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Both sides now – the EU and Globalisation

Does the EU need more integration or less to meet the challenges posed by globalisation? Eugene Quinn, Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, reports on a lively debate in Milltown on this subject. On Monday, 24 October 2005, at Milltown Park, the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice (CFJ) and Studies, the Irish Jesuit quarterly, hosted a ...

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Not so long a way from Clare to here

Pat Coyle recounts her heart-lifting experience of addressing novena congregations brought together by the Pioneers in Kilrush and Shannon, Co. Clare – over 1000 people in all! The lovely west Clare seaside holiday town of Kilrush (next stop America) looks a lot bleaker on a freezing cold November night, and as we were driving to it the voice of Ralph ...

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Decoding ‘The twelve days of Christmas’

Barney McGuckian examines a theory that the popular Christmas song ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ might have been a 16th century coded message invented by Jesuits to communicate the tenets of the Catholic faith. Nowadays everybody loves Christmas. It does not lead to many divisions among us. This is something to be thankful for. It was not always that way. ...

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Finding Ireland’s favourite saint

It all came down to two great men – St Padre Pio and St Anthony – but which one of them would be crowned Ireland’s favourite Saint? ‘Gerry Ryan Show’ reporter Evelyn O’Rourke details a quest that captured the imagination of thousands of radio listeners. On Wednesday, the 12th October – which was the 30th anniversary of the canonisation of ...

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To travel through the world

In the first of a series of Messenger articles, Gerry Bourke prepares us for the 500th anniversary of St. Francis Xavier’s birth (April 7, 2006) by recalling a life spent in fulfilment of the Jesuit ideal of travelling “through the world…in God’s service”. This series of articles is to commemorate the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Francis Xavier ...

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“You didn’t know Ignatius was Irish?”

Loyola Productions has just brought out a film to commemorate the first Jesuits, AMDG – A World is Not Enough. Paul Campbell describes the project and notes that the actor who plays St. Ignatius, Sean Mahon, hails from Dublin! Sean Mahon, the actor who plays St. Ignatius in Loyola Productions’ A.M.D.G. – A World Is Not Enough, hails from Dublin ...

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Jubilee year off to a great start

The Jubilee Year celebrations for St Francis Xavier began last Saturday with an impressive and well-attended Mass in Gardiner Street. Pat Coyle describes the atmosphere and the highlights. St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner St. looked beautiful for the Jubilee Mass to mark the 500th Anniversary of the Saint on Saturday, 3rd November, his feast day. Hundreds of candles flickered all ...

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The making of a saint

November 4, 2005 The making of a saint The story of the recently canonised Alberto Hurtado SJ by Fergus O’Donoghue SJ Alberto Hurtado and his wife Ana Cruchaga were a poor and very united couple, living in the town of Vina del Mar in Chile, when their first child was born on 22 January 1901 and was named after his father. His brother Miguel was born two years later, but Alberto was only four when his father died. Ana had to sell the family property to pay debts and moved her little family to the capital, Santiago. They lived with relatives and had to move often. At the age of eight

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“Just a lad of eighteen summers”

November 1, 2005 "Just a lad of eighteen summers" Kevin Barry exhibition in Belvedere by Oliver Murphy Last Tuesday, November 1, was the 85th anniversary of the execution of Kevin Barry. Belvedere College marked the day by opening an exhibition to the public from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm. The exhibition reveals much about Kevin Barry - and raises questions about how he should be remembered. Kevin Barry’s family were from Tombeagh, Hacketstown, in Carlow, near the Wicklow border, an area steeped in the folk memories of the United Irishmen and 1798. Kevin’s aunt Kathleen had established a dairy in Fleet Street, in Dublin’s

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Two for the road

John Dunne was present for a double-bash to send off John Humphreys before he moved over to Galway to take up his new post as rector of St. Ignatius. Double farewell parties were held to help John Humphreys beam himself over as Rector of St. Ignatius in Galway for his second coming. In Loyola House, a modest gathering of 23 ...

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