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Christmas message from Bishop Noel Treanor

Christmas: Celebrating God in Mystery Christmas comes but once a year!  The Advent wreath, the Christmas carols, the star on the Christmas tree, midnight Mass and the Christian liturgies of Christmas Day speak of the mystery of God’s birth in the human being, Jesus of Nazareth, son of Mary. God gasping for the first breath, […]

Letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin to Bishop Francis Duffy on the reopening of Saint Mel’s Cathedral

Dear Bishop Francis, I am writing to send my blessing and good wishes to you, and to everyone in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, on the very happy occasion of the reopening this weekend of Saint Mel’s Cathedral in Longford. Just as we all shared your shock and sorrow on Christmas morning five years […]

Bishop Francis Duffy reopens Saint Mel’s Cathedral five years after devastating fire

Today in Longford town Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, reopened a restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral five years after a devastating fire destroyed the interior of the building, most of its furnishings and fittings, and the roof on Christmas Eve/Christmas morning in 2009. Please see below the reopening schedule for Masses, and public […]

A joint Christmas message from the Bishops of Derry Bishop Donal McKeown and Bishop Ken Good

The harsh realities of life for many in today’s world raise big questions about the meaning and purpose of it all – a world in which too many have to contend with poverty, with homelessness and loneliness; where many live with dangerous political uncertainty and where, for large numbers, refugee status far from home is […]

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 “Do not be afraid.” Fear is one of the most debilitating […]

Media viewing and press conference at the restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford  

You or a representative, are invited to a viewing and a press conference ahead of the reopening of the restored Saint Mel’s Cathedral, Longford, Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.  Details: Date:                           Friday 19 December 2014 Time:                          11.00am Venue:                        Media are invited to assemble in the Civic Room of Saint Joseph’s Temperance Hall, […]

Service Brings Joy! – Homily Reflections by Bishop Martin Drennan at the conferral of pontifical awards Benemerenti upon Mary Mooney, Chris Arthur, Helene Lafferty and Helen McNamara

Parish Church of Corpus Christi, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Gaudete Sunday, 14th December 2014 Service is the secret of life The American writer Mark Twain said that the two most important days of your life are the day you are born, and the day you find out why. It can take us a long time to find […]

Address of Bishop Denis Nulty at the Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Launch of Towards Peace

This day two weeks we celebrate Christmas Day – December 25th, the birth of Christ, the Prince of Peace.  Counsellors and therapists remind us of the high demand for support services around these festive times, when the family gathered together can occasion difficult memories of the past.  There are none more disturbing than the memories […]

Launch of Towards Peace Spiritual Support Service in the Diocese of Ferns

The Towards Peace Spiritual Support Service was launched today, 10 December 2014 in the Diocese of Ferns. Please see below the address of Bishop Denis Brennan, Bishop of Ferns at the launch in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford: Two/three years ago I was one of a small group of bishops who had a series of meetings with […]

Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark International Human Rights Day

Bishops call for the protection of human rights, and for the upholding of the dignity of the human person, concerning people living in poverty, asylum seekers living in Ireland, other displaced people around the world, and for those subjected to human trafficking  To mark International Human Rights Day today, the Irish bishops are calling for […]

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