Positive news for Catholic radio as Radio Maria sees engagement with station triple during pandemic

Although the long-established impact of Covid-19 on faith and worship has been extensively documented, positive news has emerged as Radio Maria announced that it has seen texts, calls and general engagement triple when compared to figures compiled before the pandemic, with the station being used as a faith-based resource by those who were deprived of…

A round about route to the priesthood

Personal Profile Massachusetts native Fr Gary Chamberland CSC has been rector of the Notre-Dame Centre for Faith and Reason in Dublin at University Church, St Stephen’s Green for a little over a year-and-a-half. Undertaking the role in July 2020, Fr Chamberland has already faced unprecedented challenges during his ministry in Ireland, with Covid dampening the priest’s ambitious plans. But as Fr Chamberland’s pathway…

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‘Fighter for justice and equality’ Austin Currie (82) remembered as activist for marginalised

The funeral of the last remaining founding member of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) and civil rights activist, Austin Currie, evoked poignant tributes from many who have benefitted from his tireless campaigning for civil rights in Northern Ireland. Speaking during one of two funeral Masses held for Mr Currie, chief celebrant Fr Dean Kevin…

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Bishops to honour dead with special Knock Mass

The bishops will undertake a pilgrimage to the International Eucharistic and Marian Shrine in Knock this Sunday in memory of those who have died in Ireland during the pandemic and their families. All 26 dioceses will be represented at the pilgrimage to the National Marian Shrine and there will be a special reflection given to those who…