Month: September 2021

‘Jesus was under no illusions that the Good News will face many obstacles’ – Archbishop Martin

On Sunday 19 September last, Archbishop Eamon Martin celebrated Mass in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, for the centenary of the Legion of Mary. During his homily Archbishop Martin spoke of how great the Legion of Mary has grown. He said, “the Legion of Mary has touched the lives of millions of people in almost every …

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“People and families who are homeless and in need, continue to rely on Crosscare for shelter, food, help and support” – Archbishop Farrell

This weekend is the annual Crosscare fundraising appeal to support homeless, community and youth services and migrants and refugees. In a letter to parishioners urging support for the annual fundraising appeal this weekend, Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Archbishop of Dublin, said, “In 2021, more than ever, as families face greater uncertainty and insecurity intensified by the …

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‘We must step out of the past, embrace the present and move to the future’ – Archbishop O’Reilly

On Sunday last, 12 September, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly launched the new Seeds of Hope pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly. Launched at Holycross Abbey, the pastoral plan seeks co-responsibility between laity and clergy in building Church of the future in the Archdiocese. Speaking at the launch of Seeds of Hope, Archbishop O’Reilly …

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Pontifical Academy for Life Assembly to focus on Public Health in Global Perspective

“Public Health in Global Perspective. Pandemic, Bioethics, Future” is the theme of the 2021 Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life that will take place on site and online on September 27-28-29. Scholars and experts from five continents will converge in Rome to discuss not only Covid-19 but also the global challenge that the pandemic poses …

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Change and forthright leadership on climate change ‘urgently required’ – Bishop Martin Hayes

The Justice and Peace regional groups of the Council for Justice and Peace – a council of the Irish Bishops’ Conference – will hold a short webinar on Wednesday 15 September at 7.30pm on the topic of ‘Healthy Planet and Healthy People – the Catholic Petition’. Welcoming this initiative, Bishop Martin Hayes, a member of …

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Bishop Fintan Monahan welcomes preparations for upcoming Synod

Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe has welcomed the beginning of preparations for the upcoming Vatican Synod. Speaking on 7 September, following the publication of the preparatory documents, Bishop Monahan said, “I wholeheartedly welcome the Preparatory Documents for the Synod on the theme of Communion Participation and Mission which we received from Rome yesterday.  Pope Francis …

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UK Bishops and faith-based organizations say ‘stop’ to the arms trade

As one of the world’s largest arms fairs prepares to kick off in London, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales and of Scotland, together with a host of faith-based and Justice and Peace organizations, have voiced their opposition to the arms trade, echoing Pope Francis’ appeal for an end to the lucrative but lethal …

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Bishop Brendan Leahy welcomes publication of Vatican document on Synodality

Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick has welcomed the Vatican document on Synodality which was published on 7 September. Bishop Leahy said, “I welcome today’s publication by the General Secretariat for the Synod in Rome of the Preparatory Document, indicating the guiding principles of the Synod on Synodality that is due to take place in Rome …

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Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury issue joint message for the Season of Creation 2021

In a joint message for the 2021 Season of Creation, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury stress the importance of cooperation and valuing sustainability over short-term advantages as essential parts of our common response to the threat of climate change and environmental degradation. The religious leaders note that in facing …

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