At their Summer General Meeting, which took place last week in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, bishops expressed their deep gratitude to parishioners, priests and religious across the country for their continued support for Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Bishops’ Conference. Last year, €29.1m was donated to Trócaire by the Irish public. Bishops said, [...]
The Trustees of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth have appointed Father Tomás Surlis, Director of Formation and Lecturer in Theology and Education, as Pro-Rector of the College Seminary. Father Surlis will begin the role on 1 August 2018 for a period of five years. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chairman of the Trustees welcomed the appointment saying, ‘I [...]
The fourth national collection for the World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place in parishes across Ireland this weekend, 16–17 July. This will be the first such collection since the formal confirmation of the presence of Pope Francis in Ireland in August. Ahead of the weekend collection, the president of the World Meeting of Families, [...]
Bishop Joseph Duffy reflects on his ministry during the celebration of his Diamond Jubilee of priesthood
More than 500 people gathered in Saint Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan on Sunday 10 June for a Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the ordination of Bishop Joseph Duffy, Bishop Emeritus of Clogher. Monsignor Joseph McGuinness, Diocesan Administrator of Clogher, was chief celebrant at the Mass, which was concelebrated by more than [...]
In his message Pope Francis said, 'Let us pray together that social networks may work towards that inclusiveness which respects others for their differences.'
Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has won Gold at Bloom 2018 for its garden that brings to life the stories of human rights defenders in Palestine, Guatemala and Zimbabwe. Bloom is Ireland's premier gardening festival, launched by Bord Bia in 2007 primarily as a promotional vehicle for horticulture 'Resistance, a Garden [...]
Up to 500 people are expected to take part in the annual Clogher Diocese pilgrimage to Lough Derg, which will take place this Saturday 26 May.
‘Grieving the loss of a baby at any stage in life’s journey is a universal experience’ – Bernadette Goulding
Bernadette Goulding, director of Rachel’s Vineyard Ireland, a support group for women who have had abortions, has offered her thoughts to CatholicNews.ie, ahead of this Friday’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment. Ms Goulding from Cork City said that ‘Grieving the loss of a baby at any stage in life’s journey is a universal experience’. Ms [...]
Ecumenical Bible Week for 2018 began this year on Pentecost Sunday 20 May, continuing until Trinity Sunday 27 May. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland will join the events in Dublin to speak on this year’s theme ‘Handing on the Faith – Crisis, Challenge and the Great Commission’. Now in [...]
Father La Flynn, Prior of Lough Derg has invited visitors to the island known as the Sanctuary of Saint Patrick to pray for the right to life of the unborn child ahead of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment on 25 May. Welcoming the initiative, Father Flynn said, ‘One of the blessings of ministry on [...]