‘It is my prayer in my first Christmas in Raphoe that we will all open our hearts to the shocking, scandalous, truth of Christmas and learn to make our families, with all their weaknesses and strengths, centres of that solidarity that Jesus came to establish on earth.’
Due to unprecedented demand more than 700,000 of the Christmas Icon cards have been distributed to parishes for distribution to families at Christmas Masses.
Bishop Denis Nulty invites the faithful to ‘make 2018 a year dedicated to the Family’ in Christmas message
Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin has issued his Christmas message for 2017, inviting the faithful to 'make 2018 a year dedicated to the Family' in preparation for next year's World Meeting of Families, which takes place in Dublin from August 21 to 26 August. In his Christmas message, Bishop Nulty said, 'When [...]
Christmas reminds us that God is with the vulnerable and needy – Christmas message from Bishop Noel Treanor
Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, has issued his Christmas message for 2017. In his message, Bishop Treanor said, ‘God, made visible and personal in Jesus Christ, is the God of the homeless, the God of all whose lives and existence is on the edge.’ Bishop Treanor began his Christmas message reflecting on [...]
Archbishops of Armagh encourage faithful to share their safety and reasons for hope in joint Christmas message
'Christmas is a time when many of us are happy to have the emotional security and safety of our family and friends around us, and the comfort and assurance of strong faith in the birth of the Saviour. Let us be ready to share our safety and our “reasons for hoping” with others.’
Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit in the footsteps of Saint Pio of Pietrelicina, affectionately known as Padre Pio, on 17 March next year. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina receiving the stigmata, as well as the 50th anniversary of his death. A statement from the Director of the Holy See Press [...]
‘The birth of Christ should be a source of joy and a wellspring of peace’ – Clogher Joint Christmas message
Masses for the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ will take place in St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan on at 7.00pm on 24 December, and on Christmas Day at 10.30am and 12.30pm.
‘Most of my memories of Christmas, down through the years, are connected with family. As children, it was all about our family and the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph – and we were, somehow, connected.’ - Bishop Kevin Doran
Speaking at the launch, Bishop Buckley described the book as a very useful resource for priests and lay people in preparation for the World Meeting of Families next year.
‘Father Edward Flanagan saw morality as an expression of love rather than mere duty’ – Bishop Kevin Doran
Writing in today’s Irish Times newspaper, Bishop Kevin Doran said that Father Flanagan ‘was motivated by a firm belief in the goodness of every person’.