Each year on Vocations Sunday, the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Catholics are asked to make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
‘A compassionate society will do all in its power to support and love the mother and baby’ – Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ
In his message, which was delivered at Masses across the weekend in the 33 parishes of the diocese, Bishop McGuckian encouraged the faithful to ‘choose life’.
‘Nothing is as important for the future of our shared humanity as the right to life’ – Bishop Denis Nulty
Bishop Nulty's pastoral message, Supporting a Culture of Life, was delivered to Masses over the weekend in the 56 parishes of the diocese.
‘We are an Easter people’ – Archbishops of Armagh mark 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement
'We thank God for all that has been achieved in shaping a peaceful and shared future over the past twenty years.' – Archbishops of Armagh
The new exhortation will be published in Ireland by Veritas and can be pre-ordered online now on www.veritas.ie, and purchased in store from Friday 13 April.
‘There are times when we all need help, and priests are no exception’ – Chrism Mass homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin
To minister like this is not easy; it can take its toll on any of us, for we too are human, often yearning ourselves for closeness, love, tenderness and friendship. Today I exhort you, my dear brothers to please take care of your own health and well-being.'
In his Chrism Mass homily, Pope Francis says that God’s closeness, which is expressed in Jesus’ and Mary’s interactions with others, is key for priestly ministry.
'As brothers and sisters in the Lord, we are called to be patient and kind, gentle and generous, welcoming to those in need. We are to “be family” for others, including those who are, or who feel they are, estranged from the family “circle”.’
Pope Francis has confirmed that he will attend the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place from 21–26 August in Dublin on the theme, ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’.
The two Irish families will present the WMOF ‘Icon of the Holy Family’ to Pope Francis in Rome during his weekly General Audience in Saint Peterʼs Square in Rome tomorrow.