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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Ireland celebrates anniversary of Pope's visit
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¬†A series of celebrations begins in Ireland today, to commemorating the 1979 visit of Pope John Paul II. The Irish Bishops' Conference has designated 'Mission Alive' Sunday on October 3, to be the second national event to celebrate this historic visit. Mission Alive will start with the celebration of Mass by Archbishop of Bulawayo Pius Ncube from the Republic of Zimbabwe. Mass will be televised on RT… 1 and takes place in the Holy Spirit Church, Dennehy's Cross, in Cork city at 11:05 am. In keeping with the missionary theme, this event emphasises that, over the last 25 years, the Pope has been the missionary par excellence. The theme of this Mass is 'Proclaim the Message.' 'Mission Alive' in 2004 is supporting the bishops' 'Day for Life' which will also be held on October 3. This year's 'Day for Life' involves the publication of a pastoral letter on suicide issued by the Irish Bishops' Conference. The Day for Life theme provides the opportunity to highlight the Holy Father's teachings on the sacredness of human life. Corresponding to the actual dates of the Pope's 1979 visit to Ireland, the Irish Bishops' Conference has organised the following three days of events: September 29 Masses to be celebrated by bishops in diocesan cathedrals around Ireland; September 30 An Evening Prayer of the Church will take place in the College Chapel in St Patrick's College, Maynooth at 7:30pm tomorrow (Thursday). This celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours/Evening Prayer of the Church will be sung by the College Choir and presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio His Excellency Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto. It will be attended by seminarians, priests, vocations directors, leaders of sisters, brothers and religious communities in Ireland and lay students from the university. Part of the event will be broadcast on RT… television. October 1 Parish Masses, with themes addressing the sanctity of human life, the sick and the missions. Audio versions of 1979 papal homilies are available at: www.catholiccommunications.ie
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