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 Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to Martin McGuinness RIP
Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to Martin McGuinness RIP

Like many people I was shocked before Christmas to hear about the serious illness of Martin McGuinness, and, despite our hopes and prayers for his recovery, today I am saddened to learn that he has died. My first thoughts are with his dear wife Bernie, his children, grandchildren, brothers and sister, and all his many friends and loved ones.

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 Archbishop Eamon Martin's message for Saint Patrick's Day
Archbishop Eamon Martin's message for Saint Patrick's Day

On this Feast of our Patron Saint, I send warm greetings from the Cathedral City of Saint Patrick in Armagh to Irish people everywhere. Today unites the Irish at home with our relatives and friends who live abroad and with the hundreds of thousands of others who are happy to celebrate this day with us. Conscious that our National Apostle first encountered Ireland as a migrant, I offer special greetings to the 'new Irish' - the many migrants who have made their home among us.

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches #LiveLent 2017 resources
Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches #LiveLent 2017 resources

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched a special web resource, and a Twitter and Instagram #LiveLent initiative, for Lent 2017 which begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. Archbishop Martin said: "In his message for Lent 2017, which I encourage everyone to read, Pope Francis invites the faithful to return to God with all their hearts, to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. The theme for the Pope's message for Lent 2017 is 'The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift'.

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Pre-election message from Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland
Pre-election message from Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland

The Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland have sent out the following message and reflection in advance of Assembly Election on 2 March 2017. To our political leaders... The premature collapse of our political institutions is a serious matter for all of us. We depend on you, our politicians to help shape a healthy, positive and peaceful society in which there are ample, quality jobs, decent housing, comprehensive healthcare, and first-class education for all. We thank you for your public service, the sacrifices and commitment that you have made for the good of our society. However at this time,

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Irish Bishops meet Pope, discuss possible visit to Ireland
Irish Bishops meet Pope, discuss possible visit to Ireland

Pope Francis met with the Irish bishops on Friday, during their ad limina visit to Rome. Less than half of the bishops had been on an ad limina visit before, and they were all impressed by the level of openness and dialogue they discovered in all the offices of the Roman Curia and particularly in their closed door, informal and unscripted conversation with the Pope. Archbishop Eamon Martin, president of the Irish bishops conference, said: "He (Pope Francis) said at the beginning, 'I'll throw in the ball and let's see what happens',

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 Archbishop Eamon Martin sends message to Northern Ireland politicians
Archbishop Eamon Martin sends message to Northern Ireland politicians

At this critical moment, as my fellow Church leaders have already done this week, I offer a message to our politicians and all who serve in the civil and political sphere. Consider carefully your responsibility and noble vocation to work for the common good. The premature collapse of our political institutions so soon after the last election is a serious matter for all of us and cannot be taken lightly. The sense I am picking up from people on the ground is that it risks further disillusionment with the political process.

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Irish church leaders' New Year Message: 'Hope in Christ in uncertain times'
Irish church leaders' New Year Message: 'Hope in Christ in uncertain times'

As with all people, none of us are immune from standing at the gate of the New Year and reflecting on what the last twelve months have brought - and wondering what 2017 might bring. The world is an uncertain place. As we enter this New Year we are mindful of people who continue to suffer as a result of conflict, especially in the Middle East, and the humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold in Syria. As we pray for these situations, we also remember and lift in prayer those in our own communities who are affected by homelessness and those struggling to make ends meet.

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin's New Year Message for 50th World Day of Peace
Ireland: Archbishop Martin's New Year Message for 50th World Day of Peace

As a teenager growing up in Derry, I remember being inspired by the witness of the Peace People who brought many ordinary people onto the streets in a call for an end to the terrible violence at that time. The mid-seventies saw some of the most shocking bombings and shootings of "the Troubles". Terrible tit-for-tat sectarian murders were leaving more and more families bereaved and traumatised. It is hard to believe that it is now forty years since Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams were awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize for their courageous stand against all violence.

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Irish Church launches Online Advent Calendar 2016
Irish Church launches Online Advent Calendar 2016

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Chair of the Council for Communications of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, has launched a specially commissioned 2016 Advent Calendar on the homepage of the Irish Catholic Bishops' website to coincide with the beginning of Advent on Sunday 27 November. The calendar has daily and reflections, films, music, quotations, listings and other features. Launching the calendar, Archbishop Eamon said: "The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Catholic year and the time of spiritual preparation for the Lord's coming at Christmas.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin opens new Irish missionary seminary
Archbishop Eamon Martin opens new Irish missionary seminary

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has opened a new Irish missionary seminary, the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, Co Louth, in the Archdiocese of Armagh. There are currently sixteen seminarians studying for the priesthood in the seminary and the young men come from eight countries: Croatia, England, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Spain and the USA. The seminarians receive their formation in Dundalk and travel to Maynooth for their philosophical and theological studies.

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Address by Primate of All Ireland to Mayor of Bethlehem
Address by Primate of All Ireland to Mayor of Bethlehem

"..We too have had armed soldiers on our streets, heavily fortified checkpoints and security walls which interfere with the normality that ought to be daily family and commercial life. We too have lived with the daily threat of bombs and shootings, and seen how sectarianism, hatred and bigotry can turn neighbours into enemies, neighbourliness into suspicion, culture and even religion into difference and division. At the same time, through the great blessing of God that is the peace process in Ireland, we also know that resolution and reconciliation are possible..

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Archbishop Martin leads Irish 'pilgrimage of solidarity' to Holy Land
Archbishop Martin leads Irish 'pilgrimage of solidarity' to Holy Land

On Sunday Archbishop Eamon Martin set out on an eight-day pilgrimage of solidarity to the Holy Land accompanied by 177 pilgrims drawn from all around Ireland. The pilgrims' itinerary includes visits to sites associated with the earthly life of Christ and will have a particular focus on demonstrating solidarity with the local Christian community - which has been diminishing in numbers in recent decades. Speaking ahead of the pilgrimage Archbishop Eamon said: "I am glad to be part of this pilgrimage of prayerful solidarity to the Holy Land.

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 Ireland: Archbishop Martin welcomes canonisation of Mother Teresa
Ireland: Archbishop Martin welcomes canonisation of Mother Teresa

Speaking ahead of Sunday's canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa in Rome, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland said: "Blessed Teresa is greatly loved and venerated by the faithful throughout Ireland and by millions around the world. By declaring Mother Teresa a saint, the Holy Father Pope Francis is affirming her long life of heroic virtue, and outstanding fidelity to God's grace." Pope Francis will celebrate the Mass of canonisation in Saint Peter's Square this Sunday, 4 September, on the eve of

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Italy: World prays for quake victims as rescue efforts continue
Italy: World prays for quake victims as rescue efforts continue

Prayers are being said around the world as rescue teams race against time to reach people buried under rubble following Wednesday's devastating earthquake in central Italy. Hundreds of volunteers have come from all over Italy to assist them. Pope Francis yesterday sent six members of the Vatican's fire service to help Italy's Civil Protection workers search for survivors and care for those already rescued. The death toll has now risen to 250 and there are fears it will rise further. Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole of Ascoli Piceno, one of two Italian dioceses

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Texts: Bishop Donal McKeown, Archbishop Eamon Martin at funeral of Bishop Edward Daly
Texts: Bishop Donal McKeown, Archbishop Eamon Martin at funeral of Bishop Edward Daly

Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, gave the homily at the Requiem Mass celebrated for Bishop Daly in St Eugene's Cathedral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland yesterday. Archbishop Eamon Martin gave a tribute at the end of the Mass before the final commendation. The funeral came after three days in which many thousands of people came to pay their respects to the 'People's Bishop'.

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Ireland:  Archbishop calls for prayers for victims of tragedy in Nice
Ireland: Archbishop calls for prayers for victims of tragedy in Nice

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland has called for prayers for those killed and injured in last night's terrorist attack in Nice, France. He said: " The horrific scenes on the streets of Nice once more send shock waves into our homes and hearts. How helpless we all are when someone decides to deliberately and indiscriminately target human life. "Please keep the people of France in your prayers and especially the dead and injured, the families and loved ones of all those caught up in this senseless

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Rome: Archbishop Martin leads St Oliver Plunkett pilgrimage for peace
Rome: Archbishop Martin leads St Oliver Plunkett pilgrimage for peace

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, is leading the Saint Oliver Jubilee Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Rome from 13 - 17 June. Before departing on the pilgrimage Archbishop Eamon said: "One hundred years on from the Easter Rising, we pilgrims will thank God for the huge steps that have been taken in Ireland towards peace and reconciliation. However, with pervasive crime, gangland killings and the continued threat of paramilitary violence, with poverty and increased homelessness north and south,

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Ireland: Statement from Northern Bishops on EU  referendum
Ireland: Statement from Northern Bishops on EU referendum

"The reintroduction of border controls, for example, would not only have profound implications for trade and the economy, but also for the wider civil society, notably through the disruptive impact on the day-to-day life of those who live in border areas or cross the border frequently. The valuable work carried out to date to build new relationships across these islands must not be undermined." Referendum on UK in EU: historic, determinative, complex, importance for young voters.. On 23 June people in Northern Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum on the future

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   Pope Francis confirms date and theme for Ireland's World Meeting of Families
Pope Francis confirms date and theme for Ireland's World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis has decided that the World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin on 22 to 26 August 2018, with the theme "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World". It is too early to know if Pope Francis will attend the WMOF. The announcement of the date and theme for the 9th World Meeting of Families (WMF) was made at a press conference in the Vatican this morning, attended by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, and the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Pagila.

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Irish priest  to be beatified
Irish priest to be beatified

A Jesuit priest from Dublin, Fr John Sullivan, was among those named in a decree this week by Pope Francis to be beatified. Fr John Sullivan (1861 - 1933) Fr Sullivan was brought up by a wealthy protestant family and taught at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare. He joined the Jesuits in 1900. Welcoming the news, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland said: "It is wonderful news that Pope Francis has approved the decree that has authenticated a miracle attributed to Jesuit priest Father John Sullivan.

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Ireland: Archbishops  to concelebrate 1916 Mass of Remembrance
Ireland: Archbishops to concelebrate 1916 Mass of Remembrance

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, will concelebrate the annual 1916 Mass of Remembrance in the Church of the Sacred Heart - the church of the Defence Forces - in Arbour Hill, Dublin at 10am this Sunday, 24 April, the centenary date of the 1916 Easter Rising. Archbishop Eamon Martin will be principal celebrant at the Mass. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will preside and preach the homily.

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Northern Ireland: Catholic delegation meets DUP and Sinn Fein
Northern Ireland: Catholic delegation meets DUP and Sinn Fein

Today, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, led delegations from the Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs (NICCOSA) to two official meetings with political parties in Northern Ireland. The first meeting was in Belfast, with members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by First Minister Arlene Foster MLA. The second meeting, with members of Sinn Fein, led by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA, took place in Armagh. Speaking after the meetings, Archbishop Martin said

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Ireland: Church to mark centenary of 1916 Easter Rising
Ireland: Church to mark centenary of 1916 Easter Rising

A number of commemorative events, prayer services and Masses will take place in Ireland next weekend to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. On Sunday, 3 April at 11am Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will participate in an inter-faith prayer service in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, commemorating all those who died in the events of Easter week 1916. This service will focus on the Easter Rising (24 to 29 April 1916), and the executions that followed in May and August of that year.

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Ireland: St Patrick's Day Message from Archbishop Eamon Martin
Ireland: St Patrick's Day Message from Archbishop Eamon Martin

Although a small number of people attempt to drag Ireland back to unrest and violence, people from across our communities are strongly committed to building bridges towards lasting peace. Following the example of Patrick, I call on Irish people, at home and abroad: open yourselves up to a personal friendship with Christ and to an experience of God's mercy in your lives. This experience will change your life, as it did for Saint Patrick, and it will inspire you, in turn, to reach out in mercy and charity to those who are suffering and in need.

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Irish church leaders' New Year Message
Irish church leaders' New Year Message

The Church of Ireland and Catholic Archbishops of Armagh; the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland; the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland; and, the President of the Irish Council of Churches have sent the following New Year's Message: This year, 2016, will bring with it the centenary of many significant events which have shaped the history and culture of this island and its people. In remembering our past we must also seek a true vision for our future.

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New Year's Message from Archbishop  Martin, Primate of All Ireland
New Year's Message from Archbishop Martin, Primate of All Ireland

2016 is significant for Catholics as it marks the Jubilee Year of Mercy ... Our challenge is to get out there, witnessing to hope, accompanying those who suffer, willing to make a difference. One of the difficulties we shall meet is indifference to God. 2016 has added significance in that it marks the centenaries of the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme - events which had a profound impact on the history and culture of this island. The commemorations will provide opportunities for us to deepen our understanding of who we are as a people and to affirm our hope for lasting

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Ireland: Church leaders meet government to discuss Paris climate conference
Ireland: Church leaders meet government to discuss Paris climate conference

Archbishop Eamon Martin hosted a meeting with church leaders and environment Ministers Alan Kelly and Mark H Durkan in Armagh to discuss the forthcoming UN climate change conference in Paris. Archbishop Martin welcomed the cross-border dialogue and collaboration on this issue as important example of leadership on one of the most urgent global justice issues of our time. Archbishop Martin stated: "Pope Francis has appealed for a strong international commitment to the care of the

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Next World Meeting of Families to take place in Dublin
Next World Meeting of Families to take place in Dublin

The next World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin, Pope Francis has announced. In a statement on Sunday night, Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomed the news, saying: "I am delighted to hear that Pope Francis has announced that the 9th World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin, and that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is in Philadelphia with our delegation to hear the news directly from the Holy Father. "Three years ago the 50th International Eucharistic Congress was a great celebration of faith for Ireland,

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Call for solidarity with Christian communities of Holy Land
Call for solidarity with Christian communities of Holy Land

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences of England & Wales, and Ireland, have called for solidarity with, and prayer for the Christian communities who live in the Holy Land. The Cardinal and Archbishop were returning from the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) which had been meeting in Galilee and Jerusalem at the invitation of His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. The European bishops visited the Christian communities in Nazareth, Mil'ya and Bethlehem,

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Northern Ireland: Church leaders voice concern over increasing poverty,  political instability
Northern Ireland: Church leaders voice concern over increasing poverty, political instability

Irish Church leaders have expressed their concern at the rising number of people struggling to cope on low incomes and the anxiety that the current political instability brings to the most vulnerable members of society. Following consultation with representatives of faith-based charities, they have issued the following statement: "As Northern Ireland's elected representatives continue to negotiate the future of our political institutions, an awareness of their shared responsibility for the common good needs to be at the heart of the discussion.

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Church leaders issue call for solidarity with Holy Land Christians
Church leaders issue call for solidarity with Holy Land Christians

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Presidents of the Bishops' Conferences of England & Wales, and Ireland, have called for solidarity with, and prayer for the Christian communities who live in the Holy Land. The Cardinal and Archbishop were returning from the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) which had been meeting in Galilee and Jerusalem at the invitation of His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin writes to MPs about Assisted Dying Bill
Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin writes to MPs about Assisted Dying Bill

"The life of every human person is equally valuable, whatever the stage or state of that life" - Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland writes. In an open letter Archbishop Martin said: " As Catholics across the island of Ireland prepare to celebrate the annual Day for Life (4 October) on the theme of 'Cherishing Life-Accepting Death', I have written to Northern Ireland's Members of Parliament, asking them to oppose the destructive and pessimistic approach to human life proposed in the 'Assisted Dying Bill' to be debated in the Parliament of Westminster on

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Pope Francis tells new archbishops: 'be true witnesses'
Pope Francis tells new archbishops: 'be true witnesses'

New archbishops from around the world gathered at St Peter's Basilica on Monday, for a special Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, patrons of Rome, and the blessing of the Pallium. Among the new prelates were Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, and Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly. In his homily Pope Francis advised the new archbishops to be true witnesses in the way they live. "Teach prayer by praying, announce the faith by believing; offer witness by living!" he told them.

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Irish Primate: 'Church must reach out to all while continuing to advocate Christian vision of marriage'
Irish Primate: 'Church must reach out to all while continuing to advocate Christian vision of marriage'

In the wake of the referendum on gay marriage in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, said it was important for the Church to to re-commit to the pastoral care of "anyone in society who experiences victimisation and stigmatisation" - "to reach out pastorally to different kinds of families and relationships while at the same time continuing to be advocates for a Christian vision of marriage." Speaking on Sunday, during Mass at the National Marian Shrine in Knock, for the Armagh diocesan pilgrimage, the Archbishop quoted Pope Francis

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Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin  on Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
Homily of Archbishop Eamon Martin on Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

At Mass in Lourdes this morning Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland, remembered and acknowledged the faithful in Ireland, and around the world, who are praying, fasting, doing penance and praying novenas for the special intention of marriage and the family, saying, "when we pray for, and speak up for the institution of marriage as it has been understood across cultures and down the ages, we are not trying to hurt or offend anyone - thank God, in His great mercy He loves all of us equally, and so should we ... we want to protect and promote the uniqueness of that special relationship

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Ireland: Statement from Archbishop  Eamon Martin on same-sex marriage referendum
Ireland: Statement from Archbishop Eamon Martin on same-sex marriage referendum

On 22 May, a referendum will take place in the Republic of Ireland on the introduction of same-sex marriage. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland said in a statement: In recent weeks and months I have received many letters and messages asking me, as a Bishop, to explain clearly the Church's teaching on marriage in the context of the forthcoming referendum. The Irish bishops have already said that we cannot support an amendment to the Constitution which redefines marriage and effectively places the union of two men, or two women, on a par with the

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Armagh: Archbishop Eamon Martin at Chrism  Mass
Armagh: Archbishop Eamon Martin at Chrism Mass

Sometimes daring to witness openly to our sincerely held Christian convictions can bring upon us ridicule, condemnation or even persecution. I am thinking, for example, about our strong beliefs in the sacredness of human life from the first moment of conception until the moment of natural death; our Church's understanding of marriage and the family; our Catholic social teaching about the fair distribution of goods, care for creation and concern for the weakest and most vulnerable.

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Archbishop Martin opens Ireland's First National Safeguarding Conference
Archbishop Martin opens Ireland's First National Safeguarding Conference

Archbishop Eamon Martin opened the First National Safeguarding Conference in Athlone today. The text of his introductory address follows:...  'The first National Safeguarding Conference hosted by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland marks a significant milestone on our journey.  I use the words 'milestone' and 'journey' very deliberately.... Our discussions this weekend should be rooted in a promise that we are now doing everything possible to ensure that the terrible things which happened them in the past shall not happen again

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Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin launches Facebook page for Lent
Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin launches Facebook page for Lent

On Ash Wednesday, Archbishop Eamon Martin launched a special web feature and a new Facebook page with information and resources for Lent 2015. Archbishop Martin said: "I love the phrase which Pope Francis uses in his Message for Lent this year and where he describes Lent as a time for 'formation of the heart'. During this Lenten season I invite everyone to look into their heart, see the things which might be closing our heart to God's love and make a special effort to open ourselves up to the grace that God offers during this Lenten season.

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Ireland: Archbishop  Martin’s pastoral letter for  Year of Consecrated Life
Ireland: Archbishop Martin’s pastoral letter for Year of Consecrated Life

“Wake up the World!” - Pope Francis certainly has a way with words! His now-famous rallying call for the Year of Consecrated Life has reverberated around the globe since he announced that 2015 would be a year of prayer and thanksgiving for women and men who live a vocation to the religious life. 'I am counting on you to "wake up the world", he told them. This weekend marks the launch of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Archdiocese of Armagh. February 1 has long been associated with Saint Brigid - Ireland's most famous consecrated woman.

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Ireland: Church delegation discusses proposed extension to abortion law with government minister
Ireland: Church delegation discusses proposed extension to abortion law with government minister

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, today led a group of Catholic parents, doctors, lawyers and clergy to a meeting with Minister for Justice in Northern Ireland, David Ford MLA, to express grave concern about the Minister’s proposal to extend the law on abortion in Northern Ireland and about the consultation process itself. Speaking after the meeting, Archbishop Martin said: “What parent or relative does not understand the fear and trauma that comes with the diagnosis of a serious illness during pregnancy?

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Ireland:  New Year message from Archbishop Eamon Martin
Ireland: New Year message from Archbishop Eamon Martin

A new year’s resolution for Ireland, North and South, might be to raise awareness and do what we can to tackle the global scandal of human trafficking. We might ask questions of ourselves and our public representatives: where is trafficking happening in this country? What are we doing to make Ireland the land of one thousand welcomes and a cold place for human traffickers? Clearly trafficking is a problem to be addressed both nationally and internationally. It begins, however, with personal and public awareness 

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Ireland:  Archbishop Eamon Martin launches online Advent Calendar
Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin launches online Advent Calendar

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched a specially commissioned 2014 Advent calendar on the homepage of the Irish Catholic bishops' website to coincide with the beginning of Advent on Sunday 30 November. Archbishop Eamon said: "I am delighted to launch this year's Advent calendar which each day will reveal Advent information and prayer resources by clicking on a virtual numerical door in our online calendar.

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Churches seek clarity on implications of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland
Churches seek clarity on implications of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland

The leaders of the main Churches in Northern Ireland have written to the Minister for Social Development, Mervyn Storey MLA, and the Chair of the Social Development Committee, Alex Maskey MLA, to seek meetings to discuss the challenges presented by the Welfare Reform Bill and to express their concern about the impact of the continued uncertainty regarding the Bill on the most vulnerable members of society. The Church leaders feel there is a clear need to bring the current debate back to a point where further progress can be made in a calmer atmosphere 

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Dublin: Meeting of Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops
Dublin: Meeting of Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops

The third meeting of Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops took place in Dublin on 11 September, in the spirit of the recommendation of the International Anglican/Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission. Ten bishops were present representing the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, and the House of Bishops. The Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, was among the participants in his first week as Archbishop of Armagh. Archbishop Richard Clarke was also present

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Ireland: Cardinal Seàn Brady retires
Ireland: Cardinal Seàn Brady retires

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, on Monday as he has reached retirement age... Cardinal Seàn Brady said: "I am pleased that Pope Francis has today accepted the resignation which I offered to him on the occasion of my 75th birthday. I warmly congratulate Archbishop Eamon Martin who today becomes Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and Coarb Phadraic. Let us rejoice and be glad.

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Ireland: Cardinal Seán Brady offers resignation on reaching 75
Ireland: Cardinal Seán Brady offers resignation on reaching 75

Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland announced his wish to retire yesterday ahead of his 75th birthday today. In an official statement he said: Last month I offered my resignation to Pope Francis in accordance with the requirement of Canon Law. I did so in anticipation of my seventy-fifth birthday which I will celebrate tomorrow. On 18 January 2013 Pope Benedict XVI acceded to my request for episcopal support and Archbishop Eamon Martin was appointed as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin on 'New media and the work of evangelisation'
Archbishop Eamon Martin on 'New media and the work of evangelisation'

Many people say that it was a four minute speech which led to the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as Pope. In his pre-conclave speech to the other Cardinals, he used the popular image from the Book of Revelation of Jesus standing at the door and knocking. But in an unusual and inspired way he turned the image around: "Obviously, the text refers to his knocking from the outside in order to enter but I think about the times in which Jesus knocks from within so that we will let him come out. The self-referential Church keeps Jesus Christ 

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Ireland: Archbishop launches new online calendar for Lent 2014
Ireland: Archbishop launches new online calendar for Lent 2014

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chair of the Council for Communications of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, today launched an online calendar for Lent 2014. Archbishop Martin said: "Lent is the most solemn season for the Catholic Church and it culminates in the high-point of our liturgical calendar: Easter Sunday. With the help of the word of God and the sacraments, Lent is a time to renew our journey of faith, both as individuals and as a community. With this in mind our new Lenten calendar is a resource to assist the faithful in our preparation for Easter."

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Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches  online Advent calendar
Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches online Advent calendar
To mark the beginning of Advent yesterday, Archbishop Eamon Martin launched a specially commissioned Advent calendar on the homepage of the Irish Catholic bishops' website. Archbishop Eamon said: "I am delighted to launch our new Advent calendar which each day up to Christmas Eve will reveal Advent information and prayer resources by clicking on a virtual numerical door in our online calendar. For many years we have provided online resources to assist with our Advent preparations, but this year we offer
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Seamus Heaney RIP
Seamus Heaney RIP
The Nobel Prize winning Irish poet and playwright Seamus Heaney died today, after a short illness. Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 and has been described as Ireland's greatest writer since Yeats. He was 74 years old. Born in April 1939, in Co Derry, Northern Ireland, Seamus was the eldest of nine children. He is survived by his wife Marie, and children Christopher, Michael and Catherine Ann. His family have requested privacy at this time.
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