Archive | News archive 2016

2017 Church Leaders’ New Year Message: “Hope in Christ in uncertain times”

Please find below the joint New Year’s message from the leaders of Ireland’s four main Christian denominations and the president of the Irish Council of Churches:   Message  As with all people, none of us are immune from standing at the gate of the New Year and reflecting on what the last twelve months have brought […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin’s New Year Message for the 50th World Day of Peace 2017

Some people said that the Peace People were naive, others, that they were being manipulated.  For me, their message and actions were motivated by a strong belief in non-violence and a conviction that peace begins from the ground up Violence and aggression is often hidden in families behind the front doors of our own homes.  […]

Dublin’s Pro Cathedral seeking unwanted Christmas gifts for homeless people

Dubliners who may have been a little less than overjoyed when they opened their presents yesterday morning are being asked to help the city’s homeless by passing on their unwanted Christmas Gifts.  The Unwanted   Gifts Appeal at St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral has grown into a fantastic charitable effort where people can re-gift those presents they […]

Christmas 2016 homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Midnight Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh

“I am humbled by … the courageous work of Trócaire to help traumatised victims and survivors of conflict … to the brave Irish UN peacekeepers and for the tremendous humanitarian work of our navy in the Mediterranean. I thank God for the work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Father Peter McVerry Trust, […]

Homily Notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Mass of Christmas Night

St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 24 December 2016 Saint Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus begins with a clear affirmation.  Luke boldly places the story of the birth of Jesus into terms of the real world.  He identifies who the Roman Emperor was and who the local governor was and the fact that a world census was […]

Christmas Message 2016 from Monsignor Michael Ryan

At this special time of year we celebrate the coming of our Saviour, who came into our world in the humblest of circumstances and was welcomed in the first place by poor shepherds who were the first to be told the good news that faithful Jews had longed for, for centuries – “Today in the […]

Christmas greetings of Bishop Fintan Monahan 2016

First Christmas in Killaloe With great delight and happiness on my first Christmas season as new bishop of the Diocese of Killaloe, I have the privilege to offer a seasonal greeting and blessing. A Time to look back The festive season of Christmas is a time to look back at the events and happenings of […]

Christmas Message 2016 from Archbishop Michael Neary

At Christmas, God comes to us as a child, vulnerable, wordless, dependant and he evokes a love from us that is free, faithful and joyful. Christmas is very much a family time.  In a busy world family can easily be neglected.  Time spent with family is very important to keep us mindful of our roots, […]

Message for Christmas 2016 from Bishop William Crean

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light On those who have walked in the shadow of death a light has shone”  (Is. 9:2) This hope and vision of the new dawn that the Messiah brings to the world is what makes Christmas so special.  It is a wonderful piece of good […]

“The treasury of Mary’s heart” – a reflection for Christmas 2016 by Bishop Michael Smith

“Every family is urged by Pope Francis to look to the icon of the Holy Family of Nazareth because its daily life had its share of burdens and even darkness” – Bishop Smith The Scripture texts that tell the story of the birth of Jesus take us into an unfamiliar divine world, one featuring annunciation […]

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