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Statement by Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy on death of Dolores O’Riordan RIP

“The death of Dolores O’Riordan is such a sad loss of a young and precious life.  Millions across the world have been shocked by this sad news but first and foremost I think of her family.   Way beyond anything else, this is the passing of a loving mother, daughter and sister. This is a family […]

Father Alan Hilliard ‘The Living Word’ – World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Please see below the text for the A Living Word broadcast which will be transmitted by RTÉ Radio 1 from Monday 15 – Friday 19 January 2018 to coincide with this year’s publication of the message by Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  The theme of the message is “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants […]

Bishop John McAreavey welcomes the message of Pope Francis for the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

2018 theme: “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees” “Pope Francis has placed migrants and refugees before the conscience of the world.” – Bishop McAreavey Welcome by Bishop McAreavey Ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees which will be celebrated globally this Sunday, Bishop John McAreavey, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Justice […]

Address by Bishop Brendan Leahy to Child Safeguarding Conference in Limerick

Failure to recognise and respond appropriately to the complex issues of abuse compounds the profound harm done to the lives of young and vulnerable persons, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy said a Child Safeguarding Conference in the city today. Speaking at a conference, ‘Building Collaboration in Safeguarding’, involving 100 representatives of organisations across Limerick in […]

Bishop Donal McKeown and international delegation of bishops to meet young Palestinians and Israelis in the Holy Land

“A key purpose of our pilgrimage is to remind the Christian communities in the Holy Land that they are not forgotten by their brothers and sisters in other parts of the world.” – Bishop McKeown Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, along with bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa will meet in […]

Statement of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the death of Mr Peter Sutherland RIP

7 January 2018 The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has expressed his sympathy to the wife and family of the late Peter Sutherland.  Mr Sutherland had been for a number of years an advisor to the Vatican’s Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See and was also President of the Geneva-based International Catholic Committee […]

Extract from Homily delivered by Bishop Noel Treanor on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

This homily was delivered on 7 January at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Parish of Drumbo and Carryduff As one considers the interplay between contemplation and the ordering of public life and policies, between contemplation and politics, as sketched in Pope Francis’ 2018 World Day of Peace Message, one thinks of our […]

Pastoral Message for the new year 2018 from Archbishop Eamon Martin: “To Serve Human Life is to Serve God” (Pope Francis)

My brothers and sisters, as 2018 begins, I wish you, your family and all your loved ones the gifts of hope, love, and “life to the full” in the New Year. On 1st January this year, the Feast of the Motherhood of Mary, Pope Francis said that calling Mary: “Mother of God” reminds us that, […]

Statement of Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan on the appointment of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory

Following the appointment today by the Holy Father Pope Francis of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as the new Bishop of Ossory, Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has published the following statement: “I am delighted with the appointment of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as the new Bishop of our neighbouring diocese, Ossory.  I have known Monsignor Dermot in Maynooth for […]

Address by Monsignor Dermot Farrell on the announcement of his appointment as Bishop of Ossory

Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny It was with enormous surprise that I received Pope Francis’ invitation to serve the priests and people of the Diocese of Ossory as bishop.  I am humbled by this call from the Church.  I have been a priest for over 37 years; half of that time in parish ministry where […]

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