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Pope Francis returned to Rome late Sunday evening, after an intense weekend pilgrimage to Georgia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus region. The Holy Father spoke with reporters traveling with him on his return flight, during which he offered reflections on a wide range of themes including marriage and divorce, homosexuality, and gender identity – further […]

Mass for the commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term was celebrated this morning in Saint Michan’s Church, Halston Street in Dublin. In his homily Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin focused on the theme of communication and mercy. He said, “We come to invoke the gift, the protection and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit […]

Bishop John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert, has issued a message for Day for Life 2016 which is celebrated across Ireland on Sunday 2 October. In his message Bishop Kirby said, “In his 1995 encyclical letter The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), Pope Saint John Paul II requested the bishops of the different countries of the world […]

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francishas called on Muslim leaders to join him in giving a united response to a conflict-ridden world and to build together a future of peace. Speaking on Sunday afternoon to Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazadeh, Grand Mufti of the Caucasus during an interreligious meeting at the end of his apostolic visit to Azerbaijan, the […]

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Sunday praised the people of Azerbaijan for the good relations that exisit between Catholic, Muslims, Orthodox and Jewish communities in the country. In a speech on Sunday afternoon to political and civil authorities, the Pope expressed his hope that the signs of friendship and cooperation may continue to increase and […]

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October 3, 2016

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday at the Salesian centre in Baku, the central event of his 10-hour visit to Azerbaijan. The Pope’s homily, delivered to the congregation gathered in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, centred on the Lord’s call for Christian’s to live in faith and in service. Below, please find […]

(Vatican Radio) The joyful witness of Azerbaijan’s small Catholic community, which has “accomplished wonders” even after years of persecution, was at the centre of Pope Francis’ address at Baku’s Salesian centre, where he celebrated Sunday Mass as part of his day-long pastoral visit to the nation. “In this Eucharistic celebration I have given thanks to […]

(Vatican Radio) After celebrating Mass in Baku’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, the city’s Salesian centre, Pope Francis encouraged Azerbaijan’s small Catholic community in their witness of the faith, before leading the faithful in the Angelus prayer. In off-the-cuff remarks delivered after his prepared Angelus address, the Pope stressed that he is not “wasting time” […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued a message for ‘Day for Life’ 2016 in which he calls on “all those who believe in a better future for humanity to preserve the dignity and sanctity of human life in all its stages and conditions, as an affirmation of our […]

Paying tribute to Bishop MacDaid, Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said, “I wish to express my deep gratitude to Bishop Liam MacDaid whose resignation as Bishop of Clogher was accepted by Pope Francis today on grounds of ill health.  Bishop MacDaid has been a valued member of the Episcopal […]

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