Category: Feature

Pandemic is breeding anti-Semitic conspiracies

There’s a need to tackle, in particular, online anti-Semitic conspiracies which connect Jewish people to the pandemic, writes Chai Brady Antisemitism has existed  in some form or other for 3,000 years and has taken many different shapes since then, some attacks on the Jewish people are obvious and easily recognised while others are more subliminal…

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Trusting our own authority

Listening will only get the Church so far if it doesn’t trust its own Tradition, writes Ruadhán Jones Let’s cut to the chase; why does the Church want to reach out to those outside it, many of whom are hostile to it, some of whom have already rejected it? Wouldn’t it be easier if the…

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Greater days ahead

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Our Gospel today, John 15:9-17, is a continuation of the statement of Jesus, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” The context is the discourse of Jesus with the disciples at the Last Supper. He has been telling them that his days among them in a…

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A stitch in time supports struggling parishes

A lack of volunteers makes it difficult for Apostolic Work to keep up with demand for Mass kits destined for beleaguered parishes, writes Chai Brady Despite the number of parishes involved in making materials for celebrating Mass in impoverished countries dropping in Dublin by almost 90%, there are still dedicated members of Apostolic Work helping…

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Irish religious tackle racism

The Irish OLA sisters believe racism and discrimination must be addressed as Ireland becomes more multicultural, writes Ruadhán Jones The problem of racism afflicts every society where different races come into contact. In the modern west, the increasingly multicultural flavour of societies means it is an issue of pressing importance. This includes Ireland, according to…

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Running races in time and eternity

Israel Olatunde is sprinting ahead as the world stands still, but sees God as the greatest prize, writes Jason Osborne Few activities are as liberating as running as fast as you can. For some reason as we grow up, we do it less and less, but most of us can remember the ecstatic joy of…

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Make your home in me

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. One of the saddest features of society today is the number of people who are homeless and sleeping rough. But another sort of homelessness is the plight of people who have lost all contact with God. The Gospel today (John 15:1-9) recalls one of the seven great…

Living the dream alongside St Joseph

The Irish Catholic Vocations Supplement 2021 Dreams Lived Out Through Service   Religious orders continue to live out St Joseph’s dream of love and service in Ireland and around the world, writes Jason Osborne All eyes are on St Joseph this year – Pope Francis dedicated the year to him, and the topic of his…

Vocation of all Christians

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. The Fourth Sunday of Easter each year is known as Vocations Sunday. The Gospel is about Jesus – the Good Shepherd – calling his flock, leading them to pasture and protecting them. We are encouraged to pray for vocations this Sunday. I have to admit that in…