Archive | News archive 2014

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown at the annual memorial service for those who died and suffered in the 1982 explosion at the Droppin’ Well disco, Ballykelly, Co Derry

Rm 8:14-23; Mt 11:25-30 “The problem for our politicians is not so much that they can’t agree on a new economic strategy. The real core problem is that they are still fighting over which narrative about the past will obtain supremacy. History is told by the victor. While the war is over, the conflict is […]

Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark International Human Rights Day tomorrow, 10 December 2014

Bishops call for the protection of human rights, and for the upholding of the dignity of the human person, concerning people living in poverty, asylum seekers living in Ireland, other displaced people around the world, and for those subjected to human trafficking

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland on the future of Adoption Services with the Catholic Church

“It is unreasonable for legislators to oblige faith based organisations to act against their fundamental and reasonable religious beliefs in the provision of services that contribute to the common good.” The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland announce, with regret, that the long established relationship between the Catholic Church and the adoption services provider The Family […]

Winter 2014 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concludes in Maynooth

The Winter 2014 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concluded this evening in Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The following issues were discussed by the bishops during their meeting: · Caring for our neighbour · Advent and the Sacrament of Reconciliation · Publication of the pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage · […]

Launch of The Meaning of Marriage, a pastoral statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

At a media conference today at Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Bishop Liam MacDaid, chairman of the Council for Marriage and Family, along with Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, officially launched the pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage on behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.  The pastoral statement advises the faithful that […]

Archbishop Martin makes property available for Homeless Services

Archbishop Diarmuid  Martin has said that following consultations with staff, he is in a position to make a substantial Diocesan Property available for emergency homeless accommodation in Dublin city centre. Archbishop Martin has advised staff to make contact with the city’s Homeless Executive today in order to proceed as quickly as possible.  With appropriate support, it […]

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says death on city street points to deeply divided Dublin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has expressed his deep sorrow at the death of a homeless man on the street in Dublin city centre. Only yesterday, the Archbishop visited a Crosscare day drop-in centre where homeless can get a healthy meal at very reasonable prices.  Most of those present in the centre at the time were homeless […]

Archbishop Martin launches Christmas Diocesan Food Appeal

Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is appealing to parishioners to donate food to assist those most in need throughout the Diocese this Christmas. The launch took place today (11.30am Monday, December 1st) in Crosscare’s first food bank on Dublin’s Portland Row. The appeal is necessary again this winter to provide essential food and household products to […]

Address by Bishop Kevin Doran on the meaning of marriage at the Iona Institute in Roscommon

The Good and the Common Good One of my favourite spare-time activities is hill-walking. Usually I go with a friend but, from time to time over the years, I have organised pilgrim walks on St. Kevin’s Way, which crosses the Wicklow Gap from Holywood to Glendalough. In the beginning I used to remind people to […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin launches novel online Advent Calendar

“Each day of Advent amounts to a period of time which allows us to journey and reflect on ‘the joy of the Gospel” – Archbishop Eamon Audio ‘Thought for Today’ a new feature for this year’s Advent Calendar Archbishop Eamon Martin has today launched a specially commissioned 2014 Advent calendar on the homepage of the Irish Catholic bishops’ […]

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