Family News and Events

Wifi drive-by Packing your family into the car for a journey is a stressful business. Central to this is keeping your kids, no matter what their age, amused for the duration. So, how do you fend of those salvos of ‘Are we there yet?’ and ‘I’m bored’ when you’ve got offspring who no longer think…

Dad’s Diary

My heart melts when I look into my own baby’s eyes, and see her radiate love and joy towards me. Our six-month old now reaches out to touch my face as she smiles at me. She beams when I enter a room – and I dare not do so without going over to say hello.…

Iraq’s Christmas ‘joy’ despite persecution

Christmas brings a “glimmer of hope and joy” to Christian families “terrorised” and driven out of their homes by ISIS in Iraq, according to Archbishop Eamon Martin. Speaking at a carol service in Armagh, Archbishop Martin told the congregation about his visit to Batnaya on the Ninevah Plains last week, and how he was brought…

Religious images top public stamp choices

Midnight Mass was a top choice among the public when asked for favourite Christmas traditions to feature on this year’s Christmas stamps, according to An Post. Out of six traditions picked by the public through polls and messages shared online, there were “two very strong religious images” according to Anna McHugh, An Post’s head of…

Humanity’s sense of a divine presence

Living With The Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples by Neil MacGregor (Allen Lane, £30) Patrick 
Claffey   Neil MacGregor, the distinguished British art historian and museum director, is currently the creator of the Humboldt Forum, a new centre for world culture in Berlin. Many will have seen exhibitions or read his books, including A History of the World…

Huge demand expected for Papal stamps

WMOF 2018   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has described new stamps commemorating the Papal visit as a fitting tribute to what he hoped would be “a memorable and uplifting visit of Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families in Ireland — a visit that presents a great opportunity for the Church and the country”. Speaking…

Getting animated for Francis!

WMOF2018 Brenda Drumm   A new series of digital animations and a six-part television series has been launched as part of ongoing preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the visit of Pope Francis. Both of these new resources focus on Amoris Laetitia, the document written by Pope Francis on love in the family.…

Solidarity is deeper than common interest

Dear Editor, With the World Cup coming to an end on Sunday, it really struck me during the celebrations the sense of unity that football was able to create. Throughout the world, people of different nationalities, creeds and perspectives came together for a common cause and hope. They supported their own teams, but they, like…

A truer view of a Christian poet

Christina Rossetti: Poetry, Ecology, Faith by Emma Mason (Oxford University Press, €30.00; available also as an ebook) John 
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 Deane   The ever popular Christmas carol In the Bleak Mid-Winter was written by Christina Rossetti but holds its fame more from the musical setting by Gustav Holst than by the strength of the poem. Rossetti wrote a great…