The Second Vatican Council gave careful consideration to the importance of education in people’s lives and its ever-growing influence on the social progress of the age.The Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, states that all people “of every race, condition and age, since they enjoy the dignity of a human being...

Around 5 pm on September 19 the Reverend Pat (Patricia) Storey took a phone call that would change her life and transport her forever into the annals of Irish and British ecclesiastical history.“The thought of making history did not fill my head at all – rather it was the thought of me being asked to become a bishop”, she...

“Catholic schools, which always strive to join their work of education with the explicit proclamation of the Gospel, are a most valuable resource for the evangelisation of culture, even in those countries and cities where hostile situations challenge us to great creativity in our search for suitable methods.”Pope Francis, in addressing...

The slums of São Paulo are like no other place on Earth. They are home to some of the world’s poorest living in harsh conditions against a backdrop of violence and corruption.Drugs and disease are rampant within these Brazilian shanty towns, while cramped living conditions ensure there is no escape for their imprisoned inhabitants.Maze-like...

Some years ago a hard-bitten journalist colleague remarked that it is difficult to ask Fr Gerry Reynolds CSsR really tough questions because “the truth is that Gerry is a saint and in a sense he lives on a different planet from the rest of us”.That person wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to remark on the saintly...

Bob Geldof is fond of sharing a quote by mountaineer W.H. Murray that says, “at the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt could have...

The Hayes family from Co. Kilkenny have survived more tragedy than most people have to experience in one lifetime. Tommy Hayes died by suicide at the age of 32 in 2002, his son Thomas died through suicide nine years later at the age of 19. A strong faith, community support and finding peace on pilgrimage to Medjugorje has helped the family through...

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