Category: Feature

The young faces of marriage in Ireland

God remains the key ingredient, young couples tell Jason Osborne Relationships have changed a lot in recent decades, with rates of dating, engagement and marriage plummeting amongst the young. According to the Central Statistics Office, the average age of marriage for a bride in Ireland is 34.8 years old, while it’s 36.8 for the groom.…

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An orderly Christmas

Ruadhán Jones explores how religious orders around the country celebrate Christmas We are blessed in Ireland by the presence of so many different religious orders, men and women. Cistercians, Benedictines, Dominicans, Franciscans and many, many more – each have a lively presence, even if it’s one we may not always see. The way in which…

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Finding the light of faith in the fog of doubt

Living with uncertainty is key for Christians, Alister McGrath tells Jason Osborne In his latest book, Through a Glass Darkly: Journeys through Science, Faith & Doubt, famed theologian and author Alister McGrath recalls a quote attributed to the mastermind behind the Manhattan Project – the American quest to create the atomic bomb during the Second…

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Becoming closer to God with Catholic initiation

For many young people, a journey of doubt leads them to the Church, writes Chai Brady Despite the decrease in Mass attendance across western Europe and fewer young people engaging with religion, there are still those who feel the call of the Church in later life and decide to wholeheartedly engage with the Catholic Faith.…

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