Politician’s ‘canonisation’

Dear Editor, While it is right to comment and praise the good things a TD has done for his/her community, such as Mary Kenny’s praise of Jimmy Deenihan (IC 03/03/2016), given that he voted for the 2013 abortion act, does this not now undo those good works, since abortion is never good for community nor…

St Patrick the steadfast man: A poet’s appreciation

I Follow St Patrick by Oliver St John Gogarty Oliver St John Gogarty, poet and surgeon, was a close associate of Arthur Griffith in Sinn Féin. He was appointed a senator in the first Senate of the Irish Free State. His memorable book, I Follow St Patrick, is an evocation of Ireland’s national saint through the places in…

‘Come and see how I live’

Come and See for Yourself: Dublin’s Sacred Spaces edited by Dublin Interfaith Forum (Free of charge) Dublin is an increasingly multicultural city in which faiths new to Ireland are now to be found. The Interfaith Forum of Dublin City Council has just published a little pamphlet (free at your local public library) on Dublin’s sacred spaces. In…

Synod exhortation expected by end of month

Staff Reporter The Pope’s much anticipated exhortation following the Synod of Bishops on the Family is expected to be published by the end of the month. The key document, which will contain official Church teaching, is expected to address controversial issues such as whether divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Pope Francis has said that…

Nancy Reagan remembered by Tipperary parish host

The late Nancy Reagan was a “very quiet and unassuming person”, the priest who accompanied the Reagans during their 1984 visit to President Ronald Reagan’s ancestral home has said. “I met her twice,” Fr Éanna Condon told The Irish Catholic, “the first time in the rose garden of White House a couple of years before…

National pro-life chalk day

Youth for Life NI, Precious Life and members of Queen’s Pro-Life Society, in union with Rock for Life and National Pro-Life Chalk Day, were out on the streets of Belfast spreading the pro-life message in Queen’s Quarter, Cathedral Quarter and near the Marie Stopes centre.

New RE programme to be iCatholic livestream theme

The serious challenge posed to Catholic schools by a proposed new curriculum on religious education will be the theme for a special iCatholic livestream early next week. On Monday, March 14 at 8pm iCatholic will host a live panel discussion about the NCCA proposal to introduce Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics into the…

Mother Teresa’s canonisation to be announced

The canonisation of Mother Teresa will be formally approved on March 15, the Vatican has announced. The Albania-born nun, who studied briefly in Rathfarnham, Dublin, when she was 18 before moving to India, and who established a community in west Belfast’s Ballymurphy in 1971, is to be canonised along with four others.  The March 15…