Category: Feature

The childhood of St Brigid

St Brigid’s sanctity and miracle-working were obvious from her childhood, writes Lorraine Mulholland   Have you ever heard of St Brigid of Kildare? Of all our wonder women, Brigid of Kildare is by far the star! Brigid is so important that from February 2023, St Brigid’s Day is going to be a yearly national holiday…

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The call to be countercultural in consecrated life

Religious orders continue to bring Christ’s teaching to life in a changing, challenging landscape, writes Chai Brady   It is understandable when Christians in Ireland feel dispirited each time they hear another religious house has closed, sometimes after almost 1,000 years of dedicated local ministry, but huge efforts are being made behind the scenes to…

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Why consecrated life still matters today

Anne Codd PBVM To the casual observer, it may appear that soon there will be no more religious sisters or brothers in the Church. It can easily enough be assumed that they have already lost their identity because many no longer wear distinctive dress or set up services under their own ‘banner’. The fact that…

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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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The Man from the Shroud of Turin unveiled

An exhibition in Spain shows a hyper-realistic model of the man who is represented in the Turin Shroud, writes Filipe d’Avillez Few religious items have been more thoroughly analysed than the Shroud of Turin. The burial cloth has been at the centre of intense scientific debate for decades, and with each new discovery and revelation,…

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Punching holes in the wall of ignorance with ecumenism

It’s hugely important to bridge the complicated relationship between Christian communities, Fr Martin Browne OSB tells Chai Brady in Rome Dialogue between the Christian Churches in Ireland is more important than ever as the population of different religious traditions continue to grow across the country, according to an Irish monk chosen by the Vatican to…

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C.S. Lewis and the ‘Wee’ County of Louth

The prolific writer had a particular love for one corner of Ireland, writes Fr Paul Clayton-Lea While on a journey back from Australia a few months ago I tuned into one of the offerings on the television and movie menu on the aircraft. It was a new series set in the US, and it opened…

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