Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, is the foremost Catholic Church leader in these islands, one of the Pope’s principal advisors in the appointment of bishops and a major figure on the European ecclesiastical stage. So, it was quite a coup for St...

Anyone paying attention to parish circles online in recent weeks can’t but have noticed that something exciting is happening in the Wexford parish on Barntown.The Mayor of Barntown is a charity election, intended to galvanise the community while boosting parish funds, explains local curate Fr John Carroll. The ‘mayor’ would be a...

Tom WhelanThere are rumours that Pope Francis has established a working group (composed of bishops) to look at the rules of engagement regarding the translation of liturgical text. These have been carried by the Jesuit weekly, America, which in turn cites an Italian journalistic source. However, there seems to be no reliable indication of...

Conor LenihanBy sheer stroke of luck, this year a friend offered me his chateau in the Dordogne, France, for the Christmas period. After a quick family consultation we decided to take up the generous offer.Dordogne lies between the Massif Centrale and the Pyrenees mountain range that firms the border with Spain.On the run-up to Christmas day my...

It is a sad truth of our modern world that the subject of financial investing, with its language of ‘portfolios’ and ‘funds’ is an exercise in eye-glazing disinterest to most who perhaps believe that the pursuit is confined to so-called ‘money men’ operating in brokerages and far beyond our everyday experience....

As Finola Finnan, Trócaire’s deputy executive director, and the body’s policy officer Cliona Sharkey sit down with The Irish Catholic on the fringes of the Laudato Si’ and Catholic Investing conference, there is time enough to celebrate recent developments back home of direct relevance to the Irish bishops’ aid and...

As we begin a new year with so many geopolitical challenges, ecclesial turbulences, and economic uncertainties on the horizon there are always grounds for hope, new discoveries, grace-filled epiphanies. The best of times and the worst of times, as one Victorian eminence once wrote.One of the best things to unfold this year, and a compelling reason...

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