Pope Benedict solemnly carried to St Peter’s Basilica

The consecrated women who cared for Pope Benedict XVI in his retirement gently stroked his hands before his body was carried on a red-covered stretcher to a van for its last journey to St. Peter’s Basilica. The women, members of Memores Domini, along with Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the late Pope’s personal secretary, and Dr Patrizio…

Sport – in search of greater glory…and faith

Sport and religion overlap in that they can teach people values and understanding, writes Gerard Gallagher Sport continues to unite people from different backgrounds. This was evident recently. During December as the World Cup was played during a political storm, it was uplifting to see many sports stars make some small gestures of ritual and…

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Ireland’s forgotten witnesses to the Faith

There are many Irish Catholics on the path to sainthood who deserve to be known better, writes Fr John Hogan While Ireland has a long list of saints dating from the earliest years of Christianity, since the Church’s process of canonisation was formalised, few Irish have been proposed for glorification. At the moment 93 Irish…

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Beginning a new year by bringing about the family of God

Sr Josephine Garrett CSFN New Year’s celebrations can be a mixed experience. On one hand, the holidays have brought us opportunities to be renewed in our relationships with family and friends. On the other hand, secular media can present this sort of ‘new year, new you’ approach that may not really jive with our actual experiences. Catholics must stand…

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Newspaper accused of ignoring abuse in Protestant homes

Staff Reporter The Irish Times newspaper has reportedly refused to publish letters from campaigners highlighting abuse in non-Catholic institutions in Ireland, it has been claimed. While the newspaper published a short note on the death of Derek Linster – a former resident of the Protestant-run Bethany Home – it did not mention that he had…

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2022 Review of the Year

JANUARY The New Year started grimly, as 22 Catholic church workers were murdered in 2021, according to Fides, the Vatican’s missionary news agency. Some 13 priests, one religious brother, two religious sisters and six laypeople were killed in the course of their ministry in situations of extreme poverty, war or civil tensions. One of Ireland’s…

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US Catholic population shows growth and southward move

The Catholic population in the United States has grown by about two million people in 10 years. With nearly 62 million people, it continues to constitute the largest religious body in 36 US states, according to the latest religion-focused survey of America’s religious congregations. Over the last decade, many Catholics, the survey found, have moved…

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