Monthly Archives: October 2016


Pope Francis prays for victims of earthquake in Norcia

Pope Francis prayed for victims of an earthquake that struck Italy near the town of Norcia on Sunday. The tremors were felt as far away as Rome and Venice. “I express my closeness to the people of central Italy,” the Pope said. “I pray for the wounded and the families that have suffered major damage; [...]

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Bishop Kelly to celebrate 1916 Requiem Mass at Knock Shrine this Sunday

Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry, will celebrate a special 1916 Requiem Mass this Sunday 6 November at 12 noon in Knock Basilica. ‘Marbhna’, the Requiem Mass setting composed by Odhran O’Casaide, is a solemn expression of commemoration for all those who died in 1916 and which will feature the voice of Sibéal Ní Casaide. [...]

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Hungary’s 1956 uprising offers lessons for Europe – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

I was proud that Ireland began to offer hospitality to refugees from Hungary. For the first time in my life I began to understand what solidarity among nations meant - Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

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Uncertainty reigns in Ireland Bishop Noel Treanor tells COMECE plenary assembly during Brexit discussion

"Young people in particular feel disenfranchised", Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, said as he outlined a range of possible impacts of Brexit both for Northern Ireland and for the Republic of Ireland. Bishop Treanor was speaking at the COMECE plenary assembly in Brussels as part of an exchange on the outcome and [...]

By |2016-10-29T11:06:22+01:0029/10/2016|

Bishop Fintan Monahan asks for care and safety on our roads

“Up to this morning, 159 people have died already on our roads this year, and this figure is up from 127 deaths this time last year. This loss of human life is heart-breaking for the loved ones of the deceased and a tragedy for our society as a whole.” - Bishop Fintan Monahan

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Bishop Noel Treanor representing Irish bishops at COMECE plenary assembly in Brussels

In his opening speech to the COMECE Autumn Plenary Assembly, which is taking place in Brussels from 26-28 October, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the President of COMECE, said that the Church wanted to make a contribution to help the European Union to overcome the multiple crises it faces. Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, is [...]

By |2016-10-27T09:40:17+01:0027/10/2016|

Pope Francis: ‘the Rosary is the prayer of my heart’

Pope Francis on Wednesday reminded the faithful that the month of October is dedicated to the Rosary and invited all believers to recite the Marian prayer. In a tweet, just a few days ago, on the day when the Church celebrates the feast of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, the Pope said “the Rosary is the prayer that [...]

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Catholics and Lutherans prepare for historic Reformation anniversary

Pope Francis’ visit to Sweden for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation is a big step forward because Catholics and Lutherans are "no longer defining themselves in opposition to each other", but in communion with one another, Those were the words of the head of the Holy See press office, Greg Burke, to journalists [...]

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COMECE dialogue seminar on migration takes place in Brussels

A joint dialogue seminar organised by the Commission of Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE); Council of European Churches (CEC) and DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission, took place on Monday 24 October on the theme of “Migration: Mapping and addressing fear”. Speakers at the event included Ms Tiina Astola, Director General of DG [...]

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