GIVEN his lifelong friendships with Christians of other denominations and the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland which lent particular urgency to the task, Cahal Daly was deeply convinced of the necessity of ecumenical dialogue.
WHO really has the time or inclination to spend a full Saturday at a diocesan convention? We are, after all, facing the challenge of increasing secularism, many of us still live with the very real effects of the financial disaster and, with ever-decreasing numbers - is it as many as 20 per cent? - engaging with their faith, is a convention really a priority? But, on the evidence of the 500-plus people who gathered on Saturday for the fourth annual Faith and Life Convention in Our Lady and Saint Patrick's College, Knock, there are plenty of people who think it is important; what more, gatherings like this are a necessity.
OCTOBER 31 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famous Ninety-five Theses on the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, an act which is widely regarded as triggering the start of the Reformation.