Pope Benedict XVI sits inside one of two all-electric minivans presented by French automaker Renault at the Vatican September 5. One is for use by the Pope and the other by the Vatican police force. The Italian electric company has also installed recharging stations in Vatican City and at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo. Photo: CNS photo...

Nikos Kazantzakis once suggested that there are three kinds of souls and three kinds of prayers:I am a bow in your hands, Lord, draw me, lest I rot.Do not overdraw me, Lord, I shall break.Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break!When I look at life, I also see three great struggles, not unlike those so poetically-named by Kazantzakis. And each...

On September 4, the doors of a Trappist monastery in Latrun, near Jerusalem, were set ablaze, with provocative phrases in Hebrew spray-painted on the exteriors walls, such as “Jesus is a monkey”. The assault was attributed to extremist Jews unhappy with the recent dismantling of two settlements on nearby Palestinian land. The attack was not an...

Does the Catholic Church have less right to lobby politicians than the Irish Farmers’ Association Pat Rabbitte seems to think so. Last week, Cardinal Seán Brady re-entered the abortion debate when he referred to the issue during an address delivered at the Edmund Rice Summer School. On Sunday on RTÉ’s This Week programme he was asked to...

Not for the first time, the research has come up with the findings that religion is good for your health. And especially mental health. Professor Dan Cohen, of the University of Missouri, has conducted a research project on religion and health and he concludes, using the very objective scientific language that “the mental health of people...

Brian Conway casually put me on one side of a divide in his article Division and renewal in the Irish Catholic house (IC 16/8/12).  He states, among other things, that there is a polarisation on priestly identity: mine is supposed to be a spiritual leadership separated from the laity. He also maintains that I believe “celibacy is a God-given...

Dear Editor, The poor old priests left are run off their feet. Soon they will all be gone unless something radical is done, and that soon. I cannot see the Church surviving, the way it is going. True, Christ promised never to abandon His Church. But what if we abandon Him These resurrected deacons are only a stopgap; we must have married priests...

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