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Statement of the Winter 2017 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The Winter 2017 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concluded this evening in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  Please see below issues that were discussed during the bishops’ meeting:   Homelessness and the housing crisis Bishops express (i) gratitude to the public for €5m Church collection in aid of Trócaire’s east-African food crisis appeal […]

RTÉ to broadcast first Mass using new Irish language translation of the Roman Missal

“This new edition of An Leabhar Aifrinn Rómhánach is a testament to what can be achieved through continuous collaboration” –  Bishop Kelly (Leagan Gaeilge Thíos / Irish language version below) At 11.00am on Sunday 3 December, 2017, the First Sunday of Advent, RTÉ One television and radio will broadcast a special live studio celebration of […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin launches interactive online Advent 2017 Calendar

“As Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of our Lord, I encourage the faithful, notwithstanding our hectic schedule over the coming weeks, to make time to pray – alone and with loved ones – and by so doing to draw nearer to Christ”  “Let’s Talk Family, Let’s Be Family this Advent” – […]

Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin at the Mass to celebrate the re-opening of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

26 November 2017 Homily Today, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King.  Kings are not all that popular in today’s democratic world.  It is interesting, however, to remember that the term “king” appears at the very first moments of the life of Jesus on earth and at the very last moments of his life.  At […]

Bishop Kevin Doran officially opens Coláiste Chiaráin in Athlone

“The progress which has been made in developing this new college out of the great living tradition of the two ‘parent schools’ is a testimony to the spirit of communion and mutual respect that has been so much a part of the engagement of parents, teachers and students in the project” – Bishop Kevin Doran […]

Address by Archbishop Michael Neary at the launch of Merciful like the Father by the Theological Committee

The Theological Committee works as an advisory body to the Irish Episcopal Conference under the direction of the Council for Doctrine.  On the occasion of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2012, the Theological Committee published O Sacred Banquet. When he was inaugurating the ‘Jubilee Year of Mercy’ Pope Francis encouraged and enabled […]

Address of Archbishop Eamon Martin at Vigil of Prayer for lighting red Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, for #RedWednesday

Jesus told his apostles before he left them at the Ascension: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth!” (Acts 1:8) Many churches and public buildings in Ireland and Britain are […]

Archbishop Michael Neary presents 545 young people with John Paul II Awards

On Thursday, 16 November 2017, at Our Lady’s Basilica, Knock, Archbishop Michael Neary presented 545 young people from across the Archdiocese of Tuam with their John Paul II Awards. With over 1,200 people in attendance, Archbishop Neary welcomed the young people, together with their families, friends, teachers, principals, chaplains, priests, and representatives of the various […]

Church Leaders call for end to paramilitary attacks

Ahead of tomorrow, which is the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day, Church leaders in Ireland have added their voices to those calling for an end to all paramilitary attacks in Northern Ireland. The Church leaders emphasise in particular how these attacks continue to impact the lives and wellbeing of children and young people. Please see […]

Homily of Bishop Fintan Monahan for World day of remembrance for road traffic victims

 Saint Joseph’s Church, Ennis, Co Clare · “We remember today and pray for the deceased and pray especially for the many relatives and friends left behind. As priests are so aware of the profound suffering caused by, and the long-lasting effects of, road traffic accidents.” · “Road safety awareness is the parable of the Good […]

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