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Speaking notes of Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass for the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative

Speaking notes of Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass for the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative National Marian Shrine, Knock, Co Mayo “I ask you to think of five people and pray that their lives may be touched by the power of the Holy Spirit and that the love of Christ may really take root in […]

A Year Has Passed: the first anniversary of the referendum on the Right to Life

A pastoral message by Bishop Kevin Doran and Father Dermot Meehan of the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which led to the legalisation of abortion in Ireland.  In marking this anniversary, we reaffirm our belief in the fundamental dignity and right to life […]

Pastoral message from Bishop Larry Duffy on the elections & referendum on 24 may 2019

“There’s more to elections than just voting for the most popular candidate; elections give us space to think about the direction of our country and local communities and about how the representatives we elect might play their part to enable us grow and renew the world we live in. “There is a saying that ‘all […]

Statement by Bishop Brendan Leahy on the marriage referendum

Don’t let referendum go without conversation on marriage – urges Bishop Leahy Monday, 20 May 2019:   Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that it would be shame to just tick a box for the upcoming referendum on divorce law without first considering the social context and challenges that marriages face today. In a statement […]

Pastoral message of Bishop Kevin Doran to the people of the Diocese of Elphin in advance of the local and European elections and the referendum on the regulation of divorce

“The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.  Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts.”  This is […]

Bishops’ statement on forthcoming EU elections

Citizens across the island of Ireland, North and South, will be called to the polls this week on 23 and 24 May respectively, to exercise their democratic vote in the European Parliament elections. Common Good Voting is the right and privilege of every responsible citizen. It is also the practical and concrete contribution that every […]

Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, Ministry Sunday

Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 19th May 2019 “The Gospel reading we have just heard speaks to us about the glorification of Jesus. Jesus attains his glory through his passion, death and resurrection. You might ask: how is this? To our way of thinking, suffering and death are looked on as signs of failure. Suffering and […]

Statement by Bishop Denis Nulty, chair of the Council for Marriage & Family of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, on the divorce referendum

Article 41.3.1 of the Constitution of Ireland proclaims that ‘the State pledges itself to guard with special care the institution of Marriage, on which the Family is founded, and to protect it from attack.’ Stable marriages and relationships contribute significantly to a happy and stable society. Following last August’s celebration of the World Meeting of […]

‘A time for courageous leadership’ – Church leaders

In a joint statement today (14 May) the leaders of Ireland’s main Churches said that talks between Northern Ireland’s political parties to restore the devolved institutions, were ‘a fresh window of opportunity, born of tragedy, but nestling in hope for the future that now requires courageous and compassionate leadership.’ The leaders of the Church of […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for Vocations Sunday Mass broadcast by RTÉ

Good Shepherd Sunday 12 May 2019 Every year in Derry Diocese, we have Mass in the local football stadium for all the children who have been confirmed during the course of the year.  Last June we had a stand packed with 2,700 children and their teachers – complete with banners, hats, painted T-shirts and lots […]

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