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(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis sets off on a three-day Apostolic Journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan on Friday, as a continuation of the pastoral visit he began to the Caucuses region with his trip to Armenia last June. Ecumenical challenges will be at the heart of his encounters in Georgia, alongside the task of encouraging the […]

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis greeted the faithful from the Italian dioceses of Ascoli Piceno, Otranto, and Nonantola who are on pilgrimage to Rome for the Jubilee of Mercy, at the conclusion of his Wednesday General Audience. The Holy Father greeted Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole and the faithful of his Diocese of Ascoli Piceno, which was hard-hit […]

(Vatican Radio)  The theme for the Church’s 2017 World Day for Social Communications was published on Thursday. The theme or motto chosen for this event is: “Fear not, for I am with you” (Is 43.5). Communicating hope and trust in our time. The Vatican Secretariat for Communications issued this following statement on the theme Numbness […]

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September 28, 2016

English Summary of Pope’s General Audience ‘The good thief helps us to understand how we should approach God: with awe and not fear, with respect for God’s power and infinite goodness. When we approach him in this way, we entrust ourselves to his mercy, even in the darkest of moments.’ Here is the Vatican-provided English-language […]

Pope at Audience: Are You Suffering? Look to the Cross Reminds Faithful That Nothing Separates Us From the Love of God For the sick, suffering, or even incarcerated, don’t forget to look to Christ Crucified on the Cross, who is God with us. The Pope offered this reflection today during this morning’s General Audience, when […]

Pope’s Telegram for Death of Former Israel President Shimon Peres ‘As the State of Israel mourns Mr Peres, I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples.’ Below is a Vatican-provided translation of the telegram of condolences Pope […]

Religious faith remains a central part of a large portion of peoples’ lives, however later in life, opportunities to act out this faith become limited due to mobility or health issues. The Knights of Saint Columbanus aim to change this through the launch of their new charitable project, titled Rekindling Faith. The project has been set […]

Speaking on Tuesday 27 September, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, said that Catholic educational institutions – especially the most prestigious – must find ways to assist the disadvantaged. He said, “Investment in the human capacity of the disadvantaged is a non-renounceable contribution to building a society which wishes to cherish equality for its young […]

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September 28, 2016

The Society of Jesus is to hold the first plenary session of its 36th General Congregation at the Jesuit Curia in Rome on 3 October. The Congregation will last until it has completed its business which is to discuss the renewal of Jesuit life and mission within the complexities of the current world scenario; and to discuss […]

The annual Trad for Trócaire fundraising campaign takes place this week, from 26 September to 2 October. Communities across Ireland are invited to host a Trad for Trócaire session to help raise funds for their overseas projects. On Saturday 24 September, the Shannon branch of Comháltas was given the 2016 Trad for Trócaire award in […]

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