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Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin on the death of former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave RIP

Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin on the death of former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave RIP As with many people across the country, I was saddened last evening to hear of the death of the former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave.   Following in the political footsteps of his beloved father, Liam Cosgrave was admired by people the length and breadth of Ireland as a wise, modest and […]

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

The Autumn 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: Prayers for those killed and injured in Las Vegas The sanctity of human life October is Mission Month – ‘Reach Out and Spread the Joy’ […]

Statement by Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan on HPV vaccines

I wish to apologise for contributing to any misinformation, or indeed for causing upset to anyone, concerning use of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines. My intervention was in response to concerns which I had received about HPV vaccines from parents wishing to make the best health decision on behalf of their children, and from […]

Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Mass for the Commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term 2017

Church of Saint Michan, 2nd October 2017 “There are two great hymns in the Latin liturgy invoking the Holy Spirit.  We opened our liturgy this morning at the Commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term with the best known of the two: the Veni Creator Spiritus.  It is a hymn that is traditionally sung at the […]

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for Day for Life Sunday 2017 – ‘Promotion of a culture which protects life and respects women’

12.00pm Mass, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo “Today I am asking people throughout our diocese, even if it has not been your practice up to now, to consider committing to spend one hour each week in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, or to come together with your neighbours or friends to pray the […]

500 people gather for 4th annual Down and Connor Diocesan Faith and Life Convention

  On Saturday, over 500 people gathered for the fourth annual Faith and Life Convention. Held in Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College, Knock, this initiative arose out of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and saw people from across the Diocese and further afield turn out with great enthusiasm to hear the keynote speaker Cardinal Kevin Farrell […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for the 2017 Derry Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo, Archdiocese of Tuam Two weeks ago I was visiting my sister’s house for a birthday party.  And in a lull in the conversation a niece asked me ‘Uncle D, what are you doing tomorrow?’  I promptly replied that I was having dinner with the Dalai Lama!  After […]

Nineteen new seminarians begin studies for the priesthood

Nineteen new seminarians for Irish Dioceses have begun their formation and academic programme for 2017-2018.  Earlier this year, the Congregation for Clergy, in Rome – which have overall responsibility for seminary formation – issued a new document (Ratio), The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, which is the revised programme for seminary formation.  The Ratio strongly […]

Respectful model of Education needed for a new pluralist Ireland – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin at Mass for the beginning of the Academic Year 2017  Saint Patrick’s College, DCU,  Drumcondra, Monday 25th September 2017 Introduction             “At the beginning of the new school year, we come to entrust to the Lord the work of education in this diocese.  We remember our […]

Homily of Bishop William Crean at Mass for the Ordination of six Permanent Deacons in Diocese of Cloyne

My friends, It is difficult for us, at this remove, to appreciate the sense of excitement that the Second Vatican Council generated in the life of the Church.  We need to remind ourselves that the First Vatican Council in the late 19th century didn’t get to complete its work due to the outbreak of the […]

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