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Bishop Brendan Leahy has invited Catholics across Ireland to support and pray for Christian unity throughout the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place this year from 18 to 25 January. In a video message released ahead of 18 January, Bishop Leahy, who is co-chair of the Irish Inter-Church Meeting, said the Week […]

Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin for #RedWednesday 2018   Mass celebrated at 7.30pm in Saint Malachy’s Church, in the Cathedral Parish of Armagh Next year it is my hope to erect a Shrine in the Cathedral to former Archbishop of Armagh, Saint Oliver Plunkett and all those who, like him, were persecuted and martyred for […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin launches interactive online Advent Calendar Archbishop Eamon Martin has today launched the 2018 online Advent Calendar, which will go live on www.catholicbishops.ie on the first Sunday of Advent, 2 December next. The 2018 Advent calendar will provide a special focus on family as part of ongoing reflections following the visit of Pope Francis to […]

Second volume of Church music series ‘Feasts and Seasons’ to be launched in Maynooth The eagerly-awaited second volume of the Church music series Feasts and Seasons will be launched in Maynooth College on Wednesday, 21 November, by the Rector of the National Seminary, Rev. Tomás Surlis.   Feasts and Seasons 2 is edited by John […]

Pope Francis Explains ‘What is the Truth’ ‘The truth finds its full realization in the person of Jesus himself (Cf. John 14:6)’   “What is the truth?” That was Pilate’s question as he judged Jesus. Pope Francis asked the same question yesterday [14th Nov]. The difference: The Pope had the answer.   The Holy Father’s […]

Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes, the path to holiness in daily life On All Saints, Nov. 1, Pope Francis recited the midday ‘Angelus’ prayer with the faithful and tourists in Rome St. Peter’s Square.   Pope Francis on Thursday urged Christians to seek holiness not by accomplishing extraordinary things but by following the path […]

Pope Francis on Bible: No other book has same power to transform lives Before the General Audience on Wednesday Pope Francis greeted a delegation from the American Bible Society in the Paul VI complex. Transform lives through God’s word  The American Bible Society’s mission statement is “to transform lives through God’s word” and in his […]

Pope at Audience: ‘all love is meant to be faithful, generous and fruitful’ Pope Francis says every Christian vocation, including the priesthood and consecrated virginity, are deeply spousal, life-giving and self-sacrificing. He was speaking at the General Audience during which he reflected on the 6th Commandment. Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square […]

Address by Archbishop Eamon Martin at the Synod of Bishops on the theme of ‘Young people, faith and vocational discernment’ “We are talking about the re-imagination of parishes and structures so that young people are heard, listened to, appreciated and encouraged … young people are the AGENTS of evangelisation to each other and, indeed, to […]

Bishop Francis Duffy calls for prayers for Bord na Móna staff and their families Bishop Francis Duffy, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, released the following statement in response to the news of the job losses at Bord na Móna.“Like many others I heard with concern the news of the job losses in Bord na Móna.  […]


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