Remembering Thomas Merton

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature, Vocation

December 10th, fifty years ago, Thomas Merton was found dead in his room near Bangkok, where he had been the main speaker at an international monastic conference. At the time he was the best known Catholic monk in the world. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (Elected Silence in the English edition), was an unlikely best seller, telling […]

Ireland Ranked Worst in EU

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology

Ireland was recently ranked the worst performing country in Europe for tackling climate change. The Climate Change Performance Index ranks Ireland 45th out of 57 countries when judged on three categories; greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, and energy use, and categorises Ireland as a ‘Very Low performing’ country – the worst ranking available. The report warned […]

Passing on the Faith

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Young people

Pat Coyle recently went to Rome to be part of the book launch for Sharing The Wisdom of Time, by Pope Francis and Friends. In it, he explored the advice and learning that older people can share with the next generation. Afterwards he did a Question and Answers session on the issues that were of concern to […]

Brexit concerns in Northern Ireland

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Economy

Brexit has been a particular concern for people in Northern Ireland who are worried that it will see a return to the troubles. Fr Paddy McCafferty, PP of a West Belfast Parish – Springhill which is just off the Falls Road, talks to Conor Deane of his concerns around Brexit for the wider nationalist community and […]

Compassion for Animals

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Environment, Nature

In this piece our interviewer Miriam Gormally is questioned by Pat Coyle about being a vegan and a Christian. Drawing inspiration from Bible passages like Genesis 1:29  where God specifically maps out that fruit and seeds should be our food, she argues that there are also many other passages that point to a Christian God […]

Speak Out Part 2

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

In the last Census, 78% of people registered as Catholics and a recent survey showed that 93% of parents baptise their children. However despite this, all the recent referendums showed a country very much at odds with Church teachings. In this second part with Joe Mulvaney, he talks about how we need to separate the […]

Sharing the Wisdom of Time

Posted on 22. Nov, 2018 in Book review, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Older People, Young people

Sharing the wisdom of time, published by Messenger Publications is a book specially commissioned by Pope Francis highlighting the wisdom of older people.   In the preface to the book, written by Pope Francis, he calls for an alliance between the young and the old to help counter our culture of waste. The launch took place in Rome […]

Exploring Spirituality

Posted on 22. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy

God Ever Greater: Exploring Ignatian Spirituality is the title of Brian O’Leary SJ’s latest book published by Messenger Publications. The book is the fruit of a life-long immersion in Ignatian spirituality from both an academic and experiential perspective. In this interview with Pat Coyle, Brian explains how he dealt head-on with understanding the oft-used, but little […]

Bringing Charismatic Renewal

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Achievement, Chaplaincy, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Pope Francis, Prayer

A few years ago Pope Francis encouraged the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (ICCRS) and the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships (CF) to work together towards forming, an International group , “a single service for the one current of grace.” Conor Deane met with Michelle Moran, Past President of ICCRS and one […]

Christian Outreach

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values, Young people

Eoin Lynch has been working with UCO, University Christian Outreach in UCD in Dublin. He gave the first in a series of talks called “Joy Robbers!” looking at where we can find true joy. He explains to Conor Deane that UCO is about outreach and getting people to come along to their regular Tue night […]