In his Newry study Bishop John McAreavey of Dromore holds an A4 page containing nine key points from Pope Francis’ now famous interview with Antonio Spadaro, SJ, of La Civiltà Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit journal.It is heavily highlighted in different colours and the bishop would cite it again and again in the course of a lengthy interview...

Dom Mark-Ephrem Nolan, OSB, Conventual Prior or Superior of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Cross outside Rostrevor, Co. Down will never forget the day he saw a British soldier for the first time in his native Belfast.It was 1969, the Troubles had just erupted and 10-year-old Mark was out shopping with his mother, Josephine and his two...

One of the greatest annual demonstrations of faith in these islands is Clonard Novena in Belfast   each June.  One of its salient features is the ecumenical day when a Protestant minister is invited to preach.  Each year the visitor is given a typically warm Clonard welcome but in its history the reception given to Bishop Harold...

Fr Jerome Murphy-Connor OP who died in Jerusalem on November 11, 2013, was one of the best-known New Testament scholars in the English-speaking Catholic world. Born in Cork on April 10, 1935, James Murphy-O’Connor was educated at Christian Brothers College, Cork, and Castleknock College, Dublin. When he entered the Dominicans in 1953, he...

If, in the wake of the summer’s move towards abortion here, Irish pro-lifers feel the need for an infusion of enthusiasm for the continuing battle, they need look no further than Steven Ertelt.Twenty years involved in the pro-life campaign in his native United States, and 10 years at the helm of the news agency he founded specifically for...

YOUCAT poses the question “What must we do for the unity of Christians?” Unity is the business of all Christians regardless of how young or old they are! Jesus prayed to the Father, “that they all may be one”.  John 17. The desire for unity is something that we all endeavour to achieve. Families strive for unity....

Approachable, articulate, refreshingly frank in his answers, and passionate about anchoring the peace, the recently-elected Lord Mayor of Belfast seems poised to break new ground for the right reasons in the coming year.Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, like all Sinn Féin colleagues, may not feel able to stray off the party line and say the IRA...

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