Rudolph Otto famously described the religious sentiment as the mysterium tremendum et fascinans, “the tremendous and fascinating mystery”, but to be honest, that’s probably not how most Catholics experience it.For many Catholics, the faith may be primarily about community and worship, or about a set of doctrinal convictions, or...

IC columnist named 'Distinguished Professor’Columnist with The Irish Catholic, Michael W. Higgins has been named Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, USA.Prof. Higgins previously served as vice president for Mission and Catholic Identity and Professor of Religious Studies at the...

The Irish-made film The Call to Fatima has received the backing of both the Fatima Shrine and the Portuguese government in exclusively promoting the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. According to filmmakers Thomas and Solvita McCormack, the award-winning DVD, now translated to 12 languages, “emphasises the importance of the...

Long before he assumed the highest office in the United States, President Donald Trump’s contradictory statements on everything from the war in Iraq to abortion were subjected to quizzically raised brows and prime-time debates. None of which has done the billionaire businessman any harm as he harangues and denounces anyone brazen enough to...

Delays in how the Vatican tackles cases of priests accused of abuse continue to be a concern for Irish bishops, a spokesman for the hierarchy has confirmed.Addressing Australia’s royal commission into the institutional handling of abuse allegations earlier this month, Teresa Devlin, CEO of the Irish Church’s safeguarding board, said...

The Leprosy Mission is hosting a ‘Strictly Dancing Competition’ as a fundraiser on Saturday, February 25 in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney, Dublin.Despite being the oldest known disease, leprosy is still not fully understood particularly how the disease is transmitted. The Leprosy Mission began in Ireland...

Gamal Tawfiq, a Coptic Christian schoolteacher, was walking home from work when his killers struck on February 16. Having been stalked through the streets of el Arish, the largest city on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Tawfiq was shot from a passing motorcycle, on which the killers then made their hasty escape.The death of Tawfiq was the second...

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