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 In Praise of Older People: First World Day

Earlier this week, it was announced that the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly will be celebrated on Sunday 25th July.  The press release came from the Vatican’s Dicastery (a department of the Roman Curia) for the Laity, Family and Life.  The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this inaugural commemoration is, “I… Read More

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What is the meaning of Religion?

The Coronavirus and resulting Lockdown have taken their toll on many areas of life, including religious practice. Religion and its meaning in peoples’ lives have been the subject of much comment as places of worship across the country were closed for weeks on end. Such a state of affairs was unprecedented in modern times. What… Read More

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Nursing at the Front Line

All of us in Ireland and the rest of the world have been affected by the crisis of Covid-19, none more so than the people working on the front line. One such group is, of course, the nurses, those dedicated women, and men, many of whom have lost their lives, in the fight against this… Read More

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Respecting Our Elders?

This week saw the lifting of the government’s restrictive ban on people aged over seventy. There has been a lot of talk about it in the media, and it was greeted with delight by those in this age bracket. I listened to an interview with former government minister, Mary O’Rourke, speaking about how excited she… Read More