublin.
Joint Christmas Message from the Bishops of Clogher 2012 For mothers and fathers Christmas has to begin early. There are a lot of preparations to be made and expectations to be met. There is a general awareness of the times being tough but children don’t find it easy to see how that could affect Santa [...]