Category: Feature

Sport – in search of greater glory…and faith

Sport and religion overlap in that they can teach people values and understanding, writes Gerard Gallagher Sport continues to unite people from different backgrounds. This was evident recently. During December as the World Cup was played during a political storm, it was uplifting to see many sports stars make some small gestures of ritual and…

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Ireland’s forgotten witnesses to the Faith

There are many Irish Catholics on the path to sainthood who deserve to be known better, writes Fr John Hogan While Ireland has a long list of saints dating from the earliest years of Christianity, since the Church’s process of canonisation was formalised, few Irish have been proposed for glorification. At the moment 93 Irish…

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Penal-era chalice returns to its roots

An almost 400-year-old Irish chalice used throughout periods of persecution has been returned, Ruadhán Jones writes There were two Franciscan friaries in Co. Leitrim, one in north Leitrim and the other in south Leitrim. Creevelea friary was set up in the year 1508 beside the village of Dromahair in north Leitrim and Muintir Eolais friary…

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2022 Review of the Year

JANUARY The New Year started grimly, as 22 Catholic church workers were murdered in 2021, according to Fides, the Vatican’s missionary news agency. Some 13 priests, one religious brother, two religious sisters and six laypeople were killed in the course of their ministry in situations of extreme poverty, war or civil tensions. One of Ireland’s…

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Christmas indulgences with Rosemary Conley

The diet and fitness expert tells Ruadhán Jones about her faith, family and Christmas traditions It’s not very often that you’ll hear a diet and fitness expert and instructor saying, “it’s quite good to over-indulge”, but that’s what Rosemary Conley CBE told me. Of course, to put this in context, the famous originator of the…

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