Category: Feature

Embracing a day of rest

As Poland votes to outlaw Sunday trading, Susan Gately wonders whether Ireland might follow suit Late last month, Polish MPs approved a bill aimed at phasing out Sunday trading by 2020. The bill which has been passed in the lower house of Poland’s parliament, restricts Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the…

1000th registration milestone for WMOF2018

As Ireland prepares to open its arms to welcome families from across the world to the 9th World Meeting of Families, the 1000th registration for next year’s event in Dublin has just been recorded. Amongst those registered for the events from 21 – 26 August 2018, are families from Ireland and from 70 countries across…

A film made to inspire Faith

Mary’s Land spreads across Ireland with Catholic message, writes Chai Brady     Although box office success seems to be the driving factor behind many of today’s high-grossing films, one man would be happy if his creation touched just one person’s life. Being cynical about the film industry isn’t hard. As sequel after questionable sequel…

Reformation 500 (1517 – 2017)

If ever there was a precise date we can point to and say that it changed the world, October 31, 2017 would surely be a contender. Then it was that the young German professor, the Augustinian friar Martin Luther, gave notice of an academic debate around 95 ‘theses’, signalling the beginning of what we now…

A constant reformation

Luther was by no means the first Christian to claim to be a reformer, Carlos Eire tells Greg Daly   Until the 1970s almost all historical writing about the Reformation was written from a confessional standpoint, according to Yale’s Prof. Carlos Eire. Since then, though, serious efforts at objectivity have been more commonplace, he says,…

Author of modernity

The modern world was born with the publication of Luther’s 95 theses, writes Fintan Lyons   The year beginning October 13, 2016 was chosen to mark the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation because of Martin Luther’s posting of his theses against indulgences on that date in 1517, putting him squarely at the heart of…

Seeking a Reformation middle way

There was a common belief that the Reformation would blow over, writes Rory Rapple   Western Europe may be post-Christian, but the effects of its sectarian divide are everywhere to be seen. Ask almost any Bavarian what makes her different from a Saxon, or any Swede what marks him off from a Spaniard and each…

English seeds on Irish soil

The foreign nature of Ireland’s Reformation was key to its failure, writes John McCafferty   All over the world 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. What happened here in Ireland? Why did this island remain overwhelmingly Catholic even though its rulers were Protestant? How did religious changes get sucked into the…