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Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Feast of Saint Laurence O’Toole

“Real life is on the ground: messy and painful, and at times, very dark, as is brought home to us in these days. We may not run from the darkness. People’s hurt is real; their pain is genuine. To deny any of this, is not only an injustice to those who have been hurt; it […]

“There is a crying need for atonement, inner healing and hope in the aftermath of the abuse scandals” – Archbishop Eamon Martin

“The Church of the future in Ireland is a Church which serves … is less about maintenance and monuments and more about mission and evangelisation” “There still remains much more to be done to address the legacy of violence, to build reconciliation on this island, and to heal the deep wounds of generations of conflict” […]

Bishop Hayes: the work of prison chaplains is vital but unheralded

“In all my years I have never met an evil person.  People do evil things” – Sister Imelda Wickham Statement by Bishop Martin Hayes Today marks Prisoners’ Sunday, a significant date in the Church calendar whose purpose is to encourage us to pray for prisoners, to highlight their plight and it recognises those who pastorally […]

Submission of the Council for Life to the Oireachtas Committee, in respect of the Review of the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018

Submission of the Council for Life to the Oireachtas Committee, in respect of the Review of the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018

Bishop Alan McGuckian pays tribute to Dom Placid Murray RIP

Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ, Bishop of Raphoe and the Irish Bishops’ Conference representative on the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL), has published the following statement following the death on 31 October of Dom Placid Murray OSB: Statement Dom Placid Murray, who died at the age of 104 years on the eve of […]

Road fatalities are an avoidable tragedy for our society – Bishop Fintan Monahan

Parishes encouraged to pray for road users, road traffic victims and their families 126 fatalities in the State so far in 2022 is a higher figure than for the same period last year With the Halloween long-weekend approaching, Bishop Fintan Monahan has called on all road-users to show extra vigilance to the increased number of […]

Bishops congratulate Bishop-elect Niall Coll on his appointment by Pope Francis to the Diocese of Ossory

This morning in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, in the Diocese of Ossory, Monsignor Julien Kaboré, Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland announced that his Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Niall Coll, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory.  Please see below Bishops’ statements of congratulations welcoming this appointment. Archbishop Dermot […]

Words of Bishop-elect Niall Coll following his appointment by Pope Francis as Bishop of Ossory

Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory. Address Please know that I am as surprised as you that I find myself standing before you this morning as the future bishop of Ossory. A telephone call from the apostolic nunciature on a recent Sunday evening asking me to come to Dublin for a meeting began […]

Pope Francis appoints Father Niall Coll as Bishop of Ossory

Photo opportunity at 11.00am at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Niall Coll, a priest of the Diocese of Raphoe, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory.  The news of this Episcopal appointment will be made public this morning at 11.00am Irish time […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes today’s publication of the working document for the Continental Stage of the Synod

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the President of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, has welcomed the publication of the Working Document for the Continental Stage (DCS) of the Synod, launched today during a press conference from the Holy See. The working document will provide a basis for reflection on the Synodal conversations so far, and a framework for […]

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