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"Every human life is unique" - Archbishop of Dublin
“We gather here this afternoon to reflect and to pray.  We gather to reflect on the gift and on the meaning of human life.  We pray for the fostering in our society and in our nation of a ....
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Lucinda Creighton's speech on the abortion Bill in full
I must say that I never imagined when I stood for election to Dáil Éireann for the second time in 2011, that I would find myself here, just 2 years later, speaking on a Government sponsored Bill to ....

Benedict XVI joins Pope Francis in consecrating Vatican to St Michael Archangel
To the joy of Vatican City State workers, Friday morning Pope Francis was joined by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the gardens for a ceremony during which the Holy Father blessed a statue of St ....

The Light of Faith
Pope Francis’ first encyclical entitled "Lumen fidei" or “The Light of Faith” was released Friday at a press conference in the Vatican. The document completes the trilogy of papal teachings on the ....

Pope Francis signs canonization decrees for John XXIII and John Paul II
Journalists in the Holy See Press Office busy getting to grips with Pope Francis’ first encyclical the Light of Faith, were somewhat surprised Friday lunchtime when Director Fr. Federico Lombardi ....

Government should increase welfare rates and introduce a universal pension - Social Justice Ireland
Government should increase basic social welfare rates by €5 in Budget 2014. This is essential because the value of basic social welfare payments has fallen when measured against average weekly ....

Archbishop Eamon Martin records choose life appeal and prayer
Archbishop Eamon Martin has recorded a powerful and direct appeal on EWTN for the Irish people to choose life and for the faithful to pray that abortion legislation will not be voted ....

Vatican finances presented to Economic Council of Cardinals
On Tuesday Wednesday (July 2 and 3rd), the meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Problems of the Holy See took place in Vatican City, presided over by ....

Pope Francis: the courage of children of God
We are sons of God thanks to Jesus: no one can take away this “identity card.” That was Pope Francis’ message during Mass on Thursday at the Casa Santa Marta. The Pope’s homily centred on the ....

Abortion law passes second stage vote
The Pro Life Campaign said it is disappointed at the result of the Second Stage vote on abortion in the Dáil but welcomed the fact that an initial four Fine Gael TDs voted against the ....

President Higgins receives survivors of the Magdalene Laundries at Áras an Uachtaráin
Remarks by President Higgins Wednesday, 3rd July 2013  You are very welcome here today to Áras an Uachtaráin. I wish to thank Steven O’Riordan for requesting this visit for the Magdalene ....

Pope Francis: We encounter the Living God through His wounds
To meet the living God we must tenderly kiss the wounds of Jesus in our hungry, poor, sick, imprisoned brothers and sisters. Study, meditation and mortification are not enough to bring us to ....

Priest killed in Syria
On Sunday, 23rd June a Syrian priest, François Murad was killed in Gassanieh, in northern Syria. Fides Agency has confirmed priest’s death but stated that the circumstances are not fully ....

Six thousand young people bear witness to their vocation
This morning (1st July) in the Holy See Press Office a presentation was given for the “Great Event of the Year of Faith, a Day for seminarians, novices, and all those who have taken the path of ....

Pope Francis: Courage in spite of our weaknesses
Christians are called to be courageous in their weakness. We must recognize that we are weak and that, at times, we have to flee from sin without nostalgia, without looking back. We must not let ....

Cardinal raises concerns about proposed abortion legislation
Cardinal Seán Brady raises legal and Constitutional concerns about the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 I am conscious that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, is entering ....

Creighton speaks out against proposed abortion laws
In her statement on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 Second Stage, Minister Lucinda Creighton T.D. yesterday (1st July 2013) said that she never imagined when she stood for ....

Vatican Bank - Director and deputy resign
President Ernst von Freyberg to assume General Director duties ad interim – IOR-Directorate offers resignations – Promontory seconding top level executives to fill the roles of Deputy Director and ....

Pope Francis speaks about importance of conscience
Pope Francis prayed the Angelus on Sunday with faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square. In remarks before the traditional prayer of Marian devotion, the Holy Father spoke of the conscience as ....

Technological innovations at Vatican TV
On 27 June in the Holy See Press Office, there was a presentation of the agreement between Vatican Television and Canal 21 (the television channel of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, ....

Parishishioners are with me on journey says singing priest
A member of the singing sensation, The Priests, says that the people of his two parishes are “very much part of the journey” and when he sings,  he brings them with him. Fr Martin O’Hagan is ....

USCCB Chairman commends Immigration law reform
WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, commended, June 28, the U.S. Senate for passage of ....

Dialogue doesn't distance us from truth - Pope Francis
“Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the ....

Sisters welcome Magdalene report
The Magdalene laundries redress scheme, announced this week, will offer survivors enhanced state pensions and tax-free lump sums of between €11,500 and €100,000, depending on their length of stay. ....

School costs too much - St Vincent de Paul
It’s not rocket science – school costs too much. This was the simple message SVP Social Justice brought to the Oireachtas Committee which yesterday launched their Tackling Back to School Costs ....

Pope Francis: The Mystery of God's patience
The Lord asks us to be patient, after all He is always patient with us. Moreover there is no "set protocol" for how God intervenes in our lives; sometimes it's immediate, sometimes we just have to ....

Archbishop launches 'Rio in Dublin' ahead of WYD
World Youth Day is one of the most extraordinary experiences a young person can have Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said. Speaking at the launch of a specially organised Dublin youth ....

Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014
Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget 2014 argues that: There should be no more cuts in expenditure in Budget 2014. A minimum effective corporate tax rate ....

USCCB reacts to US Supreme Court on DOMA
The U.S. Supreme Court decisions June 26 striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and refusing to rule on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8 mark a “tragic day for ....

Pope Francis moves on Vatican finance reform
Pope Francis has established a Pontifical Commission charged with drawing up an “exhaustive” report into the juridical standing and activities of the Vatican’s financial institution, the Institute ....

Misean Cara annual report 2012 published
Misean Cara, which works with Ireland’s missionaries, managed €16 million from Irish Aid during 2012. The group’s annual report 2012 reveals that it received 467 applications and distributed €14.5 ....

Pope Francis: The joy of fatherhood
The desire to be a father is ingrained in all men, even priests, who are called to give life, care, protection to their spiritual children entrusted to them. This was the focus of Pope Francis ....

Paintings stolen from Galway church
Six paintings of the stations of the cross by renowned artist Evie Hone have been stolen from a church in Co Galway. The works are part of the 14 stations of the cross at the Church of St Peter and ....

Pope Francis: no one is Christian by chance
Being Christian is a response to the voice of love, to a call to become children of God. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ remarks at Mass on Tuesday morning in the chapel of the Domus ....

Vatican mourns killing of monk, latest victim of Syrian bloodshed
The Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches is mourning the brutal murder of Fr Franҫois Mourad, a Syrian monk. In a statement issued Tuesday the Prefect Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, ....

Ordination of permenant deacons
Three men were ordained as Permanent Deacons in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday evening (June 23rd). Jimmy Fennell, Michael Giblin and Derek Leonard are the second group of men to be ....

Pope Francis: John the Baptist a model for the Church
The church exists for courageously proclaiming -until martyrdom- Christ, to serve and "take nothing for herself". In his homily at morning Mass on Monday, Pope Francis pointed to St. John the ....

Pope Francis: Christians cannot be anti-Semitic
Pope Francis says due to “our common roots” with the Jewish people, “a Christian cannot be anti-Semitic!”  The Pope was speaking to a 30 strong delegation from the International Jewish ....

Former DPP proposes Attorney General as advocate for unborn
A former Director of Public Prosecutions has asserted that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 may be inconsistent with the Constitutional clause which recognises the right to life of ....

Pope Francis: Those who serve the truth serve Christ
On a hot sunny day in Rome, Pope Francis greeted thousands of pilgrims and tourists from the window of the Papal apartments above St Peter’s Square who had come to hear the recitation of the Sunday ....

Pope Francis: Respond to Jesus from the heart
This morning, Pope Francis celebrated mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae. About 40 apostolic nuncios, who remained in the Vatican after the Pope’s meeting with them on Friday, were present. ....