Born on August 5, 1931, in Dublin, Fr Alec Reid was baptised into the Body of Christ in his local Catholic parish. After the death of his father the family moved to Nenagh, Co. Tipperary where he went to school. A skilled young hurler, he gained a place in the Tipperary minor team. In autumn 1949 he joined the Redemptorist Congregation and was...

Possibly the most famous ever study in social psychology was published 50 years ago by Stanley Milgram (1933 – 1984) in which he claimed to demonstrate that ordinary people would perform extraordinary acts of torture in blind obedience to instructions from authority. This work offered a profound insight into human psychology and was also...

It’s been a whirlwind nine months for Bishop Brendan Leahy since his ordination as the 47th Bishop of Limerick in April 2013.His appointment brought an end to a three-year wait for a new bishop for the diocese, filling the role vacated by Donal Murray in December 2009.I caught up with the leader of the Church in Limerick just after the...

Humanity's search for the ultimate meaning of life begins with a realisation of oneís capacity for God and continues with coming to know Him.Created in God's image and called to know and love Him, the person who seeks God discovers certain ways of coming to know Him. These are also called proofs for the existence of God, not in the sense...

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is as busy now in retirement as he ever was during his time as Ireland’s most loved sports broadcaster, and at the age of 83 he shows no signs of slowing down.Mícheál is based in Co. Meath with his wife Helen, and still spends most of his time travelling not only all over the country to watch GAA games or...

Belfast-born Sr Geraldine Smyth OP, noted theologian, former prioress general of the worldwide Irish Dominican Sisters and pioneering director of the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) is one of those exceptionally gifted persons who barring accidents would always have risen to the top of any organisation and left a legacy of achievement.  ...

‘O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you.”Responding to this call – taken from the Koran - scholars linked with the three Abrahamic faiths came together in Dublin in December for a conference on A Common Word and the Future of Muslim-Christian Dialogue.Prompted by the issuing, in 2007 of A...

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