Memorial Martyrs of Algeria: Costly Dialogue with Islam
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Memorial Martyrs of Algeria: Costly Dialogue with Islam

When in May 1996 the shocking news of the murder at Tibhirine, Algeria, of a community of seven Trappist monks hit the headlines the subsequent publication of the moving ‘Testament’ of Christian de Chergé, the prior of that community, opened a window on the singular originality of this community’s involvement with its Muslim neighbours. The…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 6 – Finding in the Temple
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 6 – Finding in the Temple

Today’s story throws light on the life of the Holy Family. No travelling as a nuclear family, but a great caravan from Nazareth. The walk men together and the women walk together, and the children wandering between them. Such a large group that Mary and Joseph didn’t notice they hadn’t got their boy. Imagine the…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 5 – Egypt
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 5 – Egypt

Matthew has a different twist from Luke to the nativity. In Matthew it’s Joseph rather than Mary who dreams of angels bringing messages from God. After the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem the holy family are forced to flee for safety to Egypt. They spend some time, maybe two or three years, as refugees there….

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 4 – Presentation.
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 4 – Presentation.

Forty days after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph bring the child to the Temple to dedicate him to God. The Holy Spirit is again at work inspiring Simeon and Anna to recognise this baby as the Messiah – the Christ. They prophecy that the child will bring salvation not just to Israel but…

Pope’s Prayer Intention May: The Wold of Finance
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Pope’s Prayer Intention May: The Wold of Finance

Safeguarding: African Scholars Highlight Clericalism and Patriarchy
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Safeguarding: African Scholars Highlight Clericalism and Patriarchy

(Sr Ngalula): “The faithful who have assimilated clericalism reproduce the same deviant behaviors of clerics when they have positions of responsibility in the Church. They also do not accuse the clerics of abuses in the Church and society, and teach that to speak badly of a cleric is a sin and an attack on the…

The Way of the Resurrection 14
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The Way of the Resurrection 14

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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 3 – Nativity
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 3 – Nativity

Towards the end of our passage from St Luke today we have that phrase that I’m sure is something of an understatement, that Mary considered what she had heard about Jesus and was ‘pondering them in her heart.’ I’m sure she had an awful lot to ponder. How much did she manage to make sense…

Towards a Theology of Safeguarding: How to put a Theology of Safeguarding into Practice
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Towards a Theology of Safeguarding: How to put a Theology of Safeguarding into Practice

Mission in Ministry 2021: (Reflection on the presentation given by Fr Paddy Boyle April 2021 The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently undertaking a series of reflections and presentations to develop a Theology of Safeguarding. Fr Paddy Boyle is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, with a background in…

Jinja, Uganda: Temporary Oath Ceremony at Formation House
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Jinja, Uganda: Temporary Oath Ceremony at Formation House

Last year, at the request of the General Council, I had the privilege to preside at the Temporary Oath of seven of our students in Jinja. It was one of the most boring liturgical events I have ever attended in my life. There was no singing or merry making, all because of the Corona lockdown….

The Way of the Resurrection 13
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The Way of the Resurrection 13

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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 2 – Visitation
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 2 – Visitation

The Gospel leaves so much detail out. For example, it is extremely unlikely that a teenage woman like Mary would have made the dangerous journey from Nazareth to Judea of many days walk alone. Was Mary sent by her family to help the older woman in the later stages of her pregnancy or was she…