Category: Feature

A Saint Born in London and Loved in Ireland

The news this week that Blessed Carlo Acutis may soon be canonised has been greeted with delight in Ireland, where he already inspires great devotion. The first saint to wear Nikes may soon become a reality. As we reported yesterday, Pope Francis has formally recognised a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Carlo Acutis,…

Brazilian Catholics find a home in Smithfield

Located in Smithfield, a vibrant community of Catholic Portuguese speakers have found their home away from home in a church in the heart of Dublin. The priests, the laypeople and the majority of the community attending Portuguese Mass and church events in the St Mary of the Angels, Church Street, Dublin 7, are Brazilian immigrants.…

Nigerian royalty visits Irish sisters to thank them

Khalifa Muhammad Sanusi II The OLA (Our Lady of the Apostles) sisters in Cork, Ireland, established my alma mater – St Anne’s Primary School, Kakuri, Kaduna. They also founded the Queen of Apostles College – now Queen Amina College – and St Gerard’s hospital among others all in Kaduna. I have been planning to visit…

Bringing God to the ‘normality’ of our lives

In Tramore, Co. Waterford a new initiative has emerged blending elements of faith and sport in a program called the ‘Surfing Retreat’. Run by Fr Taddeo Hammerle, Youth Chaplain at Holy Family Mission in Glencomeragh, Co. Tipperary, and Mr Billy Butler, owner of Freedom Surf School, this mission aims to provide secondary school students with…

Celebrating Our Voice FM’s third anniversary

The station manager John Nugent writes about it Not everybody gets excited about their third birthday, but the people involved in ourvoicefm.com certainly are! This internet radio station was set up to support individuals and groups who don’t often get the chance to have their voices heard. Truly heard! The Brothers of Charity Services West…

And seven apparitions that are more contested

Although many may believe, the Vatican has not endorsed. Medjugorje Apparitions: Since June 24, 1981, six children in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, claimed to have regular visions of the Virgin Mary. These visions reportedly continue to this day, drawing millions of pilgrims annually. The Vatican has not issued an official statement confirming the supernatural nature…

Future will be 10 dioceses or less says church expert

After the monumental changes in the West of Ireland, with three bishops now leading six dioceses, some may wonder what the future is for Ireland’s 26 dioceses considering the rapid decline of priestly vocations and practise of the Faith. Speaking to an expert on Church history it is abundantly clear that the established diocesan boundaries,…

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