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Multitude of Events to Celebrate St. Brigid's Day

By Dundalk Democrat on 31-Jan-16 21:22.

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(Dundalk Democrat) A number of events orchestrated by different groups will celebrate St Brigid's Day. Both the St Brigid of Faughart Festival and the St Brigid's Shrine Committee will be holding events.

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Discernment Weekend Focuses on Joy of Vocation

By Catholic Ireland on 31-Jan-16 21:38.

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(CI) - Céilí community holds first discernment weekend for men and women considering call to priesthood and religious life within its own community.

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Lenten Message Focuses on Mercy and Care for the Poor

By National Catholic Reporter on 29-Jan-16 23:17.

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(NCR) - In Pope Francis' Lenten message, he talks about the corrupting influence of money and power and points out that caring for the poor, and not just praying for them, is the path to genuine conversion.

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New Reports on Religious - CARA, FADICA Release Analyses

By NRVC on 25-Jan-16 22:17.

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(NRVC) - Two separate reports released in December on men and women religious provide further understanding of these two groups.

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International Meeting of Order's Vocation and Formation Directors brings Year of Vocation to a Close

By West European Province on 24-Jan-16 19:07.

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The Hospitaller Year of Vocation came to a close with a meeting of the Order's Vocation and Formation Directors from four continents.

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Peace Sunday 2016

By Independent Catholic News on 16-Jan-16 21:03.

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(ICN) - Peace Sunday 2016 will be celebrated tomorrow, 17 January. The theme from Pope Francis is 'Overcome indifference and win peace'. Resources for this Sunday are prepared annually by Pax Christi, with the support of the International Division of the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales.

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Pope's First Book Goes on Sale in Ireland

By Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland on 16-Jan-16 00:14.

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Pope Francis’ first book, The Name of God Is Mercy, went on sale in Ireland this week. Published by Pan Macmillan, the book-length interview conducted by Vatican expert and La Stampa journalist Andrea Tornielli expands on the Pope’s vision of God’s mercy.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation helps Vocation Ireland

By Sarah Mc Donald - Catholic Ireland on 10-Jan-16 19:56.

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(Sarah McDonald - CI) - The promotion of vocations to religious life in Ireland has been given a massive shot in the arm with the news that the umbrella body, Vocations Ireland, has secured a major grant from a US-based philanthropic foundation.

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Sister's Vocation Sparked New Priest's Call

By Sarah Mc Donald - Catholic Ireland on 10-Jan-16 20:08.

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(Sarah McDonald-CI) One of two new priests ordained for the diocese of Galway on Wednesday has revealed that he first considered priesthood after his sister joined the Franciscan Sisters Minoress.

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Year of Consecrated Life Ending

By NRVC on 06-Jan-16 21:52.

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(NRVC) - The closing days of the Year of Consecrated Life will gather approximately 6,000 religious from around the world for prayer, meetings, and an audience with Pope Francis.

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Former BBC Journalist Talks about her New Life as a Nun

By Independent Catholic News on 04-Jan-16 22:45.

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Martina Purdy's decision to quit her job as one of BBC Northern Ireland's best known journalists and become a nun was a shock to many people last year. Now, over a year on, she has returned briefly to the BBC to speak about her vocation and her new way of life.

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International Vocation Meeting in Paris

By NRVC on 04-Jan-16 22:24.

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(NRVC) - In Paris, from November 30 to December 3, NRVC convened a sub-group follow-up meeting of the February 2015 International Vocations Conference. At the December meeting, the sub-group explored possible ways to support coordinated vocation efforts around the world.

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And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: "Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown!" And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."

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Taize Youth Urged to Work for Peace

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 31-Dec-15 19:29.

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(Ann Marie Foley - CI) Pope tells 30,000 attending European Meeting of Young Adults that mercy “will guide you not only to receive it in your lives but also to be close to those who are in distress". Pope Francis has urged more than 30,000 young people at a Taize meeting in Spain to have the courage of mercy.

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"Some want a society with no place for God"

By Sarah Mc Donald - Catholic Ireland on 27-Dec-15 17:20.

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(Sarah McDonald - CI) - Ireland’s understanding of God is becoming “increasingly ambiguous” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warns in Christmas homily. Ireland’s relationship with God is “increasingly ambiguous” and some people want a society in which there is no place for God in the public square,

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