Monthly Archives: June 2016


Archbishop Eamon Martin to join Church leaders from Ireland for commemoration of 100th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme

Tomorrow on 1 July, at 14.30hrs, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, will join Church leaders from Ireland and up to three thousand people to participate in a ceremony of worship at the Ulster Memorial Tower, Thiepval, France, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme. Archbishop Eamon’s participation in tomorrow’s commemoration [...]

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Bishop Michael Smith commissions Meath pilgrims for World Youth Day 2016 at the birthplace of Saint Oliver Plunkett

The annual Meath Diocesan celebration in honour of Saint Oliver Plunkett was held at his birthplace in Loughcrew, Co Meath on Sunday 26 June. At the event, Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, commissioned the young pilgrims of the diocese participating in World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland from 26 - 30 July. Father Mark [...]

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Award recognises Trócaire’s healthcare work in Somalia

Trócaire Somalia has received an award acknowledging its health care delivery in the Gedo Region for the last two decades.  The award was bestowed by the ministry of Health for Jubbaland State of Somalia on 16 June 2016. Present to receive the award was Ombretta Mazzaroni (Trócaire Somalia Country Director), Abdi Tari (Trócaire Programme Manager), Alas Abukar (Trócaire's Mogadishu Liaison Officer) and Saba Khan (CHANGE: Community Health [...]

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Knock Novena to take place from 14 – 22 August on the theme ‘Merciful like the Father’

The annual novena will take place from 14 to 22 August at Our Lady’s Shrine, Knock on the theme ‘Merciful Like The Father', echoing the theme of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which is taking place in the universal Church until 20 November 2016. Daily ceremonies will be held in the Basilica at 3.00pm and [...]

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The Church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear – Pope Francis

In his homily for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul,Pope Francis focused on the themes of “closing” and “opening” in the lives of the two patrons of Rome. He said, "The Church must avoid the risk of closing in on itself out of persecution and fear, the Pope said. At the same time, she [...]

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Vatican celebrates 65th anniversary of priestly ordination of Benedict, the Pope Emeritus

Pope Francis today hosted a celebration for the 65th anniversary of the priestly ordination of his predecessor Benedict, the pope emeritus. Joseph Ratzinger, who took the name Benedict XVI when he was elected to the papacy in 2005, attended the celebration in the Sala Clementina within the Apostolic Palace. More than thirty cardinals were also [...]

By |2016-06-28T14:58:46+01:0028/06/2016|

Young faith leaders from the Diocese of Clogher to lead summer pilgrimages

On Saturday evening last, 25 June 2016, at the Vigil Mass in Saint Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan, over 200 young people from across the Diocese of Clogher were ‘sent out’ as diocesan representatives and leaders on a number of pilgrimages over the coming weeks.  The young people are part of Clogher don Óige, the diocesan youth [...]

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Annual National Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick to take place on Sunday 31 July

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on the summit from 7.30am and will conclude at 2.00pm. The first Mass on the summit will be celebrated at 8.00am and every half hour after that until the final Mass of the day at 2.00pm.

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Mayo nun receives honorary fellowship for contributions to Sierra Leone health services

Irish missionary nun, Sister Hilary Lyons, a native of Mayo, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Sister Hilary is a Holy Rosary Missionary and was nominated for the fellowship by Dr Margaret Fitzgerald, who delivered the citation on her behalf during [...]

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