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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

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Prayers for Beirut

Published on 05/08/2020

Pope Francis calls for prayers for the people of Beirut and a united effort to help Lebanon overcome “this serious crisis”.”

“Let us pray for the victims and their family members, and let us pray for Lebanon so that with the effort of everyone in society – political and religious – it may face this tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the serious crisis it is experiencing,” the Pope said at the end of his general audience on August 5.

Gestures of Tenderness

Published on 29/07/2020

Pope Francis has invited young people around the world to perform “gestures of tenderness” toward the elderly, as many are forced into isolation to observe Covid-19 health guidelines.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life quickly answered that call and launched “The elderly are your grandparents” campaign. In a communiqué released on Monday 28 July, the Dicastery invited young people “to do something that shows kindness and affection for older people who may feel lonely.”

Saints of the Week

Published on 15/07/2020

5 August — St Oswald (604–c.642)
King of Northumbria and famous as a skilled warrior, but even more as a lover of peace. He worked to spread the faith, introducing Celtic Christian missionaries to his kingdom. At Oswald’s invitation, St Aidan led a group of Irish monks from Iona to found a monastery and missionary bishopric for the kingdom at Lindisfarne. Oswald was venerated as a martyr of the Northumbrian church, and it was believed that his remains worked miracles.

Maximum attending church remains at 50

Published on 27/06/2020

The cap of 50 attendees at indoor church services remains in place for Phase 3 of the national roadmap, which begins on Monday 29 June.

Following representations made to government by the Catholic Bishops, the Chief Medical Officer and the public health authorities were strongly against making any exception for churches from the maximum number of 50 at indoor gatherings.

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