Reject Banalities of Empty Consumerism Urges Pope

Pope Francis is recommending that people leave behind all sorts of useless baggage to rediscover what really matters in life.

He also advises people to avoid “empty chatter”. The Pope expressed his reflections as he celebrated New Year’s Day Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. His advice also included setting aside a moment of silence each day to be with God.

He said doing so would help keep our freedom from being corroded by the banality of consumerism.

Laudato Si Focus for Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week is an annual all-Ireland celebration which invites schools nationwide to give expression in an exceptional way to the ethos of Catholic education. This year’s theme, ‘Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home’ has been informed by the writing of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, the 2015 encyclical by the Pope on care for our common home. Catholic Schools Week also acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make, not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church.

Catholic Schools Week also acknowledges the tremendous contribution that Catholic primary and post-primary schools in Ireland make, not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church.

The enlightening publication Laudato Si’ was a number one bestseller for publisher Veritas in Ireland during 2015, selling over 15,000 copies and provides insights into the damage being done by modern society to the environment. The bestseller can be purchased online at or in our shop on O’Connell St.

Tony Foley Appeals for 8 Masses for 8 Sundays to Christmas

Eleven-year-old Tony Foley has appealed for people to attend Mass for eight Sundays to Christmas in honour of his father and to remember both the famed player and other deceased family and friends. The initiative launched by the son of Munster legend Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley to get people back to Mass has been met with huge support across Ireland and beyond. Munster rugby legend Anthony Foley passed suddenly at the young age of 42 while in Paris…Read More

Restless Pope Francis keeps On Going

Pope Francis has a prodigious, and deeply admirable, work ethic, but an article in Irish Catholic newspaper questions why the pope might want to consider following the Italian lead for ferragosto and taking a break in mid-August. Generally speaking, Rome goes into near-total hibernation around the month of August; the city empties out, restaurants and shops are closed, TV airs re-runs and basically everyone takes a long nap. The old joke is that only two things move in the Eternal City during this time of August: cani e americani, or “dogs and Americans”..Read More

Pope Francis Leads by Example Shunning Throwaway Culture

In a recent article published by the Irish Examiner, Margaret Hickey explains how Pope Francis cannot be accused of not leading the way by example. With scuffed black shoes and a second-hand car he models the frugality he extols. If more celebrities followed his example, frugality could be cool as well as virtuous. And that might help keep the planet cool too. In his recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, Pope Francis reminds us that planet Earth is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us…Read More

The Name of God is Mercy – First Book By Pope Francis

In his first published book as Pope, The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis shares with us his vision and understanding of God’s mercy. In nine chapters which start with ‘The Time of Mercy’ and conclude with ‘How to live the Jubilee well’, we have a road map and personal guide for the Year of Mercy 2016. The cover of the book bears the signature of the Pope himself. The new book which is published by Pan Macmillan, is in the form of a book-length interview conducted by Vatican expert and La Stampa journalist Andrea Tornielli in which he expands on the Pope’s vision of God’s mercy…Read More

Mother Teresa To Be Made Saint As Pope Francis Recognises Miracle

Pope Francis has cleared the way for Mother Teresa to be made Saint by approving a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to her intercession with God which is a necessary event for such a move in the Catholic church. Mother Teresa’s second miracle involved the inexplicable healing of a man in Brazil who was suffering from a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple abscesses with hydrocephalus, according to Church officials. A Vatican medical commission deemed the recovery “inexplicable in the light of present-day medical knowledge”…Read More

Mary Immaculate College Limerick Takes Laudato Si To School

Papal documents like the recent Laudato Si by Pope Francis aren’t usually the top choice resource for teachers, particularly at primary school level. However, Pope Francis’ recent pronouncement on the environment and our modern lifestyle in his encyclical Laudato Si has proven to be accessible for all ages. This is what student teachers at Mary Immaculate College Limerick found when they decided to explain what Laudato Si was all about to a class of 12-year-olds at Corbally’s Scoil Íde…Read More

Pope Francis Makes Marriage Annulment Easier

According to the “Irish Catholic” newspaper, Pope Francis has not changed the criteria under which the Church grants a marriage annulment – the process by which the Church decides that a union between a man and a woman, even if they had a Church wedding, is not a valid marriage because it fails one of the traditional tests. The tests could include a lack of genuine consent, marriage not consummated or a psychological incapacity to undertake the obligations. However, the new rules will help streamline the marriage annulment process and make it faster, easier and less expensive…Read More

Marie Collins Joins Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors

Dublin abuse survivor, Marie Collins, now advises Pope Francis on child protection and is a member of the only Vatican commission with direct access to him. Marie got the invitation to join the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors last year and believes it arose from a 2012 Vatican symposium on child protection she attended. She is aware of the commission’s uniqueness. “If you go back 10 years, who would believe the Vatican would invite so many lay people, women and survivors, right into its heart to advise?” she says. Recently, the commission has agreed on an annual Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse….Read More (PDF)

Bicentenary of Educator and Founder of the Salesian Order John Bosco

August is the birth Bicentenary of great educator and founder of the Salesian Order, Saint John Bosco. His original name was Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco, who later became better known as Don Bosco and to most of us in English speaking world, as St John Bosco. To mark the bicentenary, Pope Francis sent a letter to the Salesian Order, which John Bosco founded, in which he described his vision as “love in action, reaching out to those most in need”…Read More (PDF)

Catholic Leaders Praise Huge Crowds At Pro-Life Rally

Irish Catholic leaders have praised the large turnout at the weekend Rally for Life, saying that it should give the Irish Government and civic leaders reason to pause before any attempt to relax Irish abortion laws. It was estimated that as many as 25,000 pro-life rally campaigners marched through the centre of Dublin on Saturday…Read More (PDF)