Bryan Shortall OFM Cap.Colm Keane’s latest book, The Scent of Roses, takes us on a journey through the experience and words of ordinary Irish people and families who have had encounters with Padre Pio.These experiences are recounted through the years from people like Fr Pollock, a Dominican, who during World War II worked with Armed Forces...

It has been quite clear in recent years that some Catholics hold what would have once been considered heterodox beliefs about the Eucharist. This was, for many traditional minded people, demonstrated by Mary McAleese taking the sacrament in St Patrick’s Cathedral.It is significant then that this book is subtitled “an aid to Christian...

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has teamed up with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to launch ‘Faith and Safety’, a new website to help parents keep their kids safe on the web.   The site is full of tips on how to secure devices and networks, and features some thought provoking advice. The website also grades...

A new mobile phone application now allows users to wake up to the Nicene Creed every morning. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was the inspiration behind the app after his recommendation that every Catholic pray the Nicene Creed daily during this Year of Faith. The Nicene Creed was formally established at the Council of Nicea in AD 325. Catholics...

A group of young people launch an internet video each year inviting others to pray the rosary during the month of May, a time the Catholic Church devotes to the Mother of Jesus.  The initiative is known as ‘May Feelings,’ and has become a social network success.  In 2012, the project became a social network dedicated to prayer, where...

Peter HegartyKen Saro-Wiwa was a Nigerian environmentalist executed in 1995 by the country’s kleptocratic military junta after a show trial.His offence was to bring international attention to the environmental degradation of the oil-rich Niger Delta, the homeland of the Ogoni people.There is ample evidence that the main polluter of the delta...

Over the weekend when I was reading this book, RTÉ was showing The Flight of the Doves, based on Walter Macken’s novel. This features a scene in a district court and indeed an informal sitting by the justice in a western cottage. Like the Irish RM stories of Somerville and Ross it presented a benign portrait of the process.However, it will...

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