Month: October 2021

COMECE urges EU leaders to join efforts to tackle climate emergency

In a letter addressed to the leaders of the European institutions that will be participating at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich urges the EU to play a leading role at the international level to tackle the climate emergency. The president of the European Bishops’ Conferences (COMECE) notes that …

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Vatican extends opportunities to gain indulgences for the dead

The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary published a decree on Thursday providing for the possibility of obtaining plenary indulgences in favour of the faithful departed throughout the entire month of November. The decree, signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, notes that the decision to once again extend the time period for gaining the indulgences was taken in response …

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Bishop Martin Hayes to attend COP26 for parishioners working to protect God’s creation

Bishop Martin Hayes will represent the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference at COP26 in November.  COPs (Conference of the Parties) are annual global climate summits attended by officials from nearly every country on Earth.  This year the UK, in partnership with Italy, will host COP26 in Glasgow. Bishop Hayes said, “I am looking forward to attending …

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Priests’ conference hears that the Church needs “to reach out” for vocations

Some 19 priest-directors for vocations from around Ireland attended a video-conference gathering this week facilitated by Father Stephen Langridge, a priest of the Diocese of Southwark in England. Father Langridge is a former national vocations coordinator for the Bishops Conference of England and Wales.  He was director of the Vocations Discernment in Kent and produced …

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Bishop Monahan consecrates new columbarium in Ennis Cathedral

Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe has consecrated a columbarium in the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Ennis, Co Clare. A columbarium is a place where cremated human remains are interred. Ennis cathedral now becomes the first in Ireland to provide this option for internment. The first internment of ashes will take place at …

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Vatican releases schedule of Pope’s liturgical celebrations for November

The Master of the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, Mons. Diego Giovanni Ravelli, on Friday released the schedule of the celebrations of Pope Francis for the month of November.  There are 3 main liturgical celebrations of the Holy Father for the coming month: 4 November: Holy Mass at 11:00 am in St. Peter’s Basilica …

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Bishop Fintan Monahan prays for road safety this long weekend as Covid pandemic restrictions relax

Today in Ennis, Co Clare, Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe said, “This long weekend, as people across the country are finally, and deservedly, embracing a post-pandemic era of relaxed social restrictions, I ask that we all take particular care on our roads which are likely to be their busiest in eighteen months.” Bishop Monahan confined, “During …

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“Much loved and respected” Father Norman Davitt SVD (100) dies in Co Roscommon

Father Norman Davitt SVD, who celebrated his 100th birthday on 29 March, died on Saturday 16 October in Donamon, Co Roscommon, after 80 years in religious life. Father Davitt possessed an independent and lively spirit as well as his humour and closeness to people. He became well known all over the country for delivering cards …

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Rebrand of Pope’s charity as ‘Missio Ireland’ ahead of World Mission Sunday  

The Irish branch of the Pontifical Mission Societies, formerly known as World Missions Ireland, has been rebranded as ‘Missio Ireland’ at a media launch which took place in the Veritas headquarters in Dublin on Monday 18 October.  The rebranding of the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission takes place ahead of the annual collection on …

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Cardinal Parolin: the world needs women’s leadership and skills

Speaking on behalf of Pope Francis in a video message on Monday, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin welcomed the Women’s Forum G20 Italy meeting, saying the world needs women’s partnership, leadership, and skills to face the monumental challenges of today. Participants are gathered in Milan for a two day meeting focusing on the …

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