Plea for return of unused Pope Francis Mass tickets

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have doubled size of Papal event venues   Organisers of the World Meeting of Families have appealed to parishes to return any unused tickets to celebrate Mass with Pope Francis in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. It comes as unprecedented demand for places continues even after all tickets have been allocated. Fr Tim Bartlett Secretary…

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Former Irish International Rugby player, Ronan O’Gara will be one of the speakers at the Pastoral Congress for the World Meeting of Families in August. O’Gara, who is currently working as an assistant coach with the Canterbury Crusaders in New Zealand, will speak on ‘Celebrating Family and Sport’ on Thursday morning, August  23 at 11.30am.…

Upon these rocks…

Vital symbols of Ireland’s Catholic heritage are in danger of being lost, writes Susan Gately   For over 60 years in the late 17th and early 18th Century Catholics in Ireland were severely persecuted under laws which effectively took away their rights to property, education, participation in civic life and most importantly, religion. Officially termed…

Summit prayer vigil on Reek to save Eighth
Every day until Referendum day a group of lay people and clergy are climbing Croagh Patrick and spending 24 hours in prayer at the summit before the Blessed Sacrament for the preservation of the Eighth Amendment. Tuam’s Archbishop Michael Neary and Westport parish priest, Fr Charlie McDonnell gave their blessing to the venture which began on April…
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Don’t lose our Penal Times heritage, warns scholar

Precious symbols of Catholic faith are being lost to Irish heritage as awareness of Mass rocks disappears from living memory, a leading academic has warned. University of Liverpool-based human geographer Dr Hilary Bishop, who has extensively researched Mass rocks, discovered that in Co. Cork alone there are at least 300 more Mass rocks than are…

1916 grandniece defends rights of unborn babies
“The line in the proclamation ‘to cherish all the children of the nation equally’ is more relevant today than ever before,” said Dr Judy Ceannt, grandniece to the Proclamation signatory Eamon Ceannt, at a gathering of republicans and trade unionists on the anniversary of the Easter Rising. Speaking at the demonstration outside Dublin’s GPO organised…
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