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Meeting between Archbishop Eamon Martin and Minister Stephen Donnelly

Following contact from Minister Donnelly’s office today, Archbishop Eamon Martin had a meeting with the Minister this afternoon to discuss concerns that have arisen following the publication on Friday of SI 171/2021. Minister Donnelly was joined at the meeting by Dr Colette Bonner from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer.  Archbishop Eamon Martin explained […]

Statement by Bishop Noel Treanor in Response to the Recent Attacks on Jewish Graves

Over the weekend, I was shocked and disgusted to hear that, once more, a number of Jewish graves were attacked and damaged within the City Cemetery. I extend my heartfelt support to all the families and the wider Belfast Jewish community who have been affected and deeply hurt by this incident. These senseless acts of […]

 Homily of Bishop Michael Router at Mass for the Third Sunday of Easter

“Childhood is short and any substantial period of conflict and separation can lead to a parent missing significant moments in a child’s life such as First Communion and Confirmation” – Bishop Router Peace be With You! Jesus appears to his disciples in this morning’s gospel, and he greets them with the words, “Peace be with […]

Meeting between the Taoiseach and the Church Leaders Group (Ireland)

The following statement was published by the Government Press Office: The Taoiseach today met with all island Christian Church Leaders: Most Rev Eamon Martin, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of all Ireland  Most Rev John McDowell, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh & Primate of all Ireland Rt Rev Dr David Bruce, Moderator […]

Further delay in resettling refugee children “appalling” – Bishop Denis Brennan

“I call on Government to act as quickly and decisively as possible in this case to bring these children to safety and shelter” – Bishop Brennan Following further delays to the resettlement of children to Ireland from the Moria refugee camp in Greece, Bishop Denis Brennan, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Immigrants, has issued […]

Church Leaders call for unified political response to address violence and community tensions

Following recent disturbances in Northern Ireland, the Church Leaders Group (Ireland) has written an open letter to political leaders in Northern Ireland, the Governments of the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the European Union.  In the letter Church Leaders: Echo the appeal from local Church and community leaders for political leaders to treat Northern Ireland’s […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin expresses his sympathy to Queen Elizabeth on the death of Prince Philip

I was saddened to hear of the death today of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  Her Majesty the Queen, and all the members of the Royal family, are in our prayers on the death of a much loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Prince Philip has been a regular visitor […]

Ecumenical Service in response to riots and street violence across Belfast

This afternoon (9 April 2021) at 3.00pm a short Ecumenical Service will take place at Forthspring on the interface between Springfield Road and the Shankill Road in response to the recent riots and street violence across Belfast.  There will be representation from the four largest denominations, including Bishop Noel Treanor (Diocese of Down and Connor), and […]

Information for media on the funeral liturgy of Anne O’Sullivan RIP

Mass will be live-streamed on At 1.30pm today, the Funeral Mass for the late Anne O’Sullivan RIP will be celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kanturk, Co Cork, in the Diocese of Cloyne.  Father Toby Bluitt PP will be chief celebrant at this Mass which will be concelebrated by Father John Magner CC.  […]

Statement from Bishop Noel Treanor in response to street violence across Belfast 

Sadly, over the past week, we have experienced a return to civic unrest and violence on our streets. These scenes are deeply concerning for all of us who believe in and have worked together for a shared, brighter future for our society. Already, many citizens, including a bus driver and a journalist have been injured […]

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