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‘Our Common Humanity’ – statement on the second day of the Spring 2018 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

As pastors we are aware that the conversation about unborn life is sensitive, delicate and, indeed, painful for many.  We offer our reflections with the greatest of respect for everyone while wishing to make some points clearly and unambiguously. Fundamental right Every one of us has a right to our life.  It is not given […]

Media information for the Episcopal Ordination of Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory

Please contact the CCO in Maynooth on to apply for accreditation You, or a representative, are invited to attend the celebration of Mass for the Episcopal Ordination of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as the new Bishop of Ossory.  Details: Time and date            3.00pm Mass on Sunday 11 March 2018 Venue                         Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, Diocese of […]

‘Every human life is sacred’ – pastoral message of Bishop Leo O’Reilly

On any of these spring mornings when the sun is shining and you hear the birds singing, it’s hard to suppress the impulse to do a little skip, and to shout ‘it’s great to be alive’.  The older I get the more I appreciate that most precious gift of all, the gift of life, and […]

Letter by Bishop John McAreavey to the people, religious and clergy of the Diocese of Dromore

Today I am writing my letter of resignation as Bishop of Dromore to Pope Francis. I do so with a heavy heart. I wrestled with this decision over recent weeks; it was not an easy decision to take. Following recent media coverage which has disturbed and upset many people, I decided on Thursday to resign. […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin calls on parishioners to be vigilant for the vulnerable during extreme weather

Ahead of the expected extreme cold weather due in Ireland this week, Archbishop Eamon Martin has issued the following statement to encourage parishioners to support the more vulnerable amongst us: “The weather forecast for the coming days is expected to be exceptionally cold and to include a significant snowfall.  This bad weather will affect and […]

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA leads prayer for peace for the Congo and South Sudan

Today, and at Masses over this weekend in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA is encouraging the faithful to pray for peace in the Congo and in South Sudan. Archbishop O’Reilly’s initiative is in response to Pope Francis’ call for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in both countries […]

Homily of Bishop John Buckley at the liturgy to welcome the Icon for the World Meeting of Families to the Diocese of Cork and Ross

Cathedral of Saints Mary and Anne, Cork This evening we welcome the icon to our diocese which I had the privilege of being present at the anointing in Knock last August with representative families from Cork and Ross alongside bishops, clergy and parishioners from all 26 dioceses on the island of Ireland. It is an […]

Words of welcome by Bishop Denis Nulty at the blessing of an engaged couple at the Shrine of Saint Valentine

“From strong marriages come strong families, and from strong families comes a strong society” – Bishop Nulty Photocall at the Shrine of Saint Valentine of engaged couple at 12.00pm today: Anna Keegan from Dublin and Seamus Walsh from Mayo See below figures and graphs for attendance by region at both Accord marriage preparation courses and […]

Message of the Holy Father Pope Francis for Lent 2018

“I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer” – Pope Francis  ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ initiative on 9 and 10 March invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, […]

Father Dermot Meehan elected Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry

Father Dermot Meehan, Parish Priest of Swinford, Co Mayo, has been elected Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry.  This follows the installation of Bishop Brendan Kelly as the new Bishop of Galway, Kilfenora and Kilmacduagh last Sunday. In his new role Father Meehan assumes responsibility for the day-to-day running of the diocese and will […]

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