“Amidst all our African afflictions and difficulties, amidst all the socioeconomic and political instabilities, our babies are always a firm symbol of hope, a promise of life, a reason to strive for the legacy of a bright future.”Written in 2012, the powerful affirmation of life on the part of the young Nigerian, Obianuju Ekeocha, was...

Ever since his student days at Queen’s University Belfast, Monsignor Ambrose Macaulay has found history, especially Church history, to be the most absorbing of subjects. “I was interested in how the Church developed down through history and all the problems facing it and its reaction to them,” he says.  Although a...

Symphysiotomies were “Ireland’s brutal alternative to Caesarians” reported The Guardian in December 2014.Describing symphysiotomy as “a controversial operation that was seldom used in the rest of Europe after the mid-20th Century, but which was carried out on an estimated 1,500 women in Ireland between the 1940s and 1980s...

Fr Bernard CotterNearly every parish in Ireland has a parish pastoral council at this stage. But how many council members know what their function is? Opinions about the scope of this ministry run from the sublime to the ridiculous — from re-writing the teachings of the Church to deciding on the variety of biscuit to be bought for the annual...

A 14-year-old girl, known only as JS, died from cancer on October 17 last. She had requested to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope that she will be brought back to life sometime in the future if a cure for her disease is discovered.“I don’t want to die but I know I am going to...I want to live and live longer and I think...

Jesus came to know for certain according to Leonard Cohen, that only drowning men could see him. I was among those drowning back in 2009. As that year began I was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumour. An overwhelming tsunami of paralysing darkness invaded my life. I had experienced darkness before, but this was darker still.Family,...

Parishioners of Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish gathered with the Bishop of Meath, local priests, and the chaplain to Meath’s Polish community recently to celebrate the dedication of the first chapel of its kind in Ireland to St John Paul II.  The newly-dedicated chapel is located in the former Sanctuary of the original church built in 1886...

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