Blessed Pope Paul VI spoke in English about the preparation of his encyclical "Humanae Vitae" during his general audience July 31, 1968.


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Stars gather in Croke Park for launch of WMOF Festival of Families programme




The World Meeting of Families has today released details of the programme and some of the acts and artists who will join Pope Francis at the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday 25 August. The World Meeting of Families is now only 33 days away, opening nationally on Tuesday 21 August.




The Festival of Families will be one of the highlights of the WMOF2018 and is choreographed as a celebration of family life. Families from 116 countries are set to be entertained at the WMOF2018 Festival of Families event in the presence of Pope Francis.




During the Festival Pope Francis will deliver an address to the families in the stadium and will hear five family testimonies. The testimonies will be shared by families from Ireland, Canada, India, Iraq and Africa. The themes of the family testimonies will focus on: forgiveness in family; strength in family; hope in family life; the intergenerational nature of families today and the impact of technology on family life. Pope Francis will meet each of these families and hear their stories.




The line-up announced today includes a cast of thousands and features community-based artists as well as some well-known local and international artists including Nathan Carter, The Riverdance Troupe, Dana Masters, Daniel O’Donnell, The Begley Family, The Priests, The Holy Family Deaf Choir and Deaftones, Celine Byrne, Paddy Moloney, Bridgie and Missy Collins and Moya Brennan.




As well as these artists the cast for the Festival of Families will include an orchestra in excess of 50 musicians; over 700 Irish, Sean Nós and contemporary dancers, including 500 from Irish dance schools across the country; a 1,000 strong choir; 100 community groups, and 300 flag bearers. More acts will be announced closer to the event.




Speaking at today’s launch in Croke Park, the President and Host of WMOF2018, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said, “One of the great attractions of Pope Francis is how he himself shows how the role of Pope can be unique in bringing the Christian message into our complex world. He shows us that he can live in a world where faith seems marginal and yet manages to touch hearts. He finds ways in which he can win hearts for what the teaching of Jesus involves, not through imposing and judging, but through winning and attracting. That is his real talent.”




The selection of themes and artists featured in the event reflect many of the priorities in the ministry of Pope Francis including homelessness and those on the margins; migrants and refugees; care for our common home and the importance of the family. Also unveiled today at the launch was the stage design for the event which will include a circle of encounter space where families will sit with Pope Francis to watch some of the presentations on stage.




Pope Francis will visit Ireland to take part in the ninth World Meeting of Families, which takes place in Dublin from 21–26 August on the theme, ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. The full schedule for the World Meeting of Families and the itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit, as well as information regarding transport and for those with accessibility requirements can be found on


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Pope in Ireland; 25-26 AUGUST 2018


Saturday 25 August 2018






08:15    Departure by plane from Rome/Fiumicino for Dublin   


10:30    Arrival at Dublin International Airport   




10:45    Transfer to Áras an Uachtaráin   


11:15    Arrival at the Presidential Residence   


WELCOME CEREMONY in front of the main entrance of the Residence   


11:30    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Residence   


12:00    Transfer to Dublin Castle   


12:10    Arrival at Dublin Castle    




15:30    Arrival at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral


Pope Francis has confirmed that he is to visit Ireland this August.




Speaking at his general audience today, the Pope stated that he will visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, being held in Dublin over August 21-26, culminating in a ‘Festival of Families’ and a closing Mass to be held in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.




The Pope will be attending the August 25 festival and will celebrate the closing Mass of the gathering of families, but further details of the trip have yet to be released.


RALLY: Ireland Rally for Life. Now in its 11th Year, the All-Ireland Rally for Life is a


National yearly event. It’s a family-friendly rally that is a celebration of the pro-life message. The day begins with music, song and inspiring talks, and face-painting! This is then followed by the Rally which ends with speeches and music. It is an organised walk through the busy city centre of Dublin or Belfast (and more recently Cork City), witnessing to shoppers and members of the general public. We need you to be involved! The March to Save the 8th is taking place especially this year as our 8th amendment is under attack; its on the 10th March in Dublin City Centre, be there! The Aims of the Rally is to CELEBRATE life and the message of life. To RAISE AWARENESS of the hurt and damage that abortion causes to women, families and society. To UNITE all the pro-life groups and individuals working in Ireland so we can become one voice, as together we are stronger. For further information link on to


For the latest Choose Life Newsletter link on to


Nov. 2017;

POPE: Fr. Séamus Enright, The Rector of the Redemptorists in Limerick, his parents came from Clounleharde, he had many relations in Moyvane area. Fr Séamus recently had an audience with the Pope in Rome.


POPE Francis has inaugurated a “World Day of the Poor”. The First celebration of that


Day occurs on November 19th. Pope Francis wants us already this coming week to reach out to the Poor around us. He writes, “It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor, which falls this year on 19 November, the Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance.”


Pope Francis on November 2, 2017 –the Feast of All Souls — visited the American Cemetery of Nettuno and the site of the Ardeatine Massacre. He celebrated Mass at the site where 7,860 US soldiers are buried, arranged in soft arcs in wide green meadows under rows of Roman pines. The majority of these individuals died in the liberation of Sicily (from July 10 to August 17...


Smith's Weekly (Sydney, NSW : 1919 - 1950) Sat 16 Aug 1930 Page 13


PAPAL CONGRATULATIONS CABLED congratulations . from  the Pope, sheaves of  telegrams, and personal good wishes from Archbishop Mannix down, were received by Father J. J. Gallivan, of-Northcote (Vic.) when he -celebrated the golden jubilee of his ordination recently. Born in County Kerry, he arrived in Melbourne in November, 1880.: Forty-three of the "fifty years- have been passed in the Kllmore district. Three nephews are P.P.s in N.S.W.


Families 2018 Ireland

Pope Francis chose Ireland to host next year’s World Meeting of Families to make sure Irish Catholics would take part in a ‘revolution’ promoting marriage and family life, one of the Pope’s key advisors has said. … Speaking to The Irish Catholic about the Autumn 2018 event, Cardinal Kevin Farrell explained that Pope Francis is under no illusions about how family life in Ireland is changing in line with the rest of Europe. “He understands that – he doesn’t think that Ireland is some miracle,” he said. “Nobody thinks that, but he thinks there’s a great spirit in the Irish people of giving of themselves to others, and of taking leadership roles…”




Read more in an article by Greg Daly in the Irish Catholic.


12 May 2017; (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’s plane touched down at Monte Real Air Base shortly before 4:30pm local time in Portugal.


A Word from Pope Francis




Selfishness leads nowhere and love frees. Those who are able to live their lives as a gift to give others will never be alone and will never experience the drama of the isolated conscience. Jesus says something remarkable to us: “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Love always takes this path: to give one’s life.




To live life as a gift, a gift to be given—not a treasure to be stored away. And Jesus lived it in this manner, as a gift. And if we live life as a gift, we do what Jesus wanted: “I appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.” So, we must not burn out life with selfishness. Judas’s attitude was contrary to the person who loves, for he never understood—poor thing— what a gift is. Judas was one of those people who does not act in altruism and who lives in his own world. On the contrary, when Mary Magdalene washed Jesus’s feet with nard—very costly—it is a religious moment, a moment of thanksgiving, a moment of love.




For our final week of Lent 2017 our delightful Pope has a few pointers for us.


“Fast from hurting words, choose kind words.


Fast from sadness and be-filled with gratitude.


Fast from anger and be filled with patience.


Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.


Fast from worries and trust in God.


Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.


Fast from pressures and be prayerful.


Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.


Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.


Fast from grudges and be reconciled.


Fast from words and be silent


–so you can listen.




LADY OF FATIMA CENTENNIAL STATUE FOR EUROPE: will visit the Diocese of Kerry on Saturday 25th March.2017. The Alliance of the Two Hearts commissioned six of these Statues which were blessed by Pope Francis in January, one for each continent. Statue at 9.30am St. John’s Church, Tralee.  7.00pm Church of the Resurrection, Killarney.  One of the statues blessed on that day will be brought to Abbeyfeale Church on Friday, March 24.  Mass will be celebrated at 7.00pm, there will be an opportunity for people to come and pray before the Centennial Statue prior to the 7.00pm Mass and for a short while afterwards.


VISIT of the international centennial Pilgrim Image


This year marks the 100 anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, On 11 January this year, Pope Francis blessed six statues of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to each continent, to appeal for prayer and reparation for world peace and to promote the sanctity of family life in our world.


One of the statues blessed on that day will be brought to Abbeyfeale on Friday 24thMarch by representatives of the Alliance of the two Hearts. Mass will be celebrated at 7.00pm, and there


will be an opportunity for people to come and pray before the Centennial Statue prior to the 7.00pm Mass and for a short while afterwards. This year marks the 100th anniversary since Our Lady first appeared in Fatima, Portugal on 13 May 1917. The apparitions continued once until 13 Oct 1917. The Vatican has confirmed that the Holy Father Pope Francis will travel to Fatima to mark the centenary of the apparitions




EUROPE: will visit  the  Diocese  of  Kerry  on Saturday 25th March. The Alliance of the Two


Hearts commissioned six of these Statues which were blessed by Pope Francis in January, one for


each continent. 9.30am St. John’s Church, Tralee.  3.00pm St. Kentigern’s Church, Eyeries.


7.00pm Church of the Resurrection, Killarney. 


February 2017

POPE FRANCIS INVITES US TO CELEBRATE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY!  In his document on The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia), Pope Francis refers directly to Saint Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to make the most of traditional religious practices, invite couples to grow in love and help their children to prepare for their future married life. This is why, as part of the preparations for World Meeting of Families in Ireland in August 2018, we invite you to mark this St. Valentine’s Day in a special way.  You are also invited to subscribe to the WMOF2018 newsletter to receive the latest updates on preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 by email and follow us on: Facebook  and Twitter


Pope Francis


Pope Francis’ exhortation in the Apostolic Letter to all Consecrated People:




“Don’t be closed in on yourselves




Don’t be stifled by petty squabbles,




Don’t remain a hostage to your own problems.




You will find life by giving life,




Hope by giving hope, love by giving love.”


Pope Francis’ Five- Finger Prayer




Using the fingers on your right hand, start with the thumb and pray these intentions in this order.




( 1) The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the people easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “ Sweet Obligation.”


( 2 ) The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others.


( 3 ) The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance.


( 4 ) The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems.


( 5 ) And finally we have our little finger, the smallest of all. This finger should remind you to pray for yourself. When you have finished praying for others, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.






Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak, and I need your strength,


Stay with me, Lord, because you are my life, and without you, I am without fervour.


Stay with me, Lord, because you are my light, and without you, I am in darkness.


Stay with me, Lord, so that I may hear your voice and follow you.


Stay with me, Lord, so that I may be faithful to you.


Stay with me, Lord, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close,


Stay with me, Lord, and let me recognise you in this Holy Communion


as the disciples did at the breaking of bread.  Stay with me, Lord, because


at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to you. Stay with me, Lord,


because I love you and ask no other reward but to love you on earth and during all eternity.  Amen.


The Papal Visit by the Numbers


(excerpted from Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America)




1,000,000 people at closing Mass in Philadelphia




80,000 tickets distributed to watch pope's drive through New York's Central Park




50,000 people on U.S. Capitol grounds to see the Holy Father




25,000 people at canonization Mass in Washington, D.C.




11,500 miles flown, door-to-door




8,000 pounds of potatoes bagged and delivered to D.C. soup kitchens by members of the Church of the Annuciation




71 inmates addressed by pope at Philadelphia's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility




7 World Meeting of Family Congresses held before 2015




6 Fiat 500Ls, the pope's humble ride




2 Popemobiles, the pope's parade ride




1 pope








When Angelo was elected Pope John XX111 in 1958 he described how he felt when he made his first appearance on the balcony in St Peter’s Square.  “I remember Jesus’ warning: “LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE OF HEART”.  Dazzled by the television lights, I could see nothing but an amorphous, swaying mass.  I blessed Rome and the world as though I were a blind man.  As I came away; I thought of all the cameras and lights that, from now on, at every moment, would be directed at me.  I said to myself:  If you don’t remain a disciple of the gently and humble master, you’ll understand nothing even of temporal realities.  Then Angelo you’ll really be blind!” If we look down our noses at others and don’t look up regularly at God, then we too will be really blind.  Be humble and see – if you and I want to keep things in perspective, we have to stay close to the ground Pope John XX111 did that excellently.



Pope Francis told his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square what his last prayer is just before going to bed.  “Before going to sleep I pray, Lord if you want, you can purify me. And then I say five Our Father’s; one for each one of Jesus’ wounds, because by His wounds we are healed”.  The wounds carried on the body of Jesus two on His Hands, two on His Feet and one on His Side,

POPE FRANCIS’ – THE JOY OF LOVE:  The latest publication from Pope Francis on the Joy of Love has been hailed as inspirational and is most uplifting for all who profess to be followers of Christ.  There is about 6,000 words in it.

VOCATIONS SUNDAY: This Sunday is Vocations Sunday when we pray for vocations to the Priesthood and religious life. The theme this year is ‘’The Church, Mother of Vocations’ Pope Francis has issued a pastoral message on Full details for vocations for Kerry Diocese see

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis 02 April 2016


Pope Francis has made a surprise announcement to dioceses around the world, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday.


Addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square at a Saturday evening prayer vigil for the Jubilee of Divine Mercy — 11 years to the day after the death of St. John Paul II — the pope announced his wish that, in every diocese, “a hospital, a home for the elderly, for abandoned children, a school where none exists, a home for the recovery of addicts,” or some similar structure be established as “a living memory” of the Year of Mercy.


The Pope said the idea came to him recently during a meeting with directors of a charitable agency. But he thought to himself: “I will share it in the square on Saturday.”






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It should not be forgotten that those Crusaders who did sack Constantinople were excommunicated by Innocent III. Here is a portion of his scathing letter to the Papal Legate who was in the Holy Land:




"How, indeed, will the church of the Greeks, no matter how severely she is beset with afflictions and persecutions, return into ecclesiastical union and to a devotion for the Apostolic See, when she has seen in the Latins only an example of perdition and the works of darkness, so that she now, and with reason, detests the Latins more than dogs? As for those who were supposed to be seeking the ends of Jesus Christ, not their own ends, who made their swords, which they were supposed to use against the pagans, drip with Christian blood, they have spared neither religion, nor age, nor sex. They have committed incest, adultery, and fornication before the eyes of men. They have exposed both matrons and virgins, even those dedicated to God, to the sordid lusts of boys...."


Joint Press Release of the Holy See and of the Patriarchate of Moscow




The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet on February 12 next. Their meeting will take place in Cuba, where the Pope will make a stop on his way to Mexico, and where the Patriarch will be on an official visit. It will include a personal conversation at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, and will conclude with the signing of a joint declaration.




This meeting of the Primates of the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, after a long preparation, will be the first in history and will mark an important stage in relations between the two Churches. The Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate hope that it will also be a sign of hope for all people of good will. They invite all Christians to pray fervently for God to bless this meeting, that it may bear good fruits.