Confirmation candidates in South Korea will now be able to prepare for the sacrament in just two days, after the launch of an online course this week. Seoul Archdiocese’s Catholic Cyber Pastoral Office began offering the classes to make preparation for the sacrament easier and more convenient. Usually, confirmation classes take at least five weeks...

A group of school musicians have worked their way onto YouTube with their performance of a song honouring Pakistani girl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot and critically wounded by the Taliban last month for promoting female education. The youngsters, from Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Co. Galway, were brought together by religion and history...

Many more years ago than I wish to recall, while we were on a visit to Cloughjordan, my father’s native place, he took me out to visit his mother’s grave in the old churchyard a little way from the village. There we turned aside so he could show me the low mound that covered the common grave of the local Famine victims.  They died, my father...

The award of a second Booker Prize to Hilary Mantel, for Bring Up the Bodies, the middle volume of her much admired, but also much debated, portrait of Thomas Cromwell and the Tudor religious revolution, almost, but not quite, eclipsed the far more important news of the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature to the Chinese novelist Mo Yan, author...

This year the Poor Clares mark some 800 years of their orderís presence in Ireland. Their convent on Nunís Island in Galway is well known. The sisters there have now collected prayers originally placed on their website into ëa proper bookí to celebrate the occasion. ìYou must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for awhile,î...

Elizabeth Cronin has already written an essay in the Maynooth Local History series on the early pre-Famine years of Blanchardstown parish under Fr Michael Dungan (Four Courts Press, Ä8.95). In her new book she brings the story of what was once a rural parish down to the present day, with the aid of some former parish clergy, ìcharting changeî as...

With the movement to incorporate children and young people more fully into the parish family, this book will become an ideal source. Drawing on her own wide experience as a teacher and parent, Bernadette Sweetman offers strong guidance on the readings, their backgrounds and their presentation, not just through homilies, but also through art and...

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