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Statement by the Bishops’ Council for Life regarding the Report of the Department of Health on “Termination of Pregnancy” in 2019

In recent months Ireland has experienced the traumatic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has touched every sector of society.  While many people have suffered emotionally and economically, we think immediately of those who have died, 1,735 people as of 30 June.  Each one was a unique human being, created in the image of God, […]

Statement of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on 50 people cap for Churches

“Churches across the Republic of Ireland are still awaiting information on the announced protocol between the Government and religious bodies about the numbers that may attend religious services, especially in large buildings. The new Northern Ireland advice is that the number should calculated on the basic of proportionality to the size of each Church whereas […]

Homily of Father Michael McGinnity for the Requiem Mass of Noah Donohoe RIP

Introduction to the funeral of Noah Donohoe Fr Michael McGinnity Today across Belfast and far beyond it, there are countless people holding you Fiona and your family in their thoughts and prayers. Since the news of Noah’s tragic death emerged, a tangible sense of shock and disbelief has gripped the community.  So many people are […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin congratulates Lambeth award recipients Bishop Donal McKeown and Bishop Ken Good

I extend my congratulations to Bishop Donal McKeown and Bishop Ken Good, two very worthy recipients of the “Lambeth Award 2020”. Building on the work of their predecessors, they have worked, both individually and jointly, to help heal community divisions. Their choosing to work together as often as possible, and their visible presence together on […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown: reopening of churches for public worship will be a challenge to all of us

Today’s Gospel passage brings us to the end of the second great discourse of Jesus in Saint Matthew’s Gospel. The first was the Sermon on the Mount where he called the crowds to a new way of being human, based on the divine values of love, generosity and responsibility for each other. In this missionary […]

Diocese of Limerick welcomes the appointment of Father Martin Hayes as Bishop of Kilmore

The Diocese of Limerick offers its warmest congratulations to Father Martin Hayes on his nomination as Bishop of Kilmore. It is a particular joy for the diocese because, as a young man, Father Martin studied in Limerick and was quite involved in the diocesan youth faith movement, Muintearas Íosa and came to know many other […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes the appointment of Father Martin Hayes as the new Bishop of Kilmore

Archbishop Eamon Martin has welcomed today’s appointment by the Holy Father Pope Francis of Father Martin Hayes as the new Bishop of Kilmore. Archbishop Martin said, “I warmly welcome the appointment today by Pope Francis of Father Martin Hayes (Cashel & Emly) as Bishop of the Diocese of Kilmore, which is situated in the metropolitan […]

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin at first public Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh since lockdown

Dear brothers and sisters, the white woollen pallium which I’m wearing over my shoulders today, was presented to me by Pope Francis in Rome on this day five years ago. Pope Francis told all the new archbishops that day that we ought to be – like Saint Peter and Saint Paul – people of prayer, […]

Statement of Monsignor Liam Kelly welcoming the appointment by Pope Francis of Father Martin Hayes as Bishop of Kilmore  

When Bishop Leo O’Reilly stepped down as Bishop of Kilmore on 31 December 2018 we had mixed emotions. We were glad that he was getting to retire after more than twenty years of arduous work and we were sad that we were losing a bishop of such great integrity who was held in high esteem […]

Bishop Leo O’ Reilly welcomes appointment by Pope Francis of Father Martin Hayes as Bishop of Kilmore  

I warmly welcome the appointment of Very Reverend Martin Hayes of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly as my successor as Bishop of Kilmore.  I know that the people of Kilmore, priests, religious and lay, will make him very welcome too and take him to their hearts.  I heartily congratulate him on his appointment and […]

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