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Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at Knock Shrine

The great “Mercy Pope”, St John Paul II described divine mercy as God’s “Easter gift” to the world. Like our own Pope Francis, St John Paul II believed that mercy is the answer to the world’s problems. There is so much for us to do, as missionaries of Divine mercy, to help the world understand […]

Saint Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street, to host a Mass of Hope for Belfast’s homeless community

Saint Patrick’s Church, Donegall Street is set to host a Mass of Hope for Belfast’s homeless community.  At the Mass, a new soup-kitchen will be opened.  It will provide a safety-net and vital lifeline to those experiencing poverty and homelessness. The initiative is in response to Pope Francis’ call to reach out to those in […]

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordains three seminarians from the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, as deacons

Three seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, were ordained deacons on Easter Tuesday by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, at the Church of Saint Alphonsus on the Via Merulana in Rome.  Rev James Daly (57), originally from Midleton, Co Cork, a former parish pastoral worker and teacher, and Rev Robert Smyth (32), from […]

Bishop Francis Duffy expresses shock at desecration of Longford church 

Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, has expressed his shock and sadness at the desecration of St Michael’s Church, Shroid, in Longford parish. The church was broken into and the tabernacle has been stolen. The break-in was discovered on Easter Sunday morning. The church had not been in use over the Easter period […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin’s message for Easter Sunday 2017: Breaking News #ChristisRisen

According to Matthew, it was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary who had the great joy and privilege of being first to hear about the resurrection of Jesus and to see him risen from the dead. Immediately they ran to tell the others. If this all happened today no doubt it would be “breaking news”! […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for Easter Sunday 2017

 If you looked at the news headlines over the last few days – Bomb kills dozens of Syrian evacuees, North Korea ready for nuclear attack – you might be forgiven for thinking that Jesus had wasted his time on Good Friday and that Resurrection is at best wishful thinking and at worst culpable self-delusion. It […]

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for Easter Sunday 2017

Over the past few days, as I prepared for this Easter celebration, something caught my attention. The word “witness” is used five times in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Obviously it is significant. Peter and Paul, John, Mary of Magdala and Luke are all witnesses. The Gospel tells us that Mary […]

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for the Easter Vigil 2017

A series of endings and beginnings Our daily life is a continuous cycle of endings and beginnings. Winter turns into Spring. Autumn fades into Winter. Every ending is a new beginning. Fashions change, ideologies are abandoned, and walls crumble, only to be replaced by others, which may be interesting in their own way, but are […]

Homily of Monsignor Joseph McGuinness at Easter Vigil in Patrick’s Church, Tyholland, Co Monaghan

It was the brilliant Irish wit, Oscar Wilde, who famously wrote that a cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. There can often seem to be such a hard cynicism at the heart of modern life – in social attitudes, international relations, political culture, even in basic human […]

Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for the Easter Vigil 2017

​“He is not here, he is risen”, is the signal message which the women receive as they make their way to anoint this dead body of Jesus. That the Lord is truly risen is a fundamental element of the Christian faith. The Old Testament readings of this Easter Vigil are all about how God created […]

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