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Archbishops of Armagh to jointly lead a Pilgrimage of Hope to Messines

30 May – 1 June 2018  Pilgrimage to include a visit to the Island of Ireland Peace Park, Messines, and a  wreath-laying ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres In 2016, the two Archbishops of Armagh, Archbishop Richard Clarke (Church of Ireland) and Archbishop Eamon Martin (Catholic Church), led a cross-community delegation of young people from […]

Archbishop Michael Neary pays tribute to the late Tom Murphy RIP

I am deeply saddened at the announcement today of the death of Tom Murphy RIP, one of the greatest playwrights to emerge from the West of Ireland. The people of Tuam were immensely proud of Tom Murphy.  At the heart of Tom’s work were the themes of emigration and displacement which continue to resonate here […]

Pastoral letter by Bishop John Fleming to the priests and peopleof the Diocese of Killala

“True compassion does not marginalise anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude; much less consider the disappearance of a person as a good thing” – Pope Francis I am aware that the current public debate on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, Article 40.3.3, is complex, sensitive and painful for many.  I offer […]

Spring pastoral letter on human life by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA

Dear parishioners and all people of good will in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, Spring has at last come and I wish to send you greetings and good wishes.  The harsh winter we have experienced is now coming to an end as the signs of new life are all around us.  Truly a wonderful […]

‘That they may have life’ – A pastoral reflection by Bishop Brendan Kelly on the upcoming referendum

New life At long last, spring is in the air, and with it, a new spring in our step.  All around us life is burgeoning again, new life.  We cannot cut hedges anymore this year. It is strictly forbidden until autumn: the birds are nesting.  Our laws are determined to protect them so that new […]

‘Compassion with both eyes open’ A pastoral message to the people and priests of the Diocese of Clogher from Monsignor Joseph McGuinness

In less than two weeks’ time we will be asked to vote on whether to remove from our Constitution the last remaining protection for children who are growing towards birth. It is a profound responsibility, for each of us will hold in our hands the power of life and death over unborn human beings. That […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes the message of Pope Francis for World Communications Day 2018

Theme for 2018: “‘The truth will set you free’ (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace” I warmly welcome Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2018, which we celebrate on Sunday. This year’s theme, “‘The truth will set you free’ (Jn 8:32).  Fake news and journalism for peace”, is particularly relevant in our […]

Family the lens through which to shape Ireland – Bishop Brendan Leahy in Arbour Hill commemoration address

The creation of social policy at all levels should be done by looking through the lens of the family, Bishop Brendan Leahy stated today in his homily at the Arbour Hill 1916 commemoration. In this, the year of the World Meeting of Family celebrations in Ireland, Bishop Leahy said that family was a central pillar […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Pope Francis’ call to always defend and love the unborn

Archbishop Eamon Martin has welcomed comments by Pope Francis at his Regina Coeli address in Saint Peters’ Square, Rome, on Sunday 6 May in which the Pope spoke of the welcome that must always be afforded to the unborn. Archbishop Martin said, “The words of Pope Francis over the weekend have a particular resonance with […]

Pastoral letter by Bishop William Crean on the right to life

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”.  Jer.1:5  Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,  Debate, Discernment and Decision The national debate on the life question is in full flow.  Our decision is required on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland which guarantees the protection of the expectant mother and her […]

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