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Pope Benedict ‘very unwell’ since trip to Germany Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is sick with a bacterial infection and “very frail”, according to a German newspaper report. Citing Benedict biographer Peter Seewald, German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) reported on Monday (August 3) that the 93-year-old Pope emeritus is suffering from facial erysipelas, a bacterial…

Family News & Events

Kicking off in Kildare with FootGolf For those who like to try new things and enjoy football and golf, how about a family day out to Celbridge Manor Hotel with a day of a mix of the two? For one day only the Kildare hotel will facilitate a family friendly activity: FootGolf! Tee (or kick)…

An invitation to a summer festival with a difference

The Youth 2000 e-festival will be a place where young people can encounter God in fresh ways, writes Amy-Hurle McCann Youth 2000 Ireland has a full calendar each year with eight regional retreats, a Christmas festival and a summer festival. The Youth 2000 leadership team work tirelessly throughout the year to make each retreat a…

Loneliness, hunger of the heart

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Today’s Gospel (Matt 14:13-21) throws light on loneliness which is another name for the hunger of the heart. A popular film years ago was called The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. One form of loneliness is the grief experienced after the death of a loved one. On…

The wonder and awe of high places

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 9 John G. O’Dwyer It is sometimes said that the past never truly dies but invariably comes back to revisit us. Nowhere is this more accurate than with the ageless tradition of pilgrimage. The idea of taking the high road to spiritual healing on a remote mountain has been…

Call for national day of mourning post-Covid-19

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has called on the new Government to put in place a process for remembrance and reflection in post-Covid-19 Ireland. The foundation submitted a paper outlining a series of proposals for Ireland to remember and reflect on the pandemic. This includes a national series of mourning and remembrance events for all…

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