Opening new ecumenical pathways

Every year the week of prayer for Christian unity comes and goes. Traditionally, the week is celebrated between January 18-25, and is greeted with varying degrees of enthusiasm. If we’re honest, most of us pay little more than lip service to the commemoration. Coming as it does so close after Christmas, many parishes find themselves…

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Growing a faith that endures

We need to re-present the faith again and be a renewed Church that goes out to meet people Bishop Niall Coll tells Michael Kelly When Karol Wojtyla was elected Pope in 1978 taking the name John Paul II, he famously told the pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square that the cardinals had chosen him da…

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2023 – A busy year for Catholics

Dear Friends of The Irish Catholic, The poet Patrick Kavanagh wrote in his poem Advent, “And Christ comes with a January flower”. The miracle of Christmas is extended into the New Year, where we discover the new life in Christ in the vulnerability of a tiny snowdrop that defies the dark nights and cold weather.…

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A farewell to Benedict

‘Prophetic’ Pope remembered as a friend to Ireland The late Pope Benedict was “prophetic” and always showed a keen interest in Ireland, an Irish-born diplomat who worked closely with the Pontiff has told The Irish Catholic. As Benedict is laid to rest today (Thursday) in the grotto underneath St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican following…

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For Benedict, friendship with God was the key

You can’t please everyone as Pope. John Paul II didn’t (and he’s a saint!), Pope Francis doesn’t and Pope Benedict XVI certainly didn’t. Probably that is a very good thing, since to lead with conviction and courage always risks upsetting people – particularly what Pope Francis describes as vested interests and ecclesiastical elites. On the…

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Speaking up for persecuted Christians

Editor’s Comment The last year has been another bloody one for Christians around the world. Persecution continues to be a feature of the life of many Christians in the 21st Century – we hardly need reminding of the sober fact that the last 100 years has seen more Christians die for the Faith than in…

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