Annulments made easier

Posted on 17. Sep, 2015 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Married Couples, Sexuality, Uncategorized

Pope Francis has authorised the most far-reaching reform of the Church’s marriage annulment process in three centuries. The Pope has not changed the criteria under which the Church grants annulments, but has streamlined the process to make it faster, easier and less expensive. Francis’ reforms remove the need for all judgments to be reviewed automatically, getting rid […]

Venerable Mary Aikenhead

Posted on 16. Apr, 2015 in Uncategorized

Mary Aikenhead, born in Daunt’s Square in Cork in 1787, was one of seven people to be declared venerable this year, March 18th at the Vatican. It is the second of four steps in the Catholic Church’s canonisation process. It comes after the Pope approved permission for the person to begin the path to sainthood […]

Meaning and being

Posted on 02. Apr, 2015 in Uncategorized

Holy Week is a time when we reflect on the meaning of life and suffering. Viktor Frankl wrote one of the most profound and best selling books on the matter, Man’s Search for Meaning. Frankl, who was Jewish, suffered incredibly during the Holocaust. He lost everything, family, possessions, faced extermination daily and yet found that […]

Growing Poverty and Inequality

Posted on 12. Mar, 2015 in Christian Values, Poverty, Uncategorized

Austerity policies in the EU have contributed to intense economic suffering, particularly for young people and other vulnerable social groups, a new report has found. Inequality is on the rise, with growing numbers of extremely rich people alongside growing numbers at risk of poverty. 123 million EU citizens – one in every four – are at […]

Preparing for Lent

Posted on 12. Feb, 2015 in Church Teachings, Lent, Prayer, Uncategorized

Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Starting Wednesday, February 18th, it is a time when people make a renewed attempt to be better Christians and to understand their religion better. Thanks to Stephen Fry’s outburst, religion and God have been much […]

Whose à la Carte Menu?

Posted on 22. Jan, 2015 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Uncategorized

“À la carte Catholic” was often a derogatory term used to describe somebody who selectively picked  the pieces of Catholicism that suited them while not being fully committed to the religion. Angela Hanley turns the term À la Carte Catholic around in her new book, “Whose à la Carte Menu?” In it she argues that essentially everybody […]

iCatholic Player

Posted on 15. Jan, 2015 in Uncategorized

The hope for iCatholic.ie is that it will become the equivalent of the RTE player or BBC iPlayer for the Irish Church. Founded by Fr. Bill Kemmy as a way to share the visuals of the Church, it has also recently created an app for iPhones and tablets and will shortly also be available on […]

Turning your Life Around

Posted on 08. Jan, 2015 in Uncategorized

The Twelve are an new development in community building and evangelisation. Founded by Fr. Gerry Campbell, from whom we have heard of previously, they go into parishes and help create a new sense of purpose and mission. Work on the idea that parishioners ought to be involved in the organising of their own mission, they work […]

Living with Bipolar

Posted on 08. Jan, 2015 in Uncategorized

Bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) causes serious shifts in mood, energy, thinking, and behavior—from the highs of mania on one extreme, to the lows of depression on the other. More than just a fleeting good or bad mood, the cycles of bipolar disorder last for days, weeks, or months. And unlike ordinary mood […]

The Twelve

Posted on 25. Dec, 2014 in Uncategorized

Previously Soul Waves radio covered a new development in evangelisation that was recently put into action in the Archdiocese of Armagh. The group, known as ‘The Twelve’, was initiated by Fr Gerry Campbell in response to the challenge of involving lay people more closely in the work of evangelisation. Here Conor Deane talks with Kathleen […]