Month: April 2021

Archbishop Michael Crotty offers prayers following tragic deaths in Burkina Faso

Archbishop Michael Crotty has offered prayers following the tragic deaths that came as a result of an ambush in Burkina Faso. An Irish national was killed in the ambush. Archbishop Crotty said, “I was very saddened to hear that an Irish national and two Spanish journalists lost their lives while travelling in the East Region …

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United Irish Pilgrimages to Lourdes expresses regret at closure of Joe Walsh pilgrim tours

The United Irish Pilgrimages to Lourdes (UIPL) have expressed their regret on the closure of Joe Walsh Pilgrim tours Ltd. Father Raymond Milton PP VF, Chairperson of UIPL and Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin, President of UIPL have issued the following statement: “It is with sincere regret that the executive of UIPL has learned that …

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Large numbers tune in for Vocations Sunday Mass on RTÉ Television

Last Sunday’s Mass, which was broadcast on RTÉ One Television, saw 75,000 people tuned in to be part of the annual celebration for Vocations Sunday. The viewership figures for the Mass show that 22.9% of the available television audience at the time, tuned in to the Mass. The Mass was celebrated by Father Willie Purcell, …

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Pope Francis at General Audience: Meditating is a way of encountering Jesus

For a Christian, Pope Francis said at the General Audience, “to ‘meditate’ is to seek meaning: it implies placing oneself before the great page of Revelation in order to try to make it our own, taking it in completely.” Therefore, having welcomed the Word of God, a Christian does not keep it closed up inside, …

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Bishop Cullinan welcomes Pope Francis’ message for Vocations Sunday 2021

The 2021 World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated this Sunday, 25 April.  Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Vocations, has welcomed Pope Francis’ message on the theme ‘Saint Joseph: The Dream of Vocation’.  He said, “It was a joy to read Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of …

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Pope Francis urges Catholics to Pray in May for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic

Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic. The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced the news with a press …

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Official prayer and hashtag launched for the 10th World Meeting of Families

The Diocese of Rome and the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life have today launched the official prayer for the 10th World Meeting of Families to be held in Rome from 22 to 26 June 2022. The official hashtag has also been launched today as #WMOF2022. The prayer, composed for the 10th World Meeting of …

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Maynooth to consider the challenges facing the future of Christian thinking

Next Thursday, 29 April 2021, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth will host a virtual conference on ‘The Future of Christian Metaphysics’. What might the future of Christian thinking represent? If we start from today, perhaps now, more than ever before, it is clear that Christian thought faces unprecedented challenges. These range from a denial of metaphysics, …

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