Pope Francis waves to the crowds in St Peter’s Square (AP) Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Christmas! Christ is born for us, let us rejoice in the day of our salvation! Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of this day, which is Christ himself. Jesus is the radiant “day” which has dawned … Read morePope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message from St Peter’s Basilica
FULL TEXT OF HOMILY GIVEN BY POPE FRANCIS DURING THE MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE 14TH ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS.
A Solidarity Appeal in conjunction with the European Refugee Crisis Appeal has been launched.
Drop off point St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Mon 14th Tue 15th Wed 16th between 7pm – 9pm
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The Tablet 03 September 2015 11:16 by James Roberts
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has called the pictures of bodies being washed up on beaches “a disgrace” to wealthy Europe.
Speaking on ITV News last night after distressing images of a dead Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach emerged across the world’s media, Cardinal Nichols said that the clamour for a more generous political response was growing.
“It is a disgrace that we were letting people die and seeing bodies on the beaches when together Europe is such a wealthy place,” he said. “If we take 10,000, it’s a fraction of the problem.
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”.
Pope Francis has made an extraordinary appeal to every single Catholic parish and community across Europe, asking each to house at least one of the tens of thousands of refugee families risking death to migrate to the continent from the Middle East.
Making the appeal during his weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, the pontiff said the Gospel does not allow Christians to sit back from helping those in need.
On Saturday 25th July, the parish of Cushendall launched a book to commemorate the centenary of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The book is available to order and buy through the parish Office. Bishop Noel Treanor, Monsignor Ambrose Macaulay and Fr. Luke McWilliams (PP of Cushendall) are pictured with part of the team … Read moreBook Launch in the Parish of Cushendall
Trócaire calls for human rights to be respected and for key international humanitarian standards to apply in unprecedented European migration crisis.
The full statement from Trocaire is available below:
Aged between 17 and 25? Would you like to be part of World Youth Day 2016?
Are you aged 16-21?
Why not register for the youth workshop and spend the day (Saturday 26th Sept) with other young adults, from across the Diocese at the Faith and Life Convention.