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Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Christmas Eve 2019 Midnight Mass

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for Christmas Eve 2019 Midnight Mass Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh “Human trafficking and other forms of exploitation remind us that evil continues to profit from the misfortune and misery of our fellow human beings” – Archbishop Martin Four weeks ago a group of Austrian scouts visited Manger Square in Bethlehem […]

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for Christmas Eve 2019 Midnight Mass: ‘From This Time Onwards and Forever’

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for Christmas Eve 2019 Midnight Mass: ‘From This Time Onwards and Forever’ Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo “One of the features of the past year is that many people – and young people especially – have begun to express real concern about the things that are disappearing and that […]

Christmas 2019 message from Bishop Dermot Farrell: ‘The Child of Bethlehem – The Depth of Life’

“The Christmas story is neither comfortable nor cosy … It is not enough to say the right things. It is our actions that make God real in our world today” – Bishop Farrell Whilst it is a special time of year, the birth of Jesus is not a fairy-tale! Cards and carols may not dwell […]

Joint statement of the Church leaders: ‘Time for a deal’

Church leaders encourage “political parties to keep their eyes on the goal of restoring devolution” The leaders of Ireland’s main Churches have encouraged political parties to keep their eyes on the goal of restoring devolution as the talks pause for Christmas. In their joint statement the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in […]

Christmas 2019 Message by Bishop Noel Treanor

“Christmas: the Season of Hope and Joy” Discerning the signs of the times and following the hope-filled guidance of a star, the wise men journeyed to Bethlehem where they found the child Jesus lying in a manger. Contemplating the face of the incarnate God-child, they recognised God’s promise embodied in Emmanuel, God-with-us. Their meeting with […]

Christmas 2019 message from the Archbishops of Armagh: ‘A time for re-kindling …’

“Our country, north and south, truly needs the rekindling of wholesome relationships – socially and politically, nationally and internationally” Together we wish you God’s richest blessings this Christmas and through the year ahead. These few days at the turn of the year offer an opportunity for people who are normally very busy to give worthwhile […]

Christmas 2019 greetings of Bishop Fintan Monahan

“The issue of immigrants, refugees and those seeking asylum has become very topical in recent months and unfortunately has polarised many communities in our land” – Bishop Monahan Christmas greeting and blessing Christmas is a time when many people look towards Church and faith for a message of hope, meaning and inspiration.  With that on […]

Christmas message 2019 from Bishop Kevin Doran

During this Christmas season, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the focus is not only on the child, but on the family into which He is born. My thoughts turn to families in our own diocese who have welcomed the birth of a child during this past year and to those who are expecting […]

Joint Christmas 2019 message from the Bishops of Clogher

As Christian leaders we wish to bring you a renewed message of hope at this time: ‘the people that walked in darkness has seen a great light…’ (Isaiah 9:1).  In times of upheaval and uncertainty it is vital that all Christians show forth the light of Christ through our compassion and care of others and […]

Response to the Consultation on ‘A New Legal Framework for Abortion Services in Northern Ireland’ from the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland

  Summary The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland wish to make clear that the new abortion law established under the provisions of the Northern Ireland Act 2019, is an unjust law. As a consequence, no one is obliged in conscience to cooperate with any action permitted by this law which directly and intentionally leads to […]

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