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‘We look forward to hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches’ – Bishops

In accordance with public health guidance to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference gathered remotely last week for their Winter 2021 General Meeting via video-link, instead of the usual location at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Following the meeting, Bishops provided an update on the Synodal Pathway in Ireland: “In …

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Vatican hosting ‘100 Nativity Scenes’ exhibition in St Peter’s Square

For the fourth year running, the Vatican is hosting the ‘100 Nativity Scenes’  International Exhibition (Mostra dei 100 Presepi), bringing together over 100 cribs from across the world depicting the Nativity of the Lord. The exhibition, which has become a traditional feature in the Christmas calendar of events in Rome, is being held under the colonnade …

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Knock Shrine to host Advent series of talks on Synodality

Knock Shrine has announced a series of Advent talks on the theme of Synodality which will take place on Thursday evenings during the month of December. The talks will be offered by Father Eamonn Conway, Head of Theology & Religious Studies, MIC, University of Limerick and Julie Kavanagh, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.  As the initial phase of the Synodal …

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Vatican launches #IamChurch campaign for persons with disabilities

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life announced the launch of a campaign dedicated to persons living with disabilities. Tagged #IamChurch, the campaign, which begins on 6 December, will consist of five videos containing the testimonies of Christians living with disabilities from different parts of the world who recount their experience of faith and affirm, …

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“Use the season of Advent to prepare spiritually for the challenge of renewal” – Archbishop Dermot Farrell in Advent Pastoral Letter

Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin has issued a pastoral letter for Advent inviting the Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin to use the season of Advent as a time of prayer and reflection to prepare spiritually for the challenge of renewal. The pastoral letter was issued on the First Sunday of Advent on 28 November. …

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Trócaire launches life-changing Christmas Gifts of Love range to support communities devastated by climate change

Trócaire have launched a range of life-changing Christmas Gifts which will help vulnerable communities combat the devastating impacts of climate change, Covid-19 and conflict. The new Gifts of Love collection includes water filters (€40) and emergency water supply (€20) to support communities in developing countries hit by ongoing drought. The broad range of gifts also include dignity …

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