November Month of the Holy Souls

During November we pray in particular for the dead. Tuesday 2nd November is the feast of All Souls when we pray for all the faithful departed. The novena for the Holy Souls will begin on the feast of All Souls. Each day of the novena, Mass will be offered for the Holy Souls. Envelopes are […]

Vatican extends opportunities to gain indulgences for the dead

The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary published a decree on Thursday providing for the possibility of obtaining plenary indulgences in favour of the faithful departed throughout the entire month of November. The decree, signed by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, notes that the decision to once again extend the time period for gaining the indulgences was taken in response […]

COMECE urges EU leaders to join efforts to tackle climate emergency

In a letter addressed to the leaders of the European institutions that will be participating at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich urges the EU to play a leading role at the international level to tackle the climate emergency. The president of the European Bishops’ Conferences (COMECE) notes that […]

Bishop Martin Hayes to attend COP26 for parishioners working to protect God’s creation

Bishop Martin Hayes will represent the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference at COP26 in November.  COPs (Conference of the Parties) are annual global climate summits attended by officials from nearly every country on Earth.  This year the UK, in partnership with Italy, will host COP26 in Glasgow. Bishop Hayes said, “I am looking forward to attending […]