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Itinerary of Pope Francis for his pastoral visit

The Holy See Press Office published today (11.00 am Irish time) the itinerary of the Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral visit to the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland (WMOF) on 25 and 26 August.  Please see details of Pope Francis’ itinerary below. Apostolic journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families ...

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An ecological conversion

It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ecological conversion, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident ...

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Work is love made visible

“All bread is to be shared – that is revolution. We are called by Jesus, the son of Joseph, the worker, in this celebration of the Eucharist to change and to be transformed and to turn the world upside down. The first reading by Kahlil Gibran spoke of:  What it is to work with love? It is to weave the cloth ...

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Pilgrimage Walk – Slí Nano

This pilgrimage on Saturday 19th May, 2018  is a wonderful opportunity to visit Nano Nagle’s Birthplace (Ballygriffin) and surrounding areas, rich in history, heritage and natural beauty. An historic occasion, celebrating the tercentenary of Nano’s birth (1718), this event provides an opportunity to meet people and create memories while walking the ways of the young Nano, visiting local sites that ...

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Beautifully Imperfect

I was reminded today of these quite extraordinary sculptures that were created by the French artist Bruno Catalano, by a Facebook Post from the Chapel of Unity at Coventry Cathedral @chapelofunitycoventry. In 2013, he created an extraordinary series of eye-catching bronze sculptures called “Les Voyageurs” in Marseilles that depicted realistic human workers with large parts of their bodies missing. The ...

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Praying for Peace

‘I pray to the Lord that the hopes for a future of peace and more brotherly friendship will not be disappointed’. Pope Francis prayed that the hopes for peace strengthened by the meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea will not be dashed, and he urged Catholics during the month of May to pray the rosary for peace. ...

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Walking with Nano

Presentation Sisters from across the world were joined by the Cork public in a twilight procession through the city last evening to mark the 300th anniversary of Nano Nagle’s birth.   Almost sixty Presentation Sisters from Ireland and across the world are currently in Cork as delegates to our Congregational Gathering (CG2018), on behalf of over eleven hundred Sisters worldwide.  Among ...

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Listen, discern and live

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is Sunday, April 22nd 2018. The purpose of this Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly celebrate vocations to ordained ministry and religious life in all its forms.  Many parishes and religious institutes commemorate this day with prayer for vocations and vocation promotion events.  2018 marks the 55th Anniversary of the World Day ...

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A Gentle Easter Prayer

  I beseech you be gentle. Be gentle to the men & the women and to the children, who hold their life in their hands, like a flower. They have all gathered the flower of life, and because it is gathered it is fading, it fades swiftly, like the loveliness of a candle that is lit. Dying and flowering are ...

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A time of rebirth

Today, it is the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.  A time of rebirth. This marks the first day of the astronomical Spring.  At this  time of equinox the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. Even if you didn’t already know this, there is a sense in these recent mornings ...

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