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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 […]

Bishop Brendan Leahy, President of Veritas, has announced the appointment of Mr Aidan Chester as the new director of Veritas, Ireland’s leading religious publisher and retailer. Bishop Leahy said, “As President of Veritas, I am delighted to announce the appointment of our new director, Aidan Chester, who will take up his role on 17 October following […]

The BBC has announced that award-winning journalist Martin Bashir (53) has been appointed as the new BBC Religious Affairs Correspondent. Martin Bashir will be returning to the BBC having previously worked as a correspondent for BBC News from 1987 until 1992 when he joined the BBC’s flagship investigative programme Panorama until 1999 and presented BBC […]

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor have welcomed news that an agreement has been reached to end the Ardoyne parade dispute. In a joint statement the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, and the Most Rev Noel Treanor, said, “We welcome news that both sides involved in […]

Father Fintan Monahan was ordained Bishop of Killaloe in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Ennis on Sunday 25 September. Family and friends of Bishop Monahan joined concelebrating bishops and priests in a packed cathedral for the ceremony. The Chief Ordaining Prelate was Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, who was assisted by Archbishop […]

The third annual Faith and Life Convention concluded in the Diocese of Down and Connor on Saturday 25 September. The convention took place in Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College, Knock, Belfast where more than 500 participants were attendance from parishes across the Diocese of Down and Connor and beyond. The Faith and Life Convention is […]

(Vatican Radio) At a briefing for journalists at the Holy See press office on Monday, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke gave details of Pope Francis’ forthcoming three day visit to the republics of Georgia and Azerbaijan. It’ll be his 16th pastoral visit outside Italy and it’ll be focused on the themes of peace and brotherhood, following […]

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September 28, 2016

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has once again appealed for peace in Syria. At his General Audience on Wednesday, the Pope said, “dramatic news concerning the fate of the people of Aleppo, with whom, through prayer and spiritual closeness, I feel united in suffering.” The Holy Father continued, “In expressing my deep sorrow and lively concern […]

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September 28, 2016

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with members of the World Jewish Congress on Monday evening. An article published on Tuesday by the Vatican newspaper, the ‘Osservatore Romano’, highlighted how the Holy Father spoke about a series of issues pertaining to inter faith relations and the current migration crisis on the European continent. “Europe often forgets […]


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