It was a considerable coup for the organisers to secure as distinguished and high-powered a figure as the Vatican’s foreign minister to deliver the Cardinal Cahal B. Daly Centenary Memorial lecture in Queen’s University, Belfast at the weekend.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, a Liverpudlian, Secretary for the Holy See’s Relations with...

In the last two weeks, 220 young people from two Irish diocese collected the Pope John Paul II Award (JPII) for work in their parish and community.The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, assisted Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan in awarding 133 students from schools across the diocese of Waterford and Lismore.Archbishop Okolo thanked the people...

For the first time faith-based organisations and missionary congregations have united to call on the Government to an increase Overseas Development Aid (ODA) in Budget 2018, which is due to be announced next week.This coordinated effort has brought together the support of six of Ireland’s well-known faith-based organisations – CBM...

Originating in the Middle East in what is now Turkey, the Church of Antioch was founded by Ss Peter and Paul and is where the word ‘Christian’ originally comes from, according to the New Testament.This developed into the Antiochian Orthodox Church. There are three parishes, in Belfast, Dublin and Kerry. The small community of just...

Why the Irish Church Deserves to Die. Ballyfermot-based priest Fr Joe McDonald could hardly have chosen a more inflammatory title for his first book, calling for Irish Catholics to embrace the reality of a dying Church and work for a resurrection.The title’s not idly chosen, he says, explaining how there’s a point in the book...

With the World Meeting of Families now less than a year away, it wasn’t surprising that this year’s Faith and Life Convention in the Diocese of Down and Connor should have focused in large part on the theme of family, not least as expressed in Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ exhortation on marriage and the family.Now in its fourth...

A former refugee on the precipice of suicide was saved by her Church and friends after escaping war and a direct provision centre.Natalia Tsadzikidze, from Clondalkin in Dublin, escaped Georgia in Eastern Europe during a time of political tension and violence in the country. She is now a naturalised Irish citizen.Mrs Tsadzikidze felt like...

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