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Statement by Archbishop Eamon Martin on the publication of Research Report on Mother and Baby Homes and Magdalene Laundries in Northern Ireland

The month of January 2021 will go down in history as the time when the people of Ireland – north and south – came face to face with a stark reality of our past which we preferred would remain hushed and hidden – the way we stigmatised and harshly judged many vulnerable pregnant women in […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Pope Francis’ message highlighting voice of persecuted minorities  

World Communications Day message: “Come and See” (Jn 1:46), ‘Communicating by Encountering People as They Are’ Archbishop Eamon Martin, chairman of the Council for Communications of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, welcomed this year’s World Communications Day message by Pope Francis, saying: “I warmly welcome Pope Francis’ 2021 World Communications Day message, which emphasises the […]

Catholic Schools Week: ‘Communities of Resilience and Faith’

From tomorrow Catholic Schools Week 2021 will take place in parishes and Catholic schools across the island of Ireland.  This annual celebration of Catholic education will run from 24 – 31 January and this year’s theme is, ‘Catholic Schools: Communities of Resilience and Faith’.  Resources for use by parishes, and by primary and post-primary schools, […]

Statement by the Northern Catholic Bishops on the extension of the Covid-19 shut-down by the Northern Ireland Executive to 5 March 2021  

We encourage parishes to continue to broadcast the celebration of Mass – and other devotions and prayer services – online and on other media, knowing that faith and prayer can be a tremendous support to individuals and society during these difficult times. We ask for prayers for the sick, the bereaved and all those whose […]

Holy Land Coordination 2021 Final Communiqué

Please see below a press release from the Holy Land Coordination Group, which includes Bishop Noel Treanor and Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ.  The Holy Land Coordination Group usually meets and travels to the Holy Land every January with a focus on prayer, pilgrimage and persuasion.  Its aim is to act in solidarity with the Christian […]

Letter from Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly to the people of God in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly

Dear Friends, I write to you all at a very difficult moment in time for our country. Firstly, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought death, pain and suffering to many families in our diocese and country. I wish to express my deep sadness and solidarity with all those affected by the pandemic. We have also seen […]

Homily of Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell

The publication of the Report into Mother and Baby Homes has helped shed light on what happened to vulnerable women and their children within the walls of those homes and beyond. This Report holds a mirror to aspects of our past which are difficult and distressing, and we can no longer shy away from some […]

Frozen hearts in Church, Society and State at heart of Mother and Baby Homes failure – Bishop Brendan Leahy

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that the “frozen heart” that so many women found before, during and after their time in Mother and Baby Homes was a dreadful failure of Church, Society and State. In his weekend homily, which was streamed from St. John’s Cathedral today, Bishop Leahy said that those who should […]

Statement by Bishop Paul Dempsey on the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I am conscious as I write these words that I have no idea, nor can I even imagine what it must have been like for a young girl in Ireland to have become pregnant outside of marriage just a few decades ago.  So many were abandoned by their families, their communities, their parishes, their priests, […]

Statement by Bishop Fintan Monahan on the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes 

I welcome the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.  I hope that the report will be of some help to the survivors of the many institutions involved and, that in revealing the truth, it will begin a process of healing.   Many thanks to all who contributed to […]

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