In the century since the events on the plateau near the village of Fatima a multitude of books have been published dealing with the apparitions, and the coming century will undoubtedly bring many more. But many of these books merely provide summaries and comments, rather than new information. Many of the commentaries are couched in terms of...

Selected Prayersby Pope Francis (Veritas, €4.99)Prayer, according to Pope Francis, helps a person to keep their faith in God, and to entrust themselves to him even when they do not understand his will. “Prayer brings you to hope,” the Pope adds. “And when things become dark, with more prayer there will be more hope...

This Saturday in ceremonies at the Jesuit church in Gardiner Street,  the Venerable John Sullivan will be raised to the status of Blessed, another stage on the path to his eventual canonisation.This is the first time that a beatification has been held in Ireland. And more: the public request for  his beatification will be made by both...

Felix M. LarkinThe words “Easter Proclamation” in the title of this book are singularly ill-judged. They evoke the sacred Easter Proclamation, the Exsultet, sung at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night and so they reinforce the identification of the 1916 Rising with Pearse’s notion of the sanctity of his blood sacrifice...

Dennis Dinneen (1927–1985) earned his living as a publican and taxi driver in Macroom, Co. Cork. But as a side line he also acted as a local photographer, making images of the local people to mark family events, communions, weddings, emigration, and for official purposes – he lived into the era of photo ID, alas.But these images were...

There is an old saying that one should not judge a book by its cover. But that is exactly what I propose to do. Or rather to judge the publishers and promoters of the volume, rather than the author of the text. That will be left to another hand.The book in question is the current choice for the “One City, One Book” celebration in...

J. A GaughanThe author sets out to highlight the living stream of Catholicism throughout the centuries and this he achieves in prose and poetry.  At the outset he divides world history into a number of segments which will be familiar to students of ecclesiastical history.The first segment from AD 30 to the conversion of Constantine is...

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