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Mr Frank Murphy, RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Frank Murphy, father of Fr. James (Séamus) Murphy SJ, who died in Salthill, Galway. Funeral details will be published in Wednesday’s papers. Ar dheis lamh De go raibh a anam.

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JCFJ book comes out in Spanish

A book produced by the Irish Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice has recently been translated into Spanish and will now reach a much wider readership. The Development of Peoples: Challenges for Today and Tomorrow was translated by ALBOAN, a partner organisation of the JCFJ, and will be distributed by the Spanish Jesuit publishing house Mensajero, under the title El ...

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Can faith and politics mix?

Can faith inform secular affairs while respecting freedom of conscience? This is one of the questions up for discussion at the Sixth Slí Eile Pub Conversation, which will be held at the Belvedere Hotel, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, on 11 March between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. To help bring issues into focus, Senator Ronan Mullen will be present as guest ...

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Saint Francis Xavier Novena of Grace

The Novena of Grace of Saint Francis Xavier began in many churches in Dublin and around the country on 4 March and continues until 12 March. Jesuit priests will be preaching at some of the venues in Dublin, Galway and Limerick. The novena in the Church of St Francis Xavier in the Jesuit-run parish of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, will ...

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Is Love Enough? Action Makes Love Real

The Pobal Dé conference held in Milltown Park on Saturday 1 March was a great success. More than one hundred people attended. Below is the full text of Gerry O’Hanlon’s address to the conference. Introduction: Love lost? ‘Today, the term “love” has become one of the most frequently used and misused of words, a word to which we attach quite ...

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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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