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Madrid was my first World Youth Day (WYD) and turned out to be Pope Benedict’s last. The incredible crowds of enthusiastic young people on the streets of Madrid were the first thing that hit me when I arrived in the city. With about 1.5 million people taking part in the final vigil, this was the biggest WYD since Rome in 2000. I was amongst over 1...

The story of the Medical Missionaries of Mary begins with Marie Helena Martin, born in Dublin in 1892. A woman from a privileged background, she became aware of suffering in the wider world from her own experience. She saw the horrors of the First World War while nursing soldiers in Malta and France. Later she assisted her local doctor in Dublin...

Pope Benedict’s decision to resign the papacy will have far-reaching consequences. Undoubtedly, the move will make it easier for future Popes to resign if they feel it is an appropriate decision. It may also lead - in time - to the College of Cardinals opting for a younger man with the understanding that he can resign. Papal resignations are...

For the last five years trainee solicitors from one of Ireland’s largest law firms have taken time out from their busy lives to volunteer in a small community in Zambia.  The Arthur Cox Zambia project is organised by the Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) committee in Arthur Cox and Magis Ireland, a Jesuit faith and justice...

Having celebrated the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, we continue ‘Growing in Communion’ – our theme for Mission Month this year – and we do it with extra joy as we begin the Year of Faith. We celebrate our gift of faith this mission month. Our poster this year features Aisling Foley, a native of Cork and a lay missionary with...

A s Christians, we are all called to spread the Gospel, live it as best as we can and allow the Holy Spirit to form us in our own faith journey too. When we begin to use such words as ‘evangelisation’ and ‘ministry’ however, there can be a tendency to assume that the work of sharing the Good News belongs in the educational or clerical domains....

‘We deplore that the Holy Office has been deceived into accepting as a description of the affairs of Ireland, one without any basis in fact”. This was the editorial voice of The Irish Catholic, not in speaking of recent clerical scandals, but on the opinion page of its very first issue on May 5, 1888, commenting on the unexpected outcome of a...

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