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Ruined for life!

Mary Stokes had her life ‘ruined’ by spending a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Communities. Thanks to what she learned about community, spirituality and social justice, she can never look on the world the same way as before. Her experience abroad this summer reminded her how much she had changed. It’s true when former JVCers (people who did the Jesuit ...

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On holy ground

Paul Andrews reflects on what it means to him to be both priest and therapist. Both roles entail bringing people to good health, he says, and overall he is there to help people expand the ‘holy ground’ within their own hearts. Priest. Psychotherapist. Each of them demands a long and challenging training. What does it mean when you’re hyphenated, a ...

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Building faith, enhancing credibility

In an interview with RNN’s Eileen Good, Gerry O’Hanlon explains the thinking behind his article on the future of the Catholic Church in Europe, in The Future of Europe, a recent book of the Centre of Faith and Justice. ‘Europe and the Roman Catholic Church’ is the title of an article by Jesuit priest Gerry O’Hanlon, featured in The Future ...

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Fr McVerry calls for radical review of Irish prison system

In the new issue of the CFJ’s Working Notes, Peter McVerry SJ argues powerfully that there is almost no political commitment to rehabilitation in the Irish prison system, and he deplores the appalling conditions in St Patrick’s Institution. It is twenty-one years since the recommendation was made to shut down St Patrick’s Institution for Young Offenders. It was made in ...

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Father Browne’s Galway – EE O’Donnell

“Father Francis Browne’s photographs enjoy international acclaim. In this latest collection, he showcases the magnificent sights of Galway city and county, as well as her people and customs. There are some 42,000 photographs in the Father Browne archive. This is the third volume to be published by http://www.currach.ie/catalogue.php?&ISBN=1-85607-938-4 Currach Press, with Father Browne’s Trains and Railways and Father Browne’s Limerick, ...

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If you sin, can you preach?

The fact that some clergy are implicated in wrong-doing should not deter preachers from proclaiming the Word of God clearly, David Gaffney holds. Sermons have always been delivered by sinners to sinners. Clergy in Southern Italy and neighbouring parts have appeared in court charged with the embezzlement of huge sums of money. If these clerics are found guilty, does it ...

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They won’t believe you’re coming until they see you

Gerrry Clarke looks back on an extraordinary fortnight at the Makoba Mission, South Africa, with a group from Belvedere and from Friends in Ireland. Their mission: to build the walls of a wash-house for children suffering from AIDS. Our mission was to raise the walls of a wash house for the children orphaned by AIDS at the Makoba Mission near ...

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Islam: opponent or partner?

Michael Hurley regrets that the Pope’s recent reference to Islam in the University of Regensburg will hinder the necessary development of a partnership with all people of faith. Sometime in the 1960s, a book appeared with the title Rome: Opponent or Partner? The author was suggesting that the time had come for his fellow-Protestants to consider the Roman Catholic Church ...

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Evie Hone windows relocated to Gardiner Street

Brendan McManus reports on the five Evie Hone windows originally in University Hall which will be presented formally in the Ignatian Room, Gardiner Street, on Sunday, 1 October. Five Evie Hone stained glass windows, relocated from the former student residency, University Hall, will be unveiled in the Ignatian Room, St. Francis Xavier Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1.Sunday, 1st Oct. ...

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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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