by Dualta Roughneen

The recent proposal by Sinn Fein to force same-sex “marriage” in the Northern Irish Assembly has received limited attention in the south of the country as the party looks to having an unprecedented successmedia 1312507 YJ inthe European, and even local elections. In the Republic of Ireland, as the elections approach, and Sinn Fein, as a party in the south of Ireland grows, it isimportant to be aware that this is an agenda that Sinn Fein is pushing both north and south of the border. 

by Anthony Ozimic


A teenage girl has written a heartfelt plea to save unborn children from abortion.

Estelle Dawson, a 15-year-old supporter of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), sent the poem to John Smeaton, SPUC’s chief executive, following SPUC’s annual youth and student conference. Estelle explained: "There was no great intention in my poem other than turning the way I felt into words in the hope of making people think about the legal murder that we accept as a 'normal' part of modern life.”


by His Eminence Cardinal Mauro Piacenza


049HE Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, President of Aid to the Church in Need International welcomed delegates from across the world to the International Religious Freedom Conference 2014 in Malta 12 - 13 May last. The conference theme was Can Christianity survive Persecution? and Africa and was preceded by High Mass in St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta and a Procession of Witness through the city - Malta's capital. The following is the opening speech of His Eminence.

by Dualta Roughneen


TuamMotherAndBabyShrine largeReport of the Inter-Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries was released in 2013. Its content received little coverage as it failed to flow with the expedient current of derisory commentary towards religion, religious and religious institutions that is favoured at the present time. Senator McAleese opens with the summary introduction ‘There is no single or simple story of the Magdalen Laundries’. No greater headline-killing statement could have been derived, thus it was quickly ignored, to be substituted with simplistic, hysterical, and derogatory statements.

burkeThe Sacred College of Cardinals has had a crucial role to play in the life of the Catholic Church. As well as having the enormous responsibility of electing a new Pope the Cardinals also have the task of advising the Pope and assisting him in the fulfilment of his duties. Cardinals often perform this through their leadership of the various Congregations which exist in order to help the Pope fulfil his ministry of teaching and governing in the universal Church. To accept the office of Cardinal therefore is to accept a position which carries with it very serious responsibilities and it is often said that the Cardinal wears red garments to symbolise the willingness he should have to die for the Pope and for the Catholic faith. 

              by Mary Kearns        


                      What prayers, what longings did these captives pour

Out to their God, when swift to calm each fear

Christ, day by day stooped to His altar bier,

What time the priest the Sacred Host upbore.    (H. Carlton S. Morris)

     The word “liturgy” is usually understood and translated as “the work of the people” and this has led to all sorts of distortion when the emphasis is placed on people instead of on the Lord. How different it is to to say that liturgy is “the work of the people in the service of the Lord.” This is the true meaning of worship.The need to worship is inscribed indelibly in the hearts and minds of men. It is part of the natural law that in human beings, perhaps only dimly perceived, there exists something or someone greater than themselves to whom worship is due. 

by John Newman 

urlEnda Kenny in common with his French counterpart, Manual Valls, is no friend of the Catholic Church. His posturing in Rome about inviting the Pope to Ireland is as sincere as his commitment to the Pro Life Movement on abortion. The real question is: why will Enda Kenny and the present Irish government not extend an invitation to Pope Francis to make a formal state or even an official visit to Ireland?