Before the papal election Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio hadn’t given a thought to what name he would choose if he was elected Pope. The very idea hadn’t even entered his mind. Even immediately after his election he still hadn’t thought what name to choose. Then a good friend of his, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of Sao…

Dear Editor, Despite his political manoeuvring, one suspects that President Barak Obama intends to bomb Syria. It is amazing that the West does not learn from the results of its military intervention in Iraq, Afganistan and Libya. In the case of Iraq these results have been catastrophic. The proposal that it should intervene in the fratricidal…

Dear Editor, Did you notice the ambiguity on page 4 in your September 12 headline, “Police patrol threatened Catholic schools”. When I first read the headline, I read it as saying that police patrols had gone to Catholic schools so as to attack them. But, when I read the article, it was clear that the police…

On Sunday, September 1 nearly 80 pilgrims set off from the St Laurence Pastoral Area (Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, St John’s, Sacred Heart, Ss Joseph, Benildus and Mary, Killea, Crooke and Faithlegg) in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore on pilgrimage to the Ardmore Monastic site to mark the Year of Faith.   First stop…

Last Saturday saw the Mayo International Choral Festival reach new heights as the 2014 syllabus was officially launched from the top of Croagh Patrick. Climbers representing Castlebar Parish Choir, Cill Aodáin Choral Society, Cór Mhaigh Eo, Mayo Male Voice Choir, the Moy Singers and Westport Choral Society became ‘musical mountaineers’ for the day and hit…

Dear Editor, Fertility awareness is a subject that comes up for discussion in the media from time to time. However it falls short of explaining that there is information available that every woman should know.   This is information, scientifically proven, whereby a couple can plan or postpone a pregnancy, as deemed necessary. It would…

A series of autumn Year of Faith talks in the Diocese of Cloyne examining the documents of Vatican II begins in various locations throughout the diocese next month.   Bishop William Crean said the talks are “a wonderful opportunity” to explore some of the documents from Vatican II and people may be “surprised by the…

On Wednesday night St Patrick’s Parish, Mayobridge, Co. Down welcomed Sr Briege Mc Kenna to speak as part of their Year of Faith Programme of faith talks.   Over 1,200 people flocked to hear Sr Briege share her faith and pray for healing. Mayobridge Parish has been home to the Poor Clare Sisters since 1924.…

Dear Editor, The President and Taoiseach slammed the Catholic Church with their abortion legislation and they then participated in a Eucharistic celebration – the “Source and Summit of our Faith” – that demonstrated to the Church and future generations their disregard for the Magisterium. Unfortunately there has been little effective response from the hierarchy.  …

On Friday, September 6 St Patrick’s & St Joseph’s parish, Wicklow & Rathnew held a celebration for 28 couples marking 25, 40, 50, 55 and 60 years of marriage.   There was about 200 in attendance for the Mass which was celebrated by Fr Donal Roche Adm, and co-celebrated by Fr Pat O Rourke and…