“It’s going to be a beautiful day today – sunshine throughout. Low humidity. Really a splendid September day. The afternoon temperature about 80 degrees. Great weather for a primary election.It was as promising as television forecasts got at that time of year. On September 11, 2001, the early morning sun glistened over the...

From music to television to persistent newspaper reporters, it is a busy time for Mary Burke. The woman who is the power behind the music phenomenon that is Crystal Swing is barely finished with a video shoot for an upcoming television programme when she settles into an interview with The Irish Catholic newspaper. And she is by no means finished...

St Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny was suitably packed when it hosted on November 20 a concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the recent retirement of Bishop Séamus Freeman, S.A.C., who served as Bishop of Ossory for almost nine years. The celebration coincided with the Feast of Christ the King and the conclusion of the Extraordinary...

A new place of mission and evangelisation for young people in Ireland has been officially opened in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore.The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, formally opened Holy Family Mission at Co. Waterford’s Glencomeragh House on Friday, December 2, saying it was an honour officially to launch such a...

“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...

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