Pause Irish synod until global debate done – Vatican cardinal

The Church in Ireland should pause its national synod until the conclusion of the global process, the Secretary General of the Vatican Synod has suggested. Cardinal Mario Grech recommended that Ireland “proceed at a slower pace” while the global discernment process is ongoing. The Church in Ireland should “wait for the conclusion of the universal…

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Catholic schools praised for reconciliation work ahead of GFA anniversary

The North’s Under Secretary of State has praised how Catholic schools promote reconciliation and integration, ahead of the Good Friday Agreement’s anniversary. Lord Caine joined the DUP’s Sir Jeffrey Donaldson and members of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) in a visit to St Patrick’s Academy, Lisburn, to mark Catholic Schools’ Week. After the…

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Learning to be merciful on the Camino

You might think, reading this column over the last few months, that religion is a common subject in movies. However, it isn’t very frequently, at least as a positive subject. There are plenty of films that attack it or misunderstand it; in the past there were films that made it into a kind of spectacle,…

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EU and religious leaders hold high-level meeting on Ukraine

European bishops met with the European Commission (EC) to share their perspectives on the impacts of war in Ukraine, emphasising the positive role played by Churches. Churches are “frontline operational field actors” in providing humanitarian care to Ukraine and neighbouring countries, Archbishop Cyril Vasil told the EC. The archbishop of the Greek-Catholic Eparchy of Kosice,…

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A man who saw the poor face-to-face

I’ve already looked at several films from the Vatican’s list of 45 significant films. This week, I will add Monsieur Vincent. The 1947 French film is a picaresque account of the life of St Vincent de Paul, founder of the Daughters of Charity. As Catholic film critic Deacon Steven Greydanus puts it, there are many…

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Why do we have priests?

One of the great products of the Second Vatican Council has been a renewed understanding of the common priesthood of the baptised. We are all called to exercise our baptismal priesthood through participation, “each according to his own vocation, in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet, and king”, the Catechism tells us. By virtue of this…

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