Theology in dangerous times

Only the Gospel can rescue our society, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Focusing on our multiple global crises from environmental disasters and financial instability to political upheaval and security threats, Dr Michael Kirwan SJ, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Loyola Institute in Trinity College, Dublin, recently gave a thought-provoking lecture about the failures of secularism and…

A silent addiction

Porn addiction can have longstanding effects, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   With one in three Irish people viewing porn before turning 16, addiction can become a serious and harmful issue. In an age where sexually explicit images and videos are available at the push of a button, questions need to be raised about the negative effects…

Putting fun into the Faith

Personal Profile Claire Devaney tells Colm Fitzpatrick about her youth mission   From exciting camps and clubs to vital school ministry, one woman is stepping up to the mark to give religious education a new lease of life. Claire Devaney is Primary School Co-ordinator with Scripture Union Ireland, an ecumenical Christian organisation which focuses on…

More than just a place, Lourdes is a source of transformation

Lourdes: 160 years of healing   In our modern day, the word ‘Lourdes’ often evokes imagery of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions, but the historical, geographical and social context is usually excluded from the imagination. What exactly is the history of the place where a young Bernadette Soubirous experienced the Marian visions and how did the…

A godliness in their eyes

The people of South Sudan need Ireland’s help, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   With poverty, hunger and fear still rampant in war-torn South Sudan, a lay missionary is calling on all Irish people for support. Noeleen Loughran, who originally hails from the small village of Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, now helps suffering children in Africa, having sold…