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"Despite their condemnation of violence, the Churches were not seen as neutral and above the fray. They were seen as part of the problem. This made it very difficult for them to be seen as part of the solution.”   That was John Brewer, Professor of Post-Conflict Studies, one of the foremost sociologists of religion,…

They have come five and a half thousand miles and they are one of the refreshing untold stories of post-Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.   We aretalking about the arrival in the North since around 2,000 of a significant number of Syro Malabar Catholics, formerly known as the Church of St Thomas Christians, from…

Padre Pio is a saint for our time. He has been recorded on tape, filmed, and photographed by many people. I’ve known and spoken to people who have met him, talked to him and been toconfession with him. I lived with a friar who, while a theology student in Rome, spent the summer months during…

YOUCAT poses the question “What must we do for the unity of Christians?” Unity is the business of all Christians regardless of how young or old they are! Jesus prayed to the Father, “that they all may be one”.  John 17.   The desire for unity is something that we all endeavour to achieve. Families…

Eucharist is a source of new life

This year’s Eucharistic Congress is a chance to ponder the depths of this mystery which is at the heart of our Christian faith, writes Rik Van Nieuwenhove   The Synoptic Gospels and St Paul unanimously witness to the fact that the Eucharist was instituted by Our Lord himself. This took place during the celebrations of…