Archive for August, 2011

Zenit: 22 New Seminarians Start Studies in Ireland

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article by Zenit concerning the 22 seminarians who have begun their studys in Maynooth.

“Nearly two dozen new seminarians began their studies for the priesthood at Ireland’s national seminary Sunday.

The 22 men have an average age of 25 and they come from 14 of the 26 dioceses of Ireland.

After an introductory month, 18 of the students will commence their academic formation in Maynooth and the remaining four will undertake their studies at St. Malachy’s College, Belfast.

Monsignor Hugh Connolly, president of the national seminary, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, welcomed the students and their families.

“You come from a wide range of backgrounds, previous experiences, and the four corners of the country, but with one common factor — you are responding to an invitation given in and through faith, to become priests who will spread the Gospel in the years to come,” he told them. “I thank the families and friends of the new candidates for their strength and generosity in supporting the men thus far, and I invite you to continue to provide this vital encouragement. The road ahead has many challenges.”"


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CiNews:Country’s youngest priest ordained for Killaloe diocese

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Below is an excerpt from on article by CiNews about the ordination of Fr Ger Jones.

“The diocese of Killaloe is celebrating its second ordination in as many months following the ordination of Fr Ger Jones at Saint Flannan’s cathedral in Ennis by the Bishop of Killaloe Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA.

Fr Jones, who at twenty-eight is the country’s youngest priest, began his studies in Maynooth shortly after graduating with a degree in computer science from the University of Limerick in 2004.  Fr Jones was educated at Killaloe Boys NS and Saint Anne’s Community College.

He studied at the Irish College in Rome from 2007 and has already held pastoral placements in Ennis and Birr.  He is the second ordination in the diocese of Killaloe this year following the ordination of Fr Ger Fitzgerald (31) in June.

Fr Fitzgerald is now working in the parish on Ennis.”

By Sean Ryan

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CiNews: 2,000 Dublin pilgrims preparing for Lourdes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

On the 7th of September pilgrims from all over Dublin will journey to Lourdes for the 62nd annual Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage. Below is an excerpt from an article from CiNews about this event.

“Five hundred volunteers, who will take part in the Dublin diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in just over  a week’s time, attended a special Blessing of Hands ceremony in Dublin on Sunday, though many of them had to give up their tickets for the Dublin and Donegal game in order to be there.

Nearly 2,000 pilgrims are making their final preparations for the journey to Lourdes.  The group includes 640 volunteers, 55 nurses, 9 doctors and 180 sick people.  Another 145 young people from 22 schools across the diocese of Dublin will also travel as helpers to care for the sick.  Representatives of Crosscare, the social care agency of the Diocese, are also taking part. The volunteers will take sick pilgrims, many in wheelchairs, to the Marian Shrine in the south of France and will attend them during their stay there from September 7 through 12.

by Sarah Mac Donald (with additional reporting by Gerard Bennett)

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Irish donate €5.8m to Trocaire’s East African Appeal

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from CiNews,

“Donations from the Irish people to Catholic aid agency Trócaire’s East Africa Emergency Appeal have topped the €5.8 million mark it has been confirmed this week.

The appeal, which is tackling famine and extreme food shortages in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, is targeting 450,000 people.

Speaking this week Trócaire director Justin Kilcullen said, “450,000 people will be kept alive because of donations from the Irish public.  Once again, Irish people have responded to a major emergency with generosity and empathy.  I can assure them that every cent donated to this emergency appeal goes directly on life-saving supplies and restoring people’s lives.”

Donations from the public have allowed Trócaire to up-scale food, water, health and livelihoods programmes in the region.  Health clinics supported by Trócaire in Southern Somalia, one of which was visited last month by the former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, will be expanded over the coming days to treat 4,000 people each month.”

By Sean Ryan

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Ratzinger Students Discuss New Evangelization

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Pontiff Expected to Give a Conference to Study Session

Benedict XVI today gathered with a group of his former students to discuss the new evangelization.

The students, known as the Ratzinger Schulerkreis, are having their annual meeting at Castel Gandolfo through Sunday.

Some 40 individuals are taking part in the meeting, among them Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna; Auxiliary Bishop Hans-Jochen Jaschke of Hamburg; and Monsignor Barthelemy Adoukonou, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The discussions are taking place, as usual, behind closed doors. L’Osservatore Romano reported today that the Pope will give a conference.

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CiNews:Our Lady’s Island pilgrimage under way

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Below is an excerpt from an article by CiNews,

“The annual pilgrimage at Our Lady’s Island in County Wexford has got under way.

During the pilgrimage season, which runs until September 8, Mass will be celebrated outdoors at the historic religious site at 3:0 0pm and 8:00pm each day, while a team of priests are available to hear confessions after each Mass.

Some 2,000 people attended the opening of the pilgrimage season as the Bishop of Ferns, Dr Denis Brennan, led a procession around the island, which is set in a lake.  Our Lady’s Island has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries and has an interesting church ruin that leans at an angle more acute than the legendary Tower of Pisa.”

by Fintan Deere

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CiNews: Pope tells WYD pilgrims to bear witness

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Below is an excerpt taken from an article from CiNews.

“The world needs the witness of young people’s faith, Pope Benedict XVI, said at the concluding mass for World Youth Day at Madrid’s Cuatros Vientos airbase yesterday (Sunday).

He began his homily saying that celebration of the Eucharist was the high point of World Youth Day.

“Seeing you here, gathered in such great numbers from all parts of the world, fills my heart with joy.  I think of the special love with which Jesus is looking upon you.  Yes, the Lord loves you and calls you his friends (cf. Jn 15:15).  He goes out to meet you and he wants to accompany you on your journey, to open the door to a life of fulfilment and to give you a share in his own closeness to the Father,” the Pope said.”

by Ann Marie Foley

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Syrian pilgrims pray for Iraq in WYD Madrid

Friday, August 19th, 2011

A group of 18 Iraqi seminarians from Mosul that travelled to World Youth Day, along with city’s Syrian-Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Petrus Mouche, and the former Archbishop Georges Casmoussa delivered a message from Christians in Iraq to the audience, asking for prayers and solidarity.

Several cities in Iraq were bombed on August 15 including Kirkuk where three Catholic churches were hit.

“Do not be afraid for us.  We will carry the cross from beginning to end,” he said to the crowd consisting of members from different Spanish parishes and a group from Mexico.  Speaking to CNA, Bishop Casmoussa said that Christians in Iraq are not “against anyone,” and want to “work with Muslims to rebuild [the] country.”

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by Ann Marie Foley

“Thank you for your generous, total and perpetual ‘yes’”, Benedict XVI

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Around 1,600 young religious waited for Benedict XVI in the monastery of El Escorial. Four of them accompanied the pope through the door to enter the ‘Patio of the Kings’. The cardinal and archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela thanked the pope for his visit with the religious of Spain.

Card. Antonio María Rouco Varela
“This makes a special and endearing mark, appreciating the gift of this meeting with His Holiness as a delicate sign of his paternity with them.”

Cardinal Rouco Varela acknowledged the work already undertaken by these young volunteers and religious for the World Youth Day.

Benedict XVI
“This Gospel radicalism means being ‘rooted and built up in Christ, and firm in the faith’. In the consecrated life, this means going to the very root of the love of  Jesus Christ with an undivided heart, putting nothing ahead of this love and being completely devoted to him, the Bridegroom, as were the Saints, like Rose of Lima and Rafael Arnáiz, the young patrons of this World Youth Day.”

Benedict XVI also spoke about how a personal encounter with Jesus has a special impact on their lives and in society.

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Next Youth Day Set for 2013 in Rio de Janeiro

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Benedict XVI to Make Official Announcement Sunday

The next International World Youth Day is set for 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, revealed a Vatican spokesman.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi revealed the date and location of the next youth day last week, but said that Benedict XVI will make the official announcement Sunday, at the close of this year’s youth gathering in Madrid.

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