The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for special collections at all Masses next  weekend (July 22-23) to fund life-saving aid for people affected by the devastating hunger crisis in east-Africa.The money raised will be donated to Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Irish Church, which is delivering emergency...

Fr Aidan McGarth OFM has been chosen as the new provincial of the Irish Province of Franciscan friars after an election at Franciscan College, Gormanston in Co. Meath. Up to his election, Fr McGarth was General Secretary of the Franciscan Order in the General Curia in Rome. A native of Banbridge, Co. Down, he was ordained into priesthood in...

A bishop has warned people not to mistakenly buy sympathy cards under the impression that they are purchasing pre-signed Mass cards.Sympathy cards, which look very similar to Mass cards and can even have a chalice on the front cover, offer to have the “repose of the soul” of someone remembered in a priest’s daily prayers. A...

Fr Jeffrey KirbyLast weekend and at the start of this week, the Catholic community swarmed the city of Orlando. The US Bishops’ Conference called together approximately 3,000 leaders from every sector of the Church’s life in order to listen and talk about the surprising topic of evangelisation.It might catch some folks off guard to...

Refugee organisations have expressed concern for how the US travel ban will effect refugees in transit and those who are refused entry into the country. Donald Trump’s strict immigration laws have been watered down since they were first announced, but the US Supreme Court has implemented a partial ban which will come into effect today (...

The Bishop of Kerry has suggested that parishioners should carpool to Sunday Mass in neighbouring parishes as one way to address the shortage of priests in the diocese.In publishing the diocesan list of changes of priests, Bishop Ray Browne acknowledged that a sixth parish, Knocknagoshel, is now without a resident priest and that means “in...

Pope Francis led thousands of pilgrims in prayer as clashes in Venezuela continue due to a government decision to change the country’s constitution.“I call for an end to the violence and that a peaceful and democratic solution may be found,” the Pope said during his Angelus address last Sunday.Almost 100 people have died in...

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