Archive | News archive 2015

Bishop MacDaid opens Door of Mercy at Saint Macartan’s Cathedral as Jubilee begins

Bishop MacDaid calls on people to be ‘Missionaries of Mercy’ Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown to open a special Door of Mercy at the Basilica on Lough Derg in 2016 In what was both an impressive and historic liturgy, a Holy Door – the Door of Mercy – was solemnly opened on Sunday afternoon last […]

Archbishop Martin to open Holy Door of Mercy to mark Jubilee called by Pope Francis

To mark the Jubilee of Mercy initiated by Pope Francis, at 11am on Sunday 20th December next Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will open a Door of Mercy at St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough Street, Dublin. The door chosen by Archbishop Martin [an entrance to the left of the main door on Marlborough Street] leads into an area of […]

Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the reception of the remains of Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony

Church of Saint Anne, Shankill, 14th December 2015 “We come to commend to the Lord, whom he served with all his heart, Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony.  In his 80th year, Bishop O’ Mahony was a priest for 55 years and a Bishop for 40 years. On so many occasions after a confirmation or a ceremony […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for the ‘Opening of the Door of Mercy’ in Saint Eugene’s Cathedral, Derry

Only a Church that knows it is made up of forgiven sinners can reflect the mercy of Christ … The Year of Mercy gives us a great opportunity to remember death and battle with sadness, silence and forgiveness rather than with a vainglorious abuse of the past in the service of subliminal modern battles. Jesus […]

Homily of Bishop Philip Boyce at Mass for opening of Holy Door for Year of Mercy

Saint Eunan’s Cathedral, 13 December 2015 A source of joy and hope for us today is the Jubilee Year of Mercy which has begun, and the opening of the Holy Door through which we have just entered into the Cathedral. The opening of the Holy Door is a symbol of how God our heavenly Father, opens […]

Statement by Archbishop Eamon Martin on the death of Bishop Dermot O’Mahony RIP

On behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, I wish to join with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to offer my prayerful condolences on the death of Bishop Dermot O’Mahony RIP, Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Dublin. Whilst I personally did not know or work with the late Bishop O’Mahony, who preceded my time in […]

Death is announced of former auxiliary Bishop of Dublin

The death has occurred, after a lengthy illness, of the emeritus auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, Dermot O’ Mahony, Titular Bishop of Tiava.  He was aged 80. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expressed his sympathy to the family and friends of Bishop O’ Mahony and said priests of the Archdiocese were saddened by the news of his passing […]

Opening of Holy Door for the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Derry to begin in Christ Church

“I very much welcome this unique opportunity to emphasise our shared mission of bringing God’s merciful love to our wider community” – Bishop Donal McKeown “The friendship between our two churches has been growing and deepening in recent years and Sunday’s unique occasion – the only ceremony of its kind we are aware of to […]

CPSMA expresses concern regarding proposals by the Minister for Education & Skills on religious education

In response to the announcement by the Minister for Education & Skills Jan O’Sullivan, Father Tom Deenihan, General Secretary of the Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA), said that while he was surprised by the Minister’s announcement regarding Rules 68 and 69, he could understand the rationale behind such a decision in some circumstances. Father […]

Statement from the Bishops’ Council for Education concerning the autonomy of schools

Faith schools exist because many parents wish to have their children educated in accordance with their religious convictions.  If the ethos of faith schools is undermined then the rights of such parents are compromised.  The Bishops’ Council for Education supports the need to update and revise the 165 rules contained in Rules for National Schools.  […]

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