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‘Keep heart, Be heart, Give heart!’ pastoral letter from Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns

Solidarity in life and in death, in the age of Coronavirus Background The Bishop of Ferns, Dr Denis Brennan has written a Pastoral Letter (below) to the people of the Diocese of Ferns for the month of November.  Occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus, Bishop Brennan asks that the people of the diocese now […]

Statement from Bishop Larry Duffy on new Covid-19 restrictions on both sides of the border

The spread of Covid-19 north and south of the border has now resulted in additional restrictions being put in place over the coming days. This is a very trying time for people, particularly after so many have made such tremendous efforts to comply with regulations and to provide for the common good and the public […]

Bishop Dermot Farrell launches novel online-interactive Sacramental preparation programme

Programme tailored for children and families now available on Today in the Diocese of Ossory, Bishop Dermot Farrell launched a new parish-based programme of preparation for the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. Underlining the need for effective preparation Bishop Farrell noted that “much has changed in our parishes and Church life […]

Every young person should use their unique and God-given gifts to change the world for the better – Archbishop Eamon Martin

Homily for Mass for the Dedication of Studies at the Catholic Chaplaincy, Queen’s University Belfast Homily A stand-out memory for me of life in university is that first day in College – with all its nervousness and anticipation; wandering and getting lost among historic buildings, libraries and lecture halls; student cards, clubs and societies; new […]

“Any Deal on Brexit must uphold the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts” – Northern Catholic Bishops

Bishops’ letter to key politicians in Ireland, UK, EU and US on Brexit, Peace and Prosperity  Background The Northern Catholic Bishops have sent the following letter regarding the current negotiations on Brexit to An Taoiseach Micheál Martin; Prime Minister Boris Johnson; Head of the EU Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom, Michel Barnier, […]

‘Care at the End of Life’ – Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Background Following its Autumn General Meeting this week, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference have released the following statement entitled Care at the End of Life: Statement Human dignity is inherent in every person from the first moment of his or her existence.  Even under the most challenging circumstances, we never lose that inherent dignity, which brings […]

Homily of Bishop William Crean for ‘Day for Life’

The life question will never leave the political agenda.  Simply because it goes to the very heart of the nature of our society.  How we treat the weak and powerless is the true test of our character and integrity as a nation … To introduce a `Dying with Dignity` Bill at this time is disingenuous […]

Brexit: ‘Act with urgency and generosity to end economic and social uncertainty’ — Church Leaders

In a joint statement today (6 October) Christian Church Leaders from across the island of Ireland have appealed for renewed efforts to strengthen relationships across and between these islands and beyond in this critical phase of the Brexit negotiations. Church Leaders’ joint statement in full “With limited time remaining to prepare for the outworking of […]

Homily of Bishop John Fleming at the Killala Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock for Rosary Sunday

“Prayer at times of difficulty and distress has shown itself in the practice of turning to Mary in prayer and, in particular, in praying the Rosary … Simplicity is the key to saying the Rosary today” • “We grieve the loss of life due to abortion; over six thousand in the past year alone.  We seek, […]

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