Josiane Umumarashavu saw the sea for the first time last week on Dollymount Strand in Dublin’s Clontarf. It was a week of firsts for the 26-year-old: the first time on a plane, the first time outside of her native Rwanda, and her first time speaking to large groups of people in English. She came here to thank the people of Ireland for...

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, so on Tuesday, April 25, while the clergy of the Diocese of Limerick are gathering with Bishop Brendan Leahy, every parish in the diocese is to have a lay-led liturgy service. “It relates to the synod we had last April in Limerick,” says Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon, the synod...

As we celebrate the feast of our national patron, St Patrick, at this time of year, you may hear some discussion of the need to separate the Patrick of history from the  Patrick of legend, the latter figure oftentimes being better known than the former. This, of course, is a worthwhile and necessary endeavour if we are to correctly...

“I don’t think the archbishop asked us here to maintain the status quo,” says Steven Warner, associate director of the Notre Dame Newman Centre, based since last autumn at the University Church on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. “I can’t speak for his mind, but I certainly think that he did not intend to have...

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...

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...

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...

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