Responding to the Environment

Posted on 07. Nov, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology

The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region brought for several important proposals. Most of the attention went to the issue of married clergy and female deacons, but they also took a very hard look at the environment and our planet’s future. In this second part of our series with Colm Holmes, […]

Understanding the Eucharist

Posted on 07. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values, Vocation

Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard takes a look at the meaning of the Eucharist.  He says it is the ultimate meal of sacrificial love. Drawing from his latest book, Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments, with Paulist Press, he says that the Eucharist is more encompassing than people imagine, involving all aspects of […]

Married Priests

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region has approved a final document which calls for the ordination of married men as priests and for women to be considered for diaconal ordination. Approved Oct. 26, it is the result of a three-week meeting in Rome. The document presents the synodal assembly’s reflections […]

The Mystery of the Soul

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Church Teachings, Community, Death, Saints

In this piece Dermot Roantree, editor with Jesuit communications, talks about the biggest mystery of all – the mystery of death. He explores the days of All Saint and All Souls and says that for some mysteries like death, it may be better that we don’t expect answers, but only ask questions. Drawing on lyrics […]

Celebrating Women in the Church

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy

This week, we have an almost prophetic piece of music by Rev Noireen Ni Riain, In Paupertatis Praedio, In the Farmland of Poverty. Following on from the recent meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region looking at environmentalism and the role of women in the Church, this piece looks at the kind […]

Answering the Questions of Faith

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

What is Purgatory?, Is God a man or a woman?, What is Priesthood? etc. are all questions that are asked by people curious to understand more about the Catholic faith. Nikolaas Sintobin SJ, internet pastor of the Low Countries, speaks to Gavin T. Murphy of Irish Jesuit Communications about his latest book Where was God before the […]

St Newman’s Conversion

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, 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 […]

Celebrating St. Francis

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology

The feast day of St Francis, patron saint of animals and the environment, is celebrated in October. In this interview with artist Eve Parnell, we look back on some of the ways that artists have celebrated and depicted St. Francis over the years. We also look at the connection between him and the current Pope […]

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 […]