Archive | News archive 2015

Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2015

  Bishops express concern that the fundamental human right to housing is not being adequately protected. Urgent intervention is required to prevent more families becoming homeless this winter. In Laudato si’ Pope Francis outlines a vision for an environment, at both local and global level, that supports integral human development.  A core element of this […]

Ireland needs an education system inspired by a passion for education – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

 “Parents who do not wish their children to attend religious education have a right to see their wish respected” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin SCHOOLS MASS 2015: Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin “The future of education in Ireland is under constant review.  It is not simply a question of adapting […]

Irish bishops welcome the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Universal Catholic Church

Bishops to open “Holy Doors” in dioceses for the Jubilee Year of Mercy Irish bishops warmly welcome the Jubilee Year of Mercy which will begin tomorrow on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (8 December) and which will run until the Solemnity of Christ the King (20 November 2016). The Apostolic Letter for the Year […]

Bishop Liam MacDaid’s pastoral letter for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

To: The Priests, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Clogher and to All People of Goodwill “Jesus shows us the steps to attain our goal on that journey: ‘Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven’” (Lk. 6:37) – […]

Ger Brennan to launch Veritas Christmas window in Dublin City Centre

Photograph opportunity at Christmas Nativity scene Dublin senior GAA star Ger Brennan, and the children’s choir from Scoil Eoin, Dublin, will launch the Veritas Christmas window at its flagship branch on Lower Abbey Street, in the heart of the city centre, tomorrow 11.00am Tuesday 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed […]

An Oasis of Mercy: Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin to the Archdiocese of Armagh for the Year of Mercy

Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Eamon Martin to the Archdiocese of Armagh for the Year of Mercy 8 December 2015 “In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The […]

Bishop Michael Smith ordains Father Noel Weir in Tullamore

“There is no greater gift, nothing more total, that you could give to the Lord” – Bishop Smith The ordination of Father Noel Weir took place in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore on Sunday 6 December 2015. The 39 year old native of Clonminch, Tullamore attended Scoil Bhride and Tullamore College after which he trained as […]

Statement of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference marking the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council

“Let God surprise us” On Tuesday, 8 December, the Catholic Church will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. Tuesday coincides with the important Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also with the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. […]

Mount Mercy College Cork to launch Catholic Schools Week 2016

You or a representative are invited to attend the launch of Catholic Schools Week 2016.  Catholic Schools Week will run next year from Sunday 31 January to Saturday 6 February 2016, and is an all-Ireland annual event which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education.  The […]

Down and Connor Diocesan Programme for the ‘Year for Mercy’

Pope Francis has announced a Year of Mercy which will run from 8 December 2015 to 20 November 2016. The Down and Connor Diocesan Programme for the Year of Mercy will include: The Door of Mercy On 8th December 2015 Pope Francis will open the Door of Mercy, in St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, inaugurating the […]

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