Italian Paolo Beltrame is a second year Jesuit novice of the Northwest European novitiate in Birmingham, UK. He spoke to Pat Coyle about his life as an astrophysicist and his strong faith in God. Paolo, who researched dark matter for 15 years, discovered that not having the reason ‘why’ behind the scientifically proven laws of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]