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Minister’s report a cause for concern for Irish prisoners overseas and their families

The Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas has reacted with concern following the publication of the Minister for Justice and Equality’s Annual Report on the operation of the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Acts (1995 and 1997). The report, published last week, provides annual figures on the number of prisoners transferred into and out of the State. …

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Pope Francis invites Knock Shrine to join marathon prayer initiative in May to end pandemic

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam has welcomed the inclusion of Knock, the international Marian Shrine, as one of thirty shrines around the world invited by Pope Francis to be part of his marathon of prayer during May for the end to the pandemic. Archbishop Neary said, “The International Shrine of Our Lady of Knock welcomes …

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Bishop Cullinan welcomes Pope Francis’ message for Vocations Sunday 2021

The 2021 World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be celebrated this Sunday, 25 April.  Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Vocations, has welcomed Pope Francis’ message on the theme ‘Saint Joseph: The Dream of Vocation’.  He said, “It was a joy to read Pope Francis’ Message for the World Day of …

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Pope announces theme for first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Sunday 25 July will see the celebration of the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has today announced the theme chosen by Pope Francis for this year’s celebration, which is ‘I am with you always’ (Mt 28:20). This theme has been chosen as a way …

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Bishops announce initial submission phase of Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland

Bishops have today announced an initial submission phase of the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland. Explaining the initial submission phase Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick said, “Before embarking on the Synodal Pathway consultation, bishops are inviting submissions to reflect on what methods/models to adopt in these coming two years of conversations. For …

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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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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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