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The mystic and the Nazis

The University of Missouri Press has just included in its catalogue a book on Etty Hillesum by Meins Coetsier (pictured here), who spent some years in Ireland as a scholastic. Etty Hillesum was a Dutch Jew who died in Auschwitz in 1944, aged 29. For the last two years of her life she kept a diary in which her descriptions ...

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The God solution

Professor Simon Conway Morris, of the School of Earth Sciences at  Cambridge University, gave this spring’s Studies / Iona Institute lecture at the Davenport Hotel, Dublin, on 21 February. Using a Powerpoint presentation, he gave a fascinating description of the origins, diversification and convergence of species. A practicing member of the Church of England, Prof. Conway Morris has provoked controversy ...

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Pobal Dé conference: Is love enough?

Gerry O’Hanlon SJ (pictured right) is one of the speakers to address the Pobal Dé conference this year, which will be held in Milltown Park on Saturday 1 March (from Registration at 9am to Eucharist at 4.30pm). Pobal Dé, a group of committed Catholics who are interested in empowering lay people to meet the challenges of the age, take a ...

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Untangling the web of 19th century inter-church relations

Oliver Rafferty SJ, who taught at various colleges in England, Ireland and the United States, has just brought out a new academic work about Catholicism in 19th Century Ireland. The Catholic Church and the Protestant State: Nineteenth-century Irish realities pays particular attention to the deep complexities and ironies in the relationship between the Catholic Church and the various Protestant churches ...

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The mind of Benedict

Michael Paul Gallagher SJ, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, was back in Ireland recently to deliver a lecture on the theology of Pope Benedict. In an interview for RNN, he spoke to Piaras Jackson about the Pope’s theology and attitudes. Michael Paul was asked what themes he sees in the Pope’s writings. You ...

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Work experience for Jesuit novices

Two novices, Eddie Cosgrove from Ireland (pictured) and Phil Harrison from Britain, are currently in Dublin on work placements. Eddie is working in Gardiner Street and Slí Eile, while Phil is working with the JUST project in Ballymun. Along with the other first-year novices, they finished their month-long Spiritual Exercises retreat two weeks ago. The two second-year novices, Wouter Blesgraaf ...

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Belvedere hold out against Clongowes

In a dramatic finish, Belvedere snatched victory over Clongowes in the semi-final of the Leinster Schools Senior Cup on February 24 in Donnybrook. Clongowes were ahead, 7-5, in the dying minutes when Belvedere winger, John Conroy, dodged a number of tackles to make a touchdown. Clongowes made a frantic rally in injury time, getting a number of penalties only to ...

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Garnered from Gardiner Street

The opening chapter of RTE broadcaster Aidan Mathews’ new book, In the Poorer Quarters, begins with memories of the Jesuit church in Gardiner Street, Dublin. This sets the tone for a man seriously engaging with modern faith issues in the context of a tradition. The book, written by the former Gonzaga student, is based on his RTE radio programme of ...

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GC35 delegates meet Pope

Thursday 21 February was a highlight for the GC35 delegates in Rome. Normal business was suspended, as they were all invited to meet with the Holy Father in the Clementine Hall, one of the audience halls of the Vatican. “There was an air of excitement as we were shepherded up immense staircases,” Jim Corkery SJ writes; “Swiss Guards standing at the ...

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