Selection of Quotations from Catholic Sources

These quotations are intended to be used by preachers and teachers as source material. They might also be shared as “good news”, in whole or in part, in parish newsletters, or on social media pages. Keep in mind that, while quotations can be shortened, they are the written or spoken words of others and should […]

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Giving Thanks For the Gift of Life

Psalm 139 I thank you for the wonder of my being O Lord, you search me and you know me, you know my resting and my rising, you discern my purpose from afar. You mark when I walk or lie down, all my ways lie open to you. Before ever a word is on my […]

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Prayers of Intercession

Individual intercessions taken from this selection could be includes in the Prayers of Intercession on any Sunday of the Year or indeed for any para-liturgy in an Community or Educational Setting. Certain ones may be particularly appropriate depending on the Scripture Readings. A selection of these Intercessions should be used on the Day for Life, […]

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‘Two Lives, One Love’ – submission to the Citizens’ Assembly by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Please see below key points from the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment.  The full text, which follows, was submitted to the Citizens’ Assembly earlier today and will be made available in parishes in the coming weeks: The Constitution celebrates the equality of the mother […]

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Bishop John Kirby’s message for ‘Day for Life’ 2016

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you and before you were born, I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5) In his 1995 encyclical letter The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), Pope Saint John Paul II requested the bishops of the different countries of the world to celebrate the gift of life with an annual […]

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Archbishop Eamon Martin’s message for ‘Day for Life’ 2016

Pope Francis often speaks about the need for a ‘revolution of tenderness’ to melt the ‘hardness of heart’ that is so prevalent in today’s world.  Nowadays the way of tenderness is indeed counter-cultural and revolutionary.  It is perhaps the only way to confront inhumanity and cruelty, to bridge the great divide which greed has created […]

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Vatican Radio interview with Bishop Kevin Doran on Day for Life 2016

The 2016 Day for Life is being marked across Ireland this Sunday highlighting the meaning and value of human life at every stage. The theme for this year is, “Everything is Connected. In their Day for Life pastoral message the Bishops of Ireland have drawn inspiration from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato Si” on the […]

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Every Human Life a Gift: Defending the Pro-Life Amendment – Address by Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin at event organised by Family and Life

The Fundamental Right to Life The Second World War, which touched every continent in the world, ended just seventy years ago. While it lasted, the principal focus for many ordinary people was simply to survive. Within months of the ending of the war, however, people had begun to reflect in a more organised way on […]

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Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland on the Upcoming General Election

A general election is an important moment which offers a democratic society an opportunity to reflect on its successes and failures.  In Ireland we are fortunate to live in a lively democratic society, even with all its imperfections.   Democracy requires in the first place that all citizens exercise their right to vote and we strongly […]

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Bishop Ray Browne calls us to cast our vote

Appreciate our country, serve it wholeheartedly, cast your vote A General Election is a unique event in the life of any country. The excitement and the hustle and bustle will be with us over the next few weeks until Election Day. It is good for our democracy that so many people participate in the campaign. […]

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