Category: Feature

A turbulent priest

Domestic disputes caught the eye of The Irish Catholic against the background of a U-boat atrocity, writes Gabriel Doherty   If in early October 1918 there was any doubt about the Great War’s capacity to visit unimaginable levels of pain on the people of Ireland and beyond, a glance at the front page of The…

A global Church bound by chains
Christians are being persecuted at a worryingly unprecedented level, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Since the emergence of Christianity, those who have spiritually identified with Jesus have been ostracised, jeered and persecuted. We learn in the New Testament that St Paul was imprisoned in Rome for preaching and according to Church tradition, the apostles all lay…
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A people fit to rule themselves

Cardinal Michael Logue was proud of  Irish people’s gifts for administration, writes Gabriel Doherty   While, of course, this was not known at the time, the week ending Saturday, October 5, 1918, marked the beginning of the last whole month of the war, and The Irish Catholic, in keeping with its output in the preceding…

From addiction’s darkness to family’s joy

An Irish family who met the Pope in Croke Park are 
a testimony to God’s 
transforming power, 
writes Greg Daly   If few images caught Ireland’s imagination as much during the papal visit as much as Alison Nevin’s selfie with Pope Francis at the Festival of Families, few stories will have caught hearts as much…

With God and Mary in Ecuador

Pilgrimage can 
teach about your 
own Faith, writes 
Fr Shane Sullivan   From July 16-July 31, I had to opportunity to go to Ecuador with a group of seven young adults from different parts of Ireland (Mayo, Galway, Tipperary and Antrim) along with two of the Roscommon-based Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother…

Extraordinary and joyful days captured for eternity

A beautiful commemorative book following Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland last August, has been released on sale this week. Pope Francis in Ireland is published by Columba Books and written in partnership with The Irish Catholic, leaving pilgrims with a lasting souvenir of this historic papal visit to Dublin and Knock, as well as the…

An economy built for others

One of the many striking aspects of The Irish Catholic during the period under review was the sheer range and diversity of the subjects discussed within its pages. There were, as one would expect, a plethora of articles on what might loosely be described as the ‘internal’ life of the Church – Masses, retreats, pilgrimages,…

Irish eyes on the roots of Russia’s revolutions

Gabriel Doherty continues his reflection on issues as identified by The Irish Catholic 
a century ago   The eye of The Irish Catholic in its edition of September 14, 1918 was firmly on overseas developments, with the evolving tragedy in Russia the subject of its lead editorial. Entitled ‘The terror in Russia’, it addressed the…

Looking to a rebuilt Europe

The eye of The Irish Catholic was firmly on international affairs 100 years ago, writes Gabriel Doherty   The week ending Saturday September 7, 1918, was lacking somewhat in significant domestic events for The Irish Catholic to discuss, but on the international stage truly portentous developments were occurring on a daily basis. The most important…

On the road to peace with St John Paul II
Chai Brady discusses a new film about Pope John Paul II’s call for peace in Drogheda   The road to reconciliation in the North of Ireland was always going to be a long one, but St John Paul II’s visit to Ireland was a catalyst for peace according to a new documentary. Admitting there was…
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