Family and Lifestyle

When people asked where I was going in India I could never answer the question. Some people I told it was an orphanage, others a convent while I told some it was a school for children who were physically and mentally challenged. As it turned out I was wrong on all accounts. The children may have had no parents but Sr Anne Francesca considered each...

Skin rash is a common reason why people visit their doctor. Some rashes are serious and some are common. Fortunately they are rarely both. Eczema is a common rash that is rarely serious. Over 10 per cent of people will experience it at some stage in their life. What is eczema and how do you identify and treat it In short, eczema is inflamed skin...

I heard John Waters say that the Pope did not perform an exorcism on Pentecost Sunday but Rome-based exorcists say he did.  What we should really be talking about is that this Latin American Pope firmly believes in the Devil so the performance of an exorcism is, if it has not already occurred, only a matter of time.  After all, both...

When I started this series of articles, I worked under the tentative title of ‘Faith in Action’.  Fortnightly, I attempted to address a topic, group or theme and to examine the catechetical resources available with a view to recommending how to get the best out of such resources for the purposes of faith development. In essence, I was trying...

The country is being asked to vote on the 31st amendment to the Constitution this month. If passed, this will delete Article 42.5 and insert a new article, 42A. The practical effects of these proposed changes can be grouped under some distinct headings: 1 Explicit obligation on the State to protect and vindicate the rights of children....

Four British Christians recently took the United Kingdom to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) claiming that they have been discriminated against on account of their religious beliefs. Two of the claimants, a nurse and a British Airways worker, were forbidden from wearing crosses at work. The UK employment tribunals and courts of appeal...

For thousands of years people have been following in the footsteps of St Patrick and climbing to the summit of Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday – the last Sunday in July. People of all ages partake in the pilgrimage, many of whom follow the tradition of climbing the rocky terrain in their bare feet. Despite the arduous nature of this pilgrimage,...

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