Saint John Henry Newman

Posted on 17. Oct, 2019 in Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

Ireland’s first Jesuits

Posted on 17. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Death, Faith and Justice

A new book of letters by Irish Jesuits in the 17th century shows that although the Jesuits were only few in number at the time, they were making their mark across Ireland. Irish Jesuit Annual Letters, 1604-1674 is edited by Dr Vera Moynes and published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission. The bookcontains the twenty-five 17th century letters […]

Disappointing Budget

Posted on 10. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice

Social Justice Ireland, a think tank that looks at the implications of the budget said that the most vulnerable were betrayed by the budget, with the poorest 30 per cent being hit hardest, particularly with rising food costs. The pointed out that while TDs will see their salaries rise by €1,600, many of the most […]

Coptic Sisters

Posted on 10. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

  Sr Gabriella and Sr Philomena in St George’s Abbey. Sister Gabriella and Sister Philomena sometimes feel like they are living parallel lives. They were both born in Cairo, Egypt and graduated from the American University of Cairo with masters degrees in economics and worked in the business world after graduation. They have been friends […]

The Value of Irish Missionaries

Posted on 03. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Missionary, Pope Francis, Vocation

In this second part of our series on Mission for this month of October, which was declared an Extraordinary Missionary Month, we look at the value of Irish missionaries around the world. Juileann Moran is the National Secretary for the Society of Missionary Children with World Mission’s Ireland and she explains to Miriam Gormally that our […]

Supporting the Climate Strikers

Posted on 03. Oct, 2019 in Community, Ecology, Environment

Don Mullan, is a long time author and activist. He has written extensively about the troubles in the north and is now very involved in the climate change movement, which he sees as the great civil rights movement of our times. He is also a spokesman for the Society of African Missions (SMA), who are involved […]

The Future of the North

Posted on 26. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Humane Vitae

Peadar Tóibín is an Irish politician who has served as Leader of Aontú since January 2019. He has been a Teachta Dála for the Meath West constituency since 2011. He previously served as Chair of the Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from 2016 to 2018. Here he talks with Conor Deane […]

Theology for Climate Justice

Posted on 26. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology

The recent Climate Strikes saw millions of children joined by adults to strike for a better future. In this second part of our story, Dr Lorna Gold author and specialist in International Development and vice-chair of the Global Catholic Climate Movement looks at some of the theology that could support the strikes, in particular Laudato Si’. In […]

Baptised and Sent

Posted on 26. Sep, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Missionary

It’s 100 years since Pope Benedict XV’s encyclical Maximum Illud called Catholics to bring the Good News to all peoples (Missio Ad Gentes). To commemorate its anniversary, Pope Francis has declared October 2019 to be an Extraordinary Month of Mission. Under the theme, baptised and sent, this month calls on all who are baptised to reflect […]

Marching for the Future

Posted on 19. Sep, 2019 in Achievement, Caring for Children, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Humanitarian Aid

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation – we hear it all the time. It has almost become a refrain. But, asks Dr Lorna Gold author and specialist in International Development, do we really believe it? And are we willing to act on it. This week, from Sept 20-27th, there will be a […]