04Dec Pope departs Cyprus for Greece for second leg of Apostolic Journey

Vatican News reports:

Pope Francis begins the third day of his 5-day Apostolic Journey, departing Cyprus for Greece on Saturday morning.
By Benedict Mayaki, SJ

After two days in Cyprus, Pope Francis departed Cyprus’ Larnaca airport at 8:30 am on

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04Dec Brendan Hoban: Galway and Clonfert – a game-changer ‘union’

A game-changer for smaller Catholic dioceses

Western People 30.11.2021

The letter, published a week or so ago, from the Catholic bishops of Galway and Clonfert, is what we call ‘a game-changer’. For some time efforts have been made behind the … Read the rest

02Dec ACP Zoom: Papal Teaching on Same-Sex Relationships: A Battle Against Reality with Luca Badini Confalonieri on Monday 6th December 7.00pm  

ACP Zoom Presentation

“Papal Teaching on Same-Sex Relationships: A Battle Against Reality”


Luca Badini Confalonieri


Monday 6th December 7.00pm


Zoom Meeting ID: 847 2449 8870

Passcode: 054304




Dr Luca Badini Confalonieri has a long … Read the rest

29Nov ACP AGM 2021 Synod extract – audio and Kieran O’Mahony’s text

Following several requests for the Synod feature at the ACP AGM 2021…

Click on the link to hear Kieran O’Mahony, followed by Peter McLoughlin and Patricia Melvin (Killala Diocese).

Gerry O’Connor is the host.



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29Nov Tony Flannery: Suggestion for a Successful Synod

The Synodal Process has been launched in the Irish Church. Though from what I have seen on the ground, nothing much is happening as yet. But it is early days.

I have listened to a number of people speaking on … Read the rest

28Nov Brendan Hoban: A generation in search of spirituality

A generation in search of spirituality

Western People 23.11.2021


A poem, Bravado, by Gerard Hanberry stays with me. It’s a re-action to a conversation with a friend, about life, death, the hereafter. His friend dismisses Hanberry’s nonchalance in the face … Read the rest

27Nov What Now for the Catholic Church? – RTÉ Radio 1 Leap of Faith programme

RTÉ Radio 1 – The Leap of Faith, Friday 26 Nov 2021

What now for the Catholic Church? Presenter Michael Comyn

In discussion are Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick, who is vice-chair of the Synodal Steering Committee, Ursula HalliganRead the rest

27Nov Permanent deacons ‘a gift for the Church’

The Tablet reports:

Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, said permanent deacons are a gift for the Church.
Brenda Drumm, Catholic Communications Office

Permanent deacons are a “gift for the Church” and “do not detract from the vital role of

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26Nov ‘Great change’ needed in Dublin’s ageing Catholic Archdiocese, says report

Patsy McGarry from The Irish Times reports:

Almost half of the 312 priests in Dublin’s Catholic Archdiocese are more than 70 years old, with just two students preparing for priesthood.

Catholic priests retire at 75, which means that the 139 … Read the rest

26Nov Fr Pat O’Brien RIP

Tuam Archdiocese

There is a deep sense of sadness and loss throughout the diocese today at the news of the death of priest and poet Fr. Pat O’Brien following an illness. Fr Pat was a native of Claremorris and served … Read the rest