Seeing the Faith as a deep friendship with God
We have become all too used to controversy in the Church. Whether it is reactions to the mishandling of clerical sexual abuse or disputes over whether or not divorced and remarried Catholics should receive Holy Communion, division sometimes seems everywhere. While it is important to stand up for what is true and beautiful, it is…
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Visiting the ‘living stones’ of the Holy Land
The Holy Land – that place where God chose to be born amongst us – can be said to be a ‘fifth Gospel’ of sorts. It was in that land where the dramatic moments of salvation history were played out right from God’s Covenant with the ancient Israelites to the incarnation, life, death and resurrection…
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Opening wide the doors of the Church to all

Down & Connor Faith and Life Convention The radical challenge set before Catholics is to learn a new language, writes Michael Kelly   One of the Pope’s closest advisers has urged the Church in Ireland to continue to work to build a culture of co-responsibility between laypeople and clergy. Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga was speaking…

Banking on the Pope’s high risk strategy paying off
Francis is gambling with bishops’ conferences, but it’s probably the only card he has, writes Michael Kelly   Depending on where you stand on Pope Francis, his decision to call a summit of the heads of the world’s bishops’ conferences is either courageous or too little too late. It’s certainly unprecedented and the February meeting…
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