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When Dog Really is Man’s Best friend

Image: www.corkbeo.ie Sometimes when I am on my way to work in the morning there is a young woman on the bus with her guide dog. He or she is a lovely golden colour and has the most beautiful soulful eyes. People, especially children are naturally tempted to engage with guide dogs, but this is… Read More

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Celebrating the Holy Spirit- Pentecost

Image: medium.com This year the Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on May 19. This is a very significant day because it is the birthday of the Church, the moment when the Holy Spirit utterly transformed the apostles from being fearful and without direction into a community empowered to carry on the mission of Jesus…. Read More

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Love in the Darkness

              Image: NYTimes The killing of seven members of World Central Kitchen (WCK) in Gaza adds another dimension of deep sadness to the already tragic litany of events that has been emerging from the Middle East since the outbreak of hostilities in early October last year when Hamas-led militant… Read More

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An Endless Conflict in the Middle East

Image: www.skynews.com   As Christmas approaches and we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, the situation in the Middle East is a reminder of how much the world needs the Message the Son of God brought.  Since the terrible events visited on Israel by  Hamas on 7 October,  we have been… Read More

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The Miracle Club

Film reviews can make funny reading! By this, I mean the way in which they often offer totally contrasting viewpoints about the same thing. I am thinking about the performance of actor Laura Linney in the film The Miracle Club’, now showing in cinemas, which drew great acclaim from one reviewer and the damnation of… Read More

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France: Religion in a Secular State

Image: www.jusoorpost.com Earlier this week France’s Education Minister Gabriel Affal announced a ban on abayas – the long, flowing dresses worn by some Muslim women – in public schools.  Secularism is a key concept in France’s Constitution, and religious markers considered conspicuous or “ostentatious”, including Islamic headscarves, large Christian crosses, and Jewish yarmulkes (skullcaps) have… Read More

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Remembering Omagh

Image: www.standard.co.uk At Mass last Sunday in my parish church there was one of the most beautiful displays of flowers that I have ever seen, behind the altar on both sides and on the right at the front. My friend commented to me that she thought they had been there for a wedding which had… Read More

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World Youth Day- Lisbon 2023

Image: www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk On Tuesday of this week, August 2nd, Pope Francis arrived in Portugal for the first World Youth Day (WYD) since the Covid -19 Pandemic.  He was accompanied by journalists on the papal flight, and he joked with them that he will return to Rome on Sunday “more youthful”.  WYD brings together young people… Read More

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Trial by Media: Ryan Tubridy and Huw Edwards

Images: www.www.irishexaminer.com & www.theguardian.com For the past three weeks, RTE has been plunged into crisis by the front-page news scandal of the pay revelations concerning the hugely popular presenter, Ryan Tubridy. Now across the water, the BBC finds itself in hot water as the highly respected television presenter, Huw Edwards is named as the person… Read More

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The King and The King of Kings

Image: CNN Last Saturday, 6 May was the day when Westminster Abbey in London was the setting for the first British coronation in 70 years. This event marks in a special way King Charles III’s transition from history’s longest-reigning Prince of Wales into King of the United Kingdom, which comprises England, Scotland, Wales, and the… Read More

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The Mystery of Holy Week

Image: Canva When we enter Holy Week and Jesus enters Jerusalem, we begin to confront the great mystery of our faith – the  Paschal Mystery: the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Christians call this “a mystery” because it is a truth known only because it has been revealed to us by God.  Reason alone… Read More

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The Last Miracle- Lazarus

Image: walkingintheshadowlands.com The gospel last Sunday was about the raising of Lazarus from the tomb after he had been dead for three days. The only account of this event is found in John Chapter 11, verses (1-44), and is the last of the signs through which Jesus showed who he was before his passion and… Read More

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Happy Anniversary Pope Francis!

Image:www.americamagazine.org On Monday of this week, Pope Francis marked 10 years as head of the Roman Catholic Church by celebrating Mass with cardinals in the chapel of the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence where he has lived since his election.  He never took possession of the papal apartments in the Apostolic palace used by his predecessors,… Read More

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

Image: www.catholicnewsagency.com In his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Maria, Pope St John Paul II instituted the Luminous Mysteries, also referred to as the Mysteries of Light.  The Fourth Mystery is a meditation on the Transfiguration of the Lord and the gospel reading at Mass last Sunday was about this beautiful and glorious event. The word… Read More