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International group of bishops report: “We must not ignore the voice of people in the Holy Land”

Participation included Bishop Noel Treanor of Down & Connor and Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe Every year we come to encounter and hear the people of the Holy Land.  We are inspired by their enduring resilience and faith in a worsening situation. In their recent powerful message, the local Catholic Bishops lamented the international […]

Bishop Michael Router calls for an end to cycle of violence

Reports that the dismembered remains of a murdered teenager have been left in two locations in Dublin on Monday and today, have shocked people to their very core. All human life is sacred and an attack of this nature on someone who is still a child is disgusting and beyond belief. To murder another human […]

Church Leaders: ‘Deal offers new hope’

The leaders of Ireland’s main Churches have welcomed the agreement reached between Northern Ireland’s political parties, the UK and Irish Governments.  In their statement the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in Ireland, Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Irish Council of Churches have said, “Throughout this long journey we […]

Irish and international delegation of bishops promote peace in the Holy Land

Bishop Noel Treanor of Down & Connor and Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe, along with Mr Seán Farrell, Head of International Development with Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, will join with bishops from across Europe and North America to promote dialogue and peace in the Holy Land.  This […]

Information for media on the Funeral Liturgy for Marian Finucane RIP

Background The Funeral Mass for Marian Finucane RIP will take place today in Saint Brigid’s Church, Kill, Co Kildare, Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, at 12 midday.  The chief celebrant of the Mass will be Monsignor Ciarán O’Carroll, rector of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, and first-cousin of the deceased.  The concelebrants will be Bishop […]

Information on the Funeral Mass for the late Marian Finucane RIP

The Funeral Mass for Marian Finucane RIP will be take place in Saint Brigid’s Church, Kill, Co Kildare, Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, at 12 midday tomorrow, Tuesday 7 January 2020. The chief celebrant of the Mass will be Monsignor Ciarán O’Carroll, rector of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome. The concelebrants will be Bishop Éamonn […]

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for World Day of Peace 2020: “Lack of respect for difference can undermine even peaceful societies.”

WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2020: Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Therese, Mount Merrion, 11am Wednesday, 1 January 2020           “In 1968, Pope Paul VI had the intuition that the Church should dedicate the first day of each calendar year as a World Day of Peace.  The first day […]

Bishop Noel Teanor’s homily and World Day of Peace message for New Year’s Day

All Saints’ Church, Ballymena, Co Antrim  “Peace cannot and should not be taken for granted. It is a ‘precious value’ that requires cultivation and tending in every generation.” “Our citizenry have made it clear long since that the hard-won peace [in Northern Ireland] is their abiding wish. Indeed we await and expect in the coming […]

Bishop Kevin Doran’s homily and World Day of Peace message for New Year’s Day

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo In 1967, Pope Paul VI established 1 January, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, as World Day of Peace.  This was not just because it was the first day of the New Year, but because Mary, the Mother by giving birth to Jesus became, in a very […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin’s homily and World Day of Peace message for New Year’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh A living Christian faith emboldens us to promote a culture of life, to defend the unborn, to reach out to the homeless, to welcome the stranger, to visit the sick Our country, north and south, truly needs the rekindling of wholesome relationships – socially and politically, nationally and internationally When the […]


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