Bishop Brendan Leahy has urged the people of Limerick diocese to work together to “repair and rebuild” the Church there.Acknowledging that the diocese has been through “difficult and confusing times” in recent years, he insisted there is still life in the Church in Limerick.Bishop Leahy said that the upcoming synod, a three...

A representative of the Diocese of Down & Connor told the Historical Abuse Inquiry in the North that some children in the care of the Church were “tragically and catastrophically” failed.Fr Tim Bartlett told the sitting in Banbridge courthouse, Co. Down that the diocese would “not wish to offer any excuse at this stage. Only...

X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary says the Catholic faith provides a “framework” for his life.Mr O’Leary, 41, who has hosted the X Factor since 2007, was speaking about his Catholic faith while visiting Ireland to launch his new book, The Soundtrack to My Life.He told the RTÉ Guide “I’m not the conservative-...

The Pro Life campaign has strongly criticised a recently published HSE report into state-funded pregnancy agencies which makes recommendations but contains no sanctions for what the PLC claim are “horrendous” and “life-endangering” practices.The HSE audit was commissioned following an undercover investigation in 2012 which...

Refugee children living in a Laois hotel will have toys this Christmas, thanks to fundraising by local teenagers.Transition Year students at CBS Portlaoise helped to raise €1,200 to buy toys for the 60 refugee children living at the Montague Hotel in Emo.But Portlaoise PP Msgr John Byrne said the conditions for the 160 adults and children in...

“The angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”(Luke 2:10-11) “Do not be afraid.” Fear is one of the most debilitating of all emotions. It can leave us...

Following four months of training, a group of lay people from parishes throughout the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin has formed a new diocesan Eucharistic Adoration committee.This was organised and conducted by John Howard and Brendan Cleary of the National Committee of the Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration, with the encouragement and...

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