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Pope grants coronavirus indulgence

Catholics who are suffering from or caring for people with the coronavirus will be granted a plenary indulgence, the Vatican has announced. Pope Francis revealed at the weekend that he will deliver an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing this Friday (March 27) at 5pm Irish time. Usually given only immediately after a new Pope’s election…

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162,000 tune in to RTÉ TV for Sunday Mass

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Chat to Tallaght hospital chaplain online

Covid-19: The Faithful respond   Although the work of healthcare chaplains is generally face-to-face, “listening compassionately, connecting immediately and loving unconditionally”, the Director of Pastoral Care in Tallaght Hospital told The Irish Catholic they have updated how they connect with patients in light of the coronavirus crisis. They will now be giving patients the option…

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New Zealand bishops criticise new/liberal abortion law

Bishops in New Zealand have criticised the decision to pass a new abortion bill approved by the country’s legislature last week. The country’s House of Representatives passed the Abortion Legislation Bill on March 18, legalising abortion throughout the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. “There is no longer any recognition of the rights of the unborn…

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Cobh sings along to Mass at home

Covid-19: The Faithful respond   In Cobh parish they have been receiving Mass via Facebook Live every morning at 9am. On Sunday Bishop William Crean of the Diocese of Cloyne celebrated Mass with Cobh’s clergy. Jennifer Buckley of Cobh Parish said: “Our musical director Dominic Finn and Cantor Patrick O’ Donoghue played and sang from…

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‘Dial a prayer’ in Waterford

Covid-19: The Faithful respond   A community of contemplative nuns, the Sisters of Mary Morning Star, who came to live in Waterford in January last year have set up a new prayer initiative called ‘Dial a Prayer’. The sisters want to bring the intentions, thoughts and prayers of people in the Diocese of Waterford and…

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All public Masses in Britain are suspended

Public Masses across England, Wales and Scotland have been suspended indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak. The bishops’ conference of England and Wales announced last week that, as of March 20, there will be no public acts of worship. However, they said that churches would remain open for private prayer. “During these disturbing and threatening times,…

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