Category: Feature

Building a path from terrorism to tolerance

Chai Brady speaks to Fr Patrick Devine SMA about tackling conflict in Africa   Conflicts caused by religious extremism are on the rise across Africa and are more difficult to deal with than violence between tribes, according to an Irish missionary priest who established a charity focused on peace-building and reconciliation. Fr Patrick Devine SMA…

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The Raising of Lazarus

Sunday’s Gospel Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap.   The story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead begins with a puzzling situation. When Jesus is told that his friend is seriously ill, he remains distant and aloof. It’s so unlike him. When eventually he goes to the house, Lazarus has died. The sisters Martha and…

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Assessing the Francis effect seven years on

Fr Billy Swan This week marks the seventh anniversary of the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. Though a work of fiction, the recent success of the film The Two Popes has revived public interest in the context of Francis’ election, his cultural background in South America and the…

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