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‘Our Living Church’ – pastoral letter by Bishop Dermot Farrell

“Beginning on the First Sunday of Advent – 1 December next – there will be changes in the number of Masses in our parishes.  These changes reflect the changing character of our parishes and communities: not only the effect of fewer clergy, but also the need for greater collaboration between parishes” – Bishop Farrell A […]

Bishop Francis Duffy leads prayers for those impacted by the planned closure of ESB plants in Lanesboro and Shannonbridge

Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, released the following statement in response to the announcement of job losses at ESB plants in the Midlands region in Lanesboro, Co Longford and Shannonbridge, Co Offaly. Bishop Duffy said, “The news of the job losses at ESB plants in Lanesboro and Shannonbridge is a devastating blow […]

Address by Archbishop Eamon Martin to the 2019 graduation class of Saint Patrick College, Maynooth

“You, my dear graduates, can be central to that debate – as lay women and men, clerics and religious … from human trafficking and homelessness, to migration and direct provision; from gangland violence and economic uncertainty, to finding a shared vision for lasting peace and reconciliation on this island” – Archbishop Eamon Martin The 225th […]

Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary on reports of plans to use accommodation on Achill for refugees

I  wish to address the media coverage this week concerning protests in reaction to a reported plan to house asylum seekers at a hotel on Achill island. My only knowledge of the issue is that which has been reported. Neither I, nor the local church, have been advised of any plans by the Department of […]

Pope Francis Appoints Two Down and Connor Priests as ‘Chaplains to His Holiness’

The Diocese of Down and Connor is pleased to announce that Pope Francis has honoured Fr Patrick Delargy, Parish Priest of Ballymena and Vicar General, and Fr Joseph Glover, Diocesan Curia, two priests of the Diocese of Down and Connor, by formally appointing them as “Chaplains to His Holiness”, with the title of Monsignor. The […]

Statement by Monsignor Liam Kelly on the arson attack on the car of Martin Kenny TD and on violence in society

Welcome towards friend and stranger is at the heart of our Christian faith.  Central to our faith is the belief that God lives in all human beings, no matter who they are or where they come from, and that when we reject others we reject God who lives in them.  Hospitality has been part of […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin offers prayers at Mass for those affected by the human tragedy in Essex

Saint Patrick & Colman’s Cathedral, Newry “Migrant smuggling and human trafficking feeds on the desperation of vulnerable people, many of whom are fleeing from violence or economic uncertainty” – Archbishop Martin Following the discovery on Wednesday last, 23 October, of human remains in the trailer of a truck in Essex, England, Archbishop Eamon Martin has […]

Bishop Fintan Gavin’s remarks at Mass in support of Novartis staff  

Saint Mary and Saint John’s Church, Carrigaline, Co Cork “News like we received out-of-the-blue from Novartis reminds us that, as local communities … even when everything may be subject to unexpected changes, the parish to which we belong is always an anchor” – Bishop Gavin Background Following the announcement on Wednesday by Novartis, which is […]

Bishop Denis Brennan pays tribute to pioneering emigrant chaplain, the late Father Paul Byrne OMI

Guest speaker social entrepreneur Norah Casey This evening at 7.30pm the Oblate Fathers on Tyrconnell Road in Inchicore, Dublin, will host a tribute evening to honour the late Father Paul Byrne OMI (8 August 1932 – 4 December 2018) who served as chaplain of, and advocate for, the Irish emigrant community in Britain from 1965 […]

Bishop Fintan Monahan calls for prayers for Molex staff and their families

Bishop Fintan Monahan released the following statement in response to the news of the closure of the Irish subsidiary of US multinational company Molex and the loss of 500 jobs: “Like many others I was greatly concerned to hear the news of the phased closure of the Irish subsidiary of Molex. The loss of 500 […]

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