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LITTERAE COMMUNIONIS •2016-2017

IRELAND

PRESIDENT HIS GRACE MGR. EAMON MARTIN ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH

SECRETARY GENERAL HIS GRACE MGR. KIERAN O’REILLY ARCHBISHOP OF CASHEL AND EMLY

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY GENERAL MGR. GEARÓID DULLEA

ragement to those who live their faith with conviction notwithstanding the many challenges which exist in contemporary culture. The Bishops also acknowledged many constructive meetings with the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia. PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE The Bishops participated in public discussion regarding article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland noting that a truly compassionate society promotes care and protection of all unborn human life and recognises the equal right to life of the mother. In December 2016 the Bishops published Two Lives, One Love as a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly on this topic. The Bishops also acknowledged with gratitude the challenging but important work of CURA, the crisis pregnancy agency of the Bishops’ Conference, which marks forty years of service in 2017.

LAUNCH IN IRELAND OF THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 2018 Pope Francis asked that the IX World Meeting of Families (WMOF 2018) take place in Dublin from 22 to 26 August 2018. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin is its President and the theme is: “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. On 22 October 2017 the Co-chairmen of the Council for Marriage and the Family of the Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, formally launched preparations for the WMOF 2018 in Dublin. The Bishops have also launched a logo and hymn for the WMOF 2018 as well as a one-year programme of preparation comprising events and initiatives for families and parishes. A dedicated website (worldmeeting2018.ie) will be available to cater for Irish and international pilgrims who wish to come to Ireland for the WMOF 2018.

AD LIMINA VISIT TO POPE FRANCIS IN JANUARY 2017 From 15-25 January 2017 the Irish Bishops undertook the visit Ad Limina Apostolorum. The Bishops acknowledged the blessing and goodwill offered by Pope Francis to the Church in Ireland, and the Holy Father’s strong encou-

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HOMELESSNESS The rise in homelessness across the country has also been addressed by the Irish Episcopal Conference. According to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, there are almost 90,000 households waiting for social housing in the Republic of Ireland – and over 2,000 children living in homeless accommodation in Dublin. Many Dioceses have undertaken special initiatives for the homeless and people in need around Christmas.  PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS Along with partners in ecumenical dialogue, the Irish Bishops have focused on the plight of the ongoing persecution of Christians in the Middle East, whose very existence is under threat. The Bishops expressed their solidarity and support for Christians, and for all who suffer and are displaced due to violence in the region. In particular, the Bishops issued a statement on the upsurge in violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo and encouraged the Government to use diplomatic channels and to ask UN Security Council members for a ceasefire and for humanitarian access.  VOCATIONS A national Vocation Office at the Bishops’ Conference has been established to oversee

Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  
Litterae Communions 2017 (English version)  

CCEE Litterae communionis contains the annual report (June 2016 - June 2017) of Bishops' Conferences in Europe.

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