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Parishes Called To Take In Desperate Refugee Families

Paul Keenan in The Irish Catholic
September 3, 2015

Irish parishioners have been urged to take the lead in welcoming desperate migrants fleeing persecution and war by offering them accommodation in the local community.

The bold move would offer a much-needed grassroots attempt to tackle Europe’s migration crisis in the absence of coherent political leadership.

Fr Alan Hilliard, who has advised the bishops’ conference on migration for many years has said the Church should “become the main agent for the resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers”.

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Sun, September 6 2015 »World News»

Pope Consecrates World to Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Pope celebrated Mass in St Peter’s square this morning in honour of the Marian Day, an event organised as part of the Year of Faith on the anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima (13th of October 1917). He also consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ homily in English translation.

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Wed, October 16 2013 »Vatican Updates, World News»

Parishes to be Rezoned over Priest Shortage

Cathal Barry – The Irish Catholic

Parishes in one of Ireland’s largest diocese are to be rezoned as early as next year to cope with a severe shortage of priests, a bishop has revealed.

Bishop of Down and Connor Dr Noel Treanor exposed the crisis facing his diocese at the launch of a new pastoral plan for the diocese in Belfast.

“It is no secret the number of priests is declining,” Bishop Treanor told participants at the launch.

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Sat, October 12 2013 »World News»