As a seminarian in Rome in the 1970s I was privileged to have many opportunities to visit and pray at the Tomb of St Peter at the Basilica of St Peter’s, Rome. This time it was different and special.This time I was on pilgrimage with 115 bishops, all recently appointed and ordained, from all over the world.  From my student days I had...

"Fr Reid will perhaps best be remembered for the courageous part he played in identifying and nurturing the early seeds of an inclusive peace process. Fr Reid’s role as a channel for peace laid the ground for the achievement of the IRA cease-fire and created the political space for the multi-party talks that ultimately led to the Good...

If the imagination were wings, C.S. Lewis would have mastered the art of flight, for he was blessed with a wonderfully creative spirit. His mind could see things that his eyes could not, and so he flew on the wings of imagination to places that never existed, like his famous fantasy land of Narnia. Although Narnia is a made-up world, the seven...

It may be more than 20 years ago but Sr Clare O’Mahony of the Good Shepherd community in Belfast remembers the evening very clearly.It was the start of a very different outreach ministry that would bring her to the United Nations in New York, the European Parliament in Brussels, AIDS hospitals in Johannesburg and on an anti-trafficking...

They have come five and a half thousand miles and they are one of the refreshing untold stories of post-Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. We aretalking about the arrival in the North since around 2,000 of a significant number of Syro Malabar Catholics, formerly known as the Church of St Thomas Christians, from the state of Kerala in...

"Do you court controversy?” I ask John Francis Larkin, QC, the first ever local Catholic to hold the post of Attorney General for Northern Ireland.“Good heavens, no,” he replies.He would not have been surprised by the question posed during a wide-ranging and extremely rare interview in his offices in central Belfast not far...

Distinguished biblical scholar Fr Albert McNally is one of those people you could spend hours on end with and be sorry when it is time to go home.Visiting him in his home in Dunloy, Co. Antrim just days after the publication of his latest book Gathered in my Name: Praying With Saint Matthew (Shanway Press) one is struck by many things. Just how...

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