Month: December 2021

Holy Year 2025 coordination assigned to New Evangelization

Pope Francis has given the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization responsibility for coordinating the Holy See’s preparations for the Holy Year 2025. In recent days the President of the Council, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, met with Superiors of the Secretariat of State, the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) and the …

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God always with you in joys and difficulties of married life – Pope Francis’ letter to married couples

The Church is celebrating the Amoris Laetitia Family Year in the run up to the World Meeting of Families set for 26 June 2022. As part of that event, and in the midst of the Christmas Season, Pope Francis released a letter for married couples across the globe on Sunday 26 December, the Feast of the …

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Rejoice in Christ’s birth – Archbishop Eamon Martin

In his Christmas Message, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh invites people to remember the true meaning of Christmas, especially as the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic remain. “The Coronavirus retains its grip, making us feel uncertain, weary and confused and even fearful of the latest variant,” he says. “How much we all need to hear …

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Pope Francis at Urbi et Orbi: Christmas invites us to dialogue, unity, peace

Pope Francis gave his traditional Christmas message followed by his “Urbi et Orbi” blessing (to the city and the world) to crowds of pilgrims gathered in a rainy Saint Peter’s Square and to the world via a broadcast and streaming spanning the globe. In his opening words he announced “the Word of God, who created …

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Pope Francis: Christmas an invitation to adore the Son of God

With the Christmas season fast approaching, Pope Francis took the opportunity of his weekly General Audienceon 22 December to reflect on the birth of Jesus – an event that “history cannot dispense with.” Recalling the familiar figures of Mary and Joseph in the stable at Bethlehem, the humble shepherds, and the rich and powerful Magi …

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Everyone has a creative role to play in building peace – Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace released by Vatican

The Vatican Press Office hosted a press conference on Tuesday to coincide with the release of Pope Francis’ message for the 55th World Day of Peace, to be held on 1 January. The Pope’s message goes under the title: “Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace”. Three Vatican officials presented the …

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Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland disappointed by rejection of Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion Amendment Bill NI

A Bill calling for the prevention of abortions in cases on non-fatal disabilities (the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion Amendment Bill NI,) was defeated in a vote at Stormont last Tuesday. Assembly members voted 45 to 42 to reject the Bill. The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland have expressed their grave concern at the vote. In …

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Sharing the Wisdom of Time with Pope Francis on Netflix

Pope Francis has always been a champion of intergenerational dialogue and in 2018 commissioned a book which shares the insights of older people from around the globe with young people today. The award-winning Sharing the Wisdom of Time pools the wisdom of elders with the passion and energy of youth, empowering our younger generations to step into the world of tomorrow …

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Archbishops of Armagh issue joint message for Christmas 2021

The Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops of Armagh have issued a joint message for Christmas in which they offer words of hope to people who are contemplating another difficult Christmas because of the Covid-19 pandemic. ] You can read their message below: Just before Christmas 1937 Monsignor Ronald Knox wrote a letter to the …

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