Broc’s Blog

Prayers for niceWe pray in heartfelt solidarity with the people of Nice. 
We pray for those who died, those who are injured, the traumatised and all their families.

We pray that though we are deeply disconcerted by such acts of merciless violence – no matter how near or how distant from us – we may not give in to discouragement, but fix our hearts on always doing what is right and just. 

We pray for civic authorities everywhere, especially those involved in peace-keeping. 
May we work together with all women and men of good will to protect the dignity of every human being.

orlando nightclub shootingPeople all around the world are shocked with the news of the terrible loss of life at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.

I have asked  that in the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on the coming weekend that those who died or who remain injured and all those who mourn and grieve be remembered.    Books of condolence are open at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin for those who wish to express their grief and outrage.


Speaking and Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin


Late last year I led a delegation of Irish Catholic Bishops to Brussels to meet with representatives of the European Commission and the European Parliament.  It was a wonderful occasion for us to reflect on what Europe means but also to experience the hospitality which the citizens of Brussels day after day offer to men and women of all faiths, cultures and political persuasions who come to their city seeking to work for a better Europe.

Yes, Brussels like any large modern cosmopolitan city has its own tensions and inequalities.   But Brussels has also taken on this special role of welcome and encounter and its citizens, drawing from their own European heritage, have reshaped and transformed their culture into a modern culture of welcome.