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Statement of the Autumn 2018 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The Autumn 2018 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference concluded this afternoon in the Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  Please see below topics discussed by the bishops at their meeting: Prayers for those killed and injured by the tsunami in Indonesia Reflection on the visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting […]

Homily of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for Mass recognising the contribution of those involved in structures and initiatives of the Irish Episcopal Conference and in the World Meeting of Families

College Chapel of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth One of the strongest words used by Pope Francis during his visit in August to the World Meeitng of Families in Ireland was that phrase addressed to the Irish bishops warning them not to repeat “the attitudes of aloofness and clericalism that at times in your history have […]

Bishops’ Conference launch ‘A Room at the Inn?’ – a pastoral letter on housing and homelessness

On the first day of the Autumn 2018 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, a press conference was held in the Columba Centre of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, to launch a pastoral letter on housing and homelessness, A Room at the Inn?.  In attendance at the press conference were Bishop Kevin Doran of […]

Church leaders and political leaders meet

The leaders of the main Churches in Ireland met with leaders and representatives of the five main political parties in Northern Ireland today (Friday 28 September) at the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s Assembly Buildings in Belfast. The meeting was an opportunity for the Church leaders to discuss their concerns over the impact of the absence […]

Launch of Bishops’ pastoral message on housing and homelessness

You, or a representative, are invited to attend the launch of A Room at the Inn? the pastoral letter on housing and homelessness by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference:                                          Date and time Monday 1 October […]

Annual meeting of the Irish Episcopal Conference and the Bishops of the Church of Ireland takes place in Dublin

The annual meeting of representatives of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and the Bishops of the Church of Ireland was held in Dublin on Wednesday 26 September. In an atmosphere of prayer and warm fellowship the Bishops: shared impressions of the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis; reflected on the broad significance […]

Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin at the Diocesan Education Mass 2018

Saint Patrick Campus, Dublin City University, 25 September 2018 7.30pm  “ We come to ask the protection of the Holy Spirit on the multiple endeavours in the field of education in this diocese in the coming year.  This academic year will be an important one in Ireland. Ireland is a changing society and its long-term […]

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly expresses concern over kidnapped priest in Niger

The Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA, has asked for prayers for the safe return of a missing missionary priest from his congregation, the Society of African Missions, who is believed to have been abducted by jihadists. Father Pierluigi Maccalli SMA was kidnapped on Monday in south Niger, near the border with Burkina Faso, allegedly by a group of jihadist […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for the National Padre Pio Pilgrimage

Mass celebrated at 3.00pm at the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo, Archdiocese of Tuam “Faith means my seeking to follow Christ, not my trying to get God to see things my way. Prayer is about letting Christ change our hearts, not about us trying to twist His arm. Faith is about taking […]

New Bishop of Meath Tom Deenihan leads 71st diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

The newly-ordained Bishop of Meath, Bishop Tom Deenihan, along with Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop Emeritus of Meath, and 550 pilgrims from the diocese, have travelled to Lourdes this week (12 – 17 September) to pray for the sick and assist pilgrims with disabilities and illnesses.  This year’s pilgrimage marks the 71st pilgrimage to this popular […]

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