UK & Ireland


Ireland: Pope appoints new Bishop of Meath

Bishop-elect Thomas Deenihan

Pope Francis has appointed Canon Thomas Deenihan (a priest of the Diocese of Cork & Ross) as the new Bishop of Meath. This news of the appointment was made public at noon on Monday in the Vatican. Bishop-elect Tom Deenihan was born in the parish of Blackpool in Cork city on 20 June 1967. He attended the North Monastery Christian Brothers Schoo...

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Ireland: Nano Nagle 300th anniversary celebrations

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne was the chief con-celebrant of a special Mass at Nano Nagle Birthplace at Ballygriffin, near Mallow, Co Cork to mark the tercentenary of the birth of Nano Nagle there. Nano Nagle was the founder of the Presentation Sisters who have spread to all continents of the world. Speaking during the Mass, Sr Mary Deane, Congregational Leader of the Presentation S...

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Charismatic Day of Prayer and Praise at Turvey Abbey

There will be a Charismatic Day of Prayer and Praise at the Monastery of Christ Our Saviour, (Turvey Abbey) MK43 8DH on Saturday June 23rd from 10am to 4pm. Entitled: The Power of our Baptism in Christ, the day will include talks, praise and worship and prayer ministry. Mass will be celebrated by Brother John.

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From Bristol to Poland with love

Fr Henry with Bristol visitors at Nysa retreat centre

More than 50 parishioners from St Patrick's Church, Redfield, Bristol, enjoyed a five-day visit to Poland to meet up with a priest who is a regular annual visitor to their parish last week. Fr Henry Kaluza, a Divine Word Missionary, celebrated his Ruby Jubilee with an invitation to Fr Gregory Grant to join him in festivities in his Polish parish. Fr Henry first came to St Patrick's at the invit...

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Ireland: 'Lay people are the new evangelists'

Bishop Leo O'Reilly

Bishop Leo O'Reilly told the Kilmore diocesan pilgrimage to the Shrine of Knock yesterday: "The Church of today is, I hope, getting closer to being the kind of Church Jesus wants us to be … a humbler Church, but to still be a hospitable one..., One of the great things that gives me hope since the referendum, is the army of people, young and old, who campaigned to retain the Eighth Amendment ..

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Text: Cardinal Nichols at Grenfell Commemoration Mass

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Cardinal Nichols gave the following homily at the Grenfell Tower Commemoration Mass at St Francis of Assisi Church in Notting Hill Gate.

Who can ever forget the images of the burning Grenfell Tower? They are seared into our imagination. They touch our hearts so deeply. Indeed, they break our hearts. With the passing of time, they do not lose their power. What we see, in reality,...

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Notting Hill parish commemorates Grenfell anniversary

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Last night the Parish of St Francis of Assisi, Notting Hill, commemorated the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy with a Mass, led by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, to pray for the repose of the souls of all who died and for the healing and peace of all who survived.

Present at the Mass were the families of many of the victims and other former residents of the Tower. A...

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Theologian: Encourage children not to miss Mass

Parents must demand their children attend Mass on Sundays in the same way that they insist on them brushing their teeth or bathing, an Irish theologian has told Catholics of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

Fr Oliver Treanor said Catholic parents should not allow children to decide for themselves whether to go to Mass each week.

Instead, he said it was important for parents to help to ins...

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Remembering Grenfell - First Anniversary

Today, 14 June 2014, marks the first Anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Fire. All the faith communities in the area are holding special services. Last night there was a prayer vigil at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Pottery Lane.

At 7.30pm, Cardinal Vincent Nichols came to St Francis to say Mass for the repose of the souls of all who died in the fire and for the healing of hearts ...

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Hungarian Bible scholar visits UK to commemorate Pius XII encyclical

Seventy-five years ago this year, in the middle of the Second World War, Pope Pius XII published an Encyclical Letter on the Bible. Entitled Divino Afflante Spiritu, the letter was promulgated on 30th September 1943, on the feast of Bible translator St Jerome. Hungarian Bible scholar and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Fr Levente Martos Balazs, visited the UK recently t...

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Aylesford: KSC pilgrimage, Archbishop blesses restored angels

Kossowski angel

Archbishop Peter Smith led the Knights of St Columba, Southern Provinces Pilgrimage, to Aylesford.

The Knights came from five different Dioceses. It was their 52nd Pilgrimage to Aylesford. At the end of the Mass the Archbishop blessed the newly restored ceramics of the angels in the shrine. The ceramics were originally made by Adam Kossowski and were restored by the local potters Billy By...

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Programme of Pope's visit to Ireland announced

The Vatican has announced Pope Francis' schedule for his upcoming Apostolic Visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families from August 25-26.

Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families begins on Saturday morning, 25 August, when he departs from Rome and arrives in Dublin at 10.30am.

The official welcome ceremony will take place at the Presidential...

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New Director for National Office for Vocation

Fr Darren Carden

Bishop Terence Drainey, Chair of the Management Board of the National Office for Vocation, is pleased to announce that following the election of Abbot Christopher Jamison as Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, the vacancy for the Director of the National Office for Vocation is to be filled by Fr Darren Carden, a priest of the Diocese of Lancaster currently working in the Ar...

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New website to help end leaking church roofs

MaintenanceBooker, a new heritage website to keep historic churches and chapels safe for the future is launched today in England and Wales, following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund pilot project in Yorkshire.

Set up by the National Churches Trust, the UK's church building support charity, and 2buy2, the national buying group for UK, charities, schools and churches, MaintenanceBooker m...

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