Drug dependency is a ‘new form of slavery’ and a ‘wound in our society’ which should be combated with education and rehabilitation. That was Pope Francis’ message to a Vatican conference called ‘Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of this Global Issue’, which was hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on 23-24 November. Pope Francis told [...]
The Diocese of Achonry held its first presentation of the Pope John Paul II Awards on Monday 21 November in Saint Nathy’s College, Ballaghderreen, Co Roscommon. Bishop Brendan Kelly presented the awards to nineteen students from across the diocese in the presence of their families, teachers and friends. The students were from secondary schools in [...]
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is asking parishioners throughout the Archdiocese of Dublin to donate food to help stock Crosscare Food Banks in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This is the fourth Annual Diocesan Christmas Food Appeal. Demand on the Food Banks continues to increase and the situation is once again urgent. Last year, thanks [...]
Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell celebrated his first Mass as Cardinal on Monday 21 November in a chapel inside the Vatican dedicated to Mary, Queen of Families and attended by his family from Ireland and more than 100 people from the Diocese of Dallas. The Irishman and former Dallas bishop said the Mass setting was appropriate [...]
On Sunday 20 November, the priests and people of the Diocese of Clogher gathered in Saint Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan, to give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Emeritus Liam MacDaid, whose retirement was announced on 1 October last. The Mass of Thanksgiving was attended by family and friends of Bishop MacDaid, together with civic leaders [...]
“As Advent is the season of preparation for the coming of our Lord, I encourage the faithful, notwithstanding our hectic schedule over the coming weeks, to make time to pray – alone and with loved ones – and by so doing to draw nearer to Christ.” - Archbishop Eamon Martin
Bishop Kevin Doran reflects on life of Saint Columbanus during Mass in San Columbano al Lambro, Milan
Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, delivered a homily for the Feast of Saint Columbanus, in San Colombano al Lambro, Milan, on Monday 21 November. The theme chosen for his homily was the inspiration of Saint Columbanus. Bishop Doran said, "In these days when, each year, we celebrate the Feast of St Columbanus, we also [...]
The themes are a continuation of the reflections begun by Pope Francis for the last three World Youth Days, which focused on the Beatitudes.
As part of the ongoing Faith Renewal series, Knock Shrine will host a special ‘Living in Hope’ Day Retreat on Saturday 26 November. Renowned singer, musician and spiritual director Deirdre Ní Chinnéide will facilitate the retreat. Speaking about the event, Deirdre explains “The retreat acknowledges that at some time in our lives we experience darkness [...]
Pope Francis has asked the whole Church to celebrate, on the second to last Sunday of the liturgical year, the World Day of the Poor.