Archive | News archive 2003

Government must now establish “Agency for the Irish Abroad” – Bishop Hegarty

PRESS RELEASE STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 9.30PM ON MONDAY 22 DECEMBER 2003 GOVERNMENT MUST NOW ESTABLISH “AGENCY FOR THE IRISH ABROAD” – BISHOP HEGARTY The Bishop of Derry Seamus Hegarty has called on the Government – as a matter of priority – to establish an “Agency for the Irish Abroad”. Bishop Hegarty was responding to the […]

Christmas Message 2003 from Most Rev John Magee, Bishop of Cloyne

PRESS RELEASE 17 DECEMBER 2003 CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2003 OF MOST REV JOHN MAGEE, BISHOP OF CLOYNE Issued by the Catholic Communications Office on behalf of Most Rev John Magee, Bishop of Cloyne I have noticed recently that an increasing number of people are expressing negative views in regard to Christmas. Some, in fact, are taking […]

Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace – Thursday 1st January 2004

PRESS RELEASE 16 December 2003 POPE’S MESSAGE FOR WORLD DAY OF PEACE THURSDAY 1ST JANUARY 2004 “AN EVER TIMELY COMMITMENT: TEACHING PEACE” This morning in the Holy See Press Office, the Pope’s message for the 37th World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on January 1, 2004, was presented. The theme of the Pope’s […]

Special feature for Christmas on the Catholic Communications Office Website

PRESS RELEASE 15 December 2003 SPECIAL FEATURE FOR CHRISTMAS ON THE CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE WEBSITE The Catholic Communications Office (CCO) has launched a special feature for Christmas 2003 on its website: The web feature has the following sections:* Listing of ceremonies for Christmas in dioceses around the country* A selection of Christmas Reflections and […]

Joint Christmas Message from the Bishops of Clogher 2003

PRESS RELEASE 15 December 2003 JOINT CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE BISHOPS OF CLOGHER 2003 Christmas presents us with a wide range of pictures to warm our hearts and charm our memories. The strong and enduring image remains that of the mother and child, the Holy Family, set in the hastily improvised circumstances of a stable […]

Irish EU Presidency should enshrine rights of Asylum Seekers and Migrants at a European Level – bishops

PRESS RELEASE Strictly embargoed until 12.00 midnight on Sunday 14 December 2003 IRISH EU PRESIDENCY SHOULD ENSHRINE RIGHTS OF ASYLUM SEEKERS AND MIGRANTS AT A EUROPEAN LEVEL – BISHOPS Issued by the Catholic Communications Office on behalf of Committee of the Irish Bishops’ Conference on Asylum Seekers and Refugees   In the run up to […]

December 2003 General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference

PRESS RELEASE 10 DECEMBER 2003 CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ WINTER MEETING INTRODUCTIONThe Irish Bishops’ Conference held their scheduled General Meeting in Maynooth on the 9th and 10th of December 2003. Part of the meeting included a presentation by Ms Maureen Lynott, Chairperson of the Working Group whose remit is to develop a comprehensive child protection policy for […]

Government must establish “Agency for the Irish Abroad” – Hilliard

The Irish Episcopal (Bishops’) Commission for Emigrants (IECE) has welcomed the €1m of funding in the Budget for emigrant services, but has warned that a formalised and co-ordinated approach is now required to service the needs of our Diaspora.

Bishops welcome RCSI report into child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy

PRESS RELEASE STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 12.00 NOON ON THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2003 BISHOPS WELCOME RCSI REPORT INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE BY CATHOLIC CLERGY The Irish Bishops’ Conference (IBC) commissioned research, Time to Listen, Confronting Child Sexual Abuse by Catholic Clergy in Ireland, which was undertaken by members of the Health Services Research Centre at the […]

Catholic Bishops’ Letter to Taoiseach on Embryonic Stem Cell Research made public

PRESS RELEASE 13 NOVEMBER 2003 CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ LETTER TO TAOISEACH ON EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH MADE PUBLIC On 29 October 2003, representatives of the Irish Bishops’ Conference met with the Taoiseach, Mr Bertie Ahern TD, to discuss several issues including EU proposals to fund embryonic stem cell research. The bishops representing the Conference at the […]

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