Prof. John McCaffertyAll over the world 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. What happened here in Ireland? Why did this island remain overwhelmingly Catholic even though its rulers were Protestant? How did religious changes get sucked into the long and troubled relationship between England and Ireland?Lough Derg...

Fr John MurrayPatrick himself would have been proud of it! In Downpatrick, where tradition holds him to be buried, local priests and people enjoyed a three-week mission with the enthusiastic members of the Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath-based Céilí Community.The parish of Downpatrick had not had such a large-scale mission for many years and...

It may seem like a very business-like way to acknowledge your own mortality, but making a will is a grim task that everyone should face up to. The failure to make a clear and valid will can leave a legacy of confusion, discord and uncertainty for your loved ones.A Co. Kildare solicitor who specialises in wills and probate told The Irish Catholic...

Fr Des O’DonnellIn an interview last month, Pope Francis mentioned a family he knew where a young boy expressed a wish to be a girl when he grows up. This desire comes from what is called Gender Identity Confusion. It is also called Gender Dysphoria or Transsexualism.The Pope knows what psychologists have long recognised, namely that...

Over the past number of weeks, The Irish Catholic has been running a campaign with our charity partner Sightsavers. This week marks the end of this campaign – the first time that The Irish Catholic has worked with a charity partner on an appeal.Even though I’ve worn eyeglasses since I was a child, I’ve always taken my eyesight...

Francis Campbell What do we mean when we use the word ‘education’? Simply put it is the acquisition of knowledge, values, skills, beliefs and habits. It can take place in formal and informal settings. For the Ancient Greeks it was well understood that education played a vital role, and was fundamental to society’s health and...

It may seem unlikely, but ‘Ministry, Advocacy & Compassion: The Catholic Church and 1916’, a marvellous exhibition in Dublin’s pro-cathedral, owes its existence to the national broadcaster’s execrable Rebellion mini-series.Speaking on RTÉ’s Marian Finucane Show in January Archbishop Diarmuid Martin...

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