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Unmissable: BBC on Caravaggio

Last November, AMDG Update reported the activity of a TV crew in Leeson Street preparing a documentary on the house’s Caravaggio painting, The Taking of Christ, which was a major art find in the early 1990s. The programme, entitled ‘Private life of an Easter masterpiece’, appeared on BBC 2 on Holy Saturday, and it deserved every superlative in the book. ...

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Young people and Jesuits go ‘Nationwide’

RTE 1 TV will broadcast a special Holy Week feature on their popular Nationwide programme on Wed 8 April ’09 at 7pm. Young people working on Jesuit projects with prisoners, immigrants, the homeless and people going back to college are interviewed in the programme which explores how they are living out their faith in modern Ireland. Slí Eile, Jesuit University Support & Training ...

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A very busy Guy

It’s been a busy week for Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, the Vatican astronomer currently in Ireland. As well as lecturing to packed audiences at Dunsink Observatory in Dublin and Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, Guy was also captivating listeners on RTE’s Pat Kenny Show (provoking a huge response from listeners), BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday Sequence, and RNN (Religious News Network, ...

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God and the Recession

On 23 March, in Buswell’s Hotel, Professor Ray Kinsella of the UCD Smurfit School of Business, launched “The Recession and God” by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ. Ray started by invoking the Holy Spirit on the gathering, with an unforced piety that not every cleric could emulate. Gerry’s message was clear: as we recover from the recession, there should be a spiritual ...

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Football fans raise funds for Belvedere

Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United football club, is going to help raise funds for Belvedere’s Social Integration Scheme (SIS) by appearing as guest of honour at an event in Croke Park on 1 April. The aim of SIS is to cover the costs of full secondary school education at Belvedere for boys who would not ordinarily be able ...

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Presidential visit to ‘The Jes’

President Mary McAleese visited Coláiste Iognáid on Wednesday 4 March and addressed the school, staff and parents’ groups. The President viewed a number of display boards in the foyer and spoke with representatives of Rugby, Rowing, Hockey, Transition Year Social Outreach and the Slí Eile South Africa trip. She spoke in the school hall on how the gifts and talents ...

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Keeping the conversation going

Irish priests have suffered indiscriminate opprobrium for quite some time. They’re no longer on their own. “The doghouse no longer feels lonely,” says Fergus O’Donoghue SJ in the editorial of the Spring 2009 issue of Studies; “in fact, it is becoming rather crowded”. The clergy have been joined, he remarks, “by bankers, builders, property developers and government leaders”. In the ...

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Our first centenarian, An t-Athair Ó Fionnagáin

Wednesday 18 February sees a unique birthday. For the first time an Irish Jesuit has turned a hundred. In the face of Fr Proinsias Ó Fionnagáin you see a man prone to gratitude, with a wardrobe full of memories: of a Spartan early life in Monaghan during World War I; of noviciate in Tullabeg – Frank is the last survivor of ...

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Forgiving those who trespass against us

“In 2008 Josef Fritzl was arrested in Austria for imprisoning his daughter for 24 years, raping her continuously during that period, fathering seven children by her, and keeping them imprisoned. Should we forgive Fritzl? Should his daughter forgive him?” So begins Brian Lennon SJ in his new book So you can’t forgive…?: Moving towards freedom, just published by The Columba ...

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“Faith in crisis or in question?”

“Faith in Crisis or in Question?” is the theme for a series of weekly lectures beginning in the Milltown Institute, Sandford Rd., Dublin 6. The first, entitled ‘Church and Society in Ireland – Historical Perspectives’, on Wednesday 11 Feb 2009 at 7pm, will be given by Louise Fuller of Maynooth NUI. Subsequent speakers will address topics such as ‘Women in Christianity’ (Mary Malone, Toronto), ‘Are we following France? ...

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