New postulator named for Irish sainthood cause

The Congregation of Holy Cross has appointed Valentina Culurgioni to be the new postulator for the sainthood cause of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton. Born in Co. Mayo in 1909, Fr Peyton, was most well known as the “rosary priest”, and famously coined the phrase, “The family that prays together, stays together”. Fr Peyton was also a…

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The most overlooked of drugs

The destructive nature of pornography is completely ignored in modern Ireland, writes Jason Osborne The recent atrocious murder of Ashling Murphy has sparked intense national debate about the treatment of women in Ireland, and a concurrent discussion about the perceived flawed state of modern masculinity. Leaving aside the merits or deficiencies of this argument, one…

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A parish bridging the divide between old and new

The parish of Johnstown/Walterstown is both struggling with and solving Church problems of the present age, writes Jason Osborne Situated in the diocese of Meath, the wider world is coming closer to the parish of Johnstown/Walterstown’s door day by day. Urbanisation is increasing, as is the area’s population, a stark contrast from recent decades. First…

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Young scientists turning their hands at topical issues

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition continues to showcase bright minds tackling society’s toughest problems, writes Jason Osborne As with last year’s exhibition, this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is again set against a backdrop highlighting the importance of science and technology to our modern world: the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at…

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College footballer to quit game in favour of Christ

Kansas State University footballer Landry Weber recently turned heads when he announced that he’ll be going “pro” in a different direction: he’s planning on entering the seminary and being ordained a priest following his college days. “‘He’ll be entering the priesthood when his college career is finished’ said announcer Tom Hart on Kansas State wide…

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The Most Reluctant Convert on the screen

Actor Max McLean is to be credited with bringing Christian legend C.S. Lewis’ conversion to life on stage and on the big screen, writes Jason Osborne Few contemporary Christian authors or thinkers have gripped the Faithful’s, of all denominations, imagination like C.S. Lewis. The Northern Irishman’s story is increasing in resonance as the decades progress,…

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Dealing with loneliness

The early days of the pandemic long behind us, loneliness continues to plague many with force, writes Jason Osborne Loneliness has been a problem since people began walking the earth – God creating Eve after noting that it wasn’t good for man to be alone. Unfortunately, despite the heart’s deep desire for communion, with God and…

Irish psychiatrists speak out against assisted suicide and euthanasia

The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland has deemed physician assisted suicide and euthanasia poor medical practice in a new paper, writes Jason Osborne The College of Psychiatrists of Ireland (CPsychI), the professional body for psychiatrists in Ireland, has come out against the proposed introduction of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia (PAS-E) to Ireland in a…

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