I Believe: The Promise of the Creedby Pope Francis (Orbis Books / Alban Books, £14.99)This is the American translation of a book which originally appeared in German in 2015. It has been edited by Stephan von Kempis, who has picked out from a wide range of the Pope’s writings and talks, passages that deal with the Creed, to create...

It’s hard to deny that online debate about Amoris Laetitia has been marked far more by heat than light. Indeed, disagreement about the Pope’s exhortation on love and the family has reached such a point that at least one commentator has claimed the Church is now entering a fully-fledged civil war.This is, of course, nonsense:...

In my time I have suffered from migraines. They are a very unlovely thing indeed, debilitating a person for days, or even weeks, on end. Recurrent and painful though they are, they are not fatal. They also come with mental effects that are also crushing. Migraine is in a way a little like epilepsy, it is a condition that causes great...

Gregory O’ConnorThis book consists of 13 essays by different authors on various aspects of the momentous events which occurred in the 10 years between the founding of the Irish Volunteers and the end of the Civil War. Its publication formed part of South Dublin County Council’s 1916 Centenary Programme, and also of their wider Decade...

The old adage tells us we are what we eat. Whatever about that, it is certainly true that, intellectually at least, we are what we read.This being the case, I was not unnaturally curious about how books might have shaped the mind and imagination of the new president of the United States.What are his favourite books, or the books that he greatly...

‘Good fences make good neighbours’, wrote Robert Frost. The present – heavily symbolic – film re-writes that epithet to read, ‘some people build fences to keep people out and other people build them to keep people in’. Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer pize-winning play of the same name, it deals with...

A couple of new shows hit the TV screens last week. With much advance hype one of these arrived on RTÉ2 last Thursday night. US drama This Is Us tells the interacting stories of several individuals who share the same birthday.It was appealing enough to make me want to watch another episode, but only just. It wasn’t a problem that I was...

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