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Jesuit assesses new Ireland at youth festival

“The atmosphere is great – it’s like Mayo’s answer to the Oxegen music festival.” So said Ann Lee, the Youth Ministry Director at Knock Shrine, talking about the Knock Summer Youth Festival, attended this year by nearly 1,000 young people from all over Ireland. And it wasn’t all fun and games. Many of the participants turned up to hear Michael ...

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Youth festival with a difference

It’s summertime, and young people’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of festivals. There’s Oxegen and the Electric Picnic, of course; but a surprise attraction for as many as 1,000 young people this year is the Knock Summer Youth Festival. The brainchild of the Knock Youth Ministry, it will take place from 24 to 27 July. It aims “to help people ...

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The mind of Benedict

Michael Paul Gallagher SJ, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, was back in Ireland recently to deliver a lecture on the theology of Pope Benedict. In an interview for RNN, he spoke to Piaras Jackson about the Pope’s theology and attitudes. Michael Paul was asked what themes he sees in the Pope’s writings. You ...

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Renewing a friendship between art and spirituality

At the recent Arts and Spirituality seminar in Manresa, Michael Paul Gallagher drew attention to our need to re-negotiate our self-understanding constantly, and to the role of narrative, of story-telling, in this endeavour. ‘Renewing a Friendship Between Art and Spirituality’ is an urgent theme in recent years, and has a particular relevance to our contemporary culture. I will attempt to ...

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What hope for faith in the new Ireland?

Michael Paul Gallagher SJ spoke to almost 400 priests at a recent Dublin Diocesan conference. He explored such issues as changes in Irish culture, the challenge of post-modernism, and the “languages of faith”. The title of my presentation for the Dublin priests was “After a cultural revolution, what hope for faith?”, and I described it more as an evocation than ...

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The Pope: a scholar and a gentleman

Michael Paul Gallagher, Dean of Theology at the Gregorian University, has watched Pope Benedict from close quarters and has been very impressed. He speaks about the pope to Piaras Jackson SJ in this interview for RNN. Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher: Oh it was exciting, it was a great morning. It was a beautiful morning too, a lovely sunny morning. And ...

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