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November 25, 2014

25/11/14 Pope Francis’ Address to Council of Europe

Below please find the full text of Pope Francis’ address to the Council of Europe(November 25th)  Mr Secretary General, Madame President Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,             I am happy to address this solemn session which brings together a significant representation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, […]
November 25, 2014

25/11/14 Pope Francis’ Address to EU Parliament

(Vatican Radio) The full text of the address delivered by Pope Francis to members of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday November 25, 2014. “Mr President and Vice Presidents, Members of the European Parliament, All associated with the work of this Institution, Dear Friends,           […]
November 21, 2014

The Meaning of Marriage

Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
October 18, 2014

18/10/14 Pope Francis “extraordinary” address at close of Synod

The Archbishop of Dublin has welcomed the publication of the final text at the closing of the Synod of Bishops in Rome this evening.  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the text must be read in the context of Pope Francis’ extraordinary final remarks to the Synod, after which the Pope received […]
October 13, 2014

13/10/14 Synod on the Family

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and vice-president of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, is representing the Irish bishops at the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of Bishops which is taking  place at the Vatican, to discuss the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation   Our […]
October 7, 2014

7/10/14 Archbishop Martin to Synod “Listen to married couples”

Press Release October 7th 2014    Summary of comments by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, during today’s debate at the Synod of Bishops in Rome   During this morning’s debate at the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin stressed the importance of consulting married couples. He said […]
October 3, 2014

3/10/14 Dublin Priest to Chair Ecumenical Council

  Press Release: Friday October 3rd 2014    Dublin Priest makes history as first Catholic Chair of Ecumenical Council   A ground-breaking ecumenical decision has been taken with the appointment of a Roman Catholic Priest as Chairperson to the Dublin Council of Churches.   Set up over half a century […]
October 1, 2014

1/10/14 Crosscare seeks register for emigrants

  Government urged to connect with emigrants   Crosscare’s Migrant Project has called on the government to initiate a database of Irish emigrants abroad with a view to creating a stronger on-line connection between the Irish State and its diaspora. Crosscare Migrant Project staff made a number of proposals in […]
September 17, 2014

17/9/14 Deanery Changes Announced

Press Release – Wednesday, September 17th 2014 Deanery changes in Dublin Archdiocese to increase the role of lay people in Diocesan Planning   The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has adopted significant changes which will greatly enhance the participation of lay people in pastoral planning in the country’s largest Catholic diocese. […]
September 16, 2014

16/9/14 Culture Night 2014

Press Release September 16th 2014 WW1 Diaries on Public Display for the First Time for Culture Night “The roll call of the Munsters on Monday was the saddest thing imaginable. In the field beside St. Mary’s (the little tent chapel the artillery chaps erected for us) the four Companies all […]
September 5, 2014

Irish Pilgrims Depart for Lourdes

Press Release – Sunday, 7th September 2014 2,000 Irish Pilgrims Depart for Lourdes   65 years since it first began, the Dublin Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage begins again this weekend as 2,000 pilgrims leave Dublin airport for the French shrine. It is the largest religious Pilgrimage to leave Ireland annually. From […]
August 25, 2014

Pope Francis Sends Condolences to Reynolds Family

25th August 2014    TELEGRAM OF CONDOLENCE OF POPE FRANCIS ON THE DEATH OF FORMER TAOISEACH ALBERT REYNOLDS   The Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   The Holy Father learned with sadness of the death of the former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, and he asks you kindly to convey […]
August 3, 2014

Diocesan Appointments 2014

As of 1st August
July 23, 2014

23/7/14 Crosscare Info & Advocacy Report

Launch of “Year 1 Report” on Crosscare Information and Advocacy Services Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Crosscare Centre, Sackville Place, Dublin, 23rd July 2014             Many years ago, I was involved in the course of my work, in assessing requests […]
July 9, 2014

9/7/14 Dublin Priest in new Vatican Role

Press Release July 9th 2014 Dublin Priest appointed to new Vatican Media Role The Holy See has announced the appointment by Pope Francis of a Dublin priest to a new high profile committee tasked with reforming the Vatican media around the world. Monsignor Paul Tighe, currently Secretary of the Pontifical […]
July 7, 2014

Pope Francis meets with survivors

Homily from Pope Francis following Mass and a meeting with survivors of abuse, including two from Ireland, which was held in the Vatican earlier today (July 7th)   “The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation… Peter whose eyes meet the gaze of Jesus and weeps… This scene comes to my mind […]
July 2, 2014

2/7/14 New Head of Diocesan Curia

Press Release Immediate Wednesday July 2nd 2014 Archbishop Martin appoints new Head of Diocesan Curia   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today appointed Mgr. Paul Callan as Moderator of the Dublin Diocesan Curia. Mgr. Callan replaces Co. Clare native, Mgr. Lorcan O’ Brien who has been appointed as Administrator to Donnybrook Parish.  […]
June 25, 2014

25/6/14 Education Presentation at Oireachtas Committee

Presentation to the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection by Ms Ann Mc Donagh, Director of Education on The Future Provision of Education in schools for which the Archdiocese of Dublin has responsibility and the Possible reconfiguration of schools that may result in proposals for the opening, closure or […]
June 20, 2014

20/6/14 New Institute of Education

  Press Release Friday, 20th June 2014   Comments of Most. Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin    NEW INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION AT DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY   The new Institute reflects something of how the future of education in Ireland is progressing and how people wish it to progress.    We […]
June 5, 2014

5/6/14 Statement on Mother and Baby Homes

Press Release June 5th 2014 Immediate Archbishop Martin urges full co-operation on Mother and Baby Homes The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has urged those responsible for running any of the Mother and Baby homes in Ireland, or any other person having information about mass graves, to give that information […]
June 1, 2014

World Communications Day

48th World Communications Day “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter” for 1 June 2014 – Message of His Holiness Pope Francis Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Today we are living in a world which is growing ever “smaller” and where, as a result, it would seem to […]
May 12, 2014

14/5/14 Dublin Priest New Bishop of Elphin

Press Release Wednesday 14th May      STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN ON THE APPOINTMENT OF FATHER KEVIN DORAN AS BISHOP OF ELPHIN   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has expressed his warmest congratulations, prayers and good wishes  to Father Kevin Doran, Administrator of the Parish of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook in […]
May 12, 2014

14/5/14 Crosscare Emigrants Survey

  Online Mental Health survey for Irish emigrants launched Press Release Wednesday 14th May 2014   Young Irish emigrants are being asked to take part in a global on-line survey to assess how they are coping with having to start a new life away from home.  This unique survey, looking […]
May 11, 2014

12/5/14 NBSCCCI praise for Safeguarding in Dublin

NBSCCCI praise for Safeguarding in Dublin The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland has said the Archdiocese of Dublin is to be commended for the “rational, comprehensive and integrated child safeguarding system it has developed”. The NBSCCCI review of safeguarding and child protection practice, published […]
April 15, 2014

Statement on Maria Divine Mercy

on The Alleged Visionary "Maria Divine Mercy"
April 11, 2014

11/4/14 Boylan Centre, Dun Laoghaire

  Press Release Friday April 11th   New Community and Youth Service Officially opened in Dun Laoghaire   A fantastic new Crosscare service for young people was officially opened in Dun Laoghaire by the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, this afternoon (Friday). The Boylan Centre is a premises which was […]
April 1, 2014

1/4/14 Opening of St. James’ School Basin Lane

Press Release April 1st 2014 Archbishop celebrates Mass in new amalgamated Catholic School   The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin celebrated Mass today in one of the first Catholic schools to amalgamate, to allow for more plurality in education in the local area. At Mass in St. James’ Primary […]
March 22, 2014

22/3/14 The Appointment of Marie Collins

COMMENTS OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN ON THE APPOINTMENT OF MARIE COLLINS TO THE PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR THE PROTECTION OF MINORS    March 22nd 2014     ​Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has extended his warmest congratulations to Marie Collins on her appointment by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors.  The Commission […]
March 22, 2014

Welcome for Marie Collins’ Pontifical Appointment

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has extended his warmest congratulations to Marie Collins on her appointment by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors. The Commission will benefit greatly from her commitment to  ensuring that the highest standards of child protection will exist in the Catholic Archbishop Martin says: “Ms […]
March 21, 2014

21/3/2014 Statement following conviction of Dublin priest

​Press Release March 21st   Statement following conviction of Dublin Priest   A priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, Fr. Denis Nolan, was today convicted of charges relating to child sexual abuse in Wicklow circuit court and sentenced to 7 years in prison. A complaint of child sexual abuse against […]
March 14, 2014

13/3/14 Reflections on the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis

  PRESS RELEASE  13th March, 2014   “JORGE MARIA BERGOGLIO WHO HAS TAKEN THE NAME FRANCIS” Reflections of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis ————-     Pope John XXXII and Pope Francis have much in common.  Neither was the pundit’s favourite and […]
March 11, 2014

11/3/14 Tribute to the late Christine Buckley

  Press statement March 11th 2014 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin pays tribute to the late Christine Buckley   “Christine Buckley was a woman of courage. Her courage in coming forward, telling her story and advocating for change played a major role in exposing problems in child protection in the Church and […]
February 27, 2014

27/2/14 Responses on Marriage & Family consultation “did not come as a surprise”

   Press Release February 27th 2014      Please see below for your information, the address by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to priests and parish councils in one Dublin deanery this evening. A deanery is a grouping of parishes within the Archdiocese. In Dublin there are 16 deaneries. In  a wide […]
January 21, 2014

21/1/14 Embassy to the Holy See to Re-open

Press Release January 21st Immediate   Archbishop welcomes announcement that government will re-open Embassy to the Holy See     The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, who in the past represented the Holy See in many international development forums, has today welcomed the news that the Government is to re-open […]
January 21, 2014

Irish Embassy to Holy See to re-open

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, who in the past represented the Holy See in many international development forums, has today welcomed the news that the Government is to re-open the Irish Embassy to the Vatican. Archbishop Martin, said re-opening the Embassy on a smaller scale was a very constructive […]
October 29, 2013

29/10/13 Statement Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Press Release: 29th October, 2013 Statement from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Reacting to the publication today, by the ACP of a lawyer’s review of the Murphy Report, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “One should never overlook the context which gave rise to the establishment of the Murphy Report – that a strikingly […]
October 14, 2013

14/10/13 Contending Modernities Conference

Press Release 2013-10-14 embargo 7pm   Please find below, for your information, the address from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Contending Modernities Conference, which is being held today and tomorrow at the University of Notre Dame, London Centre. The interdisciplinary conference addresses, The New Cosmopolitanism: Global Migration and the Building […]
July 26, 2013

26/7/13 Rio Press Release

  Press Release July 26th 2013   Celebrations in Dublin and Brazil for World Youth Day   It has been confirmed that two young Irish Pilgrims will participate in one of the highlights of World Youth Day 2013, tomorrow night’s prayer Vigil with Pope Francis on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana […]
June 23, 2013

26/6/13 Three men ordained to permanent diaconate

Three men will be ordained as Permanent Deacons in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin this evening (June 23rd) Jimmy Fennell, Michael Giblin and Derek Leonard make up the second group of men to be ordained in Dublin to this revived ministry in the Irish Church. Last year, Archbishop Diarmuid […]
June 11, 2013

Time to uphold the Right to Life- Bishops’ statement

A time to uphold the right to life: Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland (June 11th 2013)    On the second day of the June General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth, the following statement has been issued:   A time to reflect   On Saturday […]
April 29, 2013

Traveller Parish response to report

The Parish of the Travelling People   Response to ‘Travelling With Austerity’ –  Report on Austerity Cuts and Future Prospects in the Traveller Community   (a copy of the report is available on www.paveepoint.ie/resources)   — Fr. Derek Farrell       “I can still remember the shock of two […]
April 22, 2013

12/4/2013 Handel Concert to aid Homeless

Press Release Friday April 12th 2013   Two homeless projects will benefit from a unique concert celebrating the music of Handel in Dublin this Sunday afternoon.  Sunday 14th April is the anniversary of Handel’s death in 1759 – Our Lady’s Choral Society, with the Handelian Orchestra and conductor Prionnsías Ó […]
February 28, 2013

Benedict XVI’s Final Audience

BENEDICT XVI’S FINAL GENERAL AUDIENCE   Following is the entire text of the Holy Father’s words delivered on February 27th   “Like the Apostle Paul in the Biblical text that we have heard, I feel in my heart that I have to especially thank God who guides and builds up […]
February 24, 2013

22/02/2013 Emmanuel 2013 plans tributes to Pope

Emmanuel 2013 takes place in the Helix on the 26th 27th & 28th of February 2013
February 22, 2013

22/02/2013 New premises for CYC Fingal

 New premises CYC in Fingal    The Minister for Health James Reilly TD will formally open a new premises for the Swords / Baldoyle Youth Service this morning (Friday 22nd) providing a range of services, projects, programmes and activities for  young people in the North Fingal area. The Swords/Baldoyle Youth Service […]
February 6, 2013

06/02/2013 Bishops’ launch Temperance Sunday resources

Bishop Éamonn Walsh launches Temperance Sunday Resources Dundalk Institute of Technology, Co Louth “I welcome the statement on 4 February by Minister of State for Primary Care at the Department of Health, Alex White, regarding the practice of marketing of alcohol: ‘The biggest concern is marketing that is visible to children and young people’” – Bishop Walsh
January 31, 2013

Emigrants advised to “to be prepared”

Emigrants advised to “be prepared”   The Canadian government has opened a process which will allow a record number of Irish people to take up working holiday visas this year. Within 24 hours of the allocation being made available on Tuesday afternoon, half the allocation for Ireland was already gone. […]
January 31, 2013

31/01/2013 Emigrants advised to “be prepared”

 Emigrants advised to “be prepared”  The Canadian government has opened a process which will allow a record number of Irish people to take up working holiday visas this year. Within 24 hours of the allocation being made available on Tuesday afternoon, half the allocation for Ireland was already gone. While […]
January 16, 2013

16/01/2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

PRESS RELEASE January 16th Immediate   Thousands of Dublin Christians come together for special week of joint worship Twenty two Ecumenical services involving Christian churches will be held in the Dublin area alone to mark Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins this Friday (January 18th). Many more services […]
January 10, 2013

Dublin priest appointed Bishop of Limerick

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has appointed as Bishop of Limerick, Reverend Brendan Leahy, priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin and Professor of Systematic Theology at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.   Following the announcement, Archbishop Martin said “Bishop-elect Leahy is a popular priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin with an […]
December 31, 2012

Pope’s Message for World Day of Peace

 Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the celebration of World Day of Peace – 1 January 2013 BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS  1. EACH NEW YEAR brings the expectation of a better world. In light of this, I ask God, the Father of humanity, to grant us concord and […]
December 19, 2012

Archbishops’ Statement on Proposed Legislaton

Statement by the four Archbishops of Ireland in response to the decision today by the Government to legislate for abortion   The four Catholic Archbishops of Ireland: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin; Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly; and Archbishop Michael […]
December 14, 2012

The Dignity of Human Life and Abortion

CATHOLIC TEACHING ON THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND REGARDING ABORTION   Archbishop Martin asks all Priests over the coming weeks to draw attention, in an appropriate way, to some basic principles of Catholic teaching concerning the dignity of human life and regarding abortion.   Ample resources prepared by the […]
December 4, 2012

04/01/2013 Palestrina Choir to sing for Pope Benedict XVI

Dublin’s Palestrina Choir to sing for Pope Benedict XVI PRESS RELEASE TUESDAY 4TH It has been confirmed that the Palestrina Choir of St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, will sing at the Papal Mass celebrated by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Basilica on the Feast Day of the Epiphany, […]
November 23, 2012

23/11/2012 Mater Dei Graduation Mass

 Mater Dei Graduation Mass Press Release Friday November 23rd Immediate   Please find attached the Homily from Archbishop Diarmuid  Martin at Mass this afternoon (Friday 23rd ) to celebrate Graduation Day at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin. In his Homily at Mass with graduates, their families and staff of […]
November 14, 2012

14/11/2012 Year of Faith Launch

 Press Release November 14th Immediate Year of Faith launch in Archdiocese of Dublin   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and over 70 Diocesan priests concelebrated Mass in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral today (Wednesday 14th )  with representatives from 199 parishes, marking the feast day of St. Laurence O’Toole and the official Diocesan launch […]
November 13, 2012

13/11/2012 Statement on Loyola Institute TCD

Statement on Loyola Institute of Theology TCD   13th November 2012   Archbishop Martin appreciates the desirability of finding ways to facilitate in Ireland the teaching of Catholic Theology in a University setting.    The vocation of a Catholic theologian and of an Institute of Catholic theology is, however, an […]
November 9, 2012

Restorative Justice Week

Restorative Justice Week   Restorative Justice Week begins on Monday, November 12th and The National Association of Prison Chaplains would greatly appreciate if parishioners were made aware of this annual event in the life of the church.   Prisoners and their families are often the forgotten members of our communities […]
November 7, 2012

Diocesan Statement on Avalon DVD

Information regarding a Pre-Marriage DVD course...
November 6, 2012

Bishops’ Statement on Children’s Referendum

Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ on the proposed 31st amendment of the Constitution Article 42A, on Children       Over recent years the question of giving explicit recognition to the rights of children in Bunreacht na hÉireann Constitution of Ireland has been the subject of public debate and […]
October 17, 2012

17/10/2012 Prison Chaplain’s statement on St. Patrick’s Institution

October 17th 2012   Prison Chaplains have said any society which takes children’s rights seriously cannot continue to turn its back on the abuse and neglect of children in St. Patrick’s Institution.   Fr. Ciaran Enright, a priest of the Dublin Diocese and head of the prison chaplaincy team,  said […]
October 1, 2012

01/10/2012 New guidelines on First Communion and First Reconciliation

PRESS RELEASE OCTOBER 1ST The Archdiocese of Dublin launched a policy document  proposing changes in the way children prepare for the sacraments of First Communion and Reconciliation. Parents, teachers and parishes are being invited to work together on the proposals which will likely see smaller groups of children receiving the […]
September 17, 2012

17/09/2012 Crosscare Appeal Press Release

Press Release Monday September 17th   Austerity too much for some – Archbishop Martin launches Crosscare 2012 Appeal The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said the burden of austerity can prove too much for some people in our society. Speaking at the launch of Crosscare’s annual appeal Archbishop Martin […]
September 5, 2012

05/09/2012 Statement on CYC, Crosscare, Office of Evangelisation & Ecumenism

Diocesan statement on changes in Catholic Youth Care, Crosscare and the Office of Evangelisation and Ecumenism As part of an ongoing reflection on the services provided by the Archdiocese of Dublin in the social care field, the Archdiocese has decided to reorganise and combine the resources of Catholic Youth Care […]
August 13, 2012

13/8/12 Emigrating to pay mortgage -Crosscare

A report published today on new Irish emigrants to the UK, indicates that the collapse of the construction industry continues to be a major reason for emigration and that families are finding themselves split by negative equity mortgage traps. The report published by the Crosscare Migrant Project also shows that […]
June 19, 2012

Message from His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters, With great affection in the Lord, I greet all of you who have gathered in Dublin for the Fiftieth International Eucharistic Congress, especially Cardinal Brady, Archbishop Martin, the clergy, religious and faithful of Ireland, and all of you who have come from afar to support the […]
June 19, 2012

IEC2012 explores Communion in Suffering and Healing

Saturday June 16, 2012 The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus yesterday 15th June, when speakers and pilgrims explored the theme of “Communion in Suffering and in Healing. At the Congress Prayer Space, Friday’s Morning Prayer was led by Bishop Derek Byrne, […]
June 19, 2012

Papal Legate Cardinal Marc Ouellet celebrates Mass at Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, Knock

Saturday June 16, 2012 “Pope Benedict XVI wanted me, as Papal Legate, to extend his special apostolic blessing for Ireland” – Cardinal Ouellet Today, the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Papal Legate Cardinal Marc Ouellet prayed with pilgrims at the Apparition Chapel at Ireland’s […]
June 19, 2012

Brooklyn Bishop Calls for Self-reflection in Fast Moving World at 50th International Eucharistic Congress

Saturday June 16, 2012 There is a need for self-reflection amongst younger members of today’s society, Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Brooklyn, New York, told young people gathered at the IEC2012 Chiara Luce Youth Space on 16th June 2012.  Bishop Caggiano said: As young people, I wish to give you a […]
June 19, 2012

IEC2012 explores forgiveness and reconciliation

Friday June 15, 2012 Thousands of pilgrims from Ireland and overseas gathered to explore and discuss the true meaning of forgiveness and how we can forgive others in our daily lives at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) on Thursday 14th June 2012 at the RDS Arena, Dublin. Cardinal Peter […]
June 19, 2012

19/06/2012 Children asked to say a very special thanks to teachers

School children preparing to say bon voyage for the summer months are being asked to say thanks with a very special present for their teacher– a helping hand to those most in need. Crosscare is offering families an alternative to buying the usual gifts of flowers and chocolates for their […]
June 14, 2012

IEC2012 Discusses Priests and Ministry of Service in a Changing World

Priesthood is not to be undertaken purely as a personal honour, Archbishop Dermot Clifford told pilgrims attending Morning Prayer at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) on Wednesday 13 June 2012. In the words of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Clifford described priesthood as “unique, indispensable and irreplaceable”. He added […]
June 12, 2012

Ecumenism Flourishes at 50th International Eucharistic Congress

Ecumenism flourished at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) yesterday (Monday 11th) with an extensive programme of events on the RDS campus and main arena focusing on the importance of Christian Unity. The theme of the day was ‘Exploring and Celebrating Our Communion through Baptism’. Thousands of international and Irish […]
June 11, 2012

IEC2012 Opens with Colourful Display of Faith and Culture in the Sunshine

The sun shone on the opening ceremony of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) in Dublin as it opened with a vibrant colourful parade of International pilgrims from more than 120 countries and the four Archdioceses of Ireland. A diverse mix of people of all ages represented the four archdiocese […]
June 8, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Reveals Details of Special Pilgrim Magnificat & App

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) announces the MAGNIFICAT App is now live on the App Store. The perfect way to accompany and enhance your Congress experience, the easy-to- use App is now available for free and has all the information found in the print edition. The one-of-a kind application […]
June 7, 2012

07/06/2012 Archbishop Martin joins Crosscare lunch for those most in need

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin “broke bread” with the homeless in a unique lunch as part of the celebrations leading up to the Eucharistic Congress this afternoon. Pews in one of Dublin’s best known churches, Westland Row,  were set aside for the afternoon as up to 400 people – […]
June 7, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Announces Details of Eucharistic Procession

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) will host a special Eucharistic Procession around the RDS complex on Wednesday 13 June at 7.30pm.  The general public and pilgrims are warmly welcomed to participate. Fr Kevin Doran, Secretary General of IEC2012, said: “The purpose of the procession is to allow the faithful […]
June 6, 2012

New Irish Stamps Mark 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012

An Post will issue two special stamps tomorrow (Thursday 6th) to celebrate the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 being held in Dublin from June 10th – 17th this year. The 55c stamp, which covers postage up to 50g within the island of Ireland, features the Chalice and Host, illustrating the […]
June 6, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Reveals Headliners and Hosts at Opening and Closing Ceremonies

A number of world class Irish acts and well known hosts are set to perform at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) which will be hosted in Dublin from 10 – 17 June. Hugely popular trio The Three Tenors will perform at the opening ceremony and will feature alongside the […]
June 2, 2012

02/06/2012 Archbishops Launch Pilgrim Walk

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin joined with Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson today, to officially launch the Dublin “Camino” Pilgrim Walk.   The Pilgrim Walk, which involves visiting and praying in seven city centre churches, began following an ecumenical liturgy in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street, Dublin this […]
June 1, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Reaches Out With Special Mass in Nursing Homes

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) will reach out to those in nursing homes across the country with a special commemorative Mass next week 3 – 10 June 2012, the week preceding the Congress.   The theme of the Mass links into one of the daily Congress themes: ‘Communion with […]
May 30, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Launches Exhibition of 1932 Memorabilia

Members of the public and pilgrims at the upcoming 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) from 10-17 June 2012 will have the opportunity to recreate the sights and sounds of 1932 with the unveiling of a rare and unique exhibition.   Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, and Mr Fonsie Mealy, […]
May 28, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Links with MAGIS Ireland

Fancy spending a day in the life of an inner-city Dublin Parish, learning about the faith traditions of travelling people, or exploring the theme of reconciliation with refugees?  This summer the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) offers young people the opportunity to explore all of these experiences by participating in […]
May 24, 2012

24/05/2012 Child Protection Update 2012

The Child Safeguarding and Protection Service (CSPS) of the Archdiocese of Dublin has published its annual Child Protection Update – giving statistical information on child sexual abuse by priests in the Dublin Diocese. Speaking at a briefing on the CSPS report, Director of the Service Andrew Fagan said the Diocese […]
May 24, 2012

International Eucharistic Congress New Booking Options

More than 20,000 people have now booked tickets to attend the 50th International Eucharistic Congress at the RDS from 10-16 June 2012 and the option to book online has now been extended until 4 June 2012. The closing ceremony; ‘Statio Orbis’, at Croke Park on Sunday 17 June is a […]
May 24, 2012

Rector of Pontifical Irish College nominated Monsignor by Pope Bendict XVI

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has announced the nomination by Pope Benedict XVI of Fr. Ciaran O’ Carroll as Chaplain to His Holiness – this is an honorary Papal Title which nominates him as Monsignor. Monsignor Ciarán O’Carroll was appointed Rector of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome in September last year. […]
May 18, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress announces details of Youth Space

50th International Eucharistic Congress announces details of Youth Space 17 May 2012 Hundreds of Irish young people are preparing to ‘Get Set Go’ with an ambitious programme of events at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) Chiara Luce Youth Space running at the RDS, Dublin from 11–16 June 2012.  The […]
May 16, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress announces details of Healing Stone

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC2012) will feature the unveiling of a Healing Stone during the Opening Ceremony in the RDS on 10 June as a means of acknowledging the abuse of children. The Healing Stone comprises a large, shaped piece of Wicklow granite which is engraved with a prayer […]
May 3, 2012

Live TV Mass marks final preparation towards Eucharistic Congress

The final month of preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) is being marked with a special Mass celebrated by the Papal Nuncio, the Most Rev Charles Brown, which will be broadcast live on Sunday 6 May.  IEC2012 staff members and volunteers will gather in RTE for the […]
May 2, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress Launches iPhone and iPad App

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) launches a free iPhone and iPad App designed exclusively for Congress pilgrims by Dominican Friar Luuk Dominiek Jansen in conjunction with IEC2012 staff. The IEC2012 App gives pilgrims from all over the world the opportunity to experience the Congress through 21st Century technology.  […]
May 2, 2012

Televised Mass to mark the Final Month of Preparations for IEC2012.

Televised Mass on RTE this Sunday Marking the Commencement of the Final Month of Preparations for IEC2012.
April 27, 2012

29/04/2012 St Andrew’s Church celebrates 180 years at the heart of Dublin City

A parish that has been at the heart of Dublin City for almost two centuries will come together in celebration this weekend. On Sunday, (29th April), St Andrew’s Church on Westland Row will celebrate its 180th anniversary.  The celebrations are being held in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress which takes […]
April 25, 2012

25/04/2012 Dublin churches unite for “Camino” Pilgrim Walk

Press Release Wednesday April 25th 2012 Immediate Release Dublin churches unite for “Camino” Pilgrim Walk Dubliners and visitors to the capital will be able to take part in a city centre “Camino” or Pilgrim Walk during the International Eucharistic Congress in June. Details of the Pilgrim Walk, which involves visiting […]
April 12, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress involves Alpha

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) is pleased to announce the involvement of Alpha, a parish tool for evangelisation, providing people with a practical introduction to the Christian faith, as part of the official Congress programme from 10 – 17 June 2012. Alpha will participate during the eight-day Congress […]
April 7, 2012

Papal Legate for Congress

                  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has welcomed the announcement by Pope Benedict  of Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, as the Pope’s personal Legate to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. The announcement coincides with the launch of a new stage in the preparation for the Congress which will […]
April 5, 2012

50th International Eucharistic Congress commissions almost 2,000 volunteers

On Holy Thursday, 5 April this year, the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) launches the programme for the ‘Day of Ministry in the Service of Communion’ with a special commissioning ceremony, at 6pm Mass in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, for all the IEC2012 volunteers who will be of service before, […]
April 4, 2012

06/04/2012 Ecumenical Good Friday Procession

The Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin and Michael Jackson, will lead an ecumenical procession through Dublin city centre on Good Friday. The procession will be the first of its kind in the capital and in an act of visible witness will see a cross […]
March 21, 2012

Invitation to choirs to participate in IEC2012

Last week I was appointed to co-ordinate the participation of choirs and music groups in IEC2012. I would be very grateful if you could pass this information to the music leaders in your parish. How can your choir/music group participate? We would like to invite Choirs/Music Groups to participate in […]
March 20, 2012

Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland

  Bishops welcome ‘Summary of the Findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland‘   Background   On 19 March 2010, following a meeting in the Vatican with the bishops of Ireland, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI issued a Pastoral Letter to the Catholics in Ireland.  The Pastoral Letter expressed his […]
March 20, 2012

Holy See Press Office Note on Visitation report

NOTE CONCERNING THE RESULTS OF THE APOSTOLIC VISIT TO IRELAND Vatican City, 20 March 2012 (VIS) – Given below is a note released this morning by the Holy See Press Office concerning the summary of the findings of the Apostolic Visitation in Ireland. It is, the English-language text reads, “a […]