Category: Feature

Programme of the Pastoral Congress in the RDS

WMOF 2018: Programme   The congress of the World Meeting of Families is fast approaching, and as it kicks off in less than one week in the RDS, it is time to start planning. With some events taking place at the same time and in different locations, becoming familiar with the map of the RDS…

World Meeting of Families 2018 Speakers’ Profiles

Cardinal Donald Wuerl Keynote
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 World   The 77-year-old Archbishop of Washington, who was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, has long been a leading figure in the Church’s ‘new evangelisation’ project, giving lectures and publishing books on the subject for some years before the then Pope appointed him relator, or…

A Capital Camino

WMOF 2018: Programme A seven-church pilgrim walk offers an extra way to get involved 
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writes Greg Daly   The ‘Seven Churches of Dublin’ was a longstanding tradition on Holy Thursday when Canon Damien O’Reilly was growing up, and with the Camino de Santiago growing in popularity in the year leading to 2012’s International…

Knock launches spiritual programme for Pope’s visit

WMOF 2018: Programme   Knock Shrine has released a detailed programme for the visit of Pope Francis to the site of the Marian apparition as part of the World Meeting of Families celebrations. To make the most of this special occasion, Knock are encouraging everyone to arrive early for a ‘Gathering Event’ and to stay…

First digital animations on Amoris Laetitia and a new six-part TV series

WMOF 2018   A new series of digital animations and a six-part television series has been launched as part of ongoing preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the visit of Pope Francis. Both of these new resources focus on Amoris Laetitia, the document written by Pope Francis on love in the family. Amoris
 Animations The Amoris Animations, the first created…

The heroism of the habit

Matthew Carlson explores the rise and recession of Belfast’s Poor Clares   Nuns are often portrayed in popular media as frail, silent and hidden away from the rest of the world, but the profound story of one religious order in Ireland has flipped that paradigm on its head. The Poor Clares in Belfast were a…

Blessed be the comedians

Colm Fitzpatrick talks to international comedian Tim Vine about God, laughter and his new Irish tour   It’s not often that comedy and religion appear together in the same sentence in an Irish context – usually musings of Father Ted or the sketches of the late Dave Allen take that prize – but a famous…