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  • Worldwide threat to missionaries set to worsen, religious warn January 10, 2019
    The number of priests, religious and lay people being persecuted for spreading the Faith will continue to worsen, missionaries across Ireland have said. While Christians should always remain hopeful, Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll SMA, Superior General of the Society of African Missions, told The Irish Catholic that the number of missionaries being killed globally wi
  • Exams are just a metaphor for the tests of life January 10, 2019
    Some people of my generation (born in the 1940s) refer to young folk as “snowflakes”: fragile and likely to dissolve under stress. This is unkind and mostly untrue. Most young people I meet are very nice, thoughtful and idealistic. But, certainly, they have been raised in a gentler and more protective way, and adulthood has been much delayed by a longer peri
  • ‘Nasty nuns’ sub-plot twists new RTÉ historical drama January 10, 2019
    A forced-adoption subplot in RTÉ’s new drama about the War of Independence is an example of an “astonishing” lack of balance in Irish public debate about historical relations between Church and State, it has been claimed. Stressing the importance of investigating and honestly facing the darker aspects of Church history, Fr Conor McDonough OP lamented how “th
  • Overburdened GPs won’t sign up for abortion says doctor January 10, 2019
    Large numbers of GPs are not signing up to be part of abortion provision because of the “disdain” they have been shown by Government as well as, or because of, their pro-life stance, according to a Kerry-based general practitioner. So far under 10% of Ireland’s GPs have agreed to perform medical abortions since the legislation was implemented. It’s a rarity
  • Returning to base camp January 10, 2019
    The View   Martin Mansergh   While some Christmas carols emphasise the coldness of the season ‘in the bleak mid-winter’, others emphasise the mildness of the infant Jesus. It is difficult to remember 12 days of Christmas that have been so mild and in most parts mainly dry. The first snowdrops were out even before year’s end. The tourist season for 2019 seeme