Women in the Sistine chapel

Posted on 20. Apr, 2017 in Art, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Vatican

  Continuing on our series looking at women in Church art, we draw our attention today to the Sistine Chapel, in particular the ceiling, painted by Michelangelo. The ceiling has 300 figures and took over four years to execute. One of the things artist Eve Parnell, notes about the ceiling is the large number of […]

Pope Francis – three years on

Posted on 17. Mar, 2016 in Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Holy Week, Pope Francis, Seasons of the Church Year, Vatican

March 13th 2016 marked the third anniversary of the accession of Cardinal Bergoglio to the Papacy as Pope Francis. He laid out his mission statement for the future of the Catholic Church on November 24th 2013 in his inspirational letter Evangelii Gaudium. In May 2015 another major development occurred with his issuing of his encyclical on […]

Pope Francis and Vatican II

Posted on 23. Apr, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Politics, Vatican

Vatican Council II was the most important religious event of the twentieth century, with repercussions that reached far beyond the Catholic church. John O’Malley SJ is the author of “What Happened at Vatican II?” a book capturing the drama of the council, depicting the colourful characters involved and their clashes with one another. His analysis, […]

The Global Freedom Network

Posted on 21. Mar, 2014 in Christian Values, Discrimination, Faith and Justice, Human Trafficking, Immigrants, Islam, Prostitution, Slavery, Vatican

      On March 17 an unprecedented interfaith agreement was reached to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking across the world by 2020. It is a call to Catholics, Anglicans and Muslims, all governments and people of goodwill to join the movement against modern slavery and human trafficking. Called the “Global Freedom Network”, this […]

Michael Kelly on Pope Francis & 2014

Posted on 02. Jan, 2014 in Christmas, Vatican

Editor in Chief of The Irish Catholic newspaper Michael Kelly talks with Conor Deane about the Catholic Church today and how challenging the new papacy has been for people right down to parish level.    

The Pope’s friend

Posted on 25. Jul, 2013 in Vatican

Fr John O’Connor, Parish Priest of St. Anne’s Shankill, Dublin, worked in Buenos Aires from 1973 for 31 years. During that time he was a family friend of Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis. The new Pope, as Archbishop, was also his superior. Fr. O’Connor says that the important thing about Pope Francis is that he […]

Pope Francis: Ruffling feathers

Posted on 04. Jul, 2013 in Church Teachings, Vatican

Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as Pope on March 13th 2013. Fr. Michael Collins, author of Francis, Bishop of Rome speaks to Miriam Gormally about Pope Francis and his new approach as head of the Catholic Church.  In this first of a three part series, he talks about how Francis is challenging the idea […]

Vatican II – 50 Years On

Posted on 04. Feb, 2009 in Church Teachings, Vatican

On January 25th 1959 Pope John XX111 announced his intention of calling a Vatican Council – 50 years ago.  On another significant day, January 20th 2009 the inauguration of President Obama, Pat Coyle asked Jesuit Fr. Brendan Staunton to explain the historical context of the 2nd Vatican Council.

Teaching and Healing

Posted on 29. Dec, 2005 in Faith and Justice, Prayer, Vatican

Damien Stein is a Catholic from London who is involved in the Charismatic renewal and runs a Prayer Ministry.  During his Pray Ministry he continually witnesses many miracles of healing.  He travels the world setting up prayer groups and he was in Dublin recently in Clonliffe College training a number of people from all over […]