Monthly Archives: September 2016


Pope departs on papal visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan

Pope Francis departed Rome's Fiumicino airport just after 9am this morning for a three day Apostolic visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan. The Holy Father is due to touch down in the Georgian capital Tbilisi at 3.00pm local time. Following a welcoming ceremony at Tbilisi's international airport the Pope will pay a courtesy visit to the [...]

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Bishops publish ‘Day for Life’ pastoral message: ‘Everything is Connected’

The Day for Life has been celebrated in Ireland since 2001. It was initiated by Saint John Paul II, to encourage the Catholic Church worldwide to promote and celebrate the sacredness of life.

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Pope renews appeal for Aleppo

Pope Francis has once again appealed for peace in Syria. At his General Audience on Wednesday, the Pope said, “dramatic news continues to reach me 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 [...]

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Space for Grace: Stories from the Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen’s University Belfast

Space for Grace: Stories from the Catholic Chaplaincy at Queen's University Belfast is the title of a new book by Dominic O'Reilly which will be launched by Father John Harris OP on Tuesday 4 October. Dominic is a freelance writer from Newcastle, Co Down and was formerly a student and part of the chaplaincy welcome team at [...]

By |2017-05-19T15:00:33+01:0029/09/2016|

Knights of Saint Columbanus Rekindling Faith in the sick and housebound

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 [...]

By |2017-05-19T15:00:38+01:0028/09/2016|

“Education policy must have a priority option for the poor” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

The challenge for Catholic education is to ensure that Catholic schools are really Catholic. This does not mean that Catholic schools should become closed Catholic ghettos. It does mean that religious education in the Catholic school takes on a new profile. - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

By |2016-09-28T11:41:08+01:0028/09/2016|

Catechesis at the General Audience: Forgiveness on the Cross

At his General Audience today, Pope Francis spoke about “Forgiveness on the Cross.” He said, "Dear Brothers and Sisters:  Jesus’ words during His Passion culminate in forgiveness: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34).  For the good thief, these are not mere words, for Jesus truly forgives him.  For the [...]

By |2017-05-19T15:00:44+01:0028/09/2016|

Jesuits to elect new Superior General

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 [...]

By |2017-05-19T15:00:49+01:0028/09/2016|

Shannon branch of Comháltas acknowledged ahead of 2016 Trad for Trócaire week

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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