On September 1914, just a month after Britain had declared war on Germany, the 15-year old C.S. Lewis came up against a formidable opponent in the life of the mind, a man who was relentlessly logical, and who taught C.S. Lewis how to think as no one before had ever done. First, I’m going to tell the fascinating story of their encounter, and...

If, as he states a number of times during his interview with The Irish Catholic, Bishop Francis Duffy were not as open to the concept of learning as he is, it might reasonably be expected he would have by now become overwhelmed by events.It was just this past July that it emerged that the priest and teacher of 31 years’ standing with the...

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...

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