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Nov 24th
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50 Years Receiving Vatican II

Fr Kevin T Kelly is a Liverpool priest who has been working to renew the field of Catholic Moral Theology since the 2nd Vatican Council. He has published books and articles in this country and abroad  and is one of the principal witnesses of the struggles of a post-Vatican II church and people of God to discern the signs of the times and to give a clear response. Indeed he has been a protagonist in that struggle.

Reflections on the Congress

 We had a good week at the Exhibition Hall at our stand "St Columban, Monk and Missionary" and with our display, booklets and bookmarks and the Far East magazine  we shared information on St Columban and Columban Mission. There was a great mix of Columban fathers, sisters, lay missionaries and friends there each day who gave their time and energy to meet and greet the large crowds who came to visit the stand.

The Asylum of Indecision

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and unpredictable. (Gen. George S. Patton Jr.)

Over the first weekend in June a wide variety of celebrations garnered the attention of the public both here in Ireland, in Britain and globally. In Ireland after a few weeks of intense referendum campaigning, a “yes” vote triumphed to the delight of those who seem to want greater European integration and loss of national sovereignty. Leading up to voting day every economist opinion from Bologna, Belfield and Boston regarding the future of the Euro and the European Union was paraded. Amidst an atmosphere of fear, anger and threats people were asked to determine a muddled future by campaigners.

The Dialogue Comes Of Age - Book Review

The Dialogue Comes Of Age - Book ReviewInter-Faith contact has been a reality since the beginnings of the history of Christian mission. Now we have entered into a new phase in which the world religions have been meeting no longer as rivals or hostiles, but as partners in prayer, e.g. Assisi; and in the construction of a better world. This ongoing relationship has moved to a new level where many believers of one faith feel moved to question their own traditions and start to discover that there are values and insights of great depth in the traditions of other believers.

Reflection by Malachy Hanratty

 In my early days in a parish in Japan I heard Ned Dooley talk about the Resurrection. was a prodigious reader, deep thinker and such an enthusiastic speaker. I realised that in my life I had invested much more time pondering the Passion than the Resurrection. I had received much from the Passion, but had failed to get as much spiritual nourishment from the Resurrection and, as Ned pointed out, it was centre of everything. That day he planted a seed that has sprouted only slowly.
  This year I heard Eamon Breadin talk on the Passion. He pointed out what we had heard before, namely how much the Evangelists, as they wrote the Passion, were influenced by the subsequent experience that the disciples and infant Chruch had of the Resurection. Like reading a tragedy but knowing of the happy ending, they had told about the Resurrection.
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