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What separates the Sunni from the Shiite Muslims?

Martin McDermott has spent over 35 years in the Middle East. In this interview with Pat Coyle, he provides valuable insights into the theological and political differences within Islam. Fr. Martin McDermott from the US has been in Beirut for the last 35 years, before that he lived in Baghdad, and he did his doctorate in Islamic Studies. It proved ...

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Jubilee gathering in Loyola

Brian O’Leary was one of around 180 people from around the world, many of them Jesuits, who attended a conference in Loyola this August on the history, theology and cultural influence of St Ignatius’s Exercises. One of the major events of this Jubilee Year was held in Loyola, the birthplace of St. Ignatius, from 20-26 August 2006. Around 180 participants ...

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Muslim reaction to Pope has air of “organised indignation”

In an interview with Brendan McManus SJ, Fr Fergus O’Donoghue argues that the Pope is right to regret the effects of his words but not to withdraw his point about faith and reason. The Muslim response, he adds, seems more a political manoeuvre than spontaneous indignation. The Pope quoted a document from the 1390s in which Emperor Manuel II Paleologos ...

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Fear and loving in Chile

In this interview for 3R Productions with Pat Coyle, Michael O’Sullivan looks back over his days as a priest in Pinochet’s Chile and expresses his delight at the recent election of Michelle Bachelet to the Chilean presidency. The recent election of Michelle Bachelet as Chile’s first woman President was a landmark day in that country’s turbulent history. Ms Bachelet, a ...

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Dublin’s pro-cathedral to receive St Claude’s relics

After a truly successful series of events around the country, with thousands arriving to pray at each venue to which the relics of St Claude were brought, the relics are due in Dublin before being brought back to France, writes Bernard McGuckian SJ. The relics of St Claude La Colombière will arrive at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on the evening ...

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Milltown launch HDip in Ethical Studies

As society changes, writes Kevin O’Reilly of the Milltown Institute, new ethical challenges are emerging for us all, and Milltown’s new diploma course in Ethical Studies is designed to help people meet these challenges Recent years have witnessed a growing awareness of the need for a more developed ethical consciousness on the part of both individuals and corporate bodies in ...

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CFJ in international coalition on immigration

A challenge to the practice of immigration-related detention will be leveled by a new coalition of human rights groups, with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice prominent among them, writes Tony O’Riordan SJ. A number of Irish human rights groups have joined over 100 human rights groups worldwide, to form an international coalition to challenge immigration-related detention. Spread over ...

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Fighting the good fight a long, long way from home

First published in the Offaly Independent, this is an interview by Eoghan MacConnell with Tullamore-born Michael Kelly SJ, who was recently honoured by the Irish government for his lifelong contribution to the effort to defeat HIV/AIDS in Africa. It’s not every day you meet a Tullamore man with a Zambian passport, let alone one who is at the fore in ...

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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehn, goodbye

Conall Fitzgerald, outgoing School Captain in Belvedere, looks back on his six “unforgettable years” of secondary school, his veritable “home from home”. Reverend Fathers, Headmaster, Esteemed Members of the teaching staff, ladies and gentlemen, fellow students of Rhetoric 2006: We have come to the end of our time as students of Belvedere. It is time for us to move on. ...

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Celebrating the past, looking with hope to the future

In his address to the congregation at the farewell Mass in Limerick, the Irish Provincial, John Dardis SJ, finds reason to celebrate and honour the many Jesuits who have ministered in the church over the past 140 years. Bishop Murray, Mayor Leddin, my fellow Jesuits, friends of the Sacred Heart Church here in Limerick. We are here to mark in ...

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