Gratitude is one of the traits of a good athlete, Pope Francis told members of the Villarreal football club who visited the Vatican on Thursday ahead of their clash with AS Roma in their second leg of the Europa League championship.
“You must remember the many people who have helped you and without whom you would not be here,” the Pope told club players, managers and coaching staff.
Desmond Connell was born on 24 March 1926. His father, John Bernard Connell, a native of Moycullen Co Galway, was a civil servant who was a member of the Irish delegation to the Ottawa Conference of 1932 and was later appointed by Sean Lemass as Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Irish Sugar Company. His mother, Mary (née Lacy), was on duty as a telephonist at the General Post Office on Easter Monday 1916. The future Cardinal grew up on Dublin’s Northside. He attended St Peter’s National School Phibsborough and subsequently the Jesuit second level school, Belvedere College.
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It is just over a year since the Kachibora Lunch Club was established by the Family Mass Group, and the assistance given by the children of Donnybrook parish to the pupils of St. John’s Primary school in Kachibora has grown rapidly.
Pope Francis invites us to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day! In his document on The Joy of Love 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.
Having consulted carefully with members of the lay faithful, both women and men, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has decided to respond to the invitation of the Citizens’ Assembly and make a submission on the topic of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution of Ireland (Bunreacht na hÉireann).