Thousands drive past it every day oblivious to its drawing power as a sacred place with irresistible appeal for those who have already discovered it.Recently a prominent public figure visited and expressed surprise and regret at not knowing about it prompting one observer to reflect it must be Catholic Belfast’s “best kept secret...

It may seem a little coarse to speculate but if Paddy Power ever opens a book on who will be the next Doctor of the Church Blessed John Henry Newman may have the shortest odds.Newman’s reputation is growing all the time and now that he has been beatified his canonisation is increasingly likely owing to an increased volume of prayer to him....

“On the morning of Pentecost she (Mary) watched over with her prayer the beginning of evangelisation prompted by the Holy Spirit: may she be Star of the evangelisation ever renewed which the Church, docile to he Lord’s command, must promote and accomplish, especially in these times which are difficult but full of hope.” Pope Paul...

"It was all about breaking the wall of silence,” explains Armagh priest Msgr Raymond Murray as he reflects on more than 50 years of ministry dominated by dogged campaigning for those at the receiving end of state violence during the Northern conflict.Fr Murray (75), a native of Newtownhamilton, recently retired from full-time ministry,...

When I said good night to Fr Gary Donegan CP, rector of Holy Cross Ardoyne in his monastery one day last week it was nearly two o’clock in the morning.I was heading home having spent many  hours in the  Fermanagh-born priest’s  company  as he  patrolled  the Catholic side of a sectarian  inter-face...

Some parishioners of Magh Éne, Bundoran in the Diocese of Clogher have been using Share the Good News, the National Directory for Catechesis (SGN) to great effect over the last number of months in simple yet inspirational ways.Providing some background information on the parish, Mr Paddy Donoghue, chairperson of the newly formed Parish Pastoral...

We live in an age of addictions more sophisticated than ever before. Addictions to substances such as alcohol and other drugs soft and hard, prescription and illegal, addictions to gambling, the internet, work, money and power. All these have the ability to destroy our lives and often end up eating away at our very souls as well.Matt Talbot...

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