They have come five and a half thousand miles and they are one of the refreshing untold stories of post-Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.   We aretalking about the arrival in the North since around 2,000 of a significant number of Syro Malabar Catholics, formerly known as the Church of St Thomas Christians, from…

The summer now past, we come once again to what is in effect, for many, the beginning of a new year.   It is an opportune time to ask, not only, ‘What am I doing?’, but the more fundamental question, ‘Who am I?’  We, who must live and labour in this secular world, but carry…

Pope Francis called for dialogue and reconciliation in Syria on Saturday as he led a peace vigil in St Peter’s square and millions of Catholics worldwide were joined by other faiths in a day of fasting and prayer.   “In beloved Syria, in the Middle East, in all the world, let us pray for reconciliation…

For the first time Lough Derg will hold a special day dedicated to supporting those who are living with suicide and for those involved in ministry and support services.   The ‘Living with Suicide’ day offers those affected, either directly or indirectly, the opportunity for deeper understanding and support to make sense of it all.…

A national celebration of Charismatic Renewal will be held on Sunday, September 29 from 2.30pm finishing with Mass at 6.30pm in the Pro-Cathedral, Marlborough St, Dublin with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as the principal celebrant.   Organisers hope the event will serve as a reunion and gathering for people who have been involved in Charismatic Renewal,…

iRosary is an innovative new Rosary for the iPhone and iPod Touch which displays a fully-animated set of Rosary beads that flows across your hand as you move it with your finger, like a standard Rosary.   For those new to the Rosary, there is no easier way to learn this perfect prayer which engages…

The official website of the next World Youth Day has been launched. The website went live just hours after Pope Francis made the announcement in Brazil that the next WYD will take place in Krakow, Poland in 2016.    The new website has a section dedicated to John Paul II, who spent much of his…

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has teamed up with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to launch ‘Faith and Safety’, a new website to help parents keep their kids safe on the web.     The site is full of tips on how to secure devices and networks, and features some thought provoking advice.…

This biography of Edward Daly is part of a series on the 16 executed leaders of the Easter Rising. The author is a grandniece of Edward Daly, hence she has been able to enhance her account with some fascinating and insightful family lore.   Daly was born in Limerick on February 28, 1891 into a…