Alf McCrearyconsiders himself a profoundly lucky man who but for the grace of God and the wisdom and courage of his grandfather could have ended up in very different and unhappy place.One of the North’s most respected and prolific authors and journalists he has covered everything from Bloody Sunday to the papal visit to Ireland, the wedding...

Having power over others is defined as controlling resources that the others want, need or fear. Does having power over others affect the brain of the powerful one, and does being in another’s power affect the brain of the powerless? In both cases the answer is yes. The results of psychological research in this area are reviewed by Ian...

Cardinal Levada, what brings you to Ireland?The principle purpose is the talk I gave at Maynooth College to a couple of hundred people from various parishes and dioceses who are doing a project of study on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the...

This month of October marks the centenary of the death of Patrick Augustine Sheehan, better known, if known at all, as ‘Canon Sheehan of Doneraile’.  When he died he was one of the best known and widest read of Irish novelists, with many admirers both here and in North America. Today, due to changes in literary tastes and...

Padre Pio is a saint for our time. He has been recorded on tape, filmed, and photographed by many people. I’ve known and spoken to people who have met him, talked to him and been toconfession with him. I lived with a friar who, while a theology student in Rome, spent the summer months during World War II sitting beside him at table in the...

During the month of November, in the magnificent quadrangle of St Patrick’s College Maynooth, designed by Augustus Pugin, a stunning tree has been glowing gold, orange, red and copper.  This majestic creation is a larger-than-life burning bush, ablaze with God.  Even now in early December, well into a season of supposed decline and...

I am both a scientist and a Catholic, a combination that many people find surprising. A well-known Irish academic colleague of mine once publicly explained my ‘odd’ condition as a failure to overcome childhood religious conditioning – I don’t think it ever occurred to him that he himself had failed to overcome his adult...

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