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Pope Francis at Easter Urbi et Orbi: ‘Risen Christ is hope that does not disappoint’

Throughout the world, the Church proclaims the joyous news that “Jesus, who was crucified, has risen as He said. Alleluia!”, Pope Francis said at the start of his Easter message broadcast live around the world. He delivered his Urbi et Orbi message inside St. Peter’s Basilica, just like last year, due to coronavirus safety measures. He …

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Preaching of the Gospel always linked to the embrace of a Cross – Pope Francis

In his homily during Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass, Pope Francis underlined that the preaching of the Gospel “is always linked to the embrace of some particular cross.” He explained that the Gospel shows us the extent to which “persecution and the cross are linked to the proclamation of the Gospel.” Dwelling on the “hours” leading …

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Vatican provides Covid-19 vaccination for 100 homeless people

The Office of Papal Charities, in response to Pope Francis’ appeals that no one be excluded from receiving the Covid-19 vaccines, organised an initiative of providing 1,200 of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society with an opportunity of getting vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – the same administered to the Pope and the …

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Chaplains in Ireland looking to innovative ways to reach out to prisoners in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic

Over the past year, many people have been coming together to lend their help and support to each other as the invisible enemy that is COVID-19 continues to spread. One has only to look at the thousands of people volunteering at vaccine centres, helping to ensure the process of administering inoculations runs smoothly. Healthcare workers …

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Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan calls for proper consideration for Public Worship

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan of Waterford and Lismore has this evening called for proper consideration for Public Worship. Bishop Cullinan said, “I must speak out to represent the voices of a very large cohort of people who are growing increasingly weary of being unable to attend Mass and whose spiritual and mental wellbeing is being eroded. …

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Let us be signs of hope in a world that needs such hope. – Bishop Denis Nulty at Chrism Mass in Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin

At the annual Chrism Mass in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin on Monday 29 March, Bishop Denis Nulty paid tribute to the women and men who are the backbone of every parish. He said, “On this night I applaud your commitment and dedication to parish … so many of you roll up your sleeves when …

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