Before the papal election Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio hadn’t given a thought to what name he would choose if he was elected Pope. The very idea hadn’t even entered his mind. Even immediately after his election he still hadn’t thought what name to choose. Then a good friend of his, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of...

Hands up, I never ‘joined’ the Charismatic Renewal. But my life has been impacted and touched by a great many people whose lives have been changed because of Charismatic Renewal. People of a certain age may recall the emergence of the Charismatic Renewal around Ireland. The influence of the Charismatic Renewal Movement and its...

Traditionally referred to as Extreme Unction or Last Rights, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick was previously most commonly administered to the dying, for the remission of sins and the provision of spiritual strength. In modern times, however, its use has been expanded to all who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation...

The Church’s veneration of saints dates back to the beginnings of Christianity. Yet, saints are not just figures from ancient history, but have lived during our lifetimes and their example and the process toward canonisation continues to make headline news today. The Vatican has now announced Pope John Paul II, the globe-trotting pontiff who led...

The past week has been a busy one for cardinals in the Vatican, and no less so for teachers here in Ireland. A survey of 363 primary teachers into religious education by the Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO) was published at the weekend in the wake of the publication of a report by the Department of Education and Skills providing an...

Fr Martin Delaney A recent Sunday gospel proclaimed the familiar words: “Look, there is the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” With those words, Jesus Christ was introduced on to the world stage by his cousin, John the Baptist. As familiar as I am with that phrase, it was the second part of it that shouted out at me. What an...

Oscar Romero has long been held up as a poster boy for liberation theology. While Archbishop of El Salvador, according to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, postulator for his cause, “kilos of letters against him arrived in Rome”. The same allegation was repeated time and again: the archbishop was a follower of liberation theology. When...

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