Family and Lifestyle

The BBC recently broadcast a documentary series called Wartime Farm. In it, Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn, both archaeologists, as well as Ruth Goodman, a historian, take on the task of running a Hampshire farm for a year under the conditions that would have prevailed during World War II – 1940s equipment, increasingly stringent rationing, and...

Our desire that young people hold onto and develop their faith is deeply rooted. So much so, it can be frustrating, depressing and even hurtful when it seems that faith is dropping down the priority ladder of many people – even society in general. That is a broad statement and I accept it does not capture the whole truth, but I think I can state...

A society that believes the right to life is the most fundamental of all rights cannot ignore the fact that abortion is first and foremost a moral issue. As a society we have a particular responsibility to ensure this right is upheld on behalf of those who are defenceless, voiceless or vulnerable. This includes our duty as a society to defend...

On November 13, the Dublin parish of Balally saw a reunion of a group of friends who, 29 years ago, banded together for an historic ‘pedal-powered’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The gathering, while allowing for much reminiscing about that 1983 undertaking, also saw the official launch of a journal dedicated to a cycling marathon that had its roots...

Reminiscing about our college days with a friend last week she recounted one particular afternoon when she discovered her wallet was missing. She’d had it 20 minutes previously at the printers, where could it be? I should point out that my friend was a few hours away from the deadline to hand in her Masters’ Thesis, so you will understand when I...

Approximately every 10 years or so in Oberammergau, a village in southern Germany, a tradition has grown up around the dramatic staging of the last days of Jesus. We refer to this as the Passion. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, marking the end of Lent and the beginning of the celebration of the Tridium (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday...

The Focolare Movement is an international organisation that promotes the ideals of unity and universal brotherhood. The movement was founded by Chiara Lubich during the Second World War in 1943 in Trent, Italy. Along with her companions, she began working with people in the poorest neighbourhoods of the city and bomb shelters. This first group...

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